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Sustainability and Transformation Consultation

Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway Add to Your Support

The NHS, social care and public health in Kent and Medway are working together to plan how they will transform health and social care services to meet the changing needs of local people. It is the first time these organisations have all worked together in this way and it gives them a unique opportunity to bring about positive and genuine improvement in health and social care delivery over the next five years.

The NHS, social care and public health in Kent and Medway are developing a Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) that will set out how they think services need to change over the next five years to achieve the right care for people for decades to come. They will only be able to decide on and implement any changes following a period of engagement and consultation – this is just the start of the process.

To find out more, please read the attached covering letter and Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway, which sets out more about what they want to achieve and their areas of focus.

There is a survey for the public – Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Plan survey.

All the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) websites have a set of frequently asked questions and details of ways that local people can get involved and have their say. Over coming months, the websites will also have information about engagement events and other ways that people can make their voices heard. To find out more go to your local link below:

Kent County Council Social Care Consultation

Have your say on Adult Social Care in Kent Add to Your Support

Kent County Council (KCC) is consulting on a new strategy for adult social care. The strategy explains KCC’s vision for how we want adult social care to be over the next five years. Demand for adult social care is increasing and finances are under pressure. Expectations of adult social care are changing; people want a life, not a service. Adult social care in Kent needs to continue to respond to these challenges, and the new strategy sets out how this will be done.

The strategy breaks down KCC’s approach to adult social care into three themes that cover the whole range of services provided for people with social care and support needs and their carers:

  1. Promoting well-being– supporting and encouraging people to look after their health and well-being to avoid or delay them needing adult social care
  2. Promoting independence– providing short-term support so that people are then able to carry on with their lives as independently as possible
  3. Supporting independence– for people who need ongoing social care support, helping them to live the life they want to live, in their own homes where possible, and do as much for themselves as they can

Have your say

Kent County Council would like to hear your views on the draft strategy all of the paperwork and the draft strategy itself is available here: consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/adultsstrategy.

The consultation is running until 4 November 2016 at 23:59.

Kent County Council will use your feedback to help produce the final version of the strategy by December 2016.


Take Five to Tackle Fraud Add to Your Support

Take Five is a national campaign that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud. This includes email deception and phone based scams as well as online fraud – particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations.

More than 1 million incidents of financial fraud occurred in the first six months of 2016, according to official figures released by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) today (20th September 2016). Representing a 53 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, this means an incident happened in the UK every 15 seconds between January and June 2016.

The campaign – Take Five – aims to put consumers and businesses back in control with straight forward advice to help prevent financial fraud. It focuses on financial frauds directly targeting customers, such as email deception and phone and text-based scams, and is designed to remind people that it pays to stop and think. It will also help protect people from criminals duping them into moving money into bank accounts controlled by the fraudsters.

The Take Five campaign is asking consumers to help protect themselves from financial fraud by remembering some simple advice:

  1. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full password – it’s never right to reveal these details
  2. Don’t assume an email request or caller is genuine – people aren’t always who they say they are
  3. Don’t be rushed – a bank or genuine organisation won’t mind waiting to give you time to stop and think
  4. Listen to your instincts – if something feels wrong then it is usually right to pause and question it
  5. Stay in control – have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for information

To find out more about keeping yourself safe and how you can ‘Take Five’ go to:  www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk.

Stoptober-Quit Smoking 2016

Stoptober – Time to quit smoking? Add to Your Support

Each year thousands quit smoking for 28 days with Stoptober starting on 1st October.

By joining in they access a range of free support including email, app and Facebook Messenger – all providing information, advice and daily tips to help them through the month.

Everyone quits together, supported by employers, communities, charities and other partners, as well as encouraging each other via our Facebook page. And by making it to 28 days smokefree, they are five times more likely to quit for good.

So far nearly a million people have signed up.

If you’re thinking about quitting smoking now or want more information about support when you’re ready to quit, there is plenty of advice and expert help available on the Smokefree website.

