Medway Pride, MGSD Centre, 331 High Street Rochester Medway ME1 1DA hello@medwaypride.co.uk 01634 408668

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LGBTQI+ Pride 2020 during Covid 19

Call for Art, photography & Written Word

Creatabot

Creatabot

Creatabot
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Creatabot is proud to be a partner in Medway Pride. Due to Covid-19, Medway Pride 2020 will be presented online from 15th to 21st August 2020. We are very excited to announce that we are collaborating with Gravesham Pride to bring a bigger better virtual event for that week.

ABOUT CREATABOT

Natasha Steer – Founder

Creatabot was founded in November 2010 by Natasha Steer and is run from Dragon Coworking in Chatham, Kent.

Originally a website that promoted creativity in Medway, Creatabot has grown to become an organisation that is regularly commissioned for community engaged creative, heritage, health and arts activities. Delivering these commissions often includes involving other creatives and partners.

Commissioners include Medway Council, AMAT UK, Langley House Trust, The Forward Trust, Ideas Test, the Huguenot Museum and Medway Teaching Alliance.

For more information

https://creatabot.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/creatabotworkshops/

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Kent Fire and Rescue Service

FIreman with Large LGBT FLag

Our customer Promise

We’re here to help keep you safe whether at work, home or as you move around Kent and Medway. We deliver services for everyone working and living in our changing community. We aim to give people advice and support in order to reduce the risk of fire and other emergencies as they go about their daily lives. Of course, accidents still happen and we aim to provide an excellent emergency response when it is needed, meeting the needs of every individual involved.

Respect, fairness, compassion

  • We recognise without bias the rights, needs and dignity of others in all our contact with you and will work to see things from our customers’ perspective and treat everyone with compassion, fairness and respect
  • We will ensure all people, but particularly those with a disability; lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people (LGBT); ethnic minority people; older people; and people from minority faiths, are aware of our services, feel confident to access them and understand how they can be adapted to meet individual needs.
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Your safety

We offer a wide range of safety advice and services to help keep you safe. All of our services and advice are provided free of charge. You can find out more from our website If you would like to talk to us about a Safe and Well visit or have any fire safety worries about your home, please call our Safe and Well team on 0800 923 7000 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, voicemail outside these hours) and we will be happy to get in touch.

Work for us

Kent Fire and Rescue Service is a great place to work. We have good conditions and will provide training to help you deliver the best possible service  to the public. We pride ourselves on having well-trained professional staff, and an open culture which values diversity and equality of opportunity in employment.

Though we’re best known for rescuing people from burning buildings, firefighters aren’t the only heroes we employ. Behind the scenes, there are many professionals working hard in essential roles the public doesn’t see, including our fire and rescue control team, information systems technicians, finance, HR, Customer Safety and more. Though some of them may not be frontline staff, they all play a vital part in keeping the people of Kent and Medway safe. Any vacancies are advertised on our website and on our Facebook page and Twitter.

You can also sign up to receive any new job alerts.

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Turning Point

Medway Active Recovery Service
423 High Street Chatham
Kent ME4 4NU  
Phone: 0300 123 1560

At Medway Active Recovery Service, we know that successful treatment starts with being there. Drugs or alcohol can affect many aspects of an individual’s life. We get to know the person, to understand exactly what they need to make positive changes. We work together with a number of local organisations to make sure we deliver an holistic service for our service users. We also work with significant others, those individuals who are supporting someone with substance misuse issues; this is our 5 Steps Carers Group.   Group work: Individuals can choose specific interventions according to their needs and where they are within the change process. We offer brief motivational courses, such as Introduction to Change which is designed to provide people with a chance to think about what of change they would like to make, as well as more structured workshops exploring lifestyle changes, problems people might be facing and how they can manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a different way.

We offer the following group work:                                                                                                                  
1. Introduction to Change                                                                                    
 2. Mindfulness based Relapse Prevention                                                         3. Reclaim                                                                                                                
4. Recovery Skills                                                                                                   
5. Resilience                                                                                                           
6. Resolution and Alcohol & Wellbeing

Online Support: We also offer guided self-help, online support and a programme to support concerned family members and friends. Our treatment programmes allow us to work effectively with clients who are ready to make changes as well as those who remain ambivalent or lack the confidence about taking the next steps   

Harm Reduction Services: We provide to help reduce harm and they include Blood Borne Virus screening, immunisation and support; tailor made needle exchanges, safer injecting paraphernalia; safer injecting information and support; foil to smoke instead of injecting and needle bins. We also facilitate onward referrals to Intuitive Recovery, a group based programme aimed at supporting service users to maintain and develop enhanced coping strategies and relapse prevention tools.     

