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Covid-19 Vaccine

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

All Covid-19 vaccinations will be provided through booked appointments. The
list of locations is for information only. Please do not directly contact or visit locations unless you have been invited to attend.

Site nameProviding vaccinations for
Abbey Court Medical Centre, Tunbridge WellsKingswood 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
Avicenna Medical Centre, LeybourneThornhills Medical Practice, Snodland Medical Practice, West Malling Group Practice,  Wateringbury Surgery, Phoenix Medical Practice
Blackthorn Medical Centre, MaidstoneAylesford Medical Centre, Blackthorn Medical Centre, College Practice
Bower Mount Medical Centre, MaidstoneBower Mount Medical Practice, Bower Mount Medical Practice, The Vine Medical Centre, Northumberland Court
Greensands Branch Surgery (Loose), MaidstoneAlbion Place Medical Practice, Greensand Health Centre – Stockett Lane, The Mote Medical Practice, Wallis Avenue Surgery

Headcorn Surgery 

(Begins week of 11 January)

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), MaidstoneBearsted Medical Practice, Len Valley Practice, Headcorn Surgery, Sutton Valence Surgery, Orchard Surgery (Langley)

Sevenoaks Medical Centre

(Begins week of 4 January)

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

Tonbridge Baptist Church

(Begins week of 11 January)

Hildenborough Medical Group, Tonbridge Medical Group (Dunorlan), Warders Medical Centre, Woodlands Health Centre, Hadlow Medical Centre

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

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:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers at high risk

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).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

for more information about the vaccine priority list click here.

Wait to be contacted

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.

Advice if you’re of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

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:

  • at high risk of getting coronavirus because of where you work
  • have a health condition that means you’re at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus

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.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you’re pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding on GOV.UK

 

How the COVID-19 vaccine is given

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.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

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.

Read about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

Read about the approved Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

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:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people
Information:

Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

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.

Allergic reactions

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:

  • a previous vaccine
  • a previous dose of the same COVID-19 vaccine
  • some medicines, household products or cosmetics

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.

 

Information:

You can report any suspected side effect using the Coronavirus Yellow Card safety scheme.

Visit the Coronavirus Yellow Card to report a vaccine side effect

COVID-19 vaccine ingredients

The 2 approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.

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COVID-19 Symption Free testing

More Symptom-free Testing Sites Opening in Kent

Another five rapid-result coronavirus (COVID-19) testing sites for people who don’t have symptoms are opening in Kent, in addition to 14 centres already in operation. 

The testing will find people who don’t currently have symptoms, who may be unknowingly spreading the virus in the community and the sites are part of a rolling programme to help reduce the rates of transmission in Kent.

In addition to sites already running across the county, people can now book for tests from today (12 January) using the link www.kent.gov.uk/symptomfreetest at the following venues (sites opening within the next week):

  • Swanscombe Centre Craylands Ln, DA10 0LP (open from 15 Jan)
  • Bat and Ball Centre, Cramptons Road Sevenoaks TN14 5DN (open from 15 Jan)
  • The Dray, The Hop Farm, Maidstone Rd, Paddock Wood, Beltring, Tonbridge TN12 6PY (open from 16 Jan)
  • Hawkinge Community Centre CT18 7FP (open from 16 Jan)
  • Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ (open from 18 Jan).

All symptom free testing sites will be open daily from 9am to 7pm. Children aged five-years-old and over can also be booked to take the test but will need assistance at the site from a parent/carer. It is recommended that people are tested frequently, every two weeks if possible.

People booking tests should be advised that if possible, they will need a QR code app reader or the NHS app already installed on their mobile phone. Assistance is available at the sites for registration if needed.

Sites already operating include Halfway, Sheerness; Ramsgate Port; Northfleet Youth Club, Gravesend; Swanley Youth Club; Dover Discovery Centre; Folkestone Library; Eurogate Business Park, Ashford; Kent Show Ground, Detling; Kemsley Community Centre; The Centre, Birchington; Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury; Larkfied Library; Fairfield Leisure Centre, Dartford  and Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. The full list and addresses can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/symptomfreetest

Once all 19 are open, there will be capacity for over 17,000 tests across Kent per day. To date, 53,260 tests have been conducted so far with 526 positive cases identified – a positivity rate of 0.99 per cent – this means that these asymptomatic people now know to self-isolate which reduces the spread to others.

