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).
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.
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
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.
Mid Kent Mind are excited to share that some of our face-to-face services will be returning this May – providing our clients and service users with the opportunity to take part in some of our groups and services, and, crucially, with the chance to once again network with people in a face to face capacity.
All of our in-person services will be using a measured and appropriate approach – with measures put in place to ensure that our sessions are COVID-secure. Our in-building sessions will be running at a limited capacity to ensure that appropriate social distancing measures can be put in place, and our outdoors activities will also have social distancing measures in place to ensure that the safety of our clients and service users is paramount throughout.
You can find more details about this return to service, and some of the measures in place, here.
the Space 2 Be Me Team are hosting another parent workshop this month, which may be of interest to the families you work with.
This session will be led by special needs consultant Dr Mark Brown (www.shsn.co.uk), who has over 30 years experience of working with individuals with neurodiverse issues. During this session Mark will explore difficulties associated with sleep and children with special needs and provide tips for getting better sleep.
This workshop will take place on 29th April 2021 at 7pm via Zoom. It is free and booking is essential via Eventbrite www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/148762236855.
The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.
Mid Kent Mind are pleased to share that we are offering a limited-space evening session for our Suicide Prevention & Awareness training – with the hope being that this will provide people who would normally miss out on this training with the opportunity to take part in it.
The session will run from 5pm till 8pm on Tuesday the 18th of May, with a limited number of spaces available.
This 3 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 your space, please click here.
Message from the Chairman:
Last week my wife had her second ASTRA ZENECA vaccination. This is a lady who normally has a reaction to any jab she has, but no not this time, absolutely no after effects at all and a pain free injection.
Don’t be taken in by all you read and hear on the media, trust the NHS and have your Covid-19 jab. The massive drop in the death rate in the UK must be down to something.
Message from (former) Chief Officer
Are you weighing up the risks and benefits of choosing whether or not to have the Covid vaccine?
I would like to offer some information that may help with your decision. Recently my daughter contracted Covid from school, this was a surprise to not only our family but to her teachers and especially her friends as my daughter is particularly careful upon leaving the house to follow the guidance of wearing a face mask, washing her hands regularly, using hand sanitiser and socially distancing from others. This news was extremely distressing to us as not only were we very worried on how this would affect my daughter who is currently in the midst of taking her A level exams, we were worried how this would affect family members (one vulnerable shielded and one with underlying health conditions) who my daughter was so very keen in protecting.
Our family had taken the decision earlier this year to protect ourselves from Covid and had the vaccine, (Astro Zeneca and Pfizer). Throughout our isolation period my daughter kept herself to her room, we made sure that any areas outside of her room that she went into were thoroughly cleaned. My daughter experienced flu like symptoms, a persistent cough and extreme tiredness. She lost both her sense of taste and smell but not her appetite. Her symptoms carried on for just over a week, during this time period family members took Covid lateral flow tests and I am happy to say that no members became ill or displayed any symptoms at all and we continue to take these tests.
My daughter has now recovered and the only symptom to persist is the no sense of taste or smell. I thoroughly believe that without the protection of the vaccines members of my family would have required hospitalisation and I am so very glad that we made the decision to have the vaccine. I would recommend to everyone 100% to have the vaccine not only for your protection but for your peace of mind against Covid.
I thought I should update you on some news re vaccine effects.
I received my second vaccine last Thursday, and apart from a small soreness when I laid on that arm at night there was nothing else, in fact all soreness had gone by the morning.
I had told you about my cousin who is receiving chemo, and that she had received some bad side effects after her first vaccination. Well she had her second after discussions with her doctors which included taking paracetamol before and after and she had absolutely no side effects. Check with your Doctor before you try that.
There is a huge amount of bad publicity being put about by certain Senior European Politicians against the Astra Zeneca vaccine, despite what the Medical Experts are saying, including the Americans today. Listen to what our Medical Experts are telling you, politicians under pressure are not very good at medical advise. Over the years many people have told me that they were very ill after having the flu vaccine and have never had it since. Most of those have happily had the Covid vaccine, and have had no major side effects. One friend who is in his eighties had constantly refused to have the flu jab, but didn’t hesitate about the Covid jab, he has now had number 2.
Take care of yourselves, and as Corporal Jones would say “Don’t panic”.
