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AN NHS consultation on plans to improve care for people suffering a mental health crisis has been launched.

Around 3,000 people in Kent and Medway with a serious mental health problem experience a crisis every year and need urgent treatment. A crisis is used to describe someone who may be experiencing delusions, hallucinations or be very distressed. More


Conservation experts have been using the latest techniques to find out more about Rochester Castle’s Keep and carry out some essential maintenance work.
The team of specialists working with Medway Council have been using techniques similar to abseiling in order to examine the walls, which has given them viewpoints from the castle that have not been accessible for hundreds of years. More

Step & Learn is a new charity helping children and adults in Kent to achieve more through Conductive Education, they are about to have their first event and would be appreciative of any help you can offer. The details can be found by clicking the link below

step and learn poster

Or visit their temporary website by clicking HERE

We are just getting ready to hold our biggest event for 2012 which is showcasing the very best up and coming talent in Medway.

Dancers, Singers, Bands and much much more coming together for one spectacular event Shakin’ them Live 2012! More

CPC Kent are holding a Dinner and Dance on 8th September at The Stanley House Ballroom (In the St George Hotel, Chatham), Parking and Entrance in Gundulph Road. 6.15pm arrival for 7pm Dinner. Carriages at 12.15am. 3 course meal followed by Auction/Raffle. Live performance from “Kieran Mellish” and disco to follow. £37.50 per person. Tables of 8 to 10. Please call 01634 220330 for a booking form EMAIL or contact us through Facebook.

Please visit the following website to see what this organisation does, they get no statutory funding as they seem to fall between two pillars, education and medicine. The work they do improves the quality of life for many individuals and families
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The first of Medway’s flagship academy builds has been completed, on time and on budget.
The doors of Strood Academy’s old building have closed for the final time as its new £26million home gets set to open – the first new secondary in Medway for more than 40 years. More

An intensive fitness course starts in August.

Level 2 Active IQ Fitness Instructing runs from Monday, 6 to Friday, 24 August at Medway Park. More

With the summer holidays fast approaching, the dreaded phrase ‘I’m bored’ is inevitable. But not this year, as London’s first outdoor trapeze school – Gorilla Circus, More

A sports taster day for people with physical disabilities is being held in Medway next month (August). Wheelchair rugby, goalball, boccia, wheelchair basketball and powerchair football will all be available to sample between 10am and 4pm on Thursday, 23 August at Medway Park. More

A large open-air screen will be at Rochester Castle Gardens on Friday evening showing the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
The wide screen will be free to watch and will showcase the amazing spectacle as it happens live at the Olympic stadium.
The 2012 Opening Ceremony has been coordinated by film director Danny Boyle – the man behind Slumdog Millionaire – and is set to delight billions around the world.
The Rochester Castle Gardens screening will follow the Medway Mile, which is also happening in Rochester on Friday, 27th July. More

Medway Council’s Trading Standards team is conducting inspections on some holiday essentials to ensure that local residents enjoy the sun whether it is at home or on holiday.
Medway’s officers are out testing children’s sunglasses to make sure that they offer proper protection from damaging UV light that can cause irreversable damage to their young eyes. More

Local EllenorLions Hospices would like to thank Sophie Warren for raising vital funds for children, young people and adults within their care who have a life threatening or life limiting illness and are being cared for either within their own home or at the EllenorLions Hospice in Northfleet. More

The Royal Engineers Museum Library and Archive are undertaking a very exciting project to conserve and install a German V2 Rocket within the museum later this year. The V2, which was brought back from mainland Europe by Royal Engineers, has been situated at an MOD site in Chattenden for over 40 years and has recently been acquired by the museum. The V2, over 14 metres in length, is now at Borley Brothers’ workshops in Cambridge, who are working to strengthen and return the V2 to its former state. In 1944 Hitler ordered that V2 Rockets would be directly launched at Britain and Belgium and over 1000 reached targets in Britain killing thousands. The weapon was an object of terror; it arrived unheard and unseen and delivered almost a ton of explosive at a speed of 3500 feet per second. The V2 was strategically insignificant during the war but it is celebrated for initiating space travel.
We are very excited to have acquired this fascinating and enormous object for our collection and the new Cold War and V2 Rocket displays will open at REMLA later this year.
Keep an eye on our website for more details:

A Heritage Lottery Fund supported community project
Join the Royal Engineers Museum Library and Archive and the Brompton History Research Group in celebrating the 200th anniversary the Royal Engineers in Brompton.

