We’ve updated the way our Community Groups are running so that the below links will allow you to access these groups every week.
Our groups have been reflected to run for an hour and a half as opposed to two hours, as we believe that this window of time is better suited to virtual delivery at present.
2pm – 3:30pm
Use ingredients you have in the cupboard and join us as we discover delicious new recipes – many of which are from BBC Good Food.
Miss a recipe? We’ve put together an archive of our recent ones.
Six Ways To Wellbeing Art Group
10am – 11:30am
Get creative with the things you have lying about the house and use them to make Bug Houses, Wind Chimes and more.
Traditional Art Group
2pm – 3:30pm
From taking part in painting sea-side scenes, to using leaves to make artwork, we do something new and creative every week!
Join us for a chat and take part in our weekly quiz. We promise it will test your general knowledge!
ZOOM Delivery Timetable
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ZOOM 6 Ways To Wellbeing Arts and Crafts starting 15th of April, and ZOOM Peer Support & Recovery Group starting 16th of April.
Changes to weekly Social Groups due to COVID-19
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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