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Kent Sheds

Kent Sheds Add to Your Support

Kent Sheds is a project that is looking to establish a number of Shed projects across Kent. Kent Sheds provides the opportunities for people to participate in practical group activities such as engineering projects, woodworking or gardening. Kent Shed’s projects enable people to share and learn new skills, and by working together ‘shoulder to shoulder’ support one another.

Kent Sheds is interesting in hearing from groups and organisations who would like to establish a ‘Shed’ to affiliate to the Kent Sheds programme. By joining the programme we will help your group develop and establish your Shed idea, ensuring it meets the ethos of Kent Sheds and provides a safe and welcoming facility for people to meet and work.

The programme also offers financial assistance to help you establish your Shed, purchase materials and equipment, promote the project and support running costs.

Kent Sheds are particularly interested to hear from organisations who would like to establish Sheds specifically for ex-service men and women.

So if you think you could set up a Kent Shed find out more by following the link below:



Anti Bullying Week 2014

Anti Bullying Week 2014 Add to Your Support

Anti Bullying Week 2014 is running from the 17 – 21 November.  The aim on Anti-Bullying week is to get people talking about bullying and the ways that it can be stopped in schools and communities.

Anti-Bullying Week wants to:

  • Stop the bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs by equipping schools, colleges and youth service leaders with resources to develop youth led anti-bullying initiatives and encourage inclusive attitudes amongst children and young people;
  • educate those who support and work with children to recognise children and young people who may be particularly vulnerable to bullying – encouraging an inclusive approach within all anti-bullying education; and
  • ensure the school and wider community understand that the use of any discriminatory language is wrong and will not be tolerated and that this includes challenging disablist language.

For more information or how to get involved in Anti Bullying week go to the Anti-Bullying Alliance website here: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

If you are suffering from bullying and need help and support please contact Childline on 0800 1111 or go to their website here: www.childline.org.uk.

Childline have some specific information about bullying which you can find them by clicking here.

Anti bullying Alliance information sheet for young people and a campaign pack if you want to get involved and support the campaign.

Alcohol Awareness Week 2014

Alcohol Awareness Week 2014 Add to Your Support

Alcohol Awareness Week 2014 is running from 17 – 23 November. This years theme is ‘Facing our Alcohol Problem: Taking Back our Health and High Streets’. Alcohol Awareness week is a great opportunity to get talking about alcohol and how much we are consuming and how this affects us as individuals, families, communities and a society.

If you think your drinking is becoming a problem why not get help and support to take control? Local NHS Talking Therapy providers can help with addictive behaviour. They are free to use and you can refer yourself into their help and you can find all of their information on our Free NHS Talking Therapy pages at the link.

Live It Well has some advice and information about alcohol that includes:

  • What are the Recommended Alcohol Limits?
  • Are you drinking too much – self assessment test
  • Steps to Cutting Down Alcohol Consumption
  • Alcohol Services in Kent and Medway

To see this information go to our Live It Well Alcohol information link.

To find out more about Alcohol Awareness Week go to the Alcohol Concern website by going to the following link www.alcoholconcern.org.uk.

Alcohol Concern also want to encourage people to sign up for Dry January – why don’t you sign up either as a team or an individual to give up drinking for a month. Find out more by going to the Dry January website at the following link: www.dryjanuary.org.uk.

National Stress Awareness Day 2014

National Stress Awareness Day Add to Your Support

National Stress Awareness Day on the 5 November and it’s an opportunity to raise awareness of stress and remind everybody of the Free NHS Talking Therapies available in Kent and Medway to help you if you are suffering the effects of stress. This year’s Stress Awareness Day theme is Stress the Balancing Act, reminding us to try to get the balance right in our lives.

So what is stress?

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. People have different ways of reacting to stress, so a situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else. Many of life’s demands can cause stress, particularly work, relationships and money problems. And, when you feel stressed, it can get in the way of sorting out these demands, or can even affect everything you do.

Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. In fact, common signs of stress include sleeping problems, sweating, loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating. You may feel anxious, irritable or low in self esteem, and you may have racing thoughts, worry constantly or go over things in your head. You may notice that you lose your temper more easily, drink more or act unreasonably. You may also experience headaches, muscle tension or pain, or dizziness.

So if you recognise any of these symptoms and think that you are suffering from the effects of stress why not refer yourself into the Free NHS Talking Therapy services available in Kent and Medway.

For more information go to the links below:


Carers Rights Day 2014

Carers Rights Day 2014 Add to Your Support

Carers Rights Day 2014 is the opportunity to come together to help carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. Having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference when you are looking after someone.

This year’s theme is ‘Looking after someone? Know your rights’ and will focus on:

  • Making carers aware of their rights
  • Letting carers know where to get help and support
  • Raising awareness of the needs of carers

How can you get involved?

From a coffee morning to a benefits drop-in session or an information stand, there are loads of ways that your group can get involved and help us get information and advice to carers. And if you’re not part of a carers’ group or organisation, you can still take part – how about spreading the word on social media, or getting your workplace to promote working carers’ rights through your staff newsletter?

