Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind has been awarded a Community Grant to fund a new project which will provide Work and Wellbeing courses across two of the most deprived areas of Kent, Maidstone and Swale, where absence from education, training and work is highest due to mental health.
Work and Wellbeing is a 6 week programme which will support people to overcome their mental health issues and become ready for a return to work programme. Sessions will include building resilience, learning job skills, effective job applications, and building confidence and self-esteem. The programme is available to adults aged 18+ who are focusing on re-entering into the job market. Young people aged 16-18 who are out of education or training can also access an adapted version.
CXK has awarded the grant through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) under their Community Grants Scheme via European Social Fund funding (ESF). CXK will be allocating grants of more than £600,000 in total over the course of the next year; grants which are available organisations which help those furthest from the job market improve their skills and/or get into work or training.
Julie Blackmore, CEO at Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind, said; “This funding will allow us to support some of the most vulnerable people in the community; to raise their aspirations and manage their mental health in a positive way. This will result in us stopping mental health being a barrier to entering into the job centre.”
Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind offers a range of services to support anyone with a mental health problem; encouraging, promoting and facilitating their engagement in communities; and supporting local to people live well, to get involved and help make a difference. To find out more, visit: maidstonemind.org.