Kooth is designed to support the wellbeing and resilience of young people and is available for 10-16 year olds in Kent. Kooth is running free online parent information sessions in March, April & May. The sessions are designed to help you understand how Kooth can support your child with their mental health and wellbeing.
More details can be found here...
Community Safety Newsletter February 2021
Safer Internet Day took place on Tuesday 9 February and although it was a little different this year, over twenty schools across the District still took part.
Go to Community Safety Newsletter February 2021
Shaping our Adult Social Care Strategy
Kent County Council Engagement Workshops
We want to work more closely with the public, people we support and our partners to develop Kent County Council’s upcoming Adult Social Care Strategy.
If you’re interested in the future of social care or have had a recent experience of accessing support in Kent, please get involved to share your views at our early engagement sessions.
We’d like to hear from people from all backgrounds in Kent aged 18 and over. Workshops are also open to members of voluntary organisations and community groups.
Join one of our online Zoom workshops in February and March*
- 10.30am – 12.00 Friday 5 March
- 10.30am – 12.00 Wednesday 10 March
- 10.30am – 12.00 Friday 19 March
- 10.30am – 12.00 Wednesday 31 March
(*Dates and times may change subject to demand)
Continuing the conversation
We want to make sure that as many different communities as possible in Kent have the chance to get involved. If you run a local voluntary group or charity, let us know if you would like us to attend one of your virtual meetings.
Register your interest at email@example.com with your name, area of interest within social care, organisation (if applicable) and the date of the workshop you’d like to attend.
For information call the Stakeholder Engagement team on 03000 418 179
Knock & Check
Kent Community Foundation (KCF) is asking the people of Kent and Medway to help save lives this winter. And the way to do this is simple – just knock and check on the elderly and most isolated in your local community.
Are you struggling to manage your debts?
Has the COVID-19 crisis put a strain on your finances?
NOW is the time to take action to sort out your finances...
BEFORE landlords, bailiffs or creditors take action against you.
Our friendly advisers are here to help and support you.
For the quickest response, please email
with your phone number & we'll call you back.
If you can't email, please call 0300 330 9001 and ask for a Debt Assessment.
Grieving can feel isolating enough without social distancing. Many people bereaved during lockdown have been unable to properly say goodbye to loved ones, comfort or even hug each other. If they can't get the support they need, they will be more likely to struggle with the long term effects of grief.
To help, Marie Curie offers a free bereavement support service. Anyone who is grieving can access up to six telephone sessions with a matched volunteer by calling 0800 090 2309. Further details as well as online information and support is available here: www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/telephone-bereavement-support.
National Day of reflection
Over 150,000 people across the UK have now sadly died of all conditions since lockdown began on 23 March. After lockdown is fully lifted, we’ll be in desperate need of time and space to collectively support those who have lost someone during this time, #UniteInMemory of all who sadly die and celebrate their lives.
You can show your support by signing Marie Curie’s petition for a National Day of reflection here: www.mariecurie.org.uk/who/day-to-reflect
You Can Save Me
During lockdown, some children and young people may be being abused and exploited at home. They can be made
to believe that they should never tell anyone and that the abuse is their fault.
Shut in with their abusers, they have little chance to escape or to tell anyone.
These children need your help! As a neighbour or key worker visiting homes for any reason, you may be the only
person able to spot abuse and report it.
• Guarded behaviour of a child around particular individuals
• Sudden changes in behaviour
• Children with bruises, burns, bite marks or fractures
• Children appearing withdrawn, anxious or frightened
• Hearing or seeing shouting and violence towards a child
• Children seen carrying or using drugs
• Children being late or arriving home late in different cars
• Unaccompanied children visiting a house where only adults live
• Stay curious and look beyond the obvious
• If something doesn’t feel right, it might not be
• Even if you’re unsure, it’s better to report your concerns
• Do not attempt to intervene yourself
• If you have a safeguarding manager / lead within your organisation, notify them immediately
• Call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency
• Call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000
Neighbourhood Watch supporters,
We continue to think about you all at this difficult time. In response we hope you have been able to connect with your neighbours to support each other through this crisis.
At Neighbourhood Watch we have seen a 25% increase in membership. We have published a special edition of 'Our News' (the e-newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters) to welcome our new members, look at how Neighbourhood Watch brings communities together, ways existing groups are supporting their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and more things you can do such as establishing a phone tree, and how to avoid and report crimes and scams.
Read the e-newsletter by following this link or viewing it on our website.
Keep safe, stay at home.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK | Building Safer and Stronger Communities
Our Book on the Fallen of WW2 is due out this year
If you are related to or have information on any of the following then we would love to hear from you. Named on Swanley, Crockenhill or Hextable War Memorials; related to someone who died in WWII and is buried locally; or Civilians who died in the area.
Or if you haven’t yet ordered a copy of
SWANLEY WAR MEMORIAL
The First World War The Stories Behind The Names
Contact us via the following:
Visit our webpage: swanleyhistorygroup.weebly.com
Or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07952 050898
We are a local Swanley Charity and need your support
Swanley Therapy Centre (SUMS)
If you shop in Asda Swanley, please collect the green tokens and support Swanley Therapy Centre (SUMS).
For more information on SUMS please visit our website:
Kent Police Independent Police
Sevenoaks & Swanley District
Your Community – Your Issues!
The IPAG are a group of community volunteers who work with Kent Police to improve policing services across the county. The IPAG make a difference to policing in Kent by:
- Helping Kent Police to support victims of crime and anti-social behaviour
- Providing a link between the police and the communities of Kent
- Encouraging witnesses of crime to come forward
- Sharing feedback from the communities with the police to help improve services
- Discuss Kent Police priorities/objectives
We are currently looking for new members to join us and attend four meetings a year at a location which is relevant to you. This is an exciting opportunity to discuss community issues with Kent Police and the IPAG Chair.
We would like to welcome members from a variety of different cultures with a view to providing tactical advice and support in relation to dealing with serious incidents involving victims and offenders from different backgrounds
For a further insight into what the IPAG is and what is required from its members please go to link - https://ipag.kent.police.uk/
If you require any further information or would like to attend one of the meetings please contact Community.email@example.com or 01622 652444 / 652440
“Working in partnership to build confidence and trust for all”
Volunteers needed for new Digital Den Club for anyone aged 8-11 at Swanley Library.
The sessions will include how circuits work; how to program robots; how to make a piano with bananas; and much more…
For more information phone 03000 413131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit