West Kent

West Kent

Covid-19 Update

Live Well Kent services in the West Kent 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:
ME6 ME10 ME14 ME15 ME16 ME17 ME18 ME19 ME20 TN1 TN2 TN3 TN4 TN8 TN9 TN10 TN11 TN12 TN13 TN14 TN15 TN16 TN17 TN18 TN27


MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT


Unless otherwise stated these activities are open for both Maidstone and West Kent clients.

For full details of the below services please click here

Blackthorn Trust

Face-to-face groups and courses (Maidstone only)

  • Cooking
  • Craft
  • Gardening
  • Herb Workshop (September to December only)
  • Stained Glass
  • Woodwork

All courses and groups are peer supported and offered for 8 weeks. 

Carrie Neeves

Empowerment Coaching For Women

  • Each client will receive 8 sessions (1 per week)
  • Each session will be 1-2-1 and last for up to 2 hours
  • Delivered online

J R Counselling

Bereavement & Loss counselling

  • Maidstone only
  • Up to 8 1-2-1 sessions
  • Delivered online and by telephone

Kent High Weald

Connect with Nature

  • Face-to-face is for West Kent only. It runs in 8-week programmes with a maximum capacity of 8 clients on each programme
  • Online is for West Kent and Maidstone. It runs in 9-week programmes with a maximum capacity of 15 clients on each programme

Megan CIC

Personality Disorder Peer Support Group

  • For people who experience Personality Difficulties, whether diagnosed on not
  • Each group has space for up to 10 individuals and lasts for 6 months
  • Delivered online

Mental Health Resource (West Kent only) 

Allotment Growing

  • Groups will run for 2 hours a week for 8 weeks, with up to 6 people in each group
  • Delivered face-to-face

Creative Art

  • Groups will run for 1.5 hours a week for 8 weeks, with up to 8 people in each group
  • Delivered face-to-face and online

Creative Writing

  • Groups will run for 1.5 hours a week for 8 weeks, with up to 8 people in each group
  • Delivered face-to-face

Wild Wood: Natural Materials Workshop

  • Groups will run for 2 hours a week for 6 weeks, with up to 6 people in each group
  • Delivered face-to-face

Mid Kent Mind (Maidstone only)

Baking group

  • Fortnightly group lasting 6 months
  • 14:00-15:30 every other Thursday
  • Delivered online

Bipolar Support Group (online is open for West Kent clients too)

  • For people with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder
  • Sessions will last for 2 hours and take place monthly, for a period of 6 months
  • Delivered face-to-face and online

Coping with Life course

  • This course focuses on anxiety, depression and stress
  • Sessions are run in blocks of 5 weeks and take place at set times throughout the year
  • Delivered face-to-face and online

Coping with Loss course

  • This course focuses on bereavement
  • Sessions are run in blocks of 6 weeks and take place at set times throughout the year
  • Delivered face-to-face

Crafts group

  • Fortnightly group lasting 6 months
  • 14:00-15:30 every other Monday
  • Delivered face-to-face

Mindfulness group

  • Fortnightly group lasting 6 months
  • 14:00-15:30 every other Thursday
  • Delivered face-to-face

Singing group

  • Fortnightly group lasting 6 months
  • 14:00-15:00 every other Monday
  • Delivered online

Walking group

  • Fortnightly group lasting 6 months
  • 14:00-15:00 every other Friday
  • Delivered face-to-face

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

West Kent Mind (West Kent only)

Brighter Futures

  • 1-2-1 counselling to deal with loss 
  • Delivered online and by telephone

Creative Minds

  • Weekly group lasting 12 weeks
  • Delivered face-to-face and online

Life Skills

  • Weekly sessions running for 5 weeks, starting soon
  • Delivered face-to-face and online

Mindful Gardening

  • Weekly group lasting 12 weeks, starting in Spring 2022
  • Delivered face-to-face

Mindful Walking 

  • Weekly group lasting 12 weeks, starting in Spring 2022
  • Delivered face-to-face

Money Works (open to West Kent clients too)

  • 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

Wing Training

Moving Forward

  • This course utilises ‘Forum Theatre’ teaching techniques and specialised ‘Peer to Peer’ teaching and learning.
  • 6 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


West Kent 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.

Ieso: Go to www.iesohealth.com, email info@iesohealth.com or call 0800 074 5560

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


Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)


Maidstone CMHT

Go to www.kmpt.nhs.uk/our-services/ or call 01622 766900
Location: Albion Place Medical Centre, 23-29 Albion Place, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5TS

South West Kent CMHT
Go to www.kmpt.nhs.uk/our-services/ or call 01892 709211
Location: Highlands House, 10-12 Calverly Park Gardens, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2JN

The community mental health teams 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.