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Become Mental Health Aware – online.

MHFA England have launched an online version of the Adult Half Day training course.  Led by an approved instructor, the session on Thursday 28 May will cover:

  • What is mental health and the mental health continuum
  • Stress and stress management
  • Spotting signs of distress
  • Mental health conditions
  • My mental health toolkit

For more information or to book your place, please visit our website.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme this year is kindness. through out the week different organizations will be running various courses. Click on the mental health awareness week on the menu above to see what is being offered this week. you can also go to the mental health awareness week website here for more information and resources as well to find out how to get involved yourself throgh setting up online quizzes, tea and talk etc. you can also look at the free supporter pack which you cna dowbload below.

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Coronavirus fraud

Impersonation Fraud

Fraudsters are using Coronavirus as a way of pretending to pose as genuine organisations that they know people look to for advice, often trying to catch you off guard, and will use urgent or threatening excuses to make you panic, coercing you into following their instructions.

 Be vigilant to phone calls, out of the blue, especially those claiming to be from the police or fraud teams that ask you to move your money to another account, or be part of a fraud investigation. Banks would never ask you to do this.

Do not respond to any calls, emails or texts from companies saying that your computer or internet may be compromised, and that they need you to download software or an app so that they can have remote access to your device – especially if they tell you to log into your online banking. Banks would never ask you to do this and you shouldn’t give access to your bank accounts to anyone you don’t know or trust. 

Invoice redirection scams

It’s not difficult for fraudsters to find out invoice details and then pose as one of your regular suppliers.

If you receive an email from a supplier telling you an invoice is due for payment and that their account details have changed – be extremely vigilant! The email could be fake or the genuine suppliers email account could have been hacked.

Always contact the supplier directly using a trusted number (such as from their website) to verify the details, and ideally not using the contact details within the email, you could end up speaking to the fraudster!

Paper invoices could also be fake, so again verify with your supplier using trusted contact details, before you send any money.

Take Five to stop fraud

The Take Five national campaign, led by Financial Fraud Action UK and the UK Government, urges everyone to take a moment to think before you act. Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Take 5 and remember to Stop, Challenge and Protect.

Stop:
Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

Challenge:
Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Protect:
Contact your bank immediately (ideally from a different phone) if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

Fraud final reminders

If anybody calls, texts or emails out of the blue requesting personal, business or financial information in relation to Coronavirus, it’s likely to be a scaml Don’t be pressured into doing something you’re not sure about, any legitimate requests will allow you to check it out.

Covid-19 scams
You’ve probably heard there are criminals exploiting the current situation, and our most vulnerable residents are particularly at risk. It’s important to remind people to be vigilant, but also not to share any unverified information, which may serve only to increase people’s anxiety. You can find up-to-date, reliable and relevant information about scams on the social media accounts of:

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Coronavirus misinformation

There have been many misleading narratives about coronavirus being shared online. Units across government are working to combat false information and ensuring the public has the correct material to protect themselves and save lives.  This includes encouraging people to follow the correct expert medical advice and ensuring the correct information is shared through reliable sources.

The Centre for Countering Digital Hate has created this useful infographic below, explaining what to do if you see COVID-19 misinformation. You can also read the government’s full response here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-aid-to-tackle-global-spread-of-coronavirus-fake-news

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Release the pressure

A new text service has been launched across Kent and Medway for people of all ages needing mental health support.

As part of the Release the Pressure campaign, the texts are free on all major mobile networks and the service is provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line.

By texting the word “Kent” to 85258, you will start a conversation with one of the many trained and experienced volunteers who can give support at any time, wherever you are. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

The service will run in addition to the current 24/7 freephone helpline and is funded by the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) which is a collaboration between Kent County Council, Medway Council, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust and all the NHS organisations across Kent and Medway. You can find out more about the Release the Pressure helpline, the new text service and other community mental health support services by visiting www.releasethepressure.uk

It is free for the majority of phone networks – for full details see here  https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/release-the-pressure/release-the-pressure-text-service The service is provided by the national charity Shout. You can read more about how the service is provided here https://www.giveusashout.org/

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Life cafe project

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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Coronavirus (COVID-19) extremly vunerable and shielding advice

if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) or have recieved a letter or text message asking them to shield then please click here to gov.uk to register. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway. You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else.

if you have been asked to shield for 12 weeks via letter or text message then you can find the governments guidance on shielding here and NHS england have produced a FAQ document which can be found here.

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Parkwood Community Surgery

Maidstone Borough council will be running a community protection team surgery fortnightly from Thursday 2nd April between 10:30am to 11:30am. Check the poster below or click here for more details .

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New job hunting support

Both Golding homes and Clarion housing are running a new job hub inside The Mall Maidstone (formerly the Chequers centre) every Thursday morning between 10:00am to 12:00pm during term time. No appointment is necessary as it is drop in. Details are available below.

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Maidstone Youth Wellbeing Cafe

Maidstone MIND is currently running at its main office on College Road every Wednesday a youth cafe for those aged 12 to 17. This cafe will provide any mental health needs to those within that age group. If you like to know more please read the poster below for all the contact details.

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Kent Sheds

Are you over 18 and looking to learn new skills and make new friendships? Kent County council is running a initiative called Kent sheds which is part of the international men’s shed movement. Activities may include anything related to a shed such as metalwork, woodwork and others. If you like to be involved read the poster below for more information.

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Weight loss Journey

Want to start the new year with a healthy new start? Looking to lose weight, quit smoking or cut back on alcohol as part of you new year resolution? One you Kent is a initiative with various programs run by Kent County Council and Maidstone Borough Council. Google one you Kent for more details on the initiative such as the free mobile app, various courses on weight loss, becoming smoke free etc.

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Quiz Nights

Teams of 5 people £2 admission per person every Friday night.

Contact Aimee for more details.

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Welcome to Fusion

We aim to create a safe and healthy environment for all residents of Maidstone and provide a focal point for community development activities and an accessible resource centre for local residents.