On December 30th 2020, I had my first Covid-19 jab and during the next two weeks will have my second one.
I had no major complications. merely a slightly sore arm, when I slept on it that night, after that it was fine. Because she was in the age group below me my wife had her jab a month ago, and did have some soreness (she was Astro Zeneca, I was Pfizer.). In fact she had less reaction than she would normally have with her flu jab.
Both of us were very relieved to have been given the protection.
I know that there are lots of people who are refusing to have the Jab for a myriad of reasons. I also know that we will all know someone who had problems. In my case it was a cousin, but the reason behind hers was the chemo she is on. She was given the opportunity when she went for the jab to refuse it, but she took the decision that she felt safer having it. The complications she had have all gone and she is feeling fine, they will take a decision when it comes to the second one on the way forward.
We can all see from the figures, the effect the jab is having on hospital admissions and deaths. Think very carefully about rejecting the vaccine, it may save your life.
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.
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.
Mid Kent Mind are pleased to be partnering up with Olympia Boxing CIC to deliver six-weeks’ worth of FREE virtual boxing sessions for young people who are looking to try something new from the comfort of their own homes.
This programme has been designed to encourage young people to think about the mental health benefits that physical activity can have. There are lots of studies which show that enhanced physical activity can bring benefits for our wellbeing, so we hope that this programme will encourage young people to explore those benefits and maybe even adopt physical activity as a healthy coping strategy for when they feel distressed.
These sessions will be facilitated by one of Olympia Boxing CIC’s trained coaches, and will last for an hour – taking place from 5pm – 6pm. As mentioned, the course will last for six weeks – with the first session taking place on Wednesday the 24th of February.
For more details, and to book a space for a young person, please visit our website.
Offering a little help to children home schooling during this difficult time
As schools remain closed and families continue to struggle to support their children with home online learning, Charities are stepping in to help schools by donating resources.
Fusion Maidstone (a local charity) in Park Wood, is pleased to donate 10 brand new Fire 7 tablets to Tree Tops Primary Academy thanks to funding from KCC Councillor Gary Cooke. Tracey Elmore, Fusion’s Chief Officer said “We are committed to working in partnership with our local schools and county council to support families struggling at this time. Supporting children with education is key and an important foundation for success, we are very happy to help during this difficult time”.
Tree Tops Primary Academy provides a broad and balanced curriculum and all students are given every opportunity to develop to their full potential, intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. Tanya Shaw, Pastoral and Learning Support Manager said “This is fantastic, we are looking at supporting our families with children in year 2 and this will help tremendously. Once schools are back to normal, the tablets will be used in our reference library.”
Every year Kent County Council help community projects across Kent by using members grants to fund them, Gary Cooke said “Supporting local schools in the South East of Maidstone has always been and will always be a key priority of mine as the County Councillor, so I was delighted to be able to fund the purchase of these tablets for the use of pupils at Tree Tops in Park Wood. At a very difficult time for schools and their pupils – tablets such as these will provide much needed assistance to the pupils in their learning.”
Fusion Maidstone, a local charity based in the heart of Park Wood since 2003, provides various health and wellbeing services along with social support for the residents in the area and the wider community. If you need support please contact Fusion on 01622 691177 and we will be happy to help you. For more information about Fusion and what we do please visit our website www.fusionhlc.org.uk
Are you an expectant parent or did you become a mum or dad last year?We would like to invite you to take part in an online survey about your mental health and wellbeing around the timeof the birth of your child.For more information and to take part in this study, please scan the QR code or use the url-link below.
This workshop will provide information about PDA and challenging behaviour and explore strategies for all the family.
This will take place on Thursday 11th February 7pm-9pm via Zoom. This event is free. You can register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Booking is essential via Eventbrite.
Family mile have a host of family workouts available via their app, Facebook and YouTube channels
The App is downloadable via this link for apple phones or by searching Mason Mile on other devices https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/the-mason-mile/id1542989072
Family activity ideas on YouTube via this link https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2dMoGVHDsDmTRs32AVsrL2wCSXRWBq0m
Workouts on YouTube https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2dMoGVHDsDnDNhY-UOtvtBP6Hi5y1PqC
And finally our Facebook: www.Facebook.com/thefamilymile