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The priority services register

This service is available free through your Gas and Electricity supplier and your local Water Company such as South East Water. 

Check if you are eligible: 

You are eligible if you: 

  • Have reached your state pension age 
  • Are disabled or have a long-term medical condition. 
  • Are recovering from an injury. 
  • Have a hearing or sight condition. 
  • Have a mental health condition. 
  • Are pregnant or have young children. 
  • Have extra communication needs (such as you don’t speak or read English well). 

You might still be able to register for other reasons if your situation isn’t listed. For example, if you need short-term support after a stay in hospital. 

You can apply by contacting your energy supplier or water supplier either through their website or by phoning them. Care if you have a different supplier for gas and electricity you will have to contact them both. If you switch supplier you will need to register again. 

During the past week, one of our Trustees had water delivered to his door and a phone call after an unscheduled power cut offering help if there were any problems. 

Just Google “The Priority Services Register” if you want more information, but if not then sign up. 

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Free Lunch Friday

We are delighted to announce that from Friday 18th March 2022 we are introducing Free Lunch Friday!  In partnership with MBC we are offering a 3 course set meal and a drink to those in our community who meet the criteria.  If you or someone you know is in receipt of benefits such as universal credit, personal independence payments (PIP), job seekers allowance, employment support allowance or similar benefit, please contact us.  Spaces are limited to 20 people per Friday lunchtime so booking is essential.  Please call 01622 691177 and speak to one of our friendly team to book your space.

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Taming My Temper Anger Management Course for Ages 11 – 18

Taming My Temper is a course which aims to support young people who have difficulties controlling their emotions by helping them to explore the ways in which they can reduce their levels of anger, and also the hostility that they display. 
 
This course helps young people to look at the causes of negative emotional behaviour, and how this can lead to a young person feeling angry. Young people will also learn ways to minimize negative emotions – exploring alternative ways to cope and remain calm. 
 
The goal of this programme is to help young people to better understand why they may feel a certain way, and to help them to manage the ways in which they want to respond to those feelings. For more details on how to book a space, please visit: https://www.maidstonemind.org/digital-taming-temper/ 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bounce Back Emotional Resilience Courses for Ages 9 – 18

Bounce Back is a course which aims to educate young people about emotional resilience, and how it is an important aspect of their overall wellbeing. The course includes understanding anxiety and how it can impact on you, understanding stress and how to tackle it, the impact of relaxation on wellbeing and de-stressing techniques.  
 
Young people will also understand decision making, and how to make emotionally intelligent decisions. 
 
For more details on how to book a space, please visit: https://www.maidstonemind.org/virtual-bounce-back-courses/ 

 

 

 

 


 

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FREE Life Skills Courses Starting February 16th

Mid Kent Mind have new spaces available on our Life Skills courses – delivered in partnership with our colleagues at West Kent Mind, and funded generously thanks to Livewell Kent.
 
Life Skills is a 5-week virtual psychoeducational course designed to help you challenge unhelpful thinking and behaviour, whilst also empowering you to make positive changes to your life. The course looks at a range of areas – including a better understanding of anxiety and depression, how we can challenge unhelpful thinking, and also how we can manage our mood and behaviour positively.
 
For more details on these courses, and how someone can book a space, please visit our website

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Mid Kent Mind Introduce ‘A Better You’ – FREE One-to-One Coaching Sessions

Mid Kent Mind are delighted to be offering our new Programme, known as ‘A Better You’, free-of-charge to people across Kent (excluding Medway).  
 
‘A Better You’ aims to provide people with a personalized plan which will help them to progress forwards and overcome any barriers which may be negatively impacting on their wellbeing. Our wellbeing workers will work with participants on an individual level to empower them to take proactive steps forward – boosting both an individual’s confidence, and also their emotional resilience – so that they are better equipped to overcome any other challenges which they may face in the future. 
 
A wide range of areas can be covered as a part of this programme. Every participant gets access to a schedule of six once-weekly sessions, and the participant has the freedom to determine what they would like to focus on in each session. 
 
For more details on this programme, and how you can book a space, please visit our website

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ZOOM Social Group from Mid Kent Mind

Mid Kent Mind are delighted to share that we have self-funded a virtual Social Group taking place every Monday – providing a safe space and time where people can meet others and seek support for their mental health.
 