How you can get in touch You can use our online contact and screening form at any time of day here 

http://wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/medway/hubs/chatham-hub/

and we will begin planning the next steps of your journey. If you have a quick question or need to change an appointment you can use our “Live Chat” button at the bottom of the screen when we’re freeIf you need to speak with a member of our team please call us on 0300 123 1560. We’re available 9am to 5pm on week days.If you need out of hours emergency support, you can call us on 0300 123 1560Drop-in: you can drop in to our hub anytime during office hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5pmRefer to us via email: medwayreferrals@turning-point.co.uk.cjsm.net  

Use our referral form      

MACA

Medway Africarribean Association

Our non-profit organisation in Medway is dedicated to charity work. The associations exists to: promote an awareness of African and Caribbean Culture, through arts, educational and social programmes, primarily for the benefit of it’s members but also accessible by the wider community. It also acts as a means of support to members on issues to do with racial harassment, undertaking prison visits, as well as many other functions. The following pages present detailed information about our work and those we help.GET INVOLVED

About us

We promote an awareness of African and Caribbean Culture, through arts, educational and social programmes. We also support members on issues to do with racial harassment, undertaking prison visits, as well as many other functions.

Contact us

Promoting an awareness of African and Caribbean culture, through arts, educational and social programmes.GET INVOLVED

Our address

MACA
c/o The Sunlight Centre
105 Richmond Road
Gillingham, Kent
ME7 1LX

MVA

Medway Voluntary Action

A catalyst for social change

Celebrating 30 years of service in 2019, MVA works towards a Medway where communities are active, empowered and connected. We support local not-for-profit organisations, groups and community members to develop skills, build resources and amplify their voice.

About Us

Established in 1989, and now embedded within Medways communities for over 30 years, Medway Voluntary Action (MVA) has a strong history of supporting and representing Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Medway

There is a lot of information about how MVA helps the local community in the video above.

Contact Us

To contact us please click here.

METRO Charity

METRO Charity

We promote health and wellbeing and celebrate difference

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Our vision

METRO’s vision is for a world where diversity is celebrated, difference respected and valued, and where optimum health and wellbeing for all is a collective goal.

Our mission

Working collaboratively with our staff, volunteers, users, partners and supporters to make a difference to people’s lives, we champion equality, nurture aspiration, embrace difference and challenge others to do so.

We promote health and wellbeing through our transformative services to anyone experiencing issues relating to sexuality, gender, equality, diversity and identity, and use our unique insight from these transformative services and our diverse heritage to influence decision makers and to effect positive change.

Our values

Innovation

We strive to deliver cutting edge, creative and entrepreneurial solutions to the individual, cultural, economic, historical and social problems we identify.

Insight

Our services and our change agenda are informed by our understanding of the power of human connection and relationships and our unique relationship with the people and communities we work with and for.

Integrity

We believe in the transformative power of inclusive services, products and experiences that are accessible to all.

Investment

We support the aspirations of all our members and users, and embrace these aspirations to ensure the sustainability of the charity through entrepreneurialism and social return on investment.

Our goal

We will to harness the power of difference and diversity to inspire and support people and communities to realise their assets and potentials and aspirations.

Our history

METRO was established 1984 in response to the development of the Greater London Council’s Lesbian & Gay Charter, Changing the World.

Originally operating under the name The Greenwich Lesbian and Gay Centre and providing telephone advice and support groups, the charity broadened its remit in 1994, working in partnership with statutory and voluntary organisations serving lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people and those questioning their sexuality.

Over the next decade and beyond, METRO has extended its services beyond Greenwich, and across South East London, until eventually it began working not only across the whole of London, but nationally and internationally.

In early 2008, the membership of METRO agreed to amend its Constitution to provide services to all people experiencing issues related to sexuality, identity, gender and diversity.

