Mid Kent Mind are offering more Mindfulness sessions for adults in the Mid Kent area thanks to generous funding from The Cobtree Charity Trust.
This 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 on this programme, and how to book a space, please click here: https://www.maidstonemind.org/adult-virtual-mindfulness-sessions/
Adult RAPs are being offered to increase the wellbeing and improve the mental health of those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. These one-on-one sessions with Mid Kent Mind’s wellbeing workers will provide people with structured support as they begin to return to life under the ‘New Normal’.
Over the course of a Recovery Action Plan, people will have the opportunity to identify areas where they may have struggled during the pandemic, and will be encouraged and supported as they take proactively steps to manage those areas in the future.
The Recovery Action Plan consists of the ten following areas:
For more details on how to book a six-week Recovery Action Plan, click here: https://www.maidstonemind.org/virtual-recovery-action-plans/
We have a range of Bounce Back dates available this September – providing young people with the opportunity to build their emotional resilience and develop their knowledge and understanding of mental health.
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 on our Bounce Back courses, and how young people can book a space onto these sessions, please click here: https://www.maidstonemind.org/virtual-bounce-back-courses/
Space 2 Be Me are pleased to share details of our Virtual Space 2 Talk drop-in sessions for September – December.
We are continuing to use a booking system for these sessions. To book, please go to the relevant Eventbrite link:
September 17th 12pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168614714149
October 11th 8pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168618256745
November 10th 10am https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168619478399
December 7th 1pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168620334961
If you have any issues with booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid Kent Mind are offering free spaces on a virtual Quiz session for young people later this September – titled ‘Big Fat Quiz Of The Summer’.
As part of the Reconnect Programme, Mid Kent Mind are delighted to share another project delivered in partnership with Youth Resilience UK – our Big Fat Quiz Of The Summer.
Let’s start with the most important thing – this isn’t a competitive session, and we don’t want young people to feel as though they have to compare themselves to others by taking part in these sessions. This Quiz session is all about bringing young people together and providing a safe space and time where young people can meet new people, network, and build a support network of friends who can support them as they return to school this September.
We hope that by giving young people an event to look forward to, we can provide young people with a well-being boost so that they feel positive and prepared for their return to the school environment. The key aim here is to encourage a positive sense of well-being – with the quiz just being a medium through which we can bring people together.
We know that balancing engagement with the quiz is important, too – so young people who do take part and win the quiz will have a chance to win an Amazon Voucher. We’re keen to stress that the focus isn’t a competitive one. Rather, we’re encouraging young people to take part and we hope they feel a sense of achievement from taking a step towards networking with other young people.
For more details, people are encouraged to visit:
Working with Youth Resilience UK, we are providing a free three-week Calligraphy Programme for young people in the Maidstone area.
This three-week Calligraphy course which will encourage young people to learn basic skills around calligraphy. As a part of the group they will have the opportunity to learn how to create name tags and place cards.
The hope is that this group will encourage young people to develop new skills and interests – benefitting their wellbeing during an otherwise difficult and challenging period of time.
All participants receive a free Calligraphy Starter Kit.
For details on how to register your interest, please visit the mid kent mind website.
This group is all themed around bringing young people together during the Summer Holidays – encouraging them to make new friends and experience the benefits of peer support whilst also developing their understanding of how doing things which they enjoy can have benefits for their wellbeing.
Every week young people who take part in the Social Quiz will have the opportunity to win a £5 Amazon Voucher – with the hope being that this will provide an incentive for young people to proactively engage with the group.
For details on how to register your interest, please visit the mid kent mind website.
Life After Lockdown is a course developed in partnership with Youth Resilience UK which aims to provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to better adapt to the ‘new normal’ which we are all dealing with.
This four-week programme of one-hour sessions is designed to explore social networks, isolation, and also how we all manage our relationships following the long-term lockdown necessary during the pandemic.
By exploring these areas (alongside others!) we hope to have open discussions with young people with the aim of developing emotional resilience so young people are better equipped for a return to schools this September.
