KASBAH was founded by a group of parents of children with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus in 1966 with a desire to help other families in circumstances similar to their own. All of the support services are now open to any person with a physical and/or learning disabilities, including support for the parents, carers and families.
The charity has grown over the years along with the services that we now offer. The Advisor Service offers a wealth of information, support and empowerment on all topics relating to disabilities. KASBAH offers a flexible and person centred service that strives to fit the needs of our member's lives. In 2010 KASBAH welcomed a new project; DIAL, this is a volunteer led service which provides generic advice on disabilities and maximizing benefits, this service is a fantastic addition to the KASBAH services.
In addition to the services that we provide specifically to our members, KASBAH has gained an excellent reputation as a specialist provider of independence training. KASBAH has five residential Kent sites, one in Swanscombe, one in Gravesend, two in Northfleet and the other in Rochester that offer support and training in all daily living skills such as personal hygiene, cooking, budgeting, travel training and problem solving. These services are available to any young vulnerable adult between the ages of 18-35 who have a physical and/or learning disability. A key criteria is to have the potential to live independently with the correct support.
These enablement services have continued to evolve and now include outreach services in North West Kent and Medway, and a young people's (8+ and 14+) daily life skills course in Medway (Short Breaks scheme). In 2013 we opened a community cafe in Gravesend's High Street to provide meaningful work experience to KASBAH service users this has now progressed to a combined business within our charity shop that also co-ordinates an up-cycling project from one of the supported living sites.
We are a flexible and innovative service that work hard to be truly person centred and make a difference to people's lives.
The KASBAH office is now based at the rear of 27a East Kent Avenue, Northfleet, Kent DA11 9HU, DIAL continue to occupy KASBAH's original Head Office at The Hive, phone numbers remain the same.