Speaking regarding the rollout, KCC Leader Roger Gough said: “I previously outlined four crucial actions that will help us get out of tier four restrictions – following the guidelines; symptom-free testing; contact tracing and enforcement. Rapid testing, combined with additional resources in contact tracing, gives us the opportunity to make significant strides in identifying and containing the virus across the county.”

He added: “The symptom-free testing sites are being set up using funding from central government to support local councils in tier 4 to help reduce rates of COVID-19 and we have also received support from the military. The opening of these sites has been a huge partnership effort between Kent County Council, central Government and the 12 district and borough councils. We are working together to do everything we can to help Kent out of this situation.”

Lt Col James Cackett said: “We are extremely pleased that the recruitment of a civilian workforce to support the fight against COVID-19 has received significant interest and allows our military personnel to establish further symptom-free testing which, in turn, increases the council’s ability to identify symptomless carriers and remove them from the contact chain.”

Kent County Council Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark said: “Symptom-free testing sites will help people to come forward and book themselves regular tests so we can find those who may be unknowingly transmitting the virus either at home or at work. I would ask employers across the county to help with this by encouraging their staff to regularly attend for a test.

“Remember, up to 1 in 3 people may have COVID-19 without any symptoms at all and with this new strain that is more transmissible, we need to identify those people and encourage them to isolate so we break the chain of transmission. 

“The message to everyone across Kent is to keep following the restrictions and stay at home if possible. It’s important to self-isolate, not only after receiving a positive test result but also while you wait for the results.”

To book a test and for more information go to www.kent.gov.uk/symptomfreetest

Residents attending this testing will undergo a lateral flow swab test and will receive their result within a couple of hours of attending the test by text or email. If they are positive, they will be told to self-isolate, follow the national guidance and they will be instructed to have a PCR test to confirm their positive result. If they are negative, they must still continue to observe social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public and regularly wash hands.

These sites are in addition to the regional and local testing sites for people who have symptoms. If you have symptoms you should NOT attend one of our symptom-free testing sites but instead book a PCR test https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Covid testing update
As from 18 January county hall will be open to provide Asymptomatic testing in addition to the site at the Showground. It is recommended that people who continue to be active in the community through work etc should get regular Asymptomatic tests fortnightly.

Rapid-result coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for people who don’t have symptoms has started in Kent.

You can now book an appointment at one of the 14 sites across Kent and a further 10 sites will be opening over the coming weeks to help try to reduce the rates of COVID-19.

These sites are in addition to the regional and local testing sites for people who have symptoms. The symptom-free testing will find people who don’t currently have symptoms, who may be unknowingly spreading the virus in the community.

Symptom-free testing sites are being set up using funding from central government to support local councils and help reduce rates of COVID-19. if you like to book a test click here.

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Fake Vaccine scam

Fraudsters are sending out bogus text messages about the coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to steal bank details.

The scam tells recipients they are “eligible to apply for your vaccine” with a link to a bogus NHS website, trading standards officers have warned.

That, in turn, asks for personal information and – crucially – bank details “for verification”.

The warning comes the same day as MPs heard that Covid is leading some people into the net of pension fraudsters.

The fake NHS message is one of a range of scams which have sought to take advantage of the pandemic and the isolation and legitimate worries of potential victims, according to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

Others have included people travelling door-to-door selling counterfeit or useless protection equipment, or fraudsters claiming to be from the official test and trace service and demanding payments.

The latest scam is preying on those elderly or vulnerable people who are fully expecting to receive legitimate information about their vaccine.

Health authorities have stressed they would never ask for an individual’s banking details.

Fake text message

Katherine Hart, lead office at the CTSI, said: “I have been tracking and warning the public about Covid-related scams since the beginning of the pandemic, and at every stage of response, unscrupulous individuals have modified their campaigns to defraud the public.

“The vaccine brings great hope for an end to the pandemic and lockdowns, but some only wish to create even further misery by defrauding others. The NHS will never ask you for banking details, passwords, or PIN numbers and these should serve as instant red flags.”

She urged people to report the scams to Action Fraud or Police Scotland.

