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No Smoking Day 2015

No Smoking Day 11 March 2015 Add to Your Support

It’s no smoking day on 11 March 2015 so why don’t you be ‘Proud to be a Quitter’! Smokers in Kent and Medway are being urged to take the first steps to giving up smoking for good on No Smoking Day. This year’s No Smoking Day theme is ‘Proud to be a Quitter. In life we are told never to give up, to keep going – but when it comes to smoking, being a ‘Quitter’ is a good thing.

So come on, why not take the first steps to becoming smoke free by accessing the free stop smoking services based all over Kent and Medway. See our local advice and information to help you stop smoking in Kent and Medway by following this link:


For more information on no smoking day, including resources and information to running your own No Smoking Day event go to: nosmokingday.org.uk.



No Smoking Day is an annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encourages hundreds of thousands of smokers to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day.

National-Sleep-Awareness-Week 2015

Sleep Awareness Week Add to Your Support

Sleep Awareness Week is running from  2 – 8 March 2015 and we have some hints and tips on how to get a better nights sleep.  Getting a good night’s sleep allows our bodies and minds to rest, repair and re-energise. Not sleeping well can cause a range of problems, including poor concentration, low mood, irritability, and a weakened immune system. In the longer term, trouble sleeping can lead to mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression.

To see how you can get a better nights sleep follow the link to go to our sleep advice here.

To see the Mental Health Foundations pocket guide to better sleep which contains a sleep diary click here.



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Self Injury Awareness Day 1 March Add to Your Support

Its National Self Injury Awareness Day on the 1 March and Live It Well wants to highlight the support and information that is out there if you are experiencing problems or are worried about a family member or a friend.

What is Self Injury? Deliberate self-harm is a term used when someone intentionally injures or harms him or herself. We all have accidents and end up with cuts and bruises through no fault of our own – but it’s the cuts and bruises that we cause ourselves on purpose that are classified as self-harm.

If you are experiencing issues with Self Harm or are worried about a family member or friend there is someone there to help you:

  • Samaritans: 08457909090
  • ChildLine:0800 1111
  • Mental Health Matters: 0800 107 0160 (over 18)

or there is online help available through these websites:

There is also free NHS Talking Therapy and Counselling services for people in Kent and Medway, you can refer yourself into them and don’t have to see your GP.  Go to our NHS Therapy and Counselling page to find the listing for your local area.

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 and how we can support your work.

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 8 April in Maidstone. This is the eighth seminar in this series that will help you explore how best to use the Six Ways to Wellbeing in your own work and with the people you connect with 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.



Walking for health

Walking for Health Add to Your Support

Ever feel like it’d be nice to get out and about more often? Get a little more fresh air in your lungs? Be a bit more active? Lots of us wish we did more exercise. We know it’s good for us. And we know our health’s important. But it can be easy to find excuses for not actually getting out there and doing it:

  • The gym is boring / intimidating / expensive.
  • There’s not enough time.
  • My knee / back / hip isn’t up to it these days.
  • It’s no fun.

Sound familiar?

Walking works
If you find it difficult to get active, why not start walking? It’s really easy to get started, you don’t need any special equipment – and best of all it counts towards your recommended amount of physical activity.

Walking can improve your health, your happiness and, if you join one of our groups, it will give you the chance to Be Active to explore the outdoors and Take Notice & Connect with your local area and meet new people.

To find out more about Walking for Health follow the link: www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

To find your local Walking for Health scheme follow this link and put in your postcode: www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder

The video below highlights just a few of the benefits that thousands of people across the country get from walking.

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. 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

Red Nose Day 2015

Red Nose Day 2015 Add to Your Support

Red Nose Day is back on Friday 13th March 2015 so its time to plan out what you are going to help to fundraise and to be ‘funny for money’!