To sign up to Stoptober follow the link or for other ways of stopping smoking see our information on how to quit smoking and where to get local support go to our Stop Smoking information on Live It Well by following the link.



Adult Autism Strategy Consultation

Consultation on Adult Autism Strategy Add to Your Support

Kent County Council have produced a draft Adult Autism strategy and they want to hear from you. The strategy primarily addresses the needs of adults with autism who do not have a co-occurring learning disability (including people diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome) who live in Kent or are the responsibility of Kent County Council. It mainly focuses on those aged over 18 years but issues relating to young people in transition are also included.

The consultation opened today and is running until the 13 November so have your say go to: kent.gov.uk/autismstrategy 



World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day 2016 Add to Your Support

October 10 is World Mental Health Day 2016.  World Mental Health Day is a global awareness day to raise awareness of mental health issues.  World Mental Health Day gives us all a great opportunity to get talking about mental health and wellbeing.

There are lots of events happening in Kent to support World Mental Health Day so why not get out, get involved and find out more about mental health and wellbeing and all of the great work happening around the county.
There is also the first Kent Mental Health Festival happening on the 11 October which is a great opportunity to celebrate all of the support for mental Kent Mental Health Festival 2016health and wellbeing and to see what is available, or to come along and get involved in a workshop.  To see more about the Kent Mental Health Festival follow the link here.

On World Mental Health Day 10 October if you cannot come to one of the events happening in Kent why not take the opportunity to think about the small things we can all do to make a difference to someone experiencing a mental health problem – like sending a text to a friend or having a cup of tea and chat.

To find out what is happening to celebrate World Mental Health Day in Kent go to our latest listings here. If you are an organisation who is holding an event and want it added to our list please email: info@liveitwell.org.uk.

Time to Change have some free resources and ideas for how to start a conversation about mental health why not order them: See the Time to Change Resources here.

The Mental Health Foundation is encouraging everyone to have a Tea and Talk for World Mental Health Day and they have free resources if you want to organise your own tea and talk day you can download these through the Mental Health Foundation here.

To find out more about World Mental Health Day 2016 follow the link.

List updated 6 October.

Talk to your Family Time to Change

Talking to your child about Mental Health Add to Your Support

Time to Change are encouraging all families to start talking about Mental Health.  If you haven’t spoken about mental health in your family, you’re not alone. Talking mental health with your son or daughter might feel like a tricky topic. But conversations about it come in many forms, and showing you’d be open to that conversation means they will be more likely to come to you should they experience a mental health problem – directly or through seeing a friend go through it. It’s worth bearing in mind that:

  • Simply showing you would be happy to talk is significant
  • Short, informal chats can make a big difference – whenever and wherever they happen
  • There are lots of places you can find out more about mental health

Remember, not knowing things about mental health is OK. Just being available and open to talk about it will almost always help.

To find out how to start the conversation go to Time to Change at the links below:

or to find out about mental health and young people go to:

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Get Involved in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Add to Your Support

Get involved in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan this September to help raise funds for people facing cancer.  Macmillan are asking people to host their own coffee mornings to raise funds.  If you want to host your own coffee morning sign up at the link below and Macmillan will send you a kit packed with everything you will need.

There are now 2.5 million people in the UK living with cancer. By 2030, it will be 4 million people, and Macmillan we want to be there for them all.

One in three of us will get cancer, and it will be one of the toughest things we’ll ever have to face. Macmillan’s goal is to make sure no one faces cancer alone. They provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support, as well as campaigning for better cancer care. And because cancer affects more than just those facing it, they are there for friends and family too.

For more about the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning go to: coffee.macmillan.org.uk

To find a coffee morning near you go to: coffee.macmillan.org.uk/about/search

Or to register for your free Coffee Morning kit go to: my.macmillan.org.uk/WBCM/Register


Organic September

Organic September Add to Your Support

Organic September is a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of organic produce. As part of Organic September the Soil Association are encouraging people to make one small change to your shopping habits in order to make a big difference to sustainable food, animal welfare and the environment. Some of the small changes people could make include switching to organic milk, eggs, apples, choosing an organic moisturiser or even buying an organic cotton t-shirt.

