Monthly Archive 17th November 2020

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Royal Mail scams

As Christmas is fast approaching please see the latest information from Royal Mail regarding what email / text / Facebook message scams you should I be aware of?  These messages are fraudulent or phishing scams! go here to find out more.

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space2beme zoom meetings

Space2beme will be holding virtual meetings for families with children with disablilities. if you like to know please sse the poster below.

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Fusion Closure Effective immediately. For all coronavirus news please see the coronavirus section above. NHS Diabetic screening and sexual health clinics operating as normal

In light of the current situation surrounding COVID-19 and the advice from central government we have made the decision to close the centre, including the computer/printer services for the foreseeable future as our target audience are social groups and the vulnerable members of our community. We appreciate the closure will have an impact on you and your family and we sincerely apologise for this and hope that you understand our need to adapt and be flexible to this rare and challenging situation.

We will keep in contact via social media and our website with any updates as the situation develops. Please follow us on Facebook at Fusion Maidstone.

All staff will be working from home and can still be contacted between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Please call 01622 691177 or email suemaidens@fusionhlc.org.uk and we will support you to the best of our ability. If you feel ill and you would like to know what to do next please contact NHS 111. For the latest National Restrictions please see the Coronavirus Section or go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november.

Please note that the Rule of 6 no longer applies.  The current guidelines state ‘In general, you must not meet with another person socially or undertake any activities with another person. However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person’.

Please Note that during the lockdown period and the centre’s closure the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Clinic will still be operational.  If you have been sent an appointment please still attend.  If you have any queries or wish to change your appointment please contact the booking office on 01233 880000.The NHS sexual health clinic (1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month) is still operational.  If you have an appointment please still attend.  

We wish you well in the present situation and thank you for your continued understanding.

Fusion Maidstone

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Abdominal cancer signs

If you’ve been suffering from tummy troubles such as diarrhoea, bloating or discomfort for three weeks or more, it could be a sign of cancer. It’s probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable and can save lives Speak to your GP and your NHS is here to see you, safely

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Virtual Bingo on the 26th November

Do you want something to look forward too, would you like to win some cash? If the answer to either of these is ‘yes’ read on…

Fusion are delighted to announce the launch of Virtual Bingo! Our first Bingo Night will be on Thursday 26th November 2020. The cost is £8 for 6 games, giving you the chance to win a cash prize for the equivalent of £1.40 per game!

We will be playing Bingo using Zoom – Zoom is a free app available for download using this link https://zoom.us/download. The steps you need to take to join us are as follows:

1. Download the Zoom app, install on your device and check this works by using the test meeting function https://zoom.us/test. 2. Purchase your bingo tickets by clicking on this link https://py.pl/7HztttKgElF.

3. On the morning of the 26th November you will receive an email containing a link to access your bingo cards in readiness for the first bingo game at 7pm. This link will be sent to the email address of the PayPal account used to purchase the tickets.

4. On the afternoon of the 26th November you will receive an email from Fusion inviting you to the Zoom session – this email will contain the meeting ID and password required for access

PLEASE NOTE the cut-off time for purchasing your bingo tickets is 5pm on Wednesday 25th November 2020. Any tickets purchased after the cut-off time will be rolled over to the next virtual bingo session in December.

Numbers are limited so please purchase early to avoid disappointment

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Space 2 Be Me parent workshop

We are very pleased to announce that the Space 2 Be Me Team are hosting a parent workshop led by Autism and Behaviour specialist Lou Elliott. Lou is a highly specialised speech and language therapist (or SLT) in Autism and a behaviour specialist.

This is our second workshop and the session will take place on 17th November 2020 via Zoom and is free and open to members and non-members of families in Maidstone of children with an interest and need.

Priority is given to Space 2 Be Me members in Maidstone (as it is funded specifically for Maidstone) but is open to non-members too in the local area. If you have any members who you think might be interested please share.

We are inviting parents in West Kent not in Maidstone to email support@space2beme.org.uk if they would like to register an interest for a similar event or would like to join a mailing list to hear about our other workshops coming up this year.

Places for these sessions are free but as spaces are limited we are taking reservations by Eventbrite – please click here  

Once your place is confirmed we will send out a private link before the event.

Parents can contact us for support at other times by emailing support@space2beme.org.uk and we are continuing to update our COVID-19 related useful information and links on our website.

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Government grant of up to £500 for food or essentials

Households in Maidstone can claim up to £500 as a one off payment to help them if they are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19.

Central government has given all local authorities a grant allocation which must be distributed in their area as a non-repayable grant and Maidstone Borough Council has been given £71,000 to help those in the borough.

John Littlemore, Head of Housing and Community Services at Maidstone Borough Council said: “This new government grant is there to help those who have suffered financially during the pandemic, it is not restricted to those people receiving benefits, anyone can apply and if they meet the criteria we can make a payment to them. 

“It’s quite likely that the grant might help people who have never considered asking for help before. If you know anyone who has suffered financial hardship due to COVID-19 between July and October this year and have a household income less than £40,000 per year then please let them know about it.”

Applications for the grant are available on a first come first served basis. The criteria for applying for a grant is:

Applicants must be over the age of 16

·         One application per household (not repeated)

·         Lives within Maidstone Borough

·         Be able to demonstrate that the financial hardship is due to Covid-19 during period July-Oct 2020.

·         For those whose household income is less than £40,000 per annum.

For more information and to apply please visit the Maidstone Borough Council website www.maidstone.gov.uk/eag