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Gravesham at the heart of new half a million pound project

PUBLISHED: 12:26 12 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:39 12 May 2016

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The project will help support isolated people and those suffering from poor mental health

Vulnerable people will have a new place to seek help when a new project starts in north and west Kent.

The reaching communities project, led by Citizens Advice in North and West Kent (CANWK), costs £500,000 and is paid for by the Big Lottery Fund.

It will provide a specialist migrant advice and support service, with Gravesham being targeted in particular.

The project will offer English classes and there will also be mental health support and help for those suffering “honour” based violence.

In Gravesham, five per cent of households have no one who speaks English, while 23 per cent are of an ethnicity other than white British.

The project will be led by CANWK and delivered by partners including Kent Equality Cohesion Council, The Gr@nd Healthy Living Centre, and Rethink Mental Illness Sahayak Services.

Some immigrants claim to have been targeted by agencies which have charged them for poor advice.

Angela Newey, chief executive of CANWK said: “This project will provide migrants with the support and tools they need to be able to move forward with their lives.

“The aim is to build stronger communities across North and West Kent and reduce isolation and poverty.”

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