Community starts with…
We’re based in Tonbridge and there are many family and community services, activities and projects here we’re a part of. Our team are active in communities across Kent and Medway and we are connected with regional and national networks, too, such as Wave Trust’s 70/30 campaign, so we get to learn about great work going on all over the country.
Some of our activities are highlighted below, so if you are interested in participating or supporting, referring or replicating, do please contact us
We love Angel Café! It’s a ‘community café with playspace’ which before lockdown was open two days a week in Tonbridge High Street. We’ve now been given a new home by the lovely people of St. John’s, Hildenborough and have launched a crowdfunding campaign. Please check it out: Angel Café Hildenborough (spacehive.com)
First, it looks and smells like a café, so we have a wonderful cross-section of the community meeting there. But there are all sorts of activities going on: social prescribing, a ‘chatty table’, supervised contact, sign language, crafts, you name it. The idea is that while it is a friendly, safe, accessible place to meet, for anyone who may be searching there is a backdrop of support that can be turned to as and when the time is right.
Among our team are willing and approachable ‘trusted adults’ who build positive, supportive relationships with community members, taking a holistic approach to their health and wellbeing.
This ‘light touch’ approach is appreciated by a wide range of people including those who need support with their mental health, who are lonely or isolated, or who have social needs which affect their wellbeing. Here, we can provide signposting to help connect people to community groups and statutory services.
Parent Coaching and Support
We parents love our children and want the best for them but sometimes being a parent or carer can be really hard.
With experienced, certificated parenting practitioners, parent coaches and group facilitators, we listen and understand the difficulties you face whatever the needs, background and circumstances of your children. And we work with you to help you grow those healthy emotional connections with your children so that you can work through life’s challenges together.
Parent-Child Attachment Play
Parent-Child Attachment Play (PCAP) is an innovative and empowering early help programme for parents and their children from 3 years. (For younger children we have the linked ‘Baby Bonding’ programme.) It’s a gentle play-based approach aimed at improving the attachment quality of the parent-child relationship. We deliver the programme with groups, 1:1 or through a home visiting model.
Since lockdown we have moved sessions, which previously would have taken place in homes, schools or other settings, online
Through 1:1 and group coaching and psychotherapy to address individual needs, we support people undergoing mental distress, using clear and understandable language to explain and teach skills, empowering people to become masters of their own destiny, restoring peace and giving clear focus for the future.
Practitioners have in-depth Trauma Psychotherapy experience drawn from a broad range of evidence-based approaches, and offer face to face and online therapy with children, adolescents and adults.
Information for parents, referrers and supporters
Some of our services are funded and free to attend but sometimes we charge although we keep it as affordable as we can. Thanks to our lovely supporters we often have bursary and subsidised places available. If you are in one of the communities we serve, we can usually offer a free telephone consultation. Email us to find out more.
If you would like to help a parent or family to receive our support, thank you so much! Find out how.