From its inception, METRO has taken a holistic approach to lesbian, gay bisexual and trans health and well-being and continues to acknowledge that our ability to create supportive environments for LGBT people depends not only on our strengths as an organisation, but also on our capacity to build alliances and partnerships that empower all people who confront discrimination because of their sexuality, gender, identity or HIV status.

In recent years we have developed a range of services and that support African people and communities affected by HIV consolidated and expanded since our merger with Harbour Trust in December 2010.

Where we work

Metro Get It Serrvice

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Welcome to Clover Street, the Medway sexual health hub

Our main sexual health hub is at Clover Street in Chatham.

We provide a complete range of sexual health services including contraceptionSTI testing and treatmentpsychosexual therapy services and care for people living with HIV. You can also pick up free condoms from any of our clinics.

Under 25? We’ve got services that are just for you.

For advice and opening times call our Central Booking Team on 0300 123 1678 (please note this is not a clinic number).

Please vist our Facebook page for more videos

What can we help you with?

There are lots of different ways to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, choose the one that’s right for you and your partner. 
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I need some

You can get free condoms from any of our clinics, or if you’re aged 13-24 you can register for the  ‘Get It’ scheme and pick up free condoms from a local pharmacy, or online.
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If you have had unprotected sex and are worried about unplanned pregnancy, act fast! You have 2 choices of emergency contraception.
I’ve had unprotected sex

If you think you have an STI, it’s important to been seen quickly by a qualified professional. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed, we are here to help you, and we really have seen it all before!
I think I’ve got an infection

We provide treatment and support to people who are affected by HIV. Your GP or another health professional can refer you, or you can refer yourself if it’s easier for you. You can expect a completely confidential service from us.

If you are worried that you may have HIV then come to any clinic and talk to us about getting a test.
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Services

Some of our clinics are especially for people under the age of 25.

for under 25s

The Apple Tree project is designed to make sure that reasonable adjustments are made when a person with learning disabilities needs an appointment at a sexual health clinic.

By asking for Apple Tree, the person taking the call immediately knows that the caller needs a double appointment.

Apple Tree

Learning Disability Service
0300  1234 195
kentcht.ldsref@nhs.net

Sexual Health Service
0300 123 1678
kchft.sexualhealthservice@nhs.net

Watch our patient journey film

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Medway Asthma Self-Help (MASH)

MASH supports people and families affected by asthma in Medway. We aim to improve awareness and understanding of asthma, its triggers and treatment, and to empower people with asthma to self-manage their condition. During Covid-19 telephone consultations, our asthma nurse can provide advice and support with asthma – discuss medications, asthma reviews and personalised asthma action plans. Letters containing the advice given and any recommendations will continue to be sent to clients to forward to their GPs.

When face-to-face appointments are able to safely resume, we will again be able to offer spirometry and FeNO testing for asthma diagnoses and monitoring, and airborne allergy testing. All of our services are FREE and open to all.

Call 01634 855844, email medwayasthmaselfhelp@btconnect.com, send a message via social media or our website: www.medwayasthmaselfhelp.co.uk.

Facebook: @Medway.Selfhelp

Twitter: @MedwayAsthma

wHoo Cares

wHoo Cares

Whoo Cares is a community interest company working to support those on the Hoo Peninsula, with the overarching aim of reducing social isolation. Since 2015 we have been working towards this using a person-centred model of support for both vulnerable people and their carers.

We understand that the lives and circumstances of each of our Partners (beneficiaries) are unique, this is why we utilise a personalised Life Plan as the basis of our support. The Life Plan, developed with one of our Community Life Planning Coordinators, works to identify practical steps and supports that will make a real, positive difference to an individuals life. Support offered is highly variable, ranging from a weekly chat and cuppa or regular phone call, through to help getting to a local coffee morning, club/ group, GP or Hospital appointment. Our in person befriending has also proved valuable to carers, providing an hour or so of respite.

Currently our services look slightly different to comply with social distancing measures – however, we our doors remain firmly open for anyone in need!

Michelle Trumper

07584 285016 / 01634 272138

Community Engagement Officer
wHoo Cares (Hoo Peninsula Cares CIC)
www.whoocares.org.uk
www.facebook.com/whoocarescic

www.twitter.com/whoocarescic

community@whoocares.org.uk