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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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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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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.

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Redundancy Support Webinar

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

CV writing

Interview skills

Ways to build your resilience

When we’ll be running the webinar:

Monday 24th August (10:00am– 11:00am)

To join the event, please register your interest by emailing marketing@cxk.org and quoting ‘Redundancy Support Webinar’ in the subject line and stating which date you would like to attend.

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Blackthorn Trust Career Learning and Development Course

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. 

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Sudden breavement service

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 help@sudden.org 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. 

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Clarion Apprenticeships

Clarion futures has a apprenticehip program to help anyone train or retrain into a new profession. If you like to know more see the poster below.

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Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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.

Course outline:

introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences

understanding self-harm

suicide awareness

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

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Job Listings

to know more about any listing from Clarion housing or futures Email: JobsSouth@clarionhg.com or go to
www.myclarionhousing.com

contact workwise@goldinghomes.org.uk to register interest

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Hate crime digital surgeries

Kent police will be running a Hate Crime Surgery online via the Police Live-chat facility for residents of Maidstone and surrounding villages/wards, the first event being 29th July. Hate Crime is likely to go unreported to some extent and that victims will not always feel confident in speaking either in person or on the phone.  Whilst this is not a Crime reporting avenue, this is a new initiative and is an opportunity for victims of Hate Crime, whether reported or not, to have a real-time online conversation, seek support, guidance or any questions or concerns and also those who have questions who have not been a victim.   Hate crime comes in many forms – Disability, Sexuality, Gender, Age, Race, Religion. See the poster below for more details.

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Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind Are Changing to Mid Kent Mind

Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind are excited to share that, as an organisation, we are entering the next stage of our growth – with an upcoming rebrand to Mid Kent Mind designed to better reflect the areas where our support will be available.
 
As of next week we will begin to change our Social Media and online presence to reflect this next stage in growth for our organisation. Please rest assured that we are the same organisation, and will continue to offer the same level of support we always have – but we will just be doing this as a name which better encompasses all of the areas where we offer support.
 
We are excited to embark on this new stage in our organisation’s journey, and we look forward to continuing to work with our many partners, colleagues and supporters in the future.

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Recalibrate Wellbeing Programme

Have you been taking time recently to reflect on your health? Are you looking to make long term changes to your health and lifestyle? Golding Homes and Wellbeing People are sponsoring 24 local residents to enrol in this life changing 12 week health coaching programme.

To apply for one of the *24 places all you need to do is complete this Expression of Interest form.

Sponsored places open to both men and women of all ages.

Attend a weekly 60 minute online, small group coaching session with 5 others via Zoom.

Focus on a different goal each week to implement small progressive changes.

Wellbeing topics covered include motivation, sleep, exercise, nutrition, stress, hydration and much more.

Self-reflection and “progress not perfection” is the motto throughout the course.

First courses begin mid June and there is no cost to participants with each place being sponsored.

*Preference will be given to Golding Homes tenants.

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Live Well Kent

Live Well Kent are continuing to support to people aged 17+ across Kent with their mental health and wellbeing while making some adaptions to follow the latest official advice and guidance.

Staff will support you over the phone and online instead of face-to-face. Some of the services are using online chat forums to deliver one-to-one and group support.

Live Well Kent are still accepting referrals so if you need support or need to refer someone you can call the referral line on 0800 567 7699, or email info@livewellkent.org.uk 

For up-to-date information and advice about the Coronavirus, please visit our dedicated Coronavirus page.

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Vitual jobs fair

On the 12th June between 11:00am-12:00pm, the National Careers Service is working to bring job seekers and employers closer together by advertising vacancies across social media.

People can search for #JobsHour to find these vacancies or follow National Careers Service social media channels to find out more and see vacancies during the week. The National Careers Service will also provide free personalised careers information, advice and guidance for anyone wanting advice on vacancies, next steps or finding a role that is right for them.

Noteworthy additions to the second fair are the inclusion of more localised hashtags to help people to identify opportunities relevant to them and on Wednesday 10th June a live Facebook ‘Employment Workshop’ will give people tips on writing CVs and preparing for interviews.

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The Life Café @ Fusion Maidstone Healthy Living Centre

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.

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Breastfeeding celebration week

Breastfeeding Celebration Week will take place on 1st – 7th June 2020. The theme will be ‘Promoting and supporting breastfeeding during the Covid-19 pandemic’.

For more information and resources, please visit the Start4Life website, search for Start4Life and look and download the resources below.


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Couch to 5K

One You Couch to 5K is a 9 week running programme via smartphone app that can encourage even complete beginners to become more active, by making it easy and fun. Starting by running for just a minute at a time, the programme sets realistic expectations and makes the challenge feel achievable from the start. The app has also been updated to link to the latest advice on social distancing guidelines when exercising. To find out more click here

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Kent Sheds

The Kent Sheds project started in 2014 building on the international Men’s Sheds movement, in a bid to tackle issues such as loneliness, social isolation and mental health problems.

Now part of EU SBS Sheds, the project is a partnership of organisations from UK, Belgium, France and Holland. Kent County Council (KCC) receives EU funding and commissions Activmob to help create new sheds and develop existing ones.

Each Shed is unique to reflect local interest and skills. Very few are actual ‘sheds’ and most have engaging themes and venues such as fishing lakes, boats and allotments. Prior to lockdown in March 2020, there were 21 ‘real’ sheds and these have tried to continue in some fashion while another three new ‘virtual’ sheds have also been created.
 
67-year-old retired Programme Manager, Nigel, from the Staplehurst Shed said: “I helped get the shed up and running over two years ago and we have 33 members attend at least monthly when we are open.
“During current lockdown conditions, we’ve had weekly Zoom Calls with most members attending at some occasion. These calls cater for those who have the technology and those with just a telephone. We have members offering weekly quizzes and have also set-up a telephone communications tree where pockets of a few members keep in touch.
Activmob Director Caroline Hooper explained how they have been supporting the Sheds: “We saw how important it was to the Shed members to maintain connections, not only with their own Shed members but with other Sheds. We set up the Virtual Shed so members could continue to support each other.

“We have the Quiz Virtual Shed and the Activity Shed up and running, which bring people together in a common interest where they can talk and learn about things they may not have had an interest in before. Shed members have also said how important it is to have something to look forward to in the week, as all the days start to look the same.”
65-year-old John living in Maidstone has been a member of Cobtree Men’s Shed, Aylesford for nearly five years.
He said: “I have been a regular attendee of the weekly video conference meetings.
He added: “I would encourage others to join a Kent Shed so they can find out what others are doing and share information, problems, solutions, interests and skills.

For more information got to www.kentsheds.org and see leaflet attached for more information. 

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Coronavirus testing

An overview of the NHS test and trace service, including what happens if you test positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. Click here for more information

if you want to know if you are eligible for a test and how to get tested click here.