As a part of this programme, young people are encouraged to take part in a Mindful Bingo sheet over the Summer holidays – encouraging young people to embrace the benefits of mindfulness over the holiday period. Any young person completing this will be in with a chance of winning a £25 Amazon Voucher.
For details on how to register your interest, please visit the mid kent mind website.
We are delighted to share that, thanks to funding through the HeadStart Kent programme, we are able to offer free 1/2 Day MHFA Youth training for Parents & Carers across Kent.
This training provides a fantastic opportunity for parents and carers to learn more about the problems which face their young people, and crucially, how they can support them with their mental health and wellbeing.
This introductory MHFA session raises awareness of young people’s mental health. It covers:
For more details on how to book, please click here.
Space 2 Be Me are delighted to announce their summer programme of face to face events and activities, details of which are available on their website https://space2beme.org.uk/tag/event/ These consist of both family events, and Space 2 Be Me Time activities (giving parents and carers some time to themselves).
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. Please note that Fusion is NOT administering any vaccine. Please see below on where and how to get yours.
|Site name||Providing vaccinations for|
|Avicenna Medical Centre, West Malling||Open to anyone, bookings through the national booking service online or call 119|
|From 20 May 2021 patients from these surgeries should use the national booking service online or call 119||Aylesford Medical Centre, Blackthorn Medical Centre, College Practice|
|Bower Mount Medical Centre, Maidstone||Bower Mount Medical Practice, Brewer Street Surgery, The Vine Medical Centre, Northumberland Court|
|From 20 May 2021 patients from these surgeries should use the national booking service online or call 119||Albion Place Medical Practice, Greensand Health Centre – Stockett Lane, The Mote Medical Practice, Wallis Avenue Surgery|
|From 20 May 2021 patients from these surgeries should use the national booking service online or call 119||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), Maidstone||Bearsted Medical Practice, Len Valley Practice, Headcorn Surgery, Sutton Valence Surgery, Orchard Surgery (Langley)|
|Kingswood 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|
|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|
|Hildenborough Medical Group, Tonbridge Medical Group (Dunorlan), Warders Medical Centre, Woodlands Health Centre, Hadlow Medical Centre|
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:
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).
for more information about the vaccine priority list click here.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.
Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
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.
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:
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.
You can report any suspected side effect using the Coronavirus Yellow Card safety scheme.
The 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.
150 000 people with learning difficulties added to vaccine priority list: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56181154
Mid Kent Mind are pleased to share that we are providing a new date for our Taming My Temper course thanks to funding from the Canterbury Early Help Team.
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.
For more details on how a young person can book a space, please visit our website.
Did you know that Mid Kent Mind provide a safe, virtual drop-in space for young people between the ages of 9 and 18?
Our Youth Wellbeing Café takes place every week on a Tuesday, providing a drop-in session which young people can access between 4pm and 5pm. The Café aims to provide young people with a safe space where they can seek support from both our staff and their peers whilst also taking part in fun activities like quizzes, crafts and more.
There is no cost to attend our Wellbeing Café sessions – but notifying us that a young person may attend is useful in allowing us to prepare for additional numbers.
For more details, click here.
Mid Kent Mind are continuing to provide a Low-Cost Counselling Service to any who is over the age of eighteen. We have a range of flexible appointments available to suit your needs, and can offer face-to-face counselling, or counselling via the telephone or on a video call.
This service aims to give you a safe time and place where you can talk to someone who won’t judge you, whilst also providing you with the opportunity to make sense of things and better understand yourself. A large number of our counsellors are trainee counsellors – hence the ability to provide this service at a low-cost.
Sessions are available at the flat rate of £15 per session.
For more details, visit our website.
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 24th June 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://www.paypal.com/instantcomm…/checkout/DGRBKLT5D6TE8.
3. During the day on the 24th June 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 24th June 2021. Any tickets purchased after the cut-off time will be rolled over to the next virtual bingo session in June.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 email@example.com.