On Saturday 30th June 2012 a brand new exhibition opened at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive and a new history website was launched. More

Click to view full details War and Peace Show 30th Annisversary

“With only one road in and out, through estuarine flatlands, the Isle of Grain is one of the most remote locations in South East England – the final stop at the end of a long peninsula which divides the two great rivers, the Thames, and the Medway, at their estuaries to the north sea. More

A new mobile phone app has been launched to help the drive to improve sexual health and reduce unplanned pregnancies in Medway.
The Kent and Medway C Card app has been designed to give teenagers aged 19 and under the information they need on how and where to get free condoms using their C Card – a successful community-based contraception scheme set up in 2007. More

NHS Kent and Medway is asking its residents ensure its campaigns are clear and effective.
If you live or work in Medway, we need your help. We can only improve our campaigns and information about local health services with the help of the people in our community. It doesn’t matter if you have or haven’t used local NHS services, your views still count. How could we do things better? How would you like information presented? More

A Better Medway’s health improvement team will be touring Medway this summer to encourage people to respect and protect themselves.
The team will be touring its Get Sorted campaign, which gives relationship and sex education advice to young people. Visitors can get free condoms, Chlamydia testing kits and information and support about drug and alcohol use and stop smoking services. Local agencies and organisations will also be attending, including the Medway Youth Trust, KCA, Kent Fire and Rescue and Gillingham Youth for Christ. More

Children and young people in Kent and Medway suffering from anxiety, depression or other mental health problems will benefit from redesigned NHS services across the county from September. More

Stroke specialists from Medway Community Healthcare recently attended the BAE Systems Family Fun Day for staff and families to give advice on healthy living and stroke prevention as part of the wellness zone at the event.

On 30 June, the team of nurses, therapists and consultant practitioner spoke to over two-hundred people to explain stroke symptoms and ways to reduce their risk of stroke.
The team also checked people’s blood pressure and pulse rates to detect signs of high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation (an irregular pulse), the leading risk factors of stroke. More

The Olympic Torch will arrive in Medway next Friday, 20 July, as church bells ring, Fort Amherst’s canons are fired and a flotilla of yachts pass under Rochester Bridge.
Torchbearers will start the journey at Gillingham shortly before 8am on Friday, 20 July, before passing through Chatham, Rochester and Strood. More

Eligibility assessment deadlines for NHS continuing healthcare funding
People who think they or a relative may be eligible for continuing healthcare funding by the NHS but who have not yet applied for it are urged to do so promptly.
NHS continuing healthcare is the name given to care arranged and paid for by the NHS for people not in hospital but whose primary need, as a result of disability, accident or illness, is for healthcare (rather than social care). More

The who, what, why, where and when are detailed below

Watling Street, Strood, Sunday 15th July 11am-3pm, FREE FUN for all the Family
Lots of activities with Medway Greenspaces, Kent Wildlife Trust, Strood Youth Club,
St.Nicholas Music & Movement Group, Medway Dog Training Club demonstration and much more. Refreshments and Ice-creams, Portaloo on site. Dogs welcome on leads please.
Come and join in the FUN Info: 01634 718643

Young people in Medway are being asked to get involved and help shape the future of education in Medway by taking part in a new online survey.
The survey is aimed at pursuing the possibility of establishing a University Technical College in Medway, by asking young people what they think about the idea.
By launching the survey, at the board behind the bid, which is led by the University of Greenwich with members from the university, MidKent College and the council, hope to get as much feedback about the proposal for a Medway UTC as possible, to use should any future rounds of applications be announced. More

Medway Council is inviting potential providers to submit their applications to establish and operate a new primary academy in Chatham. More

Another fantastic award that reflects the ‘Excellence’ of The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor, has recognised the high standards found at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, following the maritime heritage attraction’s exceptional traveller reviews. The TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ awards businesses that consistently earn top rankings from the website’s large community of reviewers and cites “with a high rating, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has earned a place amongst the very best”. More

Medals aren’t just for Olympic athletes this summer. Medway’s school children can also receive a medal for finishing a summer reading challenge. The Story Lab challenge starts on Saturday, 14 July and is aimed at children aged from four to 12.
Children need to read six books over the summer holidays. Prizes for completing each book include scratch and sniff stickers, and much more. Those that finish all six books will receive a medal and certificate. The reading challenge is free to join. Pop along to any Medway Library for details and to take part.

Five officers from Medway Council’s Community Safety Team have trained to become walk leaders as part of Medway Health Walks. The five walk leaders now guide weekly health walks from the libraries in Strood, Cuxton, Lordswood, Luton and Hook Meadow, Walderslade.

Medway Health Walks is an NHS funded programme, aimed at getting more people out walking in their local community and utilising Medway’s excellent green and urban walking routes. The community walks are held every week and take approximately one hour. During the walks the community officers can identify any issues such as rubbish, fly-tipping and stray dogs.

After the walks the community officers join the walkers for refreshments, which also gives them a chance to discuss any local concerns with residents. The walks have proven to be very popular. Strood now has more than 40 registered walkers, with a regular turnout of 15-20 people each week.

To find your nearest Medway Health Walk, please visit or phone 01634 333720.

It’s fun, it’s free and it’s the perfect way to mark the start of the 2012 Olympics. The Medway Mile takes place on Friday 27 July, and everyone is invited to come along and walk, run or even skip a mile through Rochester’s streets, from toddlers to seniors and seasoned runners. More


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