Projects that have helped the public cope with life during the lockdown were celebrated at the Kent Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards.
33 people, organizations and initiatives were recognized at the annual event, which took place at the Ashford International Hotel on Friday.
Keynote addresses were given by two-time Olympian Jack Green, Cllr Clair Bell, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health at Kent County Council, and Allison Duggal, Acting Director of Public Health at KCC .
Sprint and hurdles athlete Jack Green of South Kent told guests about his own mental health issues that affected him as an athlete competing for the Great Britain team at the Olympic Games in summer of 2012 in London and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Mr Green’s passion for wellness issues has led him to champion openness and transparency on mental health issues – and to become an Honorary Patron of South Kent Mind, which serves Dover and Deal.
10 nominees were named county champions on the night and received a limited edition trophy designed by 12-year-old Faith Tuohy from Homewood School and Sixth Form Center, Tenterden and carved from sustainable bamboo by Cactus Graphics in Dover .
The Dover smART project was named the County Pastoral Care Champion for its support to young caregivers in South Kent and for providing more than 5,000 care and activity packages to the town’s older residents.
Penny Lamb, from Folkestone, representing South Kent Mind (providing mental health services to Deal and Dover), has been named the 2021 Kent Wellness Champion for never letting her protect herself during the pandemic preventing her from commit to improving the well-being of others. mental well-being and supporting colleagues with training.
Talk It Out’s Tracy Carr was named Dover Community Ambassador of the Year.
The former mayor of Deal, who lived through an experience of anxiety and depression, made herself available 24/7 for users of her community support group.
The volunteer has been actively involved in delivering more than £ 18,500 of care and food baskets to those in need despite challenges from coronavirus, lockdowns and social distancing.
Simon Dolby, Managing Director of South Kent Mind Mental Health Charity and co-host of the evening, said: “Mental health has been the Cinderella of health services for too long and its champions deserve to be at. honor.
“These awards demonstrate the dedication and passion of so many charities, volunteers and professionals to the sector – and I am proud to have played a part in celebrating their hard work and commitment.
Complete list of winners:
Ashford’s peer mentoring initiative of the year is the Mental Health User Voice Network.
Ashford’s Community Ambassador of the Year is Kevin Finch.
Bexley Welfare Charity Staff Award goes to the Bexley Mind Crisis Cafe team
Bexley’s Volunteer Service Award goes to Bexley’s Women Aid
Canterbury District Pastoral Award goes to the Far Skate Foundation
The Canterbury District Welfare Award for the Charitable Sector goes to the Revival Café & Wellbeing in Whitstable.
The Canterbury District Welfare Award for the Business Sector goes to ADM Computing of Canterbury.
The Dartford Ecological Project Award goes to Ecology Island, donated by North Kent Mind and the Countryside Partnership.
Dartford School Staff Award goes to Temple Hill Primary Academy
Dartford Consultant of the Year winner is Abigail’s Footsteps
The Dover Community Ambassador Award goes to Tracy Carr of Talk It Out.
The Dover Pastoral Award goes to the Dover smART Project
The Dover and Folkestone Welfare Prize goes to Penny Lamb of South Kent Mind
Folkestone’s volunteer service award is Living Words.
The Folkestone Innovation Award goes to the Kent Coast Volunteering anthology team
Maidstone’s Youth Project of the Year is Mid Kent Mind.
Megan Abbott of the Kent County Council Public Health Team wins the Maidstone Region Suicide Prevention Award.
The Maidstone Communication Award goes to Shout for the Release the Pressure, a 24-hour text support service.
The Maidstone Advisory Service of the Year is the Kent Association for the Blind.
Medway Government and NHS Wellbeing Award goes to Medway Public Health Team
The Medway activity coordinator of the year is the Music Man Project
Adam Palmer and Ashley Stone are Medway Volunteer Fundraisers of the Year.
The Swale Wellness Award goes to Faversham-based Mind and Body and their “We Are With You” project.
The Swale peer mentor of the year – in the business category – is Bemix.
Madison Hinton wins Swale’s Community Leadership Award.
Swale’s Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year is Suzanne Middleton-Elliott of Sittingbourne.
Thanet’s Volunteer Service Award is Jenny Woledge, of Canterbury, of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Thanet’s Sport or Community Activity Project of the Year is awarded to the Charitable Football Club’s Head in the Game initiative.
Thanet’s Activity Coordinator of the Year – for the corporate sector – is The Community Driving School CIC
The West Kent School Staff Award goes to the New Beacon School, Sevenoaks.
The West Kent Wellness Award goes to the Crossways community.
The winner of the West Kent Sport or Community Event of the Year is Keiron Piper of the Sevenoaks Swimming Club.
The West Kent Leadership Award for the Mental Health Sector goes to Stevie Rice of West Kent Mind.
The event was supported by an independent jury including Stagecoach SE, Loch Associates, KCC Public Health, Medway Council Public Health, Kent Community Foundation, The National Lottery Community Fund, Crossways Community, Blessing by Ble, Cactus Graphics, Ashford International Hotel, Co-op, Premier Foods and Independent Music Productions.
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