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Mind the Knife

‘Mind the Knife’ Programme for Secondary School aged children

Maidstone and 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 MMK 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.

Two FREE five-week courses are available for members of the public. Both will begin on the 25th of February 2020, and will run from 10am till 11:30am, and from 12noon till 1:30pm. These hour and a half sessions will take place at Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind’s office on College Road in Maidstone (ME15 6YH).

For more details, visit the following webpage:

Alternatively, you can E-Mail James Walker directly via

Amazon smile

Fusion has enrolled into the Amazon smile program. Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Just go here, login to you amazon account and search for Fusion Maidstone.

Age uk drop in clinic

Every Friday between 1:00pm and 4:00pm Fusion hosts a drop in clinic for Age UK Maidstone for older people. This clinic will offer advice on benefits and pensions, check to see if you are receiving the right amount of benefits and help with blue badge applications. Details are in the poster below.

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.

Weight watchers

From Wednesday 28th August and Saturday 31st August and every Wednesday and Saturday thereafter Fusion will host the park wood weight watchers workshop where a specially trained weight watchers coach will help you lose weight in a supportive environment. Read the poster for more information.

Fusion at Park Wood fete

On Saturday 3rd August fusion with the support of Aldi and Thanet Earth had a successful stand at the Park Wood fete which fusion has long supported. Below is a gallery of pictures from that successful day and we thank everybody who supported us at the fete.

New shine course

From September the princess project with funding from the health lottery will be running on every Tuesday 10:00am to 12:00pm for 8 week course designed to help women release their full potential and feel more empowered in a fun and relaxed environment. If you like to know more please see the poster below for more details.

Get active program

This summer a new kids sports program is being run in not only in Park Wood but in various places in the south of Maidstone and in Marden. The project is being run by the Charlton Athletic community fund and funded by Golding homes. If you need any more details please see the posters below.

FLASH NEWS Fusion Maidstone was broken into in the early hours of the 4th July and considerable damage was done. The centre however is open as usual and all activities are operating as normally.

KM Article – 5/7/19

Break-in at Fusion Healthy Living centre in Park Wood Maidstone

By Alan Smith

Thieves have broken into the Fusion Healthy Living Centre in Park Wood.

They smashed through a security shutter and double window to gain access to the centre in Cobb Way.

Fusion exists to help the disadvantaged on Maidstone’s largest social housing estate.

The Healthy Living Centre in Park Wood
The point of entry

Neighbour Donald Wright said: “Fusion looks after the needs of people living in Park Wood and the surrounding area. It is a charity and relies heavily on funding from the KCC and donations.

“How someone can stoop so low as to steal from an organisation that is trying to help others beggars belief.”

The break-in occurred at around 4am on Thursday, July 4. It was spotted and the police were called, but arrived just too late to catch the thief.

Although only a tiny sum of money was stolen, the damage, disruption and prospect of increased insurance premiums have had a significant effect on the charity.

Anyone with information that will help the police should call 101.

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.

Resilient Minds

Resilient minds is a one day course run by Maidstone MIND which will take place on Tuesday 30th July. It has been designed for parents with children aged 17 and over who may have mental health issues or coginitive and neurological complaints such as ADHD or autism. Please see the poster below for more details.

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.

Parental resilence course

Do you feel as a parent want to be able to bounce back or to be able to cope with something new? MIND Maidstone is running a new one day course which can help you cope and introduce cognitive behavioral techniques to help parent cope with mental health issues. Please look at the poster below for details.

Fusion is back online with a new re-vamped website

We are excited to be back online!

Our website is still ‘work in progress’ so please do keep visiting back whilst we add more information.

“Thank you for your continued support and guidance in helping us support the local Park Wood, and Maidstone-wide, community.” ~ From all of us at Fusion!