The Red Nose Day website is packed full of ideas for fundraising for Red Nose Day 2015.  These include:

  1. Face paint: Get everyone at work to pay a donation to come in with their face painted.
  2. Get made-up: Get your kids, family or friends to do your make up, and get people to sponsor you.
  3. Hold a bake sale: Everyone loves cake and
  4. Daft disguise: Ask everyone at work to pay a fee to wear a disguise for the day or go the whole hog in full dress up.
  5. Hair-raising: Raise money by getting sponsored to colour your hair red, create a monobrow or dye your beard.
  6. Sponsored silence: Get sponsored to zip it for the day. A quiet fundraising classic.
  7. Extreme makeup: Get friends to sponsor you to wander around (as if nothing’s wrong) wearing dodgy makeup.
  8. Bigwig in a wig: Ask the ‘bigwigs’ at work to wear a funny wig for the day. Staff pay to vote for who looks the most ridiculous.
  9. Makeover day: Make someone else’s face funny for money by offering Red Nose Day makeovers for a donation.
  10. Danceathon: Organise a sponsored danceathon with friends or colleagues. For inspirational dance move tips go to rednoseday.com/danceathon

Theres lots of other great ideas and reasons why you should Get Funny for Money on Red Nose Day, March 13. The Red Nose Day website has:

  • Fundraising essentials: Get your free fundraising kit packed full of ideas, posters, sponsorship form and lots more.
  • Schools’ fundraising essentials: Get your free school or nursery fundraising pack and order Red Noses to sell at school with our special deposit offer.
  • Red Nose Day goodies: Get your Red Noses, T-shirts and everything else you need to show your support for Red Nose Day.

To find out more go to : www.rednoseday.com

Or to order your fundraising kit or resources go to: www.rednoseday.com/order-stuff

The Big Lunch 2015

Get Ready for the Big Lunch 2015 Add to Your Support

The Big Lunch 2015 is being held on Sunday June 7. Even though it seems like a long long way away its never too late to get prepared for holding a Big Lunch this summer! The Big Lunch is a chance to get together with your neighbours in the garden, in the street in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. The Big Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown street party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic.

Why have a Big Lunch?

  • The Big Lunch is a simple recipe to have fun and connect with your neighbours and encourage friendlier, safer neighbourhoods, which will…
  • Feed community spirit! As well as sharing a meal you’ll be meeting new people, be making new friends and strengthening ties in your community which could see you…
  • Starting to share more –from conversation and ideas to skills and resources –so we all end up richer in every sense, which can also help you to…
  • Discover common ground across age, class, faith, race and the garden fence, and remind ourselves that charity begins at home, or just a couple of doors away, and remember…
  • To make the third of us who live alone feel connected to their communities, and, before you know it, you’ve started to…
  • Change a neighbourhood for good, forever!

So, enjoying a Big Lunch is just the start– it’s what can happen after that really makes the difference!

The Big Lunch is a great way to Give, Connect, Keep Learning and Take Notice – four of the Six Ways to Wellbeing.

To register for the Big Lunch 2015 follow the link.

Need some ideas and inspiration of how to get started or some free resources? go to:


Want to find out more about the Six Ways to Wellbeing? Follow the link.

NHS Talking Therapy Live It Well

Free NHS Talking Therapy 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.   


The Care Act 2015

The Care Act 2015 Add to Your Support

The Care Act 2015 is going to change all care and support in England from April 2015. The Care Act will help to make care and support more consistent across the country and puts the wellbeing of individuals at the heart of health and social care services.

What does the new Care Act aim to achieve?

  • Clearer, fairer care and support
  • Wellbeing – physical, mental and emotional – of both the person needing care and their carer
  • Prevention and delay of the need for care and support
  • People in control of their care
  • A new emphasis on wellbeing

The Care Act is aiming to consolidate good practice and should help to embed and extend personalisation in social care as well as increasing the focus on wellbeing and prevention.

For people who need care and support, and their carers, there will be:

  • better access to information and advice, preventative services, and assessment of need
  • an entitlement to care and support
  • a new model of paying for care, with a cap on the care costs for which an individual is liable
  • a common system across the country (national eligibility threshold)

You can read more about the key changes to the Care Act at the links below:

For all of the other Care Act factsheets follow the link.

Share Aware NSPCC

Share Aware NSPCC Add to Your Support

The NSPCC have launched their Share Aware campaign to help parents talk to their children about how to stay safe on social networks.  Keeping Children safe online can be a big concern for parents but the Share Aware guide provides straightforward no nonsense advice for parents of 8 – 12 year old children.

