Monthly Archive 19th February 2021

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Bounce Back – Youth Emotional Resilience Course

Mid Kent Mind are pleased to share that they are offering new dates in 2021 for their Bounce Back course – a course which has been designed to help young people with developing their emotional resilience.
 
The course includes:

  • An introduction to emotional resilience, get to know you games and activities
  • Identifying support networks and understanding the importance of having a support network
  • Understanding anxiety and how it can impact on you
  • Understanding stress and how to tackle it
  • The impact of relaxation on wellbeing & de-stress techniques
  • Understanding decision making and how to make emotionally intelligent decisions

For more details, including the dates in 2021 which are currently open for bookings, please click here.

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BeYou Project

The BeYou Project supports LGBT+ young people in Kent (and is part of the charity Porchlight). We were hoping you can help us spread an important message about new support that’s available to young people throughout lockdown and beyond. 

For some young people they support, being LGBT+ can conflict with their cultural background. Because of this, we’re now running virtual meet-ups for LGBT+ young people from faith backgrounds, LGBT+ young people from BAME backgrounds, and under-12s and their families. 

You can find out more about the groups here: https://www.porchlight.org.uk/news/more-support-for-lgbt-young-people-in-kent 

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Mid Kent Mind Re-Introduce Mind The Knife Programme

Mid Kent Mind are excited to be re-introducing a programme which we ran with great success in a face-to-face format before the pandemic begun.  
 
This programme is known as ‘Mind The Knife’ and is designed to explore how young people who have not had the opportunity to develop their emotional resilience may be drawn into crime and other illicit activities. 
 
This programme is aimed as an early intervention to help young people forward plan for the future – equipping them with the tools and the knowledge to ensure that they can craft the future which they want for themselves in a positive and proactive way, and avoid the negative influences which may have otherwise seemed appealing to them. By boosting young people’s self-esteem and their confidence, we aim to equip them with the capabilities to make the best decisions for themselves. 
 
For more details on the Mind The Knife Programme, and to find out how to refer a young person onto the programme, please click here.

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Virtual Bingo on the 25th February

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…

The next virtual Bingo night is on Thursday 25th February 2021. 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. During the day on the 25th February you will receive an email which contains:

· A link to access your bingo cards in readiness for the first bingo game at 7pm.

· An invitation to the Zoom session including the Meeting ID and Password. This email will be sent to the email address of the PayPal account used to purchase the tickets.

PLEASE NOTE the cut-off time for purchasing your bingo tickets is 12pm (midday) on Thursday 25th February 2021. Any tickets purchased after the cut-off time will be rolled over to the next virtual bingo session in March.

Numbers are limited so please purchase early to avoid disappointment.

We promise a fun filled evening where audience participation is very much encouraged !!!!

If you have any queries or would like any further information please contact Sue on 01622 320134 or email suemaidens@fusionhlc.org.uk.

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Mid-Kent Mind Mindfulness and Me

Mid Kent Mind are continuing to offer FREE dates for our Mindfulness sessions – providing people with the opportunity to learn more about what Mindfulness is, and how practicing it can make a difference in our day-to-day lives.

Mindfulness and Me focusses on teaching individuals more about mindfulness – and how they can acknowledge and accept their thoughts, feelings and body sensations in positive ways. The course is designed to help people to understand how Mindfulness can be a beneficial tool when it comes to building emotional resilience – helping people to manage their mental health proactively so that they can prevent themselves from experiencing periods of mental ill health.
For more details, click on either of the links below to learn more about how you can book onto this programme.

Adult Courses
 
Youth Courses

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Kent resilience hub

HeadStart Kent is part of Kent County Council’s Integrated Children’s Services and aims to help young people cope better when faced with difficult circumstances in their lives, preventing them from experiencing common mental health problems. The programme is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund to provide the resources to develop approaches that support young people to develop their own resilience to cope with the everyday pressures they may face throughout their lives. HeadStart Kent aims to make changes through schools, families and within communities and has been designed with young people at its heart.

