Sports and arts tackle mental health issues for young people

A series of events, from sport and arts to fashion and fun, are being held this summer in the Gravesham area in a bid to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in young people.

football-157930_640Kicking off the action, the Grand Healthy Living Centre – in partnership with Kent County Council – will be hosting a seven-a-side football tournament on Thursday 6 August.

The event takes place from 11am to 6pm at Northfleet Youth Centre in Hall Road, Northfleet, consisting of two categories (14 to 16-years old and 17 to 20-years-old) who will be competing for prizes.

For more information on registering a side, contact Henry at the Grand on 01474 320123 or email

Henry Wiggins, Leader in-Charge Youth Worker at the Gr@nd said: “Come along and compete for prizes in the seven-a-side tournament. It will be a fun day of football and much more.

“If you would like to play free football regularly without commitment open to any abilities/gender, ages 15-20, come along to Northfleet youth centre between 4pm and 6pm every Tuesday.”


If your talent is singing, dancing, music, comedy or magic then an open audition this month may see you performing at the Woodville Halls later in the year.

Gifted Young Gravesham showcases the talent of young people in the borough, taking place at the Woodville Halls on Friday 27 November.

KCC workers are joining colleagues from the Grand and Gravesham Borough Council to help organise the event; acts will be chosen to perform from local secondary schools with an open audition for 11 to 19-year-olds being held at Northfleet Youth Centre on Friday 31 July from 4pm to 7pm.

For more information, contact Jackie on 01474 320123 or email

KCC Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark said: “We are delighted to be able to support these great events and activities as they put a greater focus on outcomes and engage with young people in innovative ways while championing positive mental wellbeing within communities, and encouraging them to play an active part in their communities.”

These activities run alongside an art completion for ages 11 to 19-years-old to raise awareness of mental health issues affecting young people.


Submissions can be in any medium and must be based on the theme of mental health awareness. Up for grabs are cash prizes of £100 for the winners and two runners-up prizes of £50.

The deadline for entries is Friday 21 August.

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For fashion followers, the Grand Healthy Living Centre in King Street, Gravesend, is inviting people to exchange unwanted clothing and accessories at a charity pop-up clothes swap in aid of the British Heart Foundation on Saturday 12th of September 2015 from 11am to 3pm.

Simply bring up to 15 good condition pieces and you will receive clothing tokens which you can use to swap for something else.

In addition to the clothes swap, the Grand has partnered with LV21 to offer a drop in brooch making taster session on the same day from 11am to 3pm.

Find out more about LV21’s work and learn how to make a unique brooch based on the low-tech thrifty techniques from 1940s.

These family-friendly activities are suitable for all ages. No previous experience is required and all materials provided.

The event is free but donations to the British Heart Foundation are welcome. For further information contact LV21: and

The events are all part of the Grand’s commitment to Kent County Council’s Six Ways to Wellbeing campaign which aims to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.

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Sports and arts tackle mental health issues for young people was last modified: July 27th, 2015 by Thom Morris