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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

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School hunger bites

If you normally recieve free school meals during term time, you can contact us to get a free lunch pack or supermarket vouchers. Please look at the poster below for more details.

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New Young People’s Wellbeing Instagram account

On Friday 9 October a new Instagram account was launched, aimed at young people within NHS services and their peers; @kentandmedwaycamhs

The channel has been set up to help better support and communicate with young people who might be struggling with their mental health or wellbeing. The service wants to raise awareness and understanding of various wellbeing challenges and empower young people to feel more in control of their own mental health.

Below are some of the key aims for the account:

· Improving service awareness

· Helping young people to build positive relationships with social media

· Improving participation and young people’s involvement in service improvements

· Increasing young people’s emotional resilience

· Removing the stigma around receiving mental health treatment.

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Social Media and Mental Health Training

We are pleased to share that Mid Kent Mind’s Social Media and Mental Health Training has proved popular – with several people already booked on to give this new mental health training a try.
 
This course aims to dive into the way social media can impact on our mental health and wellbeing – exploring some of the facts and myths which we commonly think of when we associate our mental health with social media.
 
This course will help to introduce you to the potential benefits social media can have on our mental health and wellbeing, whilst also exploring some of the negatives and drawbacks – helping you to develop a well-rounded perspective on the pros and cons when it comes to our digital activity.
 
Spaces are still available – but at just £5 per person, they are filling quickly! Don’t miss out on your chance to try this brand new training course at a low price.
 
Visit our website to book today.

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Free Anger Management Course For 12-17 Year Olds – Starting 11th of November 2020

Mid Kent Mind are pleased to share that our last Taming My Temper course will be taking place this year – starting on the 11th of November, and running through until the 16th of December 2020.
 
Taming My Temper is a 6 week course dealing with anger management specifically designed for young people that may have issues controlling their emotions and want to reduce the levels of anger and hostility that they display.
 
This course looks at the causation of negative emotional behaviour and the anger response displayed by people. It then looks at ways to minimise negative emotions and alternative ways to cope and remain calm.
 
This course provides a safe space for young people to explore anger, and understand the wider impact it can have on their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The course will take place over virtual video conferencing platform ZOOM to make it accessible for all during the difficult times we all find ourselves navigating currently.
 
Spaces on this final course are limited. If you know a young person who would benefit, then please visit this link to book.

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New Older People Finance surgery

From the 2nd November citizens rights for older people will be running a Finance Surgery for those over the age of 55. The surgery can help with benefit enquiries, council tax and other financial issues. For more details please see the poster below.

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Space2beme resumes

Space2beme are resuming there one to one sessions at Fusion starting on the 13th November. If you like more details see the poster below.

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KCC Emergency Assistance Grant

We can provide short term assistance to households facing financial hardship as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

If you, or someone you know has experienced a reduction in income, loss of employment or suffered financially from coronavirus, then they may be eligible to apply for support with:

supermarket vouchers

pre-paid energy and clothing vouchers for school uniform (non-branded)

or household items required to meet a basic need if there are no other means of assistance available.

Visit the KCC website for more information on how to apply. 

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Crafty Kids Halloween/remembrance special

Fusion are delighted to announce the relaunch of our Crafty Kids sessions starting with a Halloween/Remembrance Day Special on Wednesday 28th October 3.30pm-5.30pm. This activity is open to primary school aged children who can attend unaccompanied. There is a charge of £1 per child. We also require 5 adult/parent helpers for this session. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Please contact Sue on 01622 320134 to book a space or to volunteer as an adult helper.

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

Our FREE Adult Suicide Prevention & Awareness course continues to be one of the most popular training programmes which we offer virtually over ZOOM. We currently have additional dates available throughout October, providing an opportunity for individuals who have yet to benefit from this free training package to do so.
 
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.
 
As we approach World Mental Health Day, this course is the perfect way to increase your knowledge and your confidence when it comes to having difficult discussions about mental health – equipping you with the tools and the knowledge to make a difference in the lives of others.
 
Click here to book your space.

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Mid Kent Mind Offer Free Calligraphy Workshop For Young People

Mid Kent Mind are offering a FREE, one-hour calligraphy Workshop for young people as a part of the second year of our Reaching Communities programme.
It is our hope that the one-hour workshop will engage young people, encouraging them to try new activities which enable them to express themselves and use creativity as a positive and meaningful coping strategy for their mental health and wellbeing.
At present, just a single, one-hour session is being made available as a trial – but if we see a significant level of demand, then we may develop a further calligraphy course to benefit young people in the future.
 
For more details, and to register your young person’s interest, please visit our website.

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Heart of Kent Hospice Moonlit Walk 2020

Heart of Kent HospiceMoonlit Walk 2020Being together while walking apart
Saturday 10th OctoberAny time between 10 am and 10pm Any distance between 1K and 10K. The team at the Hospice would love to be walking alongside you from the doors of the Hospice but sadly this year this cannot happen. We know that this beloved walk is as important to you as it is to us so we have created a special version of the Moonlit Walk for individuals or small groups to take part in.Choose your own route and look out for fellow Moonlit walkers wearing their special t-shirts – bring the community together by waving and shouting hello. Now more than ever we need your support .For full details of how to join in and entry fees please visit www.hokh.org/events. Your entry fee includes a Moonlit Walk t-shirt, medal (by post) and pdf certificate. Sign up by 13th September for a £2 early bird discount.

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Rubin clinic survey

If you would like to take part in the survey scan the QR code in the poster or click here

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Counselling Services at Mid Kent Mind

We are beginning to offer a limited number of face-to-face sessions for people who feel as though they would benefit from in-person Counselling support. 

These sessions are extremely limited, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. By facilitating a limited number face-to-face sessions, we are able to ensure that strict measures are in place to enable you to access Counselling in a COVID-Secure manner. We hope that by having these measures in place, we will enable people to access support in confidence. 

For more details on how you can access face-to-face counselling support, please e-mail counselling@mmkmind.org.uk

Alternatively, you can learn more about our Remote Counselling Service here

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Free Mindfulness Programme for Adults & Young People in Maidstone

Mid Kent Mind have been funded by Golding Homes to offer a free Mindfulness programme for adults and young people in Maidstone and the surrounding areas – known as ‘Mindfulness and Me’.  The programme 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, you can visit the Mid Kent Mind website.

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Slow cooker course

Fusion are excited to announce that our Slow Cooker Course is back. The next course starts on Tuesday 6th October 5pm-6.30pm for 8 weeks. Spaces are limited so please call Sue on 01622 691177 for further information and to book your space.

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Golden Friends resumes

Fusion Maidstone are delighted to confirm our Golden Friends group will start again on Wednesday 9th September 2020 at Fusion Maidstone HLC 10.30am to 12.30pm. 

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The Rubin Clinic reopening

The Rubin sexual health clinic at Fusion is reopened and will operate every 1st and 3rd Wednesday starting from the 2nd September. Full details are on the poster below or got to the KCC website here

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Golding Home School job course

Golding homes has launched a new course for anyone who wishes to begin a new career in education. See the poster below or contact Penny Lowe on 07720 309 727 or email workwise@goldinghomes.org.uk for more information.