File picture of older people
image captionPensions have been stolen or put into high-risk schemes

The warning came as MPs on the Work and Pensions Select Committee heard how fraudsters were seizing on victims’ financial uncertainty during the pandemic to draw them into pension scams.

Rules allowing people to withdraw cash from their pension pot from the age of 55 have led some people to move money into investment schemes which look generous, but are simply vehicles to steal money.

“Household finances are stretched and so the temptations to use savings or to be tempted by offers of ‘free pension reviews’, for example, which we’ve warned about, are very real,” Mark Steward, from the Financial Conduct Authority told the committee.

“Of course, a ‘free pension review’ is hardly free. It is the first step on a process that will lead someone to investing in something that is too good to be true.”

Social media misuse

He said that fraudsters had used social media advertising to “industrialise” this kind of fraud.

Whereas previously, fraudsters had to produce sophisticated glossy brochures and office fronts, they could now operate in anonymity on social media, sending fake information to millions of people.

Millions of pounds have been lost to pension scams in recent years, but it is a crime considered to be widely under-reported by victims and pension companies.

Graeme Biggar, director general of the National Economic Crime Centre, told the committee that fraudsters were continuing to use new avenues to reach potential victims.

“What we’re looking to do next is to move on to fake comparison websites, which is this new gateway into investment frauds, to spot those and take them down at source,” he said.

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The Black and Asian Family Covid-19 Helpline

Barnardo’s has launched a vital new support service  which we believe will make apositive difference to the lives of many Black, Asian and minority ethnic children, young people and their families impacted by Covid-19. 

This is a UK-wide helpline which will focus on issues specifically affecting children, young people and families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, who as we all know, have been hardest hit by the pandemic. The new service is a free telephone helpline and web chat facility for children, young people and families from these communities who are suffering the long-lasting and wide-ranging impact of Covid-19. Barnardo’s specialist advisors will aim to provide on-going support on a complex range of issues including mental health, bereavement, family break-down, neglect, back to school, parenting advice, counselling, family stress, discrimination, barriers to services and more. 

You can find out more about the new helpline here: helpline.barnardos.org.uk/helpline 

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Fusion Maidstone and the Sexual Health clinic remain closed until further notice. The NHS Diabetic Screening clinic is operating with reduced clinics please call 01233 880000 for details. For all coronavirus news please see the coronavirus section above.

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 Sexual Health clinic and computer/printer services until further notice 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. Please Note the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Clinic is operating reduced clinics. If you have an appointment please still attend or to rebook call 01233 880000. We wish you well in the present situation and thank you for your continued understanding. Fusion Maidstone

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CORONAVIRUS: New testing centre opens up on Maidstone housing estate

A COVID-19 testing centre has opened up in Maidstone PRE-BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ONLY – NO WALK INS.

It is located at the Shepway Youth and Community Centre car park in Cumberland Avenue, Shepway.

It is only open to those showing symptoms, such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. 

Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. 

MP Helen Whately said: “Our focus now must be on bringing down the rates of infection in our community so we can lift more restrictions and get more parts of our lives back to some form of normality.

“Regular testing should help with this, so I’m pleased that NHS Test and Trace will be opening a Local Test Site at Shepway Youth Centre car park – making it easier for more people in Maidstone to get a test.”

Patients with possible symptoms should book or order a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus. Those unable to access the internet can call 119 in England, to book a test.

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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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Mid-Kent Bank holiday workshop

Mid-Kent Mind are pleased to announce that we are organising a free ‘Bank Holiday Wellbeing Workshop’ for young people between the ages of eight and seventeen – with a particular focus on young people who live in Maidstone and Swale.

The stream will take place on August the 31st, and it is hoped that the stream will be able to function as an interactive session which will both provide young people with an opportunity to try new and exciting activities, and also will function as an opportunity for young people to learn more about building emotional resilience. 

Mid-Kent Mind are working with partners to offer a range of pre-recorded sessions which will be streamed live on the day. These will include things like physical activity sessions facilitated by coaches, and also wellbeing sessions which will focus on equipping young people with the tools and knowledge to better manage their mental health as they return to school this September. 

It is safe to say that the return to a new normal is a daunting one for many young people – so we hope that this event will serve as a medium through which we can really help to alleviate the potential anxieties which may be bubbling away in young people under the surface – putting them in the best possible position for their return to school. 

