Ashford

SpeakUpCIC Ashford Diary of Activities October 2017This page contains services relevant to the following postcode areas:
TN23 TN24 TN25 TN26 TN27 TN30

 

Map showing the Ashford service area


CORE PROGRAMMES


Mindful of my Wellbeing

The programme is principally based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which is itself founded on the work of Martin Seligman and the principles of Positive Psychology. The Six Ways have been adopted by government, KCC and the Shaw Trust due to its strong evidence base and was developed by the New Economics Foundation based on the government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing.

The programme introduces individuals to the principles behind the Six Ways in a form and manner that is both meaningful and practical. It blends aspects of education, cross-peer learning, self-discovery and experimentation, to enthuse people to make significant, positive changes in their lives. It is strongly individualised in its approach and participants are encouraged and supported to develop their own action plans based on their desires, needs and insights gained.

Motivation is critical to the course’s success as it is a time limited programme. The aim is to encourage and embed long-standing changes in people’s lives.

Consequently, the model draws on the principles of Motivational Interviewing, in that it facilitates and engages intrinsic motivation within the person. This motivation is created through discussion about problems the individual is experiencing in both a group and one to one setting, with the development of possible solutions, being supported by both peers and staff. Discussion for a large part of the programme and various other methods are utilised in order to maintain interest, such as, showing videos, giving handouts, small group work, exercise sheets and so on.

The structure of the programme comprises three elements:

  1. Before an individual starts the programme, they will meet with a member of staff to complete a Recovery Star assessment. This will help to focus the person’s mind on areas that they may wish to change in their life and allow staff to have a better understanding of the person, their goals and their needs.
  2. Six structured group sessions of between four and twelve participants with two staff, at least one of whom is a volunteer/expert by experience. Individuals write their own goals during each session.
  3. At least three one to one sessions to monitor and facilitate progress in meeting the person’s goals and working through barriers.

The six sessions are:

  • Where to get help – Ensuring people are aware of the various forms of support available to them
  • Give – Introducing the concepts of how altruism can provide for improved wellbeing
  • Connect – Exploring why better relationships are conducive to wellbeing and ways in which people may develop a great breadth and quality of relationships
  • Healthy body, healthy mind – Looking at the relationship between mind and body and exploring ways in which people can improve on their physical health
  • Take notice – Understanding the principles of mindfulness and allowing for ‘taster’ mindfulness exercises
  • Keep learning – Exploring how life-long learning can positively affect wellbeing and exploring options open to people to continue to learn

Managing DepressionImage result for west kent mind

6-week course to help clients develop an understanding of and coping strategies for Depression.

Learn what causes depression and risks of self-harm & suicide, Explore the basics of CBT, Analyse thoughts, feelings & behaviours looking at common unhelpful thinking patterns,  Be able to challenge unhelpful thinking, Identify methods to help plan a balanced day (routine, pleasurable activities).

Managing Stress and AnxietyImage result for west kent mind

6-week course to help clients develop coping strategies for Anxiety & Stress.

Understand stress and anxiety, physical symptoms and triggers, Learn CBT basics, Awareness of unhelpful thinking patterns, feelings and behaviours associated with anxiety, Examine anxious behaviours in particular ‘safety’ & ‘avoidance’, Plans for sustained recovery and dealing with relapse.


PEER-LED PROGRAMMES – PROJECT BASED


The Marchwood Project

The project will run for 12 sessions. The attendees will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear, as it is all set in local woodland.

The 12 weeks will include work around improving the mental & physical well-being of the attendees, by using the wood as a tool for growth. This will include work with woodland tools, lighting fires, work on the allotment, woodland management, mindfulness and self-exploration.

Opportunities for volunteering at the project will be available, but also voluntary peer mentors within the 6-week course if certain criteria are met.

Canterbury Art Studio

Monthly Art Group facilitated by an Art Therapist with an exhibition at the end of the project. This is a six session group offering structure to your week, where there is no pressure to talk but where you can express yourself and be alongside others experiencing a difficult time and may be feeling isolated or lonely.