When you sign up you will be sent everything you need to get involved, and keep you up to date with the latest news, event ideas and resources through our Carers Rights Day email updates.

Find out more at: http://www.carersuk.org/

Sign up for carers rights day by following the link: www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/campaigns/carers-rights-day#signup

Are you caring for someone in Kent and Medway why not look at our local support information and help for you go to:



Wheel to Wellbeing Seminar

Six Ways to Wellbeing Seminar Add to Your Support

Why not find out how to use the Six Ways to Wellbeing to introduce wellbeing to the people you work with or people in your wider community.  We have a range of resources that might help you including a free half day seminar which will introduce you to the theory behind the Six Ways to Wellbeing and show you some practical ways in which you can apply the Six Ways to Wellbeing.

We have launched the Six Ways to Wellbeing campaign to improve wellbeing amongst the people of Kent, and we invite you to join in by coming along to a free event and learning what you can do to help. The half day seminar will share with you what the Six Ways to Wellbeing are, as well as giving you the tools you need to spread the Six Ways message to the people you work with and your communities.

Our next Six Ways to Wellbeing seminar is being held on the 4 December in Maidstone. This is the sixth seminar in this series that will help you explore how best to use the Six Ways to Wellbeing in your own work and will be a fun and interactive session. To book your place on this seminar go to our Six Ways to Wellbeing Seminar information here.

Live It Well also has a range of free resources and tools that might help you to see what we have available go to our resources page here.



Movember 2014

It’s Movember! Add to Your Support

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their “Mo’s” men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. As an independent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

How it Works

Movember challenges men to grow a moustache for the 30-days of November, thereby changing their appearance and the face of men’s health.

On the 1st of Movember, men with a clean-shaven face, start their Mo growing journey. Then for the entire month, these selfless and generous men known as Mo Bros, effectively become walking, talking billboards for 30 days. Through their growing efforts they raise awareness for the often ignored issues of men’s health, by prompting conversations wherever they go.

Movember is raising awareness of:

Click on the above links to find out more or go to the Movember website to find out how you can get involved, click here or follow the link: uk.movember.com

Why You Should Register for Movember (feat. Samuel L. Jackson!)

Elefriends Online Support

Elefriends online support for you. Add to Your Support

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself.  We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, and this is a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Whether you’re feeling good right now, or really low, it’s a safe place to share experiences and listen to others. Shared experiences and perspectives are valuable and powerful. In this way Elefriends don’t just get help, they give help too. In the good times and the bad.

  • Post on the wall to say hello. New friends are always welcomed into the herd
  • If you don’t feel up to writing something just now then that’s ok too – just take a look at what other people are saying and show your support by clicking one of the buttons to say, ‘I like this’, ‘I’m thinking of you’ or ‘I hear you’
  • Perhaps there’s something you’re struggling with at the moment? With lots of supportive ele friends, you’re likely to get a fresh perspective on your situation
  • Don’t forget to share good news – the Elephant wants to hear what you’re proud of too, even if it feels like a small thing. And pictures and videos always brighten up his day too

Click here to go to the Elefriends website or follow the link: www.elefriends.org.uk

Emotional Wellbeing Strategy

Emotional Wellbeing Consultation – Children, Young People and Young Adults (0-25) Add to Your Support

Emotional well-being plays a crucial role in the journey from childhood to adolescence and adulthood, shaping our ability to learn and develop, to form and maintain healthy relationships, and to achieve a range of positive long-term outcomes. Children and young people’s emotional wellbeing (which includes mental health) is an area of concern at both national and local levels, and across the country there is increasing demand for support from specialist mental health services.

The Kent Children’s Health and Wellbeing Board (which draws together partners including Clinical Commissioning Groups, Kent County Council Education and Young People’s Services, Social Care Health & Wellbeing, District Councils, and Voluntary and Community Sector groups) have been working to develop a new draft Emotional Wellbeing Strategy for children, young people and young adults (0-25) in Kent.

Part 1 of this draft Strategy sets out four key outcomes – Early Help, Access, Whole Family Approaches and Recovery and Transition – which have been identified by children, young people and families in our initial consultation exercises as being key to improving the offer and overall experience of support around emotional wellbeing.  A fifth ‘overarching’ outcome will centre on promoting emotional well-being at every developmental stage and level of need.

How to get involved and have your say:

Your views are sought about the principles set out in Part 1 of our draft Strategy, and also your thoughts about how these principles could be put into practice within a Delivery Plan (which will be Part 2 of the Strategy).

The draft Strategy document is available here: http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/EWStrategy/consultationHome

Please have your say by completing the online questionnaire. Alternative formats of any of the consultation material can be requested via alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk.

The consultation will run from the 13th October to 5th January 2015 (12 weeks).  Your responses, along with an Equality Impact Assessment, will shape our thinking around the principles of the Strategy and the content of the Delivery Plan.  Interim findings will be presented to the Kent Children’s Health and Wellbeing Board on 28th November, and the complete Strategy comprising Parts 1 and 2 is expected to be presented in February 2015.

