Thank You James!
We are so proud of James who ran the London Marathon for Crossways Community. Congratulations and thank you!
Kent Charity Awards 2018
We are delighted to report that Crossways Community has won the Supporting Services Charity of the Year Award at the Kent Charity Awards.
This is a fantastic achievement for the organisation and we feel very proud of the recognition. Crossways has been doing great work for 50 years and it’s wonderful to receive this award.
The awards evening was hosted by ITV Meridian’s presenter, Amanda Piper and sponsored by Arriva.
Other charities in our category were YouCan Youth Cancer Support, Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service and charity for disabled young people, Space 2 Be Me.
Well done to all the finalists and entrants of this prestigious annual event.
NHS Survey - Have Your Say!
Have you used the NHS mental health services for children and young people? The NHS is looking for your comments about their service.
See the link below to take part.
Help improve local mental health services for children and young people.
NHS West Kent CCG is looking for children and young people, and their parents, to share their experiences of using mental health services for children and young people.
Here in Kent the CCG want to expand the mental health services provided for children and young people so that they continue to receive them until they are 25. At the moment people using the service change to adult mental health services at 18.
If you’ve used children and young people’s mental health services, please fill in the online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/1825MH) which asks about your experience. By responding to this survey, you will help the NHS West Kent CCG to shape mental health services locally for children and young people for the future.
You can also write to: West Kent CCG Mental Health Commissioning Team. NHS West Kent CCG. Wharf House. Medway Wharf Road. Tonbridge. TN9 1RE
Your response is needed by 20th March 2018.
This opportunity was communicated by:
Ali Watson | NHS West Kent CCG
Commissioning Project Manager – Mental Health, Children’s & Maternity
Wharf House, Medway Wharf Road,
Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1RE
Words of Support
We were pleased to receive a lovely letter recently from our MP in Tunbridge Wells, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, in response to our recent Award. He has heard about all the good things happening at Crossways and is interested in visiting our cafe when it opens. It is good to have his support.
We are looking forward to our annual Thanksgiving Service on Friday 9th March at 2.30 at Culverden Evangelical Church. This is a special time in the year when we stop and give thanks to God for his goodness to us as an organisation so if you are able to attend please do. Tea will be served afterwards.
Our very own James Finlayson is running the London Marathon for Crossways on Sunday 22 April. In particular he’s raising money for the works at Camden Road and here’s the link to his Virgin Money giving page.
Kent Charity Awards
We are delighted to announce that Crossways Community has been shortlisted in the Kent Charity Awards for Supporting Charity of the Year. The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner on the 15th March at Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham.
The Awards celebrate the hard work that charities, voluntary groups, volunteers and trustees do in Kent.
There are three other charities in our category.
Mental Health Training for Schools
Crossways Community is offering Mental Health Awareness training in primary and secondary schools in West Kent. The topics can be tailored to suit each year group and there is no charge to state schools. For private schools the fee is £20 / hour.
This can be for assemblies, PHSE lessons, Year 6 Preparation for senior school and Coping Strategy Courses such as exams and bullying.
The course for primary school Year 6 pupils aims to prepare them for the transition to senior school. However, younger year groups may benefit as pressure mounts for entry to 11+. Each course can be tailored to suit the audience.
What Crossways Can Do To Help
Organised to fit into the school timetable, the sessions:
Each session includes interactive elements which help pupils explore their own attitudes.
Crossways Community Chief Executive, Christopher Munday says: “If young people understand that mental illnesses, such as depression, body anxiety or exam-related stress are relatively common and nothing to be afraid or ashamed of, then they are more likely to recognise signs and symptoms in themselves or others and ask for support. The stigma of talking about these common illnesses must end and we all have a responsibility to ensure things improve. ”
What the experts say
Psychologist Prof Tanya Byron says: "Just as we look after our children's physical health, it's vital we offer support for their mental well-being.”
Lucie Russell of the Young Minds charity says: "Children and young people are growing up in a toxic climate. They exist in a 24/7 online world where they never switch off, where cyberbullying, consumerism and pornography, sexting and the pressure to have the perfect body bombard them daily, where any exam grade below a C means failure and employment prospects are bleak.
"We know from our extensive work with young people that the support they so desperately need when they aren't coping is grossly lacking but we also know from services that they are under huge funding pressures and are overwhelmed with demand."
