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Events across the county

Announcement created: Wednesday, 16th Feb 2011

COUNTYWIDE

Ways to Wellbeing Programme - free wellbeing programmes to boost resilience

The NHS is funding free Ways to Wellbeing Workplace Workshops as part of the government’s Live it Well Strategy. Organisations are invited to arrange for workshops covering issues such as stress, anxiety, low mood and the sorts of work-related and financial worries that are becoming everyday realities as more people face coping with the impact of the economic downturn.

The free Ways to Wellbeing workshops are run by professionals from KCA’s Psychological Therapy team and employment specialists mcch. They aim to help people survive uncertain times by introducing them to strategies designed to build up their resilience and help them thrive. The workshops are run by professionals from KCA and mcch. To arrange a workshop for your organisation or find out more, call Don MacLeod, KCA’s Programme Co-ordinator on 01634 406087 or email

EAST KENT

MEND 7-13 Programmes - Ashford, Dover, Shepway and Thanet

Free, fun sessions to support children and their families to become a healthy weight. New programmes start from October 2010 at: Ashford (The Stour Centre), Dover (Priory Fields School, Shepway (Lydd Primary School), Sittingbourne (The Quays), Thanet (Ursuline College, Westgate on Sea). Register your child now at The Mend Programme website or call freephone 0800 849 4000.

Befriending Art Group - Mondays at 12.30pm - St John’s, Margate

If you enjoy drawing, collage and meeting others who enjoy art, come and join us once a month. For more information contact East Kent User Forum on 01843 230 726 or email at .

Tuesday Craft Group - 2-4pm Trinity Community Church Centre, St Mary's Road, Cliftonville

Thanet Day Services runs a new weekly craft group for beginners or experts. Bring your own favourite craft or try a whole range of crafts such as painting, stencilling, air-dried clay, pressed flowers and glass painting. For more information call Morag or Jo on 01843 280022.

Befriending Swimming Group - Wednesdays 2pm - Hartsdown Leisure Centre and Thursdays - 12.30pm - Ramsgate swimming pool

The group is open for all those wishing to get some exercise and improve their general wellbeing. For more details speak to Maggie at the East Kent User Forum on 01843 230 726 or email .

Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Support Group – meets monthly - Margate

We are a self help group and meet on a monthly basis. This is your opportunity to meet new people in a warm friendly atmosphere where we can talk about our lifestyles, hardships, joys, intimacies and well...everything and anything else you would like. We meet once a month for afternoon tea at the Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate. For more information call Maggie Gallant on 01843 230726.

MEDWAY

Follow this link to What's on in Medway for a listing of local events and groups across the Medway towns.

WEST KENT

10 January 2011 - A Woman’s View - Exploring mental health experience through an artist’s eye, Tonbridge Baptist Church, Tonbridge, Kent

A day for women to discuss, share and learn from each others experiences. Giving women a voice and influencing support services.

The aims of the day are:

• To provide a safe place for women to discuss in confidence.

• To create a space where professionals and service recipients can learn from each other.

• To increase awareness of the diverse issues facing women with mental health concerns

• Highlight what women need to providers of mental health services.

Using art work specially produced for this event to stimulate discussion, the workshop will focus on the theme of ‘The 3 phases of womanhood’ (18-35, 35-60, 60+).

Applications are actively encouraged from women from diverse backgrounds including older women, lesbians, ethnic minorities,carers, trans women, faith groups and those with disabilities. To register and obtain a booking form please contact: or call the Equalities Team on 01732 523 347. To find out more about this event please contact Sheree Bell, Community Engagement Officer, at KMPT on 07949 037 401.

Hazlitt Community Choir – Wednesdays 7-9pm, Hazlitt Arts Centre, Maidstone

Membership of the choir costs £20 for 10 weeks, which equates to £2 a week. The choir meets every Wednesday in the Exchange Studio at the Hazlitt Arts Centre (Rose Yard entrance) from 7pm–9pm and there’s still room for more members. It is for all abilities – and the emphasis is on having fun. For more information email Natalie Price or call the arts centre on 01622 753 922