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FREE Dates For Parental Resilience Courses

Mid Kent Mind are pleased to share that, as part of our Reaching Communities Programme (funded by The National Lottery Community Fund), we are pleased to share that we are offering a new programme of Parental Resilience Courses designed to help parents build their resilience to better cope with the situations encountered in day to day life.
 
This three week course aims to support parents as they develop resilience and learn how to deal constructively with setbacks experienced in everyday life, such as:

  • Self-respect and respect to others.
  • Dealing with transition.
  • Becoming aware of others and how to empathise with them.
  • Facing problems and setbacks and learning from them.

These spaces are available for FREE, with both dates taking place in January of 2021. For more details, and to book your space, click here.

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Royal Mail scams

As Christmas is fast approaching please see the latest information from Royal Mail regarding what email / text / Facebook message scams you should I be aware of?  These messages are fraudulent or phishing scams! go here to find out more.

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Abdominal cancer signs

If you’ve been suffering from tummy troubles such as diarrhoea, bloating or discomfort for three weeks or more, it could be a sign of cancer. It’s probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable and can save lives Speak to your GP and your NHS is here to see you, safely

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Social Media and Mental Health Training

We are pleased to share that Mid Kent Mind’s Social Media and Mental Health Training has proved popular – with several people already booked on to give this new mental health training a try.
 
This course aims to dive into the way social media can impact on our mental health and wellbeing – exploring some of the facts and myths which we commonly think of when we associate our mental health with social media.
 
This course will help to introduce you to the potential benefits social media can have on our mental health and wellbeing, whilst also exploring some of the negatives and drawbacks – helping you to develop a well-rounded perspective on the pros and cons when it comes to our digital activity.
 
Spaces are still available – but at just £5 per person, they are filling quickly! Don’t miss out on your chance to try this brand new training course at a low price.
 
Visit our website to book today.

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Free Anger Management Course For 12-17 Year Olds – Starting 11th of November 2020

Mid Kent Mind are pleased to share that our last Taming My Temper course will be taking place this year – starting on the 11th of November, and running through until the 16th of December 2020.
 
Taming My Temper is a 6 week course dealing with anger management specifically designed for young people that may have issues controlling their emotions and want to reduce the levels of anger and hostility that they display.
 
This course looks at the causation of negative emotional behaviour and the anger response displayed by people. It then looks at ways to minimise negative emotions and alternative ways to cope and remain calm.
 
This course provides a safe space for young people to explore anger, and understand the wider impact it can have on their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The course will take place over virtual video conferencing platform ZOOM to make it accessible for all during the difficult times we all find ourselves navigating currently.
 
Spaces on this final course are limited. If you know a young person who would benefit, then please visit this link to book.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.