Crossways also run mental health awareness programmes for businesses, churches and community groups.
How to book?
To book training email Chris.email@example.com
In a recent independent survey about resident accommodation at Crossways Community, clients ‘strongly agreed’ that they feel safe, encouraged and respected by staff in their accommodation and safe in the area they live.
They also all agreed that their independence has increased since living in supported housing and that it is a good stepping stone for the future. Many enjoy learning new skills which acts as a reference for future work.
One resident said: “Crossways Community Culverdale has been a God send for me. It has given me stability and I have real hope for the future now.”
Times of Tunbridge Wells, 7th February 2018
Times of Tunbridge Wells, 31st January 2018
What Happened in 2017 - our 50th Anniverary Year
Our Royal Visitor, The Countess of Wessex
The sun shone brightly here in Tunbridge Wells as The Countess of Wessex dropped in for a visit on Wednesday 19th April.
The Countess, who has a particular interest in mental health, attended an art group at Culverdale and chatted with residents Peter and Antonia about the role of mindfulness techniques and art and craft in their recoveries. After being shown a small garden, planted in her honour, Her Royal Highness then visited Moxham House.
Afterwards, she popped into Crossways Community Enterprises where residents Hope and Marie demonstrated how to list donated books for sale online. Paul and Andrew, two other residents, were hard at work upcycling chairs that will be placed for sale on Enterprises’ Facebook page. The Countess helpfully offered her opinion on the type of fabric to be used and, to everyone’s delight, had a go at hammering tacks into one of the chairs.
Throughout her visit The Countess chatted freely with residents and staff, and was treated to a lively rendition of the popular Beatles’ hit With a Little Help from my Friends by our very own Crossways Singers & Music Group, aka Julia and Henry, who were on guitar, David on trumpet while Peter, Shain, Tim and Ellie put all they had into the vocals.
Two beautiful Thank You cards had been made by the residents and these were presented to The Countess by Antonia, Ray and Hope. Unveiling a commemorative plaque in the Crossways gardens, Her Royal Highness said: “It is a great pleasure to have visited you all today. I enjoyed hearing your stories and very much appreciated your openness. I’m so glad that you have found your way here, a place of real community where you can step forward and make progress in your individual ways.”
Chris Munday, Crossways Chief Executive, added: “Fifty years ago a group of Christians had a brilliant idea. They started Crossways Community to help those with mental health difficulties. We are delighted that The Countess of Wessex has been able to come and see what is going on here and to meet residents. We have an amazing staff team for whom going the extra mile is a daily occurrence. We have a great tradition, a great legacy and lots of plans to expand. We also have a large heart to reach out to others and help their suffering, and also to join in the debate against the stigma that mental illness still carries.”
Everybody enjoyed the visit and agreed that it had been a huge success. Her Royal Highness was described as ‘lovely’, ‘funny’, ‘incredibly down to earth’ and ‘genuinely interested in what we do here’.
25th April 2017
18th April 2017
Sabrina Lippell has joined the Crossways Board of Trustees.
Sabrina, who has had an interesting and varied career to date – starting as a secretary, then becoming a naval officer, barrister, management consultant, trainer and mentor – brings a unique set of skills and experience to her new role.
She is delighted to have been invited to be a Trustee. “I feel that this is the opportunity that I have been looking for, and that it was God who guided me here,” she says.
“Mental health, especially that of our young people, is not well provided for. They face so many more stresses and mental challenges than we had to and yet there is insufficient support available for anyone, old or young, suffering in this way.”
Sabrina worships at St Mary’s Church in Speldhurst and plays an active part in the local community. She and husband David, a fellow retired naval commander, are both befrienders to bereaved parents via the nationwide Christian charity, Care for the Family, and are very involved with the Tunbridge Wells Churches Winter Shelter for homeless people. Having already had lots of experience on committees and a short spell as Chairman of the Pickering Cancer Centre, she feels well prepared to take an active role in this Christian organisation.
Referring to Crossways, she says, “It’s wonderful that in just 50 years, a group of volunteers, along with marvellous staff, have achieved all this.”
Crossways Provides Mental Health Training for Schools. If you know a primary or secondary school in West Kent which could benefit please email our CEO.
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