The live stream will be available entirely free of charge, but will not be available for long after it has streamed, meaning that exclusive access will only be available on the day. Spaces are not limited – so as many young people as possible can benefit from this event. 

Nearer the time we will debut a timetable, and will also begin to announce our event partners to give a rough format for the day. 

For more details, please visit our website.

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FREE Drop-In Virtual Wellbeing Café For Young People In The Maidstone & Mid-Kent Area

Mid-Kent Mind are offering two unique Virtual Wellbeing Café services which young people will be able to access for a little bit of additional support and guidance during this challenging period of time.
 
As a part of this drop-in support, we have developed a Digital Chatroom which will be accessible for young people through the format of a ZOOM room which will be facilitated by Mid-Kent Mind’s Wellbeing Workers.
 
As a part of these sessions, young people will have the opportunity to take part in Quizzes and other online activities, but will also have the opportunity to ask questions to our workers and offload any thoughts and feelings which the current situation may have effected.
 
The two sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm – 5pm, with 8-12 year olds able to access the Tuesday sessions, and 13-17 year olds able to access the Thursday sessions.
 
Full details can be found here on the Mid Kent Mind website.

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Mid-Kent Mind Suicide Prevention & Awareness

New Dates for Mid-Kent Mind’s Suicide Prevention & Awareness training are now available – funded generously by Kent County Council, Medway Council and Transforming Health and Social Care in Kent and Medway.
 
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 full details on how you can access this FREE training, please visit our website

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Mental health awareness courses

Mid-Kent Mind are excited to share that, following the success of both our Tier One and Tier Two Mental Health Awareness courses, we have been able to develop a Tier Three training package to offer more in-depth mental health knowledge.

Our new Tier Three MHA sessions complement the existing Tier One and Tier Two sessions – building on some elements to give a much more comprehensive breakdown of certain subject matter.

This is a three hour training session which includes the following:

Self-Harm – Facts and awareness

Recognise signs and understand the causes

Introduce the self-harm cycle

Myth busting and harm minimisation/delay techniques

Eating disorders – Facts and awareness

Recognise signs of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating, OSFED

Understanding Body Dysmorphia and Muscle Dysmorphia (Bigorexia)

Understand cause and maintenance factors

Introduce the link between Autism and Anorexia Nervosa

Currently, all three Tiers of Mental Health Awareness training are available for free thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. For full details, please visit our website.

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Virtual afternoon tea

On Saturday 25th July, Mid-Kent Motor Neurone Association are holding a virtual afternoon tea for anyone interested including carers, friends and supporters.

If anyone is interested in joining us please phone Sheila 01634 723677  or Annette on 01622 820719 and we will send on the links that are required to join. 

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Heart of Kent Hospice

Living well programme

Our Living Well programme offers free, enjoyable activities and therapeutic sessions to enhance comfort, health and happiness among our patients and their loved ones. From arts and craft to exercise and relaxation, these short sessions are constantly reviewed and expanded to give you, your family and carers even more opportunity to live well.

Unfortunately because of coronavirus we are unable to run our full Living Well programme. However we are delighted to be able to bring you some sessions using the online platform, Zoom.  All the sessions can be booked by emailing the Living Well Co-ordinator, Kelly Moore on Kelly.moore@hokh.co.uk or by calling 01622 792200 ext 258.

We have also set up a peer-to-peer support group on Facebook which is open to all our patients and their carers.  This closed group will enable you to connect and support each other.  You can ask our Family Support Team for the details on 01622 792200 ext 260 or email fst@hokh.co.uk, or request to join the group on Facebook using  this link: shorturl.at/ips35.

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Coronavirus advice for parents

Below is advice from KCC for parents for supporting children. You can download the leflet by clicking download or viewing the images below

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KCC Loneliness Survey

It is estimated that loneliness affects over 30,000 older people in Kent, but we know that it is not just an issue for the elderly.  Loneliness is a highly personal experience that can have a significant impact on someone’s physical and mental health.

The current Covid-19 crisis has highlighted loneliness as an experience that anyone can have and raised awareness of this issue across the country. Many people who would not have considered themselves lonely have felt so as a result of implementing social distancing measures, becoming disconnected from friends, family and their communities.