If you would like to know more please contact fsccommissioningadmin@kent.gov.uk


Back 2 Netball

Get back to Netball Add to Your Support

England Netball is encouraging women across the country to head to their nearest Back to Netball session this autumn and get fitter and healthier the netball way.  Back to Netball is a great way to get fit, burn calories while meeting others and connecting with people, getting Back to Netball is great for you in so many ways.

Sessions provide a gentle re-introduction to the game for women over sixteen and are led by qualified coaches. You can just turn up, sessions are pay and play, and you can expect to cover basic skills like passing and footwork and play in a fun and friendly match.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel that fit, you can take the session at your own pace and there a position on the netball court for everyone.

If you fancy going along to a Back to Netball session, check out the video below to see what you can expect.

For more about Get Back to Netball go to: www.englandnetball.co.uk/my-game/back-to-netball

Hundreds of women from all over the country are getting ‘Back to Netball’ each week. Pop your postcode into the handy session finder to find out where your nearest session is and have a more active autumn!




Get Online Week 2014

Get Online Week 2014 Add to Your Support

13-19 October is the 8th national Get Online Week, inspiring people across the UK to get online and do more with digital skills. If you know someone who could benefit from learning some online skills – whether that’s starting at the very beginning or simply learning a bit more about how they could use the internet to make life easier – take them along to a local Get Online Week event for some friendly help.

So why not get online and see what the internet could do for you? Whether you want to get a job, get healthy, get connected or get a bargain, getting online could help you do it.

There are events happening all over Kent in Get Online Week events taking place from post offices to mosques, cafes to community centres, supermarkets to town halls ­ challenging people to see what they could do online.

You can find an event near you by going to the Find an event page on getonline week or by calling free on 0800 77 1234.

For more information about GetOnline Week go to: http://getonlineweek.com/

World Mental Health Day 2014

World Mental Health Day 2014 Add to Your Support

October 10 is World Mental Health Day.  World Mental Health Day is a global awareness day to raise awareness of mental health issues.  World Mental Health Day provides 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 all of the great work happening around the county.

This World Mental Health Day (Friday 10 October) if you cant 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 contact info@liveitwell.org.uk.

Time to Change have some free resources and ideas for how to start a conversation about mental health. See the Time to Change Resources here.

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


Stoptober 2014

Stoptober 2014 Add to Your Support

Are you taking part in Stoptober? During October, thousands of people across England are taking part in Stoptober – a 28 day challenge to stop smoking. Stoptober is a great way to quit smoking with lots of free support and encouragement to keep you motivated. The great news is that by stopping smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree! So come on stub it out in Stoptober!

The Stoptober campaign has different ways to help you stop smoking which include:

  • An app to help you monitor your progress and stay on track during Stoptober for online or for a smartphone
  • A free Stoptober pack to get tools and tips on how to prepare for Stoptober, a 28 day calendar to track your progress, and a stress toy to help keep your hands busy!
  • Daily motivational texts to give you daily tips and reminders to help you stay smokefree throughout Stoptober

Click here to join up for the Stoptober campaign or for other ways of stopping smoking see our information on how to quit smoking and where to get local support go to our information on Live It Well by clicking here.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Free Mental Health First Aid Training Add to Your Support

Kent County Council has commissioned free Mental Health First Aid training for the people of Kent. The free courses start in October 2014.  Mental Health First Aid training is an internationally recognised training programme, currently being delivered in 23 countries around the world. The aim of these courses is to give everyone the knowledge and confidence to recognise signs of mental health problems, encourage someone to seek the right help, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness

There are three types of free courses available:

To find out more about the fully funded MHFA training, or book onto an MHFA course, visit www.sevenoaksareamind.org.uk/mhfa.  Alternatively call Ruth Brown on 01732 744950.

Please note that if a booking is cancelled at short notice a cancellation fee will be charged.

To find out more about Mental Health First Aid in England go to: mhfaengland.org

Great British Walk 2014

Get involved in a Great British Walk this Autumn Add to Your Support

The National Trust are encouraging everyone to join them for a great British walk this autumn.  The countryside is alive with colour this time of year as the autumn landscape changes from green to gold. The National Trust want you to join in the celebration of autumn by you getting out and exploring their new walking trails and events.

Walking is a great way to Be Active, but it’s also a great way to get out take notice and enjoy the great countryside that we have around us in Kent.  It is easy to get started, you don’t need any special equipment and if you walk in a group it’s a great way to connect with others.

The National Trust’s Great British Walk is part of their celebration that will run until  November 4 with more than 3,000 events planned at National Trust properties in some of the country’s best walking locations. There are already hundreds of free downloadable walks on the National Trust website to choose from.

So why not get involved in the Great British Walk this autumn and if you’re out and about take a photo of the lovely autumn colours and share it with us on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LiveItWellKent. We would also love to hear how walking makes a difference in your life, so come on let us know on our facebook page too.

To find one of the National Trust’s Great British Walks follow this link: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/activities/walking/map/

To find more local walks closer to you go to: Kent.gov Kent Walks website: www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/parks-and-outdoor-activities/find-a-walk

To find a local health walk in Kent go to Walking for Health by following the link.


To find out more about the Six Ways to Wellbeing go to our web page.

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