Ashford

Ashford

Covid-19 Update

Live Well Kent services in Ashford are continuing to provide support while adapting the way we work to follow the latest official guidance. 

For further information on Covid-19 please see our dedicated page.

This page contains services relevant to the following postcode areas:
CT4 ME13 ME17 TN17 TN18 TN23 TN24 TN25 TN26 TN27 TN30


MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

For full details on the below services please click here.

Amanda Godley Art Therapy

Group Art Therapy

  • 8 weekly sessions, each with a theme
  • Delivered face-to-face in Ashford or online via Zoom

Carrie Neeves

Empowerment Coaching For Women

  • Each client will receive 8 weekly sessions, each lasting up to 2 hours 
  • Can be done 1-2-1 or as a combination of group and 1-2-1
  • Delivered online

J R Counselling

1-2-1 Bereavement & Loss counselling

  • Up to 8 1-2-1 sessions
  • Help to deal with loss
  • Delivered online and by telephone

Living in the Moment workshop

  • 6 group sessions
  • Help to deal with loss
  • Delivered online

Kent High Weald

Connect with Nature

  • Programmes run for 9 weeks
  • Up to 15 clients on each programme
  • Delivered online on Friday mornings

Kent Wildlife Trust

Nature Based Wellbeing Programme

  • For 17-25 year olds
  • Programme focusing on conservation and wildlife appreciation activities 
  • 10:30-12:30 every Friday for 6 weeks
  • Delivered face-to-face at Hothfield Healthlands nature reserve, Ashford

Mid Kent Mind

Bipolar Support Group 

  • For people with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder
  • 13:30-15:00 every Wednesday, for up to 6 months
  • Delivered online via Zoom

Cooking group

  • Learn to cook healthy meals from home
  • 13:30-15:00 every other Thursday, for up to 6 months
  • Delivered online via Zoom

Coping with Life course

  • A course focusing on anxiety, depression and stress
  • 2.5 hour sessions, for 3 weeks
  • Delivered face-to-face at Breathorpe House, Ashford and online via Zoom

Crafts group

  • Variety of craft activities 
  • 14:00-15:30 every Friday, for up to 3 months 
  • Delivered face-to-face at Breathorpe House, Ashford

EUPD Support group

  • For people with a diagnosis or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), also known as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • 15:00-16:30 every Thursday, for up to 6 months 
  • Delivered online via Zoom

Gardening group

  • ‘Natural Environment’ programme focusing on a specific project
  • 11:10-13:10 every Friday, for up to 3 months
  • Delivered face-to-face at Breathorpe House, Ashford

Mindfulness group

  • Peer support sessions with easy breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Face-to-face is 09:30-11:00 every other Friday, for up to 6 months 
  • Online is 10:00-11:30 every Wednesday, for up to 3 months 
  • Delivered face-to-face at Breathorpe House, Ashford and online via Zoom

Singing group

  • Singing increase confidence and relieve stress with the option to mute yourself if you prefer not to be heard
  • 11:40-12:40 every Wednesday, for up to 3 months
  • Delivered online via Zoom

Walking group

  • A gentle walk in a social group
  • 09:25-10:30 every other Friday, for up to 6 months 
  • Delivered face-to-face starting & ending at Breathorpe House, Ashford

Pathways To Independence

Insight Programme

  • The programme combines Cognitive Behavioural Theory with theatre and storytelling, inviting participants to explore themselves, developing communication and cooperation skills to improve confidence, self-esteem, and wellbeing
  • Sessions are 2 hours long and will run twice weekly, for 3 weeks
  • Delivered online via Zoom

PoetsIN

Creative Mental Health Programme

  • A weekly 90 minute session for 6 weeks
  • Standard programme for clients with mild to moderate mental health needs
  • Advanced programme for clients with higher level needs
  • Delivered online