Do you want to get involved and need some inspiration to get started? We have 10 easy suggestions to help you start to be more organic:

  1. Eat at least one piece of organic fruit each day
  2. Switch one beauty product such as shampoo
  3. Sign up for an organic veg box
  4. Shop at your local farmers market
  5. Have an organic cake bake off at work
  6. Buy organic tea & coffee
  7. Plant organic bee-friendly seeds
  8. Take part in #organicbeauty weekend
  9. Buy an organic pair of jeans
  10. Throw an organic dinner party

Being more organic is one of the ways we can Care for the Planet one of the Six Ways to Wellbeing. If you want to see some other ways you can live ‘greener’ go to our Care for the Planet page.

To follow the campaign and to sign up for the 30 Organic tips go to the Soil Assocations website here: www.soilassociation.org

Or to follow the campaign on twitter go to: #organicseptember

NHS Therapy Kent

Free NHS Counselling Get back on Track Add to Your Support

Are you feeling stressed or depressed or anxious? Or struggling with a phobia, eating disorder or addiction? Or if you are looking for someone to help you through a difficult time in life, maybe a friend or relative has died or you’re struggling with fertility of if you have lost your job?

If you answered yes to any of the above why not refer yourself into see a free NHS funded therapist?  There are a range of free NHS funded talking therapists based across Kent and Medway. Talking therapies, sometimes known as counselling can help all sorts of people in many different situations. Talking therapy, or counselling is for anyone who’s going through a bad time or who has emotional problems they are struggling to sort out on their own.

Why talking therapy or counselling may help:

Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. During talking therapy, a trained therapist listens to you and helps you find your own answers to problems, without judging you. The therapist will give you time to talk, cry, shout or just think. It’s an opportunity to look at your problems in a different way with someone who’ll respect and encourage your opinions and the decisions you make.

To find your local free NHS funded talking therapy service go to our NHS Counselling and Therapy page and look up the information in your local area.

NHS Talking Therapies provide counselling and support for common mental health problems; anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, stress, trauma, phobias and anger, as well as problems with regards to relationships, work or debt.   


Good Mental Health Matters

Good Mental Health Matters Add to Your Support

Good Mental Health Matters is a new website for young people to help with mental health, if you need support or are worried about someone Good Mental Health Matters can help.

Overwhelmed, anxious, under pressure, depressed, vulnerable, fearful of the future, scared of your own emotions or not able to sleep well? You’re not alone. Good Mental health Matters are there to help.

There’s no doubt that certain mental health disorders need proper diagnosis and professional care but, when it comes to keeping stress in check, there is a great deal we can do to protect ourselves and prevent more serious difficulties. 7 common-sense action points can help us take control of our whole wellbeing and develop healthy emotional resilience. Learn to cope with difficult situations, without letting them rule our feelings or damage our mental health. Emotional resilience can be learned, practiced and developed.

For Parents and Carers:

If you are worried about someone there is also advice and support for parents and carers.  Understanding more about what might be going on in your teenager’s head may help you understand certain behaviours and decide how to best respond. Supporting them in the simple strategies outlined here should have a positive effect on the whole family. There is much more help available – visit the website to find out more and get excited about the small changes you can make to promote Good Mental Health.

For more information go to: www.goodmentalhealthmatters.com

Kent Mental Health 2016

The Kent Mental Health Festival 2016 needs you! Add to Your Support

The first Kent Mental Health Festival 2016 is planned for the 11 October at the Leas Cliff Hall and Channel Suite in Folkestone. The festival will be to celebrate mental health and wellbeing and promote the help and support that is available across Kent.  The festival will be open to everyone with stalls and entertainment happening throughout the day.
There will be two festival events one in the daytime between 11am – 4pm this event will have stalls, workshops and talks as well as entertainment and then in the evening from 6.30 onward there is an event planned with music (all timings to be confirmed).