To learn more about the resilience hub click here and for mood spark which caters fro those aged 10-16 click here

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Virtual Wellbeing Café

Mid-Kent Mind have developed a Digital Chatroom which will be accessible for young people during this period, providing them with access to a moderated safe space where they can seek peer support.

Our Youth Wellbeing Cafe currently takes the format of a ZOOM room where young people can take part in a Quiz and other online activities facilitated by our Wellbeing Workers. 

These sessions have been made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. For more information about this service click here.

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Early Help Programme

Mid Kent Mind are working with Kent County Council’s Early Help teams to offer mental health and wellbeing support to young people in Kent as a part of the Early Help Programme.

As a part of the programme, we have been funded to offer a Cognitive Behavioural Course (CBC) known as Bounce Back, and have also been funded to offer one-to-one support in the form of Youth Recovery Action Plans.

More details on both these courses can be found by clicking here.

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Digital Support From The Reaching Communities Youth Programme

Mid Kent Mind have been generously awarded £449,000 by the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver Youth Support in both Maidstone and Swale for five years – starting in 2019. The programme aims to fund an assortment of different support.

Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC) courses will be provided for young people alongside a drop-in Wellbeing Café service – providing young people with opportunities to develop their knowledge of coping mechanisms and seek support for poor mental health. This is combined with interactive training for young people in the form of Mental Health First Aid – providing young people with opportunities to access training which will increase their knowledge of different mental health problems. 

Alongside support for young people, the programme also aims to introduce training opportunities for adults – with both Youth Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Awareness courses taking place. These courses will aim to increase adult confidence around mental health in young people, so that adults feel better prepared to support young people who may be struggling with their wellbeing. for more information click here.

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Mid Kent Mind’s Free Adult Suicide Prevention & Awareness Course

Mid Kent Mind’s Suicide Prevention Training continues to be available in a digital capacity for anyone who has not had the opportunity to access one of our two and a half hour training sessions yet.
 
This 2 1/2 hour, interactive session will help people understand the mental health drivers that can cause suicidal thoughts and to recognise the signs that someone may be feeling suicidal early on.
 
The course also provides people the confidence to support other vulnerable people and reduce the risk of a suicide attempt being made.
 
We also provide information about what other suicide support services are available in Kent and Medway.
 
For more details, and to book a free space on one of our virtual ZOOM courses, visit our website
 

 

 

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Covid-19 Vaccine

Below is a list of of surgeries offering the vaccine. Please check below what surgery you attend and where you need to go for your Jab i.e. if you are a thornhills patient you will get your jab from Avicenna

All Covid-19 vaccinations will be provided through booked appointments. The
list of locations is for information only. Please do not directly contact or visit locations unless you have been invited to attend.

Site nameProviding vaccinations for
Abbey Court Medical Centre, Tunbridge WellsKingswood Surgery, Speldhurst & Greggswood Medical Practice, Clanricarde Medical Centre, Grosvenor & St James Medical Practice, Abbey Court Medical Centre, St Andrews Medical Centre, Rusthall Medical Centre, Waterfield House Practice, Lonsdale Medical Centre
Avicenna Medical Centre, LeybourneThornhills Medical Practice, Snodland Medical Practice, West Malling Group Practice,  Wateringbury Surgery, Phoenix Medical Practice
Blackthorn Medical Centre, MaidstoneAylesford Medical Centre, Blackthorn Medical Centre, College Practice
Bower Mount Medical Centre, MaidstoneBower Mount Medical Practice, Bower Mount Medical Practice, The Vine Medical Centre, Northumberland Court
Greensands Branch Surgery (Loose), MaidstoneAlbion Place Medical Practice, Greensand Health Centre – Stockett Lane, The Mote Medical Practice, Wallis Avenue Surgery

Headcorn Surgery 

(Begins week of 11 January)