We are asking people to complete our Loneliness survey to help us understand not only how many people in Kent are or have experienced loneliness, but also what has helped them during this time.
We would like to ask for your help in promoting the survey with any people that you think would be interested in completing it so we can get their feedback.  We would also like to hear from you as well.    
This is an opportunity for people to give their honest, confidential views on their lived experience over the past two months. 

It should take about 10 minutes to complete the survey.  We’ve made it as quick and easy as possible with tick box statements, as well as a number of free text boxes.  

Click on Loneliness Survey to go to the survey as we do want to hear from you and other people in your community.

Our survey will close on Friday, 24 July 2020.

All views and feedback that we receive from the survey will be analysed and reported on in due course.

Together we can address loneliness, helping people to feel connected and valued, by working together as a community.

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KCC Residents Choir

We would like to invite you to join our virtual community choir, which runs on a Saturday afternoon from 2.30pm, for around three quarters of an hour. We will try to do several songs each week for which we will send out lyric sheets in advance if you register to attend, so that everyone can sing the same words!

We will be running this via the online video streaming platform ‘Zoom’. Whilst people joining will only be able to hear the person running the choir (to avoid sound delay issues) they will be able to see everyone else who has joined signing along with them.

There are limited places so, please specify how many devices you would be looking to connect up to if more than one, and please ensure that anyone else you know who wishes to join also completes the form. If demand exceeds capacity, we will look at whether we can run additional sessions. Cut off time for signing up via the form for each week’s choir is 5pm on the Thursday afternoon of that week’s choir.

The link and lyrics will be sent the day after (Friday). We’ll assume you want to continue attending each week as per your sign up details unless you tell us otherwise.

Please complete this form and we will send you an email with how to use Zoom and the link to join. For more details contact Chris Wimhurst on 03000 410966 or email christopher.wimhurst@kent.gov.uk

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Muslim Women’s Network UK Helpline

In this time of uncertainty and self-isolation, I am writing to let you know that the Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK) is still open and we are currently working from home. Calls are being diverted to mobile phones, also emails and web chat are fully functional. Referrals can still be made to those who seek help and advice. The MWN Helpline is open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm.
The helpline has a dedicated team of awesome women both paid staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds, and offer support and advice in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Mirpuri, Putwari, Hindko, Bengali and Zulu. They have undergone extensive training and deliver a professional and compassionate service. We work within the principles of confidentiality and General Data Protection Regulation. Go to https://www.mwnhelpline.co.uk/ for more information.

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Healing Voices Virtual Choir

Why not come and join us at Healing Voices? No singing or musical experience is needed and everyone is welcome. There’s no charge – although donations are always welcome.

Our singing groups are continuing virtually, via Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic. To take part, please email Kathryn at healingvoiceskent@gmail.com and make sure you have downloaded the Zoom app. 

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Choices Domestic Abuse Service

iCan is a free programme for young boys in need of therapeutic support in Tonbridge and Malling and Maidstone. iCan, was designed for one-to-one work with adolescent boys aged 14-16, affected by domestic abuse through their family or intimate relationships. They may be isolated with a limited support network and are presenting with behaviours linked to trauma such as anxiety, low mood, disengagement, risk taking behaviour or difficulty building relationships.

The programme can help them deal with trauma and help teach them coping strategies as well as appropriate ways of communication. 

iCan is a client-led intervention program which is designed to tackle to needs of the individual, as such topics can range from healthy relationships, drugs, sexual health, alcohol, gang culture and mental health etc.

If you know of anyone who might benefit from this service, please contact Isabella Thorp at isabella.thorp@choicesdaservice.org.uk 

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Maidstone MIND boxing lessons

Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind are delighted to share that we have received funding from Kent Sport to deliver free virtual boxing lessons for young people, in conjunction with the team from Olympia Boxing CIC.
 
The sessions are being made available through MMK Mind’s YouTube channel, and will provide young people with a once-weekly lesson between thirty and forty-five minutes in length, for twelve weeks.
 
It is hoped that these sessions will encourage young people to embrace and learn new activities, whilst also underpinning the real values that physical activity can have on our overall mental health and wellbeing. Both organisations would like to continue to develop the programme in the future – further exploring the intrinsic relationship between mental and physical health.
 