If you want to get involved and be part of the Kent Mental Health festival in any way that you can, and if you have any additional ideas or skills that you could offer to this celebration of mental health and wellbeing please email the organisers at: kentmentalhealthfestival@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.

If you want to book a stall at the Kent Mental Health Festival, please complete the booking form and return it to kentmentalhealthfestival@sanctuary-housing.co.uk. All proceeds will be donated to support Mental Health Crisis Cafes.

The Kent Mental Health Festival 2016 needs you’re help to make this event a success, there are many ways you and your organisation can get involved:

  • Are you interested in having a stall – it could be to promote your services or products?
  • If you want to run a workshop promoting mental health and wellbeing or can give a talk on the day
  • If you run a business that could provide sponsorship to this festival
  • If you are able to provide transport to the event
  • If you want to volunteer as a steward or helper on the day
  • If you can run an event i.e. cake sale or coffee morning to raise funds for the festival
  • If you would like to be filmed and interviewed to promote your service as part of the day

If you want to get involved and be part of the Kent Mental Health festival in any way that you can, and if you have any additional ideas or skills that you could offer to this celebration of mental health and wellbeing please email the organisers at: kentmentalhealthfestival@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.

If you want to book a stall at the Kent Mental Health Festival, please complete the booking form and return it to kentmentalhealthfestival@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.

The next Kent Mental Health Festival working group meeting is at 11am on 30  August at the Dover Council Offices, Maison Dieu House, Biggin Street, Dover, CT16 1DW.



Survey on Children and Young Peoples Mental Health

Survey on Mental Health for Children and Young People Add to Your Support

Do you want to help improve mental health services for children and young people in Kent?

NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and Kent County Council, which plan and pay for emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in the area, are preparing to buy a new Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Service.

It’s important that the service reflects the needs and expectations of patients and their families. If you are a patient, carer, young person or child who has used CAMHS you are invited to complete this survey. Your views and experiences will help to shape a new and improved service for Kent.

To access the survey and share your views go to:


10 Minute Shake ups 2016

10 Minute Shake Up’s for Summer Add to Your Support

Change 4 Life are running the 10 Minute Shake Up challenge again this summer.  10 Minute Shake Up’s are quick and easy activities to get your kids moving and active this summer.  Change 4 Life have teamed up with Disney and created some fantastic ways to help your kids get the recommended 60 minutes or more of physical activity they need every day. Being active helps your kids maintain a healthy weight and helps their heart and bones stay healthy. Plus, playing together can also help them develop social skills and gain confidence. There’ll be loads of games to choose from.

Change 4 Life have teamed with Disney to get your kids to have more fun this summer so why not sign up for 10 minute shake up’s, its free, you will get:

  • A free pack with stopwatch, activity cards, Disney themed wall chart & stickers
  • Lots of games and activities in the 10 minute shake up zone

Go to Change 4 Life and sign up to shake up your summer now!

Change 4 Life 10 Minute Shake Ups

To see all the 10 Minute Shake Up featuring all the Disney characters go to: www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/campaigns/ten-minute-shake-up/shake-ups

Want more ideas from Change for Life?

To sign up for change for life go to: change4life.co.uk

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National Parks Week 2016

National Parks Week 2016 Add to Your Support

National Parks Week is the National Parks family’s annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain’s breathing spaces. It runs from Monday 25 to Sunday 31 July 2016.

The theme for National Parks Week 2016 is adventure. With diverse landscapes, activities and events there’s an adventure waiting at whatever scale suits you!

In national parks you can have adventures for all those thrill seekers looking for their next adrenaline rush. As well as countless events on in each park throughout the week aimed specifically at children. National Parks are also running  ‘adventures for beginners’. There is an adventure out there for everyone so why not make the most of your national park.

Make the most of your National Parks

National Parks week is run by : www.nationalparks.gov.uk and they have compiled some of their favourites, to inspire you:

There are countless outdoor activities in which to take part, including walkingcycling and star-gazing.

Enjoying one of our National Parks is a great way to Be Active and Take Notice, two of the Six Ways to Wellbeing.

Photo used (C) of southdownsnp on instagram.