Reachout Youth groups are back!
What is Reachout Youth?
Reachout Youth is a free service offering wellbeing support to young people throughout West Kent. Our trained and supportive staff are back after the summer break delivering weekly groups (both online and in person) to offer young people aged 13-19 a space to talk about things they might not usually share with friends or family.
Who can join?
Anyone aged 13-19 may join. You may be struggling with your mental health, feeling low, anxious or lonely, want to meet new people, or are just looking for something fun to do.
Why join Reachout Youth?
The groups offer young people a confidential, supportive and inclusive space to share things not usually shared with friends or family. The groups are a great way to make new friends, take part in fun activities, learn tools and resources to manage wellbeing, develop coping strategies, improve confidence and self-esteem and feel part of a community.
What will a session look like?
Sessions are informal and focus on wellbeing, including activities, games and discussions and we always begin with a check-in. Two trained and supportive members of staff facilitate the group. Each week we choose a theme to focus on such as family relationships, loneliness, anger, mindfulness, self-care and stress.
The groups are peer-led meaning that you choose what you’d like to do in each session. We still do fun activities, just virtually - recently we have held quizzes, arts & crafts, yoga, games and movie nights.
When & Where?
Tonbridge: Wednesday 5-6.30pm; term-time only. We are currently unable to deliver our Tonbridge group face to face, but we are still able to provide online meetings once a week, during term time. You may drop in for as long as you like, there is no pressure to stay for the full session.
Tunbridge Wells: Thursday 5-6.30pm; term-time only. We are now excited to return to our face to face groups for our Tunbridge Wells participants. At these groups, we will continue to socially distance, hand sanitizer is provided and all windows will be open. Please bring a mask if you wish although this is optional. Please contact Anna in advance to reserve your place as spaces are limited due to social distancing. Location: The Hub, 2a Grosvenor Park, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2BD. Please spread the word about these fantastic, supportive groups!
How we've been helping people through lockdown
This year has been difficult for everyone, but our clients have been some of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 has deeply heighted many of our clients’ anxiety levels, with a high proportion now experiencing deteriorating mental and physical health compounded by challenges including food and benefit issues, loneliness, bereavement, housing problems, anti-social residents and isolation. Meanwhile, some of our elderly clients do not have access to wifi i or smart phones and so are at greater risk of isolation and often unable to access online shopping and repeat prescriptions.
When lockdown began, we worked around the clock to ensure everyone had access to support either via the telephone or via online support groups, to help people stay connected with the community, to give information on how people can maintain their mental wellbeing and to signpost to other key local services if needed. Specifically, we provided:
1-2-1 Telephone support and peer support groups,
interactive Zoom groups including creative writing and art groups,
virtual groups and WhatsApp support for young people,
weekly support packs for young people,
computer support for with Universal Credit claims,
urgent welfare visits,
E-bulletins with tips about wellbeing,
signposting to other services such as Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).
We were also thrilled to be able to deliver 1-2-1 face to face support for our most vulnerable clients. We achieved this by working in partnership with Crossways Community to deliver socially distanced face to face support at The Kitchen Table on Camden Road, which was adapted to meet government guidelines of safe working and social distancing.
Mayor's Charity of the Year
Mental Health Resource is delighted to be chosen by the new Tunbridge Wells Mayor, Cllr Chris Woodward as the Mayoral ‘Charity of the Year' for 2021-2022!
The high standing of the Mayor is one of honour and dignity rather than actual legal powers and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to shine a light on mental health awareness in our town. Now in our 28th year, we’re working harder than ever to support those in our community who are suffering from mental ill health.
We are really excited to attend fundraising events over the coming 12 months run in conjunction with the Mayor's office and to reach more people who might need our support at this time.