West Kent News

This is the local news page for West Kent where you will find listed local news and events to support your mental health and wellbeing in West Kent. We also have information on the Mental Health Action Groups (MHAGs) which are happening in your area and how you can get involved.

Click here for Mental Health Action Group West Kent information.

Free Courses Add to Your Support

West Kent Mind are pleased to announce a new free Coping with Life programme to help you challenge unhelpful thinking and behaviour and make positive changes in your life.

‘Managing Depression’ and ‘Managing Stress and Anxiety’ are each programmes of six 90-minute psycho-educational classes held at locations in Ashford, Edenbridge, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks.

For more information click here

Community Services Project Manager Vacancy Add to Your Support

Porchlight have a vacancy for a Community Services Project Manager. For more information please follow the link:


Kent Fire & Rescue Service Add to Your Support


Kent Fire & Rescue Home Safety Services are offering information sessions for staff about their Safe and Well visits and the types of free equipment they can provide and install free of charge to keep people safer in their homes.

If you would like to refer a client for a home visit please complete the referral form and send it to  home@kent.fire-uk.org

To view the  ‘Safe & Well’ leaflet click here

To view the  ‘Do you care leaflet’ click here

For more information contact:

Rachael Spencer  | Vulnerable Person Liaison Officer | Kent Fire & Rescue Service

Tel: 01662 692121 x8462   M: 07834569626 | Service Headquarters | www.3breaths.info

Solace Café Add to Your Support

The Solace Cafe is open on Thursdays and Saturdays 5-9pm. For more information click here

Vacancies at West Kent Mind Add to Your Support

For details and application forms for all vacancies at West Kent Mind click here

West Kent Mental Health Action Group Information Add to Your Support

Dates & Venues for all Mental Health Action Groups (MHAG) 2017/18 – click here (Updated 21 April 2017)

The next Maidstone Weald MHAG Meeting will be on 18th May 2017,  2pm at Maidstone Community Centre, Marsham Street, Maidstone, ME14 1HH.  Pre-meeting at 1.30pm for service users and carers to meet with the chair in confidence before the main meeting.  No need to book, just turn up.

The next South West Kent MHAG meeting will be on 25th May, 2017, 2pm at The Angel Centre, Angel Lane,Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1SF. Pre-meeting at 1.30pm as detailed above. PLEASE NOTE NEW START TIME FOR THIS MEETING.

To go to the County Mental Health Action Group page follow the link.

What are Mental Health Action Groups?

Mental Health Action Groups (MHAG’s) provide a local forum for Mental Health information, support and expertise across Kent. You can find out more about Mental Health Action Groups (MHAG’s) and how you can get involved by following the links.

West Kent has two MHAG groups – Maidstone Weald and South West Kent.

Maidstone and Weald:

South West Kent:

West Kent (all):



January 2017 – click here

March 2017 – click here

May 2017 – click here

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March 2017 – click here

May 2017 – click here Please note new start time of 2pm

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January 2017 – click here

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KENT COUNTY COUNCIL: Updates are provided below by Shaw Trust on behalf of KCC


January 2017 – click here

May 2017 – click here


West Kent CCG:

January 2017 – click here

February 2017 – click here

March 2017 – click here


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Abbreviations & Acronyms – click here

MHAG Draft Terms of Reference March 2017 – click here

Street Triage Update March 2017 – click here

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