Being creative improves our mental health and wellbeing. Enjoy the creative activities with new ideas for inspiration each week. A welcoming and friendly group for beginners and those with more experience.
Location: East Kent Mind Umbrella, 54 William Street, Herne Bay, CT6 5PB
If you want to write a story, read a story, play word- games and experience gentle learning and have fun within a group of likeminded people.
Then you are welcome to come along and join us at this weekly group to increase your word power and broaden your horizons at your own pace.
Pop in for a chat from 10-3pm, our friendly staff and volunteers are extra aware today of anyone dining alone and will turn up the talk to brighten your day.
If you know someone living alone, new to the area, retired, lonely or in anyway needing a friendly face and chat do point them in our direction, quietest times are before 11 and after 2pm (open 10-3pm)
It’s also a good opportunity to make the time to meet the friend you have been meaning to catch up with – see this as your reminder – make the time to talk
Revival, where community blossoms on the High Street
The Kent COG garden is a multiuse, accessible, safe space that provides opportunities for students, staff and the community to engage with sustainable food, biodiversity, gardening, community action and mental health and wellbeing activities, whilst making new friends, getting some time outdoors, building up skills, confidence and making new links.
We offer 2 weekly sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays for participants to engage with general gardening activities. Individuals can just turn up and spend between 1 and 4 hours per session outdoors, working with a facilitator or other professional in a group setting, taking part in growing activities, sharing knowledge and learning new skills. In addition, we offer monthly Saturday sessions focused on developing and maintaining wellbeing for all, and seasonal Sunday sessions, promoting sustainability and exploring our connection with the natural environment.
KentCOG are eager to liaise with individuals to make the programme appropriate for their needs. We are experienced in working with a variety of needs and our site is partially accessible for wheelchair users. We are working towards creating a fully accessible site and any feedback is welcome. We are happy to show students and staff around the garden and discuss their particular needs or requirements, as well as offering additional sessions to try out activities and to discuss ideas.
The programme can be accessed by visiting the garden on a regular basis throughout the year, or by liaising with staff at the University or via Mind to agree a specific block of sessions for individuals or groups which can be delivered on site
Walking for wellbeing is open to all. It is a friendly relaxed group helping you to connect with nature, the community and your local area. You can walk and talk, walk and watch or just walk your way knowing you are not alone.
We meet in various locations within the Canterbury District and walk for about an hour from 10am every Sunday, details can be found on our Facebook events – Walking for Wellbeing Revival East Kent Mind
Days and Times: Sunday 10:00 – 11:30 Duration: One Hour to 90 minutes
The group is a friendly, welcoming female space for of all ages to come together to chat, listen, share wellbeing journeys and support each other. We meet every Wednesday at 10am and at 6pm in Whitstable. See our social media events for details:
FB: Women’s Wellness Peer Support Group (Revival)
Days and Times: Wednesday 10:00 – 11:30, 18:00 – 19.30 Duration One hour to 90 minutes
You are all invited to learn what self-care is all about. By showing you A different method of self-care each weekday evening at 6 P.M. On teams, you will find what really works for you.
I will introduce you to 31 different self-care methods that will benefit you by;
Helping you prevent stress
You can learn to feel good about yourself
You can learn to self-soothe
It aids productivity
It can make you more resilient to illness
Improving your self-esteem
And we all know taking care of ourselves, helps you take care of others.
You will be sent all tasks via email as well so if you can’t make specific dates and over the weekends, you can continue the challenge by yourself.
You will need a notebook but pen and paper will do
This group is your time to put aside 2 hours for arts, craft, making, mending and DIY. Grab a cup of tea and the project you are working on to meet likeminded crafters for inspiration, tips, and giggles. Don’t know what to bring ? still come along to get the motivation.
Creating is a form of selfcare, it benefits you and those around you. It can help you feel more able to cope with situations.
Days and Times: Wednesday 11:00- 13:00 Duration: One Hour
Music for Fun is a Music Peer Support Group. Every participant gets a chance to select a song of their choice to be played to the group and are giving time to talk about their selection. This is a relaxed group with great discussion.
This group will motivate you to take pictures each week by giving you new themes like food, nature, wildlife and many more. We discuss top tips for improving your photography and editing techniques. Your homework will be to have fun creating your shot and then you can email your top 3 photos for the group to admire the following week.
We welcome all abilities, skill levels and types of cameras
Pilates, pronounced “Puh-Lah-Tees”, takes its name from Joseph Pilates who was born in Germany in 1880.
Pilates believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling. He immigrated to the US in the 1920s and opened a studio in New York, where he taught his method – which he called Contrology – for several decades. Pilates mat-work classes are not only fun, they are designed to help you improve flexibility and strength. Small equipment such as bands, toning circles and balls are used during mat-work classes to help you achieve better movement patterns and provide you with more awareness of your body – and of course to challenge you! Our instructors cater to each individual, offering alternative movements if required so there is never a reason to feel worried about your ability.
Days and Times: Tuesday 12:00 – 12:45, Thursday 12:00 – 12:45 Duration: 45 Minutes
In this group, we are going to encourage each other to get them jobs done ! Whatever is on your to do list bring it along (with a cup of tea) and get tips from your peers on the best way to achieve what you want, as you are doing it !
