Canterbury and Coastal

Canterbury and Coastal

Covid-19 Update

Live Well Kent services in the Canterbury and Coastal area 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:
CT1 CT2 CT3 CT4 CT5 CT6 CT13 ME13


Core Support Programmes
Peer Support Programmes
Social Support
Employment Support
Housing Support
Other Support

We are in the process of updating the below information. In the meantime please click here to see which services we offer. Thank you for your patience.


Structured courses to help you develop your skills and understanding around managing common mental health conditions.

Mid-Kent Mind

Coping with Life Course (CWL)

Running in Maidstone and Canterbury & Coastal

Coping With Life is a 5 week course of 2 hour sessions to help people develop coping strategies for dealing with mental health problems that are affecting their day to day life. This course utilises Cognitive Behavioural Coaching techniques and  self-analysis exercises to enable participants to:

  • Manage Anxiety by understanding what anxiety is and how it is triggered, learning skills to help lower anxiety and deal with fight or flight situations effectively.
  • Manage Depression by understanding the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that create depression, develop skills to help change this cycle and learn to use coping tools to deal with times when they feel low.
  • Manage Stress by identifying the causes and effects of stress and learn practical skills to help manage and reduce stress more effectively.

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Condition related or project based peer support programmes in which people share their own experiences to help each other.

Arts & CraftsThe Activity Box

The Activity Box

The Activity Box is a Pottery painting and craft studio staffed by Abi and Barb. We welcome all ages and abilities and believe the studio to be a safe, warm and positive place to visit. Clients will be offered a wide range of art and craft based activities once they start their journey with us. These can range from Pottery Painting, Positivity Jars, Journalling, Clay Foam, Pouring and Fettling, Reflexology, Flower Arranging, Oil Painting and lots more.
We have worked with Live Well Kent since December 2017 and have achieved fabulous results reported to us from advisors and directly from the clients and their families.
The 10-12 week programme for each individual is based around them and their needs. We use outside local professionals which helps with broadening the social network for our clientele not to mention broadening the activities which we can offer.
We aim to assist the clients with skills that can be continued in their own homes after their journeys have ended with us, and they are always welcome to come back in their own time and revisit us …which they do frequently .

Art Therapy

Canterbury Art Studio

A Studio Art Group facilitated by an Art Therapist. This is an eight session group offering structure to your week. There is no pressure to talk but this is a place 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.

Peer Support GroupsTake Off

Take Off

A range of Peer Led course which change on a regular basis. These including Talking Groups, Allotment, Hearing Voices, Bi Polar and Eating Disorders. Take Off will provide a Time Table each month which will focus on the most requested areas.

For more information, please visit Take Off’s website.

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Access to a range of social support groups to help you with your recovery, social inclusion or personal goals. These include: Book clubs, singing groups, film clubs, cookery groups, arts and crafts.

Canterbury Umbrella Centre

The Canterbury Umbrella is open Monday to Friday and offers a comprehensive health and well-being programme. We have a range of daily activities including Arts & Crafts, Yoga, keep fit and much more. The Canterbury Umbrella offers support for individuals with mental health and/or are lonely or isolated. We are also home to the Social health kitchen café.

Herne Bay Umbrella CentreHerne Bay Umbrella Center

Friendly staff are on site every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10am to 4pm (Except on the first Wednesday of each month when they close at 2pm).
Provides friendly community-based support for Herne Bay residents who may be experiencing difficulties with their mental health and well-being. Activities and support include: Arts and Crafts, IT Computer Skills Learning, Singing and Musicality, Gardening Groups, Healthy Group Walks, Social Support and Interaction Sessions, The Parasol Peer Support Group

Take OffTake Off


  • Bipolar Group – A support group for those with bipolar, on-going support for the ups and downs, here to talk about the experiences and the diagnosis to manage your mental health.
  • Depression Group- A support group for those with depression and/or anxiety, on-going support for the ups and downs, here to talk about the experiences and the diagnosis to manage your mental health.
  • BPD Group- A support group for those with Borderline Personality Disorders, on-going support for the ups and downs, here to talk about the experiences and the diagnosis to manage your mental health.
  • Creative Group- Creative arts, crafts and baking, different activities every time, experiment with paint, oils, chalk, pottery, card making, tie-dye, baking biscuits, cakes, smoothies and more
  • Canterbury Gardening
  • Kings mile gaming- a fun and friendly group if you’re anxious, board games, card games, dungeons and dragons and much much more. For support with mental health, anxiety and other diagnoses including ASD.

Herne Bay

  • Coastal Creative – A Creative group in Herne Bay, to try lots of different activities.


  • Gardening Group- Gardening at Millfield Allotment where we’re planting vegetables, herbs etc for our cooking groups and other wonderful flowers and plants.

For more information please see TakeOff’s website.

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Employment support is provided by Shaw Trust and covers the following:

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

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Housing Support is provided by Centra and covers the following:

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

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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 either contact Alison Grainger on 07779 453770 or email

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

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Speak Up
Go to 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.

Free NHS Talking Therapies (IAPTS)

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

Faversham Counselling
Go to, email or call 01795 591019

Insight Healthcare:
Go to, email or call 0300 555 5555

Psicon Talking Therapies:
Go to, email or call 01227 379099

We Are With You: (formerly Think Action)
Go to

University Medical Centre:
Go to or email 

Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)


Go to or call 01227 597111

Location: Laurel House, 41 Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3HH.

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.

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