For full details on the programme, and how young people can get involved, please visit the following webpage. 

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National Careers Service


The National Careers Service is adapting the way it delivers its offering to ensure it can continue to provide an uninterrupted service to thousands of citizens across the South East.

The National Careers Service provides free, professional and impartial advice on getting a new job, changing careers, training, education and the labour market; support which is available to anyone aged 13+ and living in England. Whilst the face-to-face service is currently unavailable, individuals can now access that support using a multitude of alternative channels, including webchat, over the telephone, via video call, and through social media.

Debbie Lloyd, Assistant Director of National Careers Service South East, said; “Whether someone is needing support to find a short-term job, looking for a new career, or looking to build confidence and assess their skills, we have qualified advisers here to support them.

“At this time, there is also a great deal of opportunity to explore online learning. Our advisers are best placed to help individuals identify the right learning opportunity and have access to thousands of courses and training providers.”
Our free service can support individuals to:

Build confidence

Complete a skills assessment

Review/ update their CV

Develop online interview skills

Identify online training opportunities

Get new qualifications

Plan the next steps of their career

The national careers service also provides:

Careers Advice and Guidance  – delivering 121 sessions over the phone, webinars covering subjects such as CV, Interview Skills, Job Search etc.

Redundancy work  – continuing as normal with support provided over the telephone. Also planning a redundancy virtual webinar – details to be released shortly.

Furloughed Workers – working with employees that have been put on furlough. Offering access to a  furlough enrichment programme which could include a 121 careers interview and attending webinars and virtual sessions on resilience, taking the opportunity to refresh a cv, looking at upskilling or professional development with distance learning,  If the furloughed jobs are made redundant to offer redundancy support.

Schools, colleges, universities,  Parents and Carers – reaching out to offer Covid response support for example looking at resources for school leavers, college leavers and graduates. Supporting parents and carers and their children.

Volunteering during Covid response – offering support through distance learning and a careers interview to support their volunteer placement and help the person in their self development.

The National Careers Service is completely free of charge, and accessible to anyone aged 13+ and living in England. Please visit the National Careers Service website or call 0800 100 900, or 01233 600 600 for existing customers.

The National Careers Service have created a number of webinars which cna be accessed below:

Effective Job searching – Lisa Nicolaides  https://youtu.be/ZegP5fCmDPA

Furlough enrichment webinar for employers – Angela Fisher https://youtu.be/v73_8DdjOmo

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One You Kent Digital

The One You team in West Kent have been very busy over the last few months, providing befriending and support services to those who have needed it during the lockdown period.

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, we, like many services have had to change the way we interact with people. We have continued to support those who would like to lose weight, move more, drink less and quit smoking including running a successful trial of an online weight loss group.

Due to this success, following government guidelines, we are re-launching One You as a digital service until we can return to seeing clients face-to-face. This will include online weight loss groups, 1:1 video consultations and much more to help keep clients engaged and on track. To refer into our service, complete the online referral form. If you would like to contact us about anything, please send us an email to westkentoneyou@nhs.net or call 0300 020 0636

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Free Online Yoga Taster Session- 10th June

This free, online yoga session is a short introduction to some basic yoga, to prepare you for getting back into ‘normal life’. The skills we will learn include:

Breathing and relaxation techniques

Mobilisation to keep yourself active

Techniques to stretch out tight muscles

If you or anyone you may know would be interested in attending this online taster session, please see the attached poster for more information.

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Explore Kent

Explore Kent is striving to help everyone stay active and maintain their connection to the outdoors – both of which will be important to our physical and mental wellbeing during these stressful and uncertain times.

Please visit the Explore Kent website to see their suggestions about staying local for exercise and staying connected with nature.

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Crosslight Advice: Free Online Management Course

The Money Course is a simple budgeting course hosted live online, to help you to get on top of your finances. 

The Money Course will help you:

Learn how to create your own budget

Learn some simple tips for getting your budgets to balance

Think through issues of debt and the wise use of credit

Explore some principles around money that could improve your mental well-being

Discover practical tools to manage your money day by day

The course is run as a series of interactive sessions hosted live online. Each session includes space for practical exercises and the opportunity for discussion if you would like it. 
To sign up, please visit Crosslight Advice.