Student Support & Wellbeing

Enhance Your Wellbeing February 2020

Programme of Events

Are you ready to #TrySomethingNewForFree? We will have a huge variety of inspiration – come and discover some fun and practical ways to improve your wellbeing at #EnhanceYourWellbeing.
Come along to Keynes Atrium on Monday 24th February and Tuesday 25th February between 12pm and 2pm for information stalls, craft activities, games, dog therapy, cooking, haircuts and a lot more! Look out on social media for information on free workshops on campus and in the city centre.
Free healthy snacks will be available from 12-2pm: come and grab some fuel as you go through Keynes!  #LoveYourMindLoveYourBody

Drop in activities in Keynes Atrium 12:00 – 14:00:

Celtic Jewellery Making (Monday 24th only)
Create your own jewellery in this workshop lead by Siobhán Timoney from Reward Projects. You will also learn about Celtic design and have a go at developing your own intricate patterns.

Fella Hair (Monday and Tuesday)
We’re excited to host Fella Hair barbers from Canterbury city centre who will be giving men free haircuts and beard trims. Come and have a chat and take care of your hair.

Espression Arts (Monday and Tuesday)
Espression Arts offers you the opportunity to paint a ceramic tile in acrylics to take home with you. Have fun and bring out your creative side in this fun painting activity!

Canine Therapy (Tuesday)
Canine-assisted therapy uses dogs to promote health and healing. Dogs are ideal therapy companions: come and meet one such companion!

Krishna Consciousness Society (Monday and Tuesday)
This group offers a platform to evolve the mind and give direction in life through regular meetings, free books & chanting.

Mindsoc (Monday and Tuesday)
The Mindfulness society is a welcoming and inclusive society that seeks to promote the ideas and practices of Mindful meditation and philosophy. Come and chat to society members for mindful activities and more information on our meetings.

International Support Group (Monday and Tuesday)
Fun games and information from our international students on their involvement with the wellbeing team and how to join the International Wellbeing Group.

Assistive Technology for Wellbeing (Monday and Tuesday)
Our accessibility experts will showcase some apps and free online tools to aid your study and wellbeing.

Neurodiversity & autistic peer support (Monday and Tuesday)
Are you autistic or do you think you or someone you know might be? Find out about the range of support available at Kent, have a chat about autistic identity and have a go at using some stim toys. Even if you have no personal familiarity with autism, feel free come and “Ask an Autistic” about their experiences.

BEAT (Monday and Tuesday)
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity and this Kent society aims to be a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.

Coppafeel (Monday and Tuesday)
CoppaFeel! is a breast cancer awareness charity that focuses on promoting early detection of breast cancer through regular self checks.

Music (tbc)
Do you know how helpful music is for your wellbeing? Come and chat to some members of the Music society and find out about the array of groups that you can join to participate or listen to music at Kent.

Kent Sport (Monday and Tuesday)

Kent Sport will be providing information on their Sports facilities and activities such as Let’s Play and what’s on offer through the physio department. There will be hands on activities too - come and flex your muscles and help us row 2020 miles by 13 March 2020 in support of Sport Relief, and then relax with a free massage!

University Medical Centre (Monday and Tuesday)

The University Medical Centre will provide information on how to register with them and make the most of their free courses on topics such as mindfulness, anxiety and depression.

Student Support & Wellbeing Team (Monday and Tuesday)
Information on all the support available during your time at Kent, including counselling, inclusive learning plans, autism support and dyslexia diagnosis and support. Come and see us to sign up for a Mindfulness tour of the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge; free event at Waterstones, and Cooking workshops.

Also taking place during Enhance Your Wellbeing but not in Keynes Atrium… bookable workshops at the Beaney Library & Art Gallery, Waterstones book shop and professional kitchens across campus:

Mindfulness Tour of the Beaney Galleries – Monday 2nd March 4-5pm
Do you sometimes feel anxious and feel the need to slow down?
Book your free place to take part in a mindful guided tour and learn to use mindfulness techniques as you journey through the museum.
Relax and take time to take in your surroundings and journey slowly around the Beaney. Be inspired, discover your own creativity and the benefits of art for wellbeing.

Cooking workshops
Do you #LoveYourMindLoveYourBody by preparing good food? Want to learn some new cooking skills and be able to eat well and wow your family and friends?
3 of the university’s chefs are hosting free cooking workshops as part of Enhance Your Wellbeing – come along and learn and sample some delicious food! Spaces are limited, make sure to book your free place using the links below (you will need your university logins to access booking)…

Beef/ quorn mince 3 ways - Wednesday 26th February 2-4pm   
Learn how to make a base sauce and transform it into Bolognese for pasta, a traditional lasagne, or chilli con carne with Ben. Veggie/vegan and meat options catered for.                   
Eliot kitchen – meeting point Eliot reception
Book place for Weds 26th Feb Cooking Workshop

Bread-making - Thursday 27th February 4-5.30pm           
Eris learned to bake bread with Paul Hollywood and supplies many of the university’s catering outlets with fresh bread – come along and learn the secret to fresh bread success!                            
Eliot kitchen – meeting point Eliot reception
Book place for Thurs 27th Feb Cooking Workshop

Decadent desserts - Friday 28th February 2-4pm              
Ben spent a year cheffing in the Champagne region of France and one of the first dishes he learned to make was a decadent apple tart… come along and learn how to impress your guests – or just treat yourself!                 
Eliot kitchen – meeting point Eliot reception
Book place for Fri 28th Feb Cooking Workshop

Chocolate truffles - Monday 2nd March 2-4pm  
Looking for a winter pick me up, or maybe a special home-made gift for somebody? Come and learn to make chocolate truffles with different flavourings with Rob.                    
Darwin kitchen – meeting point Darwin reception
Book place for Mon 2nd Mar Cooking Workshop

Decadent desserts - Wednesday 4th March 2-4pm           