With an emphasis on well-being and increasing self-esteem, you will have two hours per session to use the materials provided in a creative environment without judgement or expectation. Two artists, one of whom has had similar experiences to you, are on hand to offer support and guidance if needed and help you work towards a joint exhibition with others at a gallery in Canterbury. You will contribute to some of the preparation of the exhibition and take part in a ‘meet the artists’ viewing which will be an opportunity to invite family and friends to share in your achievement should you wish.


SOCIAL SUPPORT


I.T Group

A Volunteer-run group offering computing support and education. Topics include using the Internet, office productivity software and email. The group takes place in a relaxed environment and welcomes all levels of experience.

West Kent MindImage result for west kent mind

Creative Minds
Visual arts, introduction to crafts, make friends with a book, drama, dance and well-being through music.

Natural ways to Wellbeing
Gardening, wildlife walks, birdwatching, foraging and wildlife photography.

Living Well
Healthy eating, cookery, mood and food, walking/running, sports awareness and relaxation techniques.

Ashford Umbrella Centre Sports and Leisure

Walking Group
A local walking group that will provide gentle exercise as well as an opportunity to meet new friends and socialize in the great outdoors.

Pool/Snooker and Table Tennis
An opportunity to play and learn a new indoor sport whilst socializing at the centre, providing a safe environment to talk whilst doing an activity.

Swimming
An opportunity to access low-cost swimming sessions at Ashford Pool as part of a group, providing exercise and an opportunity to socialise.

Tenterden Umbrella Centre

Swimming
An opportunity to access low-cost swimming sessions at Ashford Pool as part of a group, providing exercise and an opportunity to socialise

Walking Group
A local walking group that will provide gentle exercise as well as an opportunity to meet new friends and socialize in the great outdoors.

Pool/ Snooker/ Table Tennis
An opportunity to play and learn a new indoor sport whilst socializing at the centre, providing a safe environment to talk whilst doing an activity.


HOW TO REFER


To access any of the courses above please follow the instructions below:

We have a ‘no wrong door’ approach. You can get help from us through any community service, by contacting us yourself, or someone like your doctor or a friend can refer you to us. We will talk you through how we can help you and give the support and advice you need. Please call on 0800 567 7699 or email info@livewellkent.org.uk


EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT


Shaw Trust

  • One to one support
  • Job Clubs
  • Personal Development Courses
  • Employability Courses.

HOUSING SUPPORT


Centra offer housing related advice in the following areas:

  • Rent or Mortgage arrears
  • Repairs
  • Homelessness
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Benefits and Debts
  • Anti -Social Behaviour
  • Domestic Violence
  • Social inclusion
  • Promoting health and well-being

OTHER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES


Speak Up

Ashford
Speak Up: http://www.speakup.co.uk or call 01843 448 384

SpeakUpCIC has a broad range of Peer Support activities and services to offer the many individuals with lived experience of mental ill health in our region. As an organisation our work is supported, informed, developed and delivered by people who have a real understanding of what it is like to live with mental distress. Through different SpeakUpCIC activities people can share their experiences and views of mental health services in a safe and confidential environment, either individually or within a group.

The SpeakUpCIC forum facilitator or Service User Representative can then represent these views and concerns (anonymously, if desired) to the organisations and/or commissioners responsible for planning and providing mental health services. Through the groups, members can therefore be involved in helping develop their local services with a view to ensuring that people are provided with the necessary help they want, when they want it.

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Free NHS Talking Therapies (IAPT)

Ashford
Thinkaction: www.thinkaction.org.uk (opens in new tab or window) or call 0300 012 0012

IAPTS delivers free psychological services to adults with symptoms of anxiety or depression who have been referred by their GP or other health professionals.


Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)

Ashford
KMPT www.kmpt.nhs.uk (opens in new tab or window) or call 01233 658100

The Ashford CMHT provides services to adults of working age with moderate to severe mental health problems or needs. Service users are normally referred by their GP but they also accept referrals from other agencies and professionals. They offer a duty service during opening hours to give advice, guidance and support to those with mental health needs.


Here are some organisations we work alongside: