Our Maidstone Hubs (Park Wood and town centre) are now open every week for families to access Totcycle, by appointment only. The Park Wood Hub is open Wednesdays 10-12, and town centre Hub (Fremlin Walk) is open Fridays 10-12. Families can phone/text/WhatsApp us on 07851 196770 for an appointment.
Totcycle is a baby and toddler goods bank, providing clothing, toiletries, toys and equipment such as highchairs, prams, car seats etc, to any family in need. It is important to emphasize that this service is for anyone, even those who would not normally be using services such as these, for example those who have been made redundant or whose income has decreased.
We also have a specific fund to allow us to buy formula and nappies, so we can supply specific stages/brands/sizes as needed. If families cannot get along to the Hubs, it is still possible for our team to deliver items if needed, or a support worker can come and collect. We are also more than happy for mums to make an appointment to come along for a chat even if they don’t need to access Totcycle.
We are no longer providing food parcels for families, but instead signposting to one of the several food banks operating across the town.
Our staff team is providing telephone befriending/support to many vulnerable mums and their families; we have also now restarted our face-to-face Mum2Mum befriending service for isolated mums aged 16-30, which matches mums in need of support with trained volunteers. Please see the attached Mum2Mum referral form for this service; the general referral form is for all other services (formula/nappies/Totcycle etc).
None of our groups are able to start up again yet due to ongoing social distancing restrictions, but we will restart these as soon as government regulations permit. If you have any queries about any of our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The National Careers Service will be hosting free Redundancy Support Webinars, with live questions and answers. If you’re currently unemployed, or facing redundancy, join our expert advisers for advice and support on taking your next steps.
During the event we’ll explore:
Introduction to the tools are available on the National Careers Service website
How to go about choosing a career in these challenging times
Online training opportunities
Ways to build your resilience
Monday 24th August (10:00am– 11:00am)
To join the event, please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and quoting ‘Redundancy Support Webinar’ in the subject line and stating which date you would like to attend.
Our Career and Learning Development 10 week-course is aimed at people experiencing mental health difficulties who are not currently in work and is free to all participants.
It will be delivered through live virtual sessions and starts on the 3rd of September. It includes group sessions and 121 telephone calls.
Please see the attached leaflet for more information.
Mid-Kent Mind are pleased to announce that we are organising a free ‘Bank Holiday Wellbeing Workshop’ for young people between the ages of eight and seventeen – with a particular focus on young people who live in Maidstone and Swale.
The stream will take place on August the 31st, and it is hoped that the stream will be able to function as an interactive session which will both provide young people with an opportunity to try new and exciting activities, and also will function as an opportunity for young people to learn more about building emotional resilience.
Mid-Kent Mind are working with partners to offer a range of pre-recorded sessions which will be streamed live on the day. These will include things like physical activity sessions facilitated by coaches, and also wellbeing sessions which will focus on equipping young people with the tools and knowledge to better manage their mental health as they return to school this September.
It is safe to say that the return to a new normal is a daunting one for many young people – so we hope that this event will serve as a medium through which we can really help to alleviate the potential anxieties which may be bubbling away in young people under the surface – putting them in the best possible position for their return to school.
The live stream will be available entirely free of charge, but will not be available for long after it has streamed, meaning that exclusive access will only be available on the day. Spaces are not limited – so as many young people as possible can benefit from this event.
Nearer the time we will debut a timetable, and will also begin to announce our event partners to give a rough format for the day.
For more details, please visit our website.
Hospitals and police forces are now able to refer people bereaved in sudden or shocking ways (including by COVID-19 and any sudden illness, incident, or suicide), from day one of bereavement, into a new, government-funded, England-wide, professional, free and specialist sudden bereavement service (set up as a pandemic response and for the long term).
The service, Sudden, is run by a well-established charity that is experienced in helping suddenly bereaved people through trained and named case workers, operating over the phone. Sudden provides free support and advocacy for up to 10 weeks, with a focus on safeguarding and wellbeing outcomes. The service is delivered in partnership with relevant community-based statutory and NGO agencies. (Please read the attachment for more information.) To note, the Sudden helpline number (0800 121 6510) is available to call now, but is due to change within the coming weeks – please visit www.sudden.org or email email@example.com for the latest.
Because it is an immediate intervention service, the Sudden service is designed to be reached through very early referrals from hospitals and police.
Please contact see the attached information for more details about this new service.
Each suicide is a tragic event which has a devastating impact on the friends and family of the victim, and can be felt across the whole community. While the events and circumstances leading to each suicide will be different, there are a number of areas where action can be taken to help prevent loss of life.
The Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention Strategy (2015-2020) recommends that as many people as possible are trained in mental health and suicide prevention training.
introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences
helpful strategies and support
The workshop is suitable for anyone interested in the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. This includes people who work or volunteer with children and young people, as well as individuals / parents who want to learn more about how to support children and young people in a personal capacity.
Key outcomes for this workshop include:
increased awareness of suicide prevention in children and young people
increased confidence to reduce suicide risk
increased awareness of support services (via pose-course information provided)
To see what dates are available and to book click here