The Share Aware website has information on Online Safety as well as a guide of what to do if a child is being abused online which is often called cyberbullying and other forms of abuse.

The information covers lots of topics which include:

  • The risks and dangers of being online
  • Inappropriate content, including pornography
  • Ignoring age restrictions
  • Friending or communicating with people they don’t know
  • Grooming and sexual abuse
  • Sharing personal information
  • How to talk to your children about online safety

So why don’t you go to Share Aware and learn how to make the internet safer for your family: www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

Safer Internet Day 2015

Safer Internet Day 2015 Add to Your Support

Tuesday 10th February 2015 is Safer Internet Day. The theme of this years Safer Internet Day is:

Let’s create a better internet together

Safer Internet Day sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to all of us.

To find out more or to get involved in Safer Internet Day 2015 or to find out how to make the internet safer for your family see the links below:

This Girl Can

This Girl Can – can you? Add to Your Support

Sport England is celebrating active women everywhere with the This Girl Can campaign!  The This Girl Can campaign proves whatever size, ability or previous experience, sport can be a fun and enjoyable part of our lives. So if one of your resolutions for 2015 was to get more active why not take inspiration from the This Girl Can ladies and get yourself moving in 2015. It doesn’t matter what ability you are there is an activity out there that is waiting for you.

If you want to think about other ways to Be Active why not go to our Six Ways to Wellbeing Be Active page.

Come on, if This Girl Can – can you too?

If you or your organisation would like to find out how to get involved, access marketing materials or learn more about the insight driving the campaign then please register at: www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/register

Kent Countryside Partnerships

Kent Countryside Partnerships – Improving your Wellbeing Add to Your Support

Kent Countryside Partnerships are running some amazing projects across Kent and Medway to help people make the most out of their wellbeing.  Getting involved in a Countryside Partnerships project is a great way of getting all of your Six Ways to Wellbeing in one go, find out more about how Kent Countryside Partnerships can help you with the Six Ways to Wellbeing below:

  • Be Active: Countryside Partnerships projects can involve getting out and physically helping to help the countryside – your muscles may ache afterwards but you will know it’s for a good cause!  If you’re not that physically able, there are other projects available to suit your level of mobility.
  • Keep Learning: Learn about the local countryside and why the work that the Countryside Partnerships do is important to our local eco systems. Learn about seasonal foods and how to prepare them, learn a new skill – the list just goes on and on!
  • Give: The Countryside Partnerships projects can involve you volunteering to help Kent. Giving your time for a worthwhile cause and making a different should be able to give you a warm inner glow!
  • Connect: By getting involved in a Countryside Partnerships project you will be connecting with like minded people who want to make a difference to the environment. So why not give it a go and widen your social circle.
  • Take Notice: How could you not take notice of the wonderful natural surroundings when getting involved in a Countryside Partnerships project.
  • Care for the Planet: Helping the environment of Kent is key to the Countryside Partnerships projects, it could be that you have cleared an area ready for new growth or even if you make your food footprint smaller by learning how to eat seasonal and local food.

To find out more about the great work Kent Countryside Partnerships do see the film below:

What a great way of getting all of your Six Ways to Wellbeing in one go, why not get involved and help the Kent eco system too!



Free Debt Help and Advice

Free Debt Help and Advice Add to Your Support

We all want the best Christmas possible but sometimes the costs involved mean that you can stretch your finances too far.  If you are experiencing money problems and are worried about what happens when the bills arrive in January maybe it’s time to get some professional debt help and advice.

Debt can be a big problem, and it is normal to feel worried and anxious about debt and financial issues. Remember though that NO debt problem no matter how big is unsolvable. When debt builds up so does stress and anxiety levels, so Live It Well have information on free and impartial help and advice that is available to help you get out of debt. There is no need to pay for debt advice.

All of the debt help and advice listed on Live It Well is free.

You can find your local free debt help by using our database (at the top of the column on the right) called: Search for Local Support and Help.

Under the Help With What? section choose the Money and Debt box and then under the Where Are you? Section choose the area of Kent or Medway that you live it. All of the debt help listed on Live It Well is free.

There is free debt help and advice out there, please ask for support and take control of your debts in 2015.

Live It Well has a more information on Money and Debt and you can see this by following the link.

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