The aim of this group is simple – provide a safe and moderated space where we can provide support for people. It’s fair to say that times are still uncertain currently – and this means that many of us may find ourselves in need of a little bit of extra support. This is where this group aims to come in – providing a weekly wellbeing booster whilst also allowing you to meet new people and build new relationships.
 
For more details on our ZOOM Social Group, please visit: https://www.maidstonemind.org/zoom-social-group/
 
Please note you must register with Mid Kent Mind before attending this session – and you can do so by e-mailing mindhelp@midkentmind.org.uk.

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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 Amazon.co.uk 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.

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One-To-One Recovery Action Plan

Adult RAPs are being offered to increase the wellbeing and improve the mental health of those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. These one-on-one sessions with Mid Kent Mind’s wellbeing workers will provide people with structured support as they begin to return to life under the ‘New Normal’.
 
Over the course of a Recovery Action Plan, people will have the opportunity to identify areas where they may have struggled during the pandemic, and will be encouraged and supported as they take proactively steps to manage those areas in the future.
 
The Recovery Action Plan consists of the ten following areas:
 

  • Managing Mental Health
  • Life Skills
  • Physical Health and Self-care
  • Relationships
  • Social Networks
  • Aspirations
  • Responsibilities
  • Addictive / Challenging Behaviour
  • Identity 
  • Self-esteem

 
For more details on how to book a six-week Recovery Action Plan, click here: https://www.maidstonemind.org/virtual-recovery-action-plans/

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FREE Calligraphy Courses

Mid Kent Mind are delighted to share that we are working with Youth Resilience UK to provide more FREE Calligraphy Courses for young people between the ages of 9 & 18 across the Mid Kent area. These sessions are funded as a part of our Reaching Communities programme – providing a range of support to young people across the local area.
 
Our current dates include a mixture of basic introductory courses, and also specific standalone sessions which will encourage young people to further engage with the skills and the knowledge that they will have the opportunity to develop on one of our basic Calligraphy introductions. The aim is to provide young people with a medium through which they can embrace their creativity, and the ways in which they express their mental health and wellbeing.
 
All of our courses are available free-of-charge thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, and that means that spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All young people who take part in these courses will receive access to resources which they can use to further take part in these activities after the courses have concluded.
 
For more details on our Calligraphy Courses and how to book a space, please visit: https://www.maidstonemind.org/free-calligraphy-workshop-young-people/.

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Life Skills Course – Starting Wednesday November 24th

Mid Kent Mind are delighted to share that we are working with our colleagues at West Kent Mind to offer a five-week psychotherapy course known as ‘Life Skills’. By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of:

  • Anxiety, depression, and related problems
  • How your thinking affects your mood and behaviour
  • How negative moods and behaviours are maintained
  • How to challenge unhelpful thinking
  • How to develop and use a range of strategies to help you manage mood and behaviour

 
Spaces on these courses are limited, and we hope that people will be able access these courses and experience the benefits which they bring with them. All of these spaces are available free of charge, but they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Click here for more details: https://www.maidstonemind.org/life-skills/

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Low-Cost Counselling Service

Mid Kent Mind are continuing to provide a Low-Cost Counselling Service to any who is over the age of eighteen. We have a range of flexible appointments available to suit your needs, and can offer face-to-face counselling, or counselling via the telephone or on a video call.
 
This service aims to give you a safe time and place where you can talk to someone who won’t judge you, whilst also providing you with the opportunity to make sense of things and better understand yourself. A large number of our counsellors are trainee counsellors – hence the ability to provide this service at a low-cost.
 
Sessions are available at the flat rate of £15 per session.
 
For more details, visit our website.

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Digital Managing Me Course Starting November 18th

Mid Kent Mind are offering a new ‘Managing Me’ course on the 18th of November thanks to funding which has been received from Kent County Council.
 
Managing Me is a 6 week course specifically designed to provide young people with a chance to learn how to cope with life and focuses on dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and self-image.
 
These sessions are available free-of-charge thanks to funding from KCC’s Early Help teams – and although spaces are based on priority access for young people in Canterbury, any young people in our area can book onto this session.
 
For more details, including how to book, please visit our website.

