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.

JOBS AT WEST KENT MIND Add to Your Support

Do you want an interesting and varied job, working for a forward thinking charity passionate about its mission? We have a new part-time opportunity to join our dynamic and motivated team as Mental Health Action Group (MHAG) Coordinator.
The purpose of this role is to to provide high quality coordination and administration of the 9 bi-monthly MHAG meetings across Kent. Each MHAG comprises commissioners, commissioning agents, service providers, service users, and carers of service users. We are looking for excellent communication and people skills and a strong commitment to the aims and values of West Kent Mind.
Offered as a part-time position of 22 hours per week. £10,523 pro-rata, equivalent to £17,697 full-time. Contract term: permanent.
Closing date is 9am on Monday 3 July. Interviews to be held on Thursday 6 July.

Please visit West Kent Mind for more information and an application form

Get on your bike for Rethink Mental Illness Add to Your Support

Rethink Mental Illness are organising a sponsored ‘Cloisters to Oysters’ cycle ride between Canterbury and Whitstable on Sunday 27th August and they want you to be Rethink Mental Illness Cycle Rideinvolved. The funds raised from the event will raise awareness of mental health issues and the work of Rethink Mental Illness.

The cycle event will be two ways from Canterbury to Whitstable and will begin and end at  the Dolphin Public House garden with registration starting at 9am and the ride starting at 11.30am and the event is due to finish approx. 5pm.

The cycle journey each way takes about 1 hour 15 minutes for a moderate rider and is open to people of all cycling abilities.

The cycle ride is being supported by the Crab and Winkle Trust who will be supporting the  event on the day by giving historical information about this route and will include details (with brief talks along the route) of their restorative work to re-establish a complete walking or cycling route between Canterbury and Whitstable.

If you want to get involved in this event please complete the application form here  and email it to rethinkevents@rethink.org. You will then be sent an information pack and a free Rethink cycling jersey.

More information will be posted on the Facebook ‘Cloisters to Oysters‘ event page, click on the link to find out more.

MHAG review and change to meeting date schedule Add to Your Support

The July 2017 meetings have been cancelled pending a review of the MHAGs.  For more information click here

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:


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 6/6/2017)

Please note the July meeting has been cancelled.  The next Maidstone Weald MHAG Meeting will be on 21st September 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.

Please note the July meeting has been cancelled.  The next South West Kent MHAG meeting will be on 28th September, 2017, 2pm at the Sevenoaks Community Centre, Cramptons Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 5DNPre-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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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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