Mid Kent Mind are continuing to offer FREE spaces on our Coping with Life programme for individuals who are registered with Live Well Kent.
Over the course of a five-week programme, people will have the opportunity to learn more about Anxiety, Stress and Depression, and will allow them to explore these problems and learn more about positive and proactive coping mechanisms can be used to manage them.
This course aims to equip people with the tools and the knowledge to overcome adversities which they may face throughout life.
For more details, click here.
‘Mind the Knife’ Programme for Secondary School aged children
Mid-Kent Mind are pleased to be partnering with Youth Resilience UK to deliver a brand-new programme in Maidstone, known as ‘Mind the Knife’.
The programme has been funded by the Home Office and the Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and aims to look at the potential ties between knife crime and poor mental health.
Over the course of a five-week programme, young people will have the opportunity to explore practical ideas around how they can keep themselves safe without breaking the law. This will be combined with a resilience-driven focus, encouraging young people to build and develop positive coping strategies which help to boost both their self-esteem and confidence – leading to an improved self-image.
The programme will combine M-K Mind’s wellbeing and resilience focus with Youth Resilience UK’s specialist knowledge around knife crime – enabling the course to go more in-depth around particular problem areas which young people may encounter.
For more details, visit the following webpage: https://www.maidstonemind.org/mind-the-knife/
This space2beme parent workshop will focus on puberty in children and young people with additional needs led by Dr Mark Brown, who has over 30 years experience of working with individuals with neurodiverse issues.
Mark will explore the issues faced by children and teenagers with a learning disability and/or autism, when they are going through puberty, and the impact this can have on their family and wider circle. Topics covered will include:-
•Identifying the characteristics of puberty that can have a significant effect on young people
•Providing an understanding of anger management related to puberty
•Practical approaches which can be taken to address inappropriate sexualised behaviours
•How it’s never too early to start planning for puberty
The session will take place on 17th June 2021 at 7pm via Zoom and is free.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to funding restrictions, families from Maidstone (including non-members) will be prioritised for this event, then members, and finally families in West Kent. Register via Eventbrite and we will check your eligibility. We will only contact you if there is an issue, otherwise assume your booking remains.
Please click below to book:
Puberty Workshop – Hosted by Space 2 Be Me
Mid Kent Mind are pleased to be offering new dates for our Life After Lockdown Course – a course which has been funded through The National Lottery Community Fund, and which has been developed in partnership with Youth Resilience UK.
This course aims to look at some of the key areas which may have been affected during the pandemic – including social networks, isolation and also how we can manage our relationships following periods of lockdown.
The hope is to use this course as a platform to explore the anxieties facing young people as we return to a ‘new normal’, so that we can better equip them with the tools and the emotional resilience to thrive in this new environment.
For more details on the dates for this course, and how young people can access them, please visit their website.
Mid Kent Mind are excited to be able to debut the next lot of dates for our highly-demanded Mental Health Awareness Training – just in time to mark the importance of Mental Health Awareness Week.
These free sessions cover a range of different topics – including Stress, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, and more. New for this batch of dates is a brand-new course looking at Psychosis, as well as the removal of charges for our Social Media and Mental Health course – meaning there are now more options than ever under our free ‘Mental Health Awareness’ training.
For more details on all the new dates, and how you can access them, please visit our website.
If you are unemployed, live in Kent or East Sussex, and feel that your mental health is holding you back, we can help. Aspirations is a free service from Porchlight for anyone over 25 who is not currently in employment.
Porchlight can help you improve your mental health and achieve whatever it is you feel your mental health is holding you back from. It could be joining a local group, gaining new skills or finding the job you want.
Whatever your circumstances, you won’t be judged and what we discuss will remain confidential. The activities are all completely free and people do not have to take part in a specific number of activities. People can choose which ones work best for them.
We wanted to keep you up to date with the activities we have planned for this summer. Anyone signed up to Aspirations can take part in the events and we are now able to offer a range of both virtual and in person events.
They are all completely free and there is no expectation to take part in a specific number of activities – people can choose which ones work best for them.