Creative Mental Health Community

  • Runs 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Peer-to-peer support

Buddy Service

  • 1-2-1 peer-to-peer support
  • 9am-10pm, 7 days a week

Take Off

Art group

  • Peer-led group
  • 14:00 every other Tuesday for up to 6 months
  • Delivered online via Zoom

Depression & Anxiety group 

  • Peer-led group
  • Face-to-face at 15:00 every Monday for up to 6 months
  • Delivered face-to-face at Repton Connect Community Centre, Ashford
  • Online at 17:00 every other Thursday for up to 6 months
  • Delivered online via Zoom

Mood group

  • For clients with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPS) or Bipolar Disorder
  • Clients must have a formal diagnosis, suggested diagnosis, or be awaiting assessment
  • 11:00 every other Tuesday for up to 6 months
  • Delivered online via Zoom

West Kent Mind

Money Works

  • 1-2-1 support is delivered online/by telephone. Weekly sessions for the first 2/3 weeks, then monthly check-ins until goals are achieved
  • Group support is delivered online in 3 peer self-help group sessions
  • Delivered online via Zoom and by telephone

Wing Training

Moving Forward

  • This course utilises ‘Forum Theatre’ teaching techniques and specialised ‘Peer to Peer’ teaching and learning.
  • Up to 8 sessions during a 1 month period
  • Mix of 1-2-1 and group sessions
  • Delivered online

Community Performance Programme

  • Participants build and create a ‘community performance’ – a performed sharing of positive thoughts, ideas, inputs, insights, and narratives with a strong community focus.
  • Participants can choose to perform in the community performance or have actors perform for them
  • The programme will last 24 weeks in total with an average of two sessions per month
  • Delivered as a mix of face-to-face and online

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT


Shaw Trust

1-2-1 employment-related support for individuals with a mental health diagnosis, who are ready to move into paid employment.

  • Support includes but is not limited to:
  • Updating CVs and writing cover letters
  • Job searching and completing job applications
  • Interview skills
  • In work support for 6 months

HOUSING SUPPORT


Clarion Housing

A floating support offer around tenancy sustainment. Individuals must have an existing tenancy to be eligible. 

Issues we can offer support for include:

  • Rent and mortgage arrears
  • Risk of homelessness or threat of eviction
  • Repairs
  • Unsuitable accomodation
  • Benefits and debt
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Domestic violence

VOLUNTEERING


We’re looking for volunteers to run fun, engaging activities for our clients that improve their wellbeing such as photography groups, arts and craft sessions or gentle exercise groups. We also need volunteers who can work with our clients on a one-to-one basis to help them reach their goals. You can give from two hours per month and we provide full support and training.

To find out more about our volunteer roles, please contact Alison Grainger on 07779 453770 or email Alison.Grainger@shaw-trust.org.uk

To apply now, click here (opens in new window) to complete our online application form.


OTHER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES


Free NHS Talking Therapies (IAPTS)

IAPTS (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) delivers psychological services to adults with symptoms of anxiety or depression who have been referred by their GP or other health professionals.

FCS Talking Therapies: Go to www.fcstalkingtherapies.org or call 01795 591019

Insight Healthcare: Go to www.insighthealthcare.org, email kent@insighthealthcare.org or call 0300 555 5555

We Are With You (formerly Think Action): Go to www.WeAreWithYou.org.uk


Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)

Ashford CMHT

Go to www.kmpt.nhs.uk/our-services/ or call 01233 658100

Location: Eureka Place, Eureka Business Park, Trinity Road, Ashford, Kent, TN25 4BY

We provide support and treatment in the community to adults between the ages of 18-65 who are experiencing a mental illness. We provide assessment of their current need and treatment for service users with moderate to severe mental health needs.

The team includes psychiatrists, community mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychological services and support staff. We also work in partnership with social care.

Social workers provide assessment under the Care Act 2014 and work with service users who have social care eligibility.

We offer a comprehensive assessment of health and social care needs and signpost service users to the most appropriate service or offer interventions.