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Clarion Futures funds mental health support group in Ashford



A mental health support group for young people is launching for the first time in Ashford thanks to funding from Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group.

‘Managing Me’ is a course designed by Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind to support young people with mental health issues, including anxiety, stress and depression. The weekly sessions will be taking place from 1st October for six weeks, between 4-5pm at the Sk8side Youth Centre in Tannery Lane.

The course is open to young people aged 11-21 who want to learn how to better look after their own mental health and those wanting to learn how they can better support friends or family members with mental health conditions.

Clarion Housing is the country’s largest housing association and has over 450 properties in Ashford. Its charitable foundation, Clarion Futures, has awarded Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind a £3,800 grant to bring the course to the town through its Community Grants programme.

Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities at Clarion Futures, said:

“Clarion Futures exists to transform lives and communities and we are committed to making a positive difference to the lives of thousands of young people every year.

“Our Community Grants programme helps us do this by awarding grants to charities and community organisations and we hope this course will make a real difference to the lives of young people in Ashford.”

Thomas Fishenden, Marketing Apprentice at Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind, said:

“In recent years, there has been a clear and apparent increase in the need for youth mental health services – and so MMK Mind’s youth provision has grown, leading to the creation of courses such as Managing Me.”

“These courses are constantly in demand – with courses delivered on a termly basis in Maidstone. However, our attendance at the recent Sk8side Summer Jam showed a clear necessity for more support in the Ashford area – so we are delighted that Clarion Futures have been able to help provide this.”

Anyone interested in signing up from the course should email