Howell Surgery, Northridge Medical Practice, Yalding Surgery, Lamberhurst Surgery, Marden Medical Centre, Old Parsonage Surgery, Old School Surgery, Crane Practice, Malling Four Health (Staplehurst), Wish Valley Surgery, Orchard End Surgery
Len Valley Branch Surgery (Glebe), MaidstoneBearsted Medical Practice, Len Valley Practice, Headcorn Surgery, Sutton Valence Surgery, Orchard Surgery (Langley)

Sevenoaks Medical Centre

(Begins week of 4 January)

Amherst Medical Practice, Edenbridge Medical Practice, Westerham Practice, Town Medical Centre, Borough Green Medical Practice, Otford Medical Practice, St Johns Medical Practice, South Park Medical Centre

Tonbridge Baptist Church

(Begins week of 11 January)

Hildenborough Medical Group, Tonbridge Medical Group (Dunorlan), Warders Medical Centre, Woodlands Health Centre, Hadlow Medical Centre

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals, some pharmacies and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.

It’s being given to:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers at high risk

You will also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

for more information about the vaccine priority list click here.

Wait to be contacted

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

Advice if you’re of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

There’s no evidence the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe if you’re pregnant. But more evidence is needed before you can be routinely offered the vaccine.

The JCVI has updated its advice to recommend you may be able to have the vaccine if you’re pregnant and:

  • at high risk of getting coronavirus because of where you work
  • have a health condition that means you’re at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus

You can have the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re breastfeeding.

Speak to a healthcare professional before you have the vaccination. They will discuss the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine with you.

You do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you’re pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding on GOV.UK

 

How the COVID-19 vaccine is given

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.

It’s given as 2 doses. You will have the 2nd dose 3 to 12 weeks after having the 1st dose.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have been developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca.

They have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.

Read about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

Read about the approved Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.

There is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people

Information:

Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

Allergic reactions

Tell healthcare staff before you are vaccinated if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

You should not have the vaccine if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to:

  • a previous vaccine
  • a previous dose of the same COVID-19 vaccine
  • some medicines, household products or cosmetics

Serious allergic reactions are rare. If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

 

Information:

You can report any suspected side effect using the Coronavirus Yellow Card safety scheme.

Visit the Coronavirus Yellow Card to report a vaccine side effect

COVID-19 vaccine ingredients

The 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.

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Kooth Service

click here for the #DontDoItAlone campaign video or visit here for the kooth facebook page.

Free, Safe and Anonymous Online Support for Young People in Kent

A mental health and wellbeing online platform for young people has been extended for all young people across Kent.

As part of the Headstart Kent Programme, the Kooth digital mental health support service has already given one in five young people, aged 10 to16, easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors.

The service is free and can be accessed at www.kooth.com. It’s a place to get advice, information and support 24/7. You can chat to a friendly qualified counsellor Monday to Friday between 12pm and 10pm and Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 10pm.

The service is funded by Headstart Kent on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund, NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group and Kent County Council’s Public Health Grant.

Kooth is now available to all 10-16-year olds in every district of Kent. Young people can access text-based chats with a counsellor safely, anonymously and for free. There is also a range of self-help resources including a magazine, forums and an activity hub. There is a variety of content dedicated to helping young people with their return to school, especially around the transition to secondary and exam results. To create an account any young person can go to: www.kooth.com and enter some basic information.

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Cafe life project update

Celebration Church have decided, in the present climate, not to take over the running of the café within Fusion. We had offered that they could continue to run their food service, which they have been doing since April 2020, until such time as Fusion was able to reopen, but they have decided to move to temporary new premises from Friday, 5th February 2021. They will be based at The Vine Church, Boughton Lane, and all contact information is as at present, please see their website https://www.lifecafeproject.com or contact them on 01622 801 227 for more information.

We are pleased to have worked in partnership with Celebration Church during the pandemic to provide meals for local people and the take-away service.