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New Domestic Abuse Service for Men Opens in Kent

A new confidential Domestic Abuse Victim Empowerment Service, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner will support male victims in Kent and Medway. 

In a first for Kent, a new victims service wholly focused on men will offer support to male victims of domestic abuse. The new Domestic Abuse Victim Empowerment Service will be managed by Ashford based charity Dads Unlimited and has secured two years funding for this vital service from the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Domestic Abuse Victim Empowerment Service also known as ‘DAVE’ will make a huge difference across the county to the estimated one in six men who are, or have been, victims of domestic abuse.

Please see more information about this new service attached

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Suicide&Co Counselling Service

Navigating suicide bereavement can be hard. Suicide loss is devastating and quite often adds complicated layers to the already difficult grieving process.

We want to give those bereaved access to a safe space where they can work through this grief with trained counsellors. We offer up to 12 sessions of counselling and people can apply by simply filling out our online form (https://www.suicideandco.org/counselling-application-form) someone will then be in touch within 48 hours to discuss the application.

All sessions are happening via video call for the foreseeable future, but we will send a revised version of this document when we change that due to the relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions.

Please find information providing more details on the service and eligibility criteria attached

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Mindfulness and Me Sessions (18+)

Mid Kent Mind are offering more Mindfulness sessions for adults in the Mid Kent area thanks to generous funding from The Cobtree Charity Trust.
 
This 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 on this programme, and how to book a space, please click here: https://www.maidstonemind.org/adult-virtual-mindfulness-sessions/

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space2beme zoom meetings

Space 2 Be Me are pleased to share details of our Virtual Space 2 Talk drop-in sessions for September – December.

We are continuing to use a booking system for these sessions. To book, please go to the relevant Eventbrite link:

September 17th 12pm  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168614714149

October 11th 8pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168618256745

November 10th 10am https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168619478399

December 7th 1pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168620334961

If you have any issues with booking, please email support@space2beme.org.uk.

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FREE Virtual Peer-Support Quiz For Young People

Mid Kent Mind are offering free spaces on a virtual Quiz session for young people later this September – titled ‘Big Fat Quiz Of The Summer’.
 
As part of the Reconnect Programme, Mid Kent Mind are delighted to share another project delivered in partnership with Youth Resilience UK – our Big Fat Quiz Of The Summer.
 
Let’s start with the most important thing – this isn’t a competitive session, and we don’t want young people to feel as though they have to compare themselves to others by taking part in these sessions. This Quiz session is all about bringing young people together and providing a safe space and time where young people can meet new people, network, and build a support network of friends who can support them as they return to school this September.
 
We hope that by giving young people an event to look forward to, we can provide young people with a well-being boost so that they feel positive and prepared for their return to the school environment. The key aim here is to encourage a positive sense of well-being – with the quiz just being a medium through which we can bring people together.
 
We know that balancing engagement with the quiz is important, too – so young people who do take part and win the quiz will have a chance to win an Amazon Voucher. We’re keen to stress that the focus isn’t a competitive one. Rather, we’re encouraging young people to take part and we hope they feel a sense of achievement from taking a step towards networking with other young people.
 
For more details, people are encouraged to visit:
https://www.maidstonemind.org/big-fat-quiz-summer-reconnect-programme/

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Mid-Kent Mind mindfull quizzing

This group is all themed around bringing young people together during the Summer Holidays – encouraging them to make new friends and experience the benefits of peer support whilst also developing their understanding of how doing things which they enjoy can have benefits for their wellbeing. 

Every week young people who take part in the Social Quiz will have the opportunity to win a £5 Amazon Voucher – with the hope being that this will provide an incentive for young people to proactively engage with the group. 

For details on how to register your interest, please visit the mid kent mind website.

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FREE Training For Parents/Carers Wanting To Learn About Youth Mental Health

We are delighted to share that, thanks to funding through the HeadStart Kent programme, we are able to offer free 1/2 Day MHFA Youth training for Parents & Carers across Kent.

This training provides a fantastic opportunity for parents and carers to learn more about the problems which face their young people, and crucially, how they can support them with their mental health and wellbeing.

This introductory MHFA session raises awareness of young people’s mental health. It covers:

  • Some of the common mental health issues affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
  • Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues
  • Ways to support young people with a mental health issue and relate to their experiences

For more details on how to book, please click here.