From sorting your bills/benefits, decluttering, craft project, homework from another group or a course you are doing, DIY, selfcare/glow ups, housework, journaling, planning, creative writing, gardening, shopping lists, to do lists and so much more..
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.
Many studies suggest that yoga is a safe and effective way to increase strength, flexibility and balance. There is some evidence to suggest that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression, anxiety and stress.
Days and Times: Wednesday 18:00 – 18:45 Friday 09:00 – 09:45 Duration: 45 Minutes
The Anger Management workshop helps you to understand the cycle of anger and when certain types of anger become problematic. During this workshop you will identify the causes of anger, the effects of anger on your health and your relationships and most importantly a variety of coping strategies to deal with anger.
The workshop promotes the use of self-awareness and self-reflection to aid anger management. Sometimes the simplest coping strategies are the most effective!
The workshop promotes group participation and interaction with discussion points aimed to encourage participants to grasp a better understanding of the thoughts and patterns that surround anger.
This workshop will run over a two-week period, split into two 2-hour sessions. It will try to adjust your way of thinking about body-image and challenge the images of idealised bodies shown throughout the media that can negatively impact people’s perceptions of themselves.
By the end of the course, you will hopefully have achieved:
– An improved self-image
– A more realistic approach to body-image
By the end of the course, you will have hopefully learnt:
– A better understanding of body image and how it is affected
– How external / internal factors that influence how we think and feel
– Body image in men and women
– How to accept your body and not aspire to unrealistic ideals
– How not everything in the media is as it seems
– How body-image affects mental health
– Ways to overcome negative body image
– An understanding of body image disorders / eating disorder
This workshop aims to give you the ability to distinguish between helpful and unhelpful thinking patterns and how to manage negative emotions effectively. The hoped outcome of attending this workshop is that you will become more self-aware, be able to regulate your emotions more effectively and to develop your social skills including empathy and understanding different perspectives. Overall, the suggested tips and coping strategies should help you to start challenging your learnt behaviours; become more in tune with your emotions and in time build up your resilience.
This workshop promotes group participation and interaction with discussion points aimed to encourage participants to grasp a better understanding of emotional intelligence.
Learn to journal by expressing thoughts, feelings, inspirations or emotions through writing. We will look at different journaling methods and how to get started. You will need a pen and notebook to journal in.
A multi-faceted approach to improve mental wellbeing, first looking at the nutritional perspective by making sense of all the conflicting information about diet, then a close-up on the brain and the best nutrients to support mental wellbeing. Each workshop will also have a different focus to support mental wellbeing, from the role of improving the gut-brain connection to balancing the nervous system and understanding the effect of blood glucose, all providing simple nutrition & lifestyle intervention methods.
This Mindfulness Workshop encourages a positive Mindful approach to feeling present and to bring awareness, an open mind, forgiveness and acceptance to ourselves and others, as we use practical tools to help gain an understanding. The workshop finishes with a small guided mindful breath meditation.
This workshop is for those who would like to learn more about what anxiety and panic is. We learn and explore different types of negative thinking patterns and share our own experiences of how we can relate. We’ll also incorporate different ideas on how we can turn these negative thought patterns into positives by incorporating different healthy ways to wellbeing.
Days and Times: Tuesday 10:00 – 12:00 Duration: Two Hours
The Understanding Self-Harm Workshop is aimed at those wishing to increase their awareness of self harm and for those that wish to learn how to develop better coping strategies. The workshop looks at self harm facts and myths, how and why people may self harm and how to best manage and control urges.
The workshop promotes the use of cognitive coaching, self awareness and personal reflection. With discussion, participation in peer support group activities and exercises you will be able to explore how to incorporate what you learn into your daily life.
Days and Times: Thursday 12:00 – 14:00 Duration: Two Hours
A positive self-image is key to living a happy and healthy life. Research shows that people who feel confident in themselves can problem solve and make better decisions, take more risks, assert themselves, and strive to meet their personal goals. In fact there is an entire field devoted to it called Positive Psychology.
Aims of the workshop:
● Provide the participants with a better understanding of what is positive thinking, how it impacts and how to develop it
Enable a greater self-awareness
Equip the participants in effective techniques for changing attitudes
What is positive thinking made of?
Why is positive thinking the key to a successful life?
Anxiety and stress cause more sick days, illness and presenteeism than physical ailments. Discover the difference between stress and anxiety and why in combination they are the single biggest cause of concern for the working population.
Aims of the workshop:
Provide the participants with a better understanding of what is positive thinking, how it impacts and how to develop it
Enable a greater self-awareness
Equip the participants in effective techniques for changing attitudes
Typical causes of anxiety
How to become familiar with triggers
How to select coping strategies that work specifically for you
Days and Times: Tuesday 18:00 – 20:00 Thursday 14:00 – 16:00 Duration: Two Hours
In this amazing two week course you will learn the importance of knowing where your money goes each month.
We will look at many ways to save on spending, how to budget our money, how to manage debt and where to seek help.
We are living through “the cost of living crisis”, Mind in Bexley and East Kent would like to offer you the information you need to get your money in order and control your debts
Mondays 10:00 – 11:30
East Kent Mind | 34 King Street, Ramsgate CT11 8NT | 01843 319 193