Changes To Our Community Activity Groups - Changes to service due to COVID-19.

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Due to Government Guidance around COVID-19, we have taken the difficult decision to close our building in Maidstone. This means that our day-to-day services will no longer be running from this building. Some of these key services are our community groups – which provide support to people on a weekly basis, and help them to take part in activities and socialise, all of which can be beneficial for their wellbeing.

We understand the importance of maintaining a good level of wellbeing and mental health, and we appreciate that this is especially important during periods of self-isolation, so we have taken the decision to change our services to still provide support throughout the coming weeks. 

How will your weekly groups change?

Our weekly sessions will change to accommodate sessions which we are able to deliver remotely. To start with, our Gardening, Singing and Walking groups will be suspended. This means that there will be no community support groups on Monday or Friday, with Wellbeing Calls being offered instead. These ten minute phone calls will provide you with an opportunity to check in with a Wellbeing Worker and have a conversation – something which we feel is crucial in tackling the isolation and loneliness which can become prevalent at times like this.

In addition to this, we will be delivering Cookery, Arts & Crafts and Social Group sessions through a digital video conferencing platform known as ZOOM. This will allow you to check in with our Community Group lead worker, Suzanne, during this period of time, and will also give you an opportunity to have a live-chat with other people who would usually access our services. You will be able to follow along with the activities Suzanne is taking part in as well – helping to provide a consistent sense of routine during periods of isolation.

ZOOM works by simply accessing a video conference through a specific link – which will be shared on our Social Media, and on this webpage, on days when it is necessary. You will need the programme installed ahead of time to access these conferences, so click here to install this

If you are unable to access ZOOM, then additional Wellbeing Calls will also be available during this period – ensuring that you still have access to support on a week by week basis. 

These groups are made possible thanks to Live Well Kent. Click here to complete your own Online Referral, which will make you eligible to access this support.

This is a new type of delivery for us, but we are eager to provide support throughout this difficult period, so will persist with delivering remotely wherever is possible. Do note, however, that there may be slight changes to delivery during this period. Please stay tuned to our Social Media platforms, and our website, for the latest updates as soon as we have them.

If you have any questions or concerns, then our team are contactable remotely during our normal working hours. You can contact us by e-mailing