Mental Health

Since 2018 we have been working in partnership with Shaw Trust, to provide 10 week courses of art & craft therapy to clients accessing the Live Well Kent programme in the Canterbury & Coastal area.

Live Well Kent is a mental health programme delivered by two different charities (Shaw Trust and Porchlight) on behalf of Kent County Council and the NHS.

“The difference that The Activity Box has made to my life is astronomical. My time with you has made more difference to my life than all of the other support I have received over the years, put together.”

Shaw Trust

“The Activity Box has made my world.”

Anybody over the age of 17, who is struggling to manage their mental health, can access Live Well Kent. For more information or to make a referral, please visit their website:

You can either refer yourself or ask somebody else to make the referral for you.

Live Well Kent can provide support around a range of different topics, including; employment, housing, finances, life skills, and social engagement. They work with a network of delivery partners to provide a robust offer of support, ranging from ‘Coping with Life’ courses, to social support groups, to money advice sessions, to bereavement counselling and various different types of art therapy.

“I feel supported and cared for, and having this creative outlet has led to a decrease in my suicidal thoughts.”

“Thank you so much for believing in me and for working together to support me. This is the first time that I have ever felt truly listened to by services and I’m so grateful to you all for taking the time to get to know me. I feel positive about the future for the first time in many years.”

Each Live Well Kent client that is referred to us here at The Activity Box, receives a programme of activities that are tailored to their specific needs and preferences. We work with them on an individual basis, to build confidence, develop a positive focus, learn new coping strategies, and build resilience, all while having lots of fun!

Did you know that arts and crafts are a valuable tool for use in mental health and wellbeing . Engaging in activities have been proven to alleviate anxiety,depression and stress by lowering the stress hormone in the body known as ‘Cortisol’. It can be lowered in the body whilst carrying out your chosen activity .

Creative acts such as pottery painting, decopatch and diamond art can help focus the mind and has even been compared to meditation due to its calming effects on the brain and body. Even just gardening, sewing and baking releases dopamine, a natural anti-depressant.

“This support has worked better for me than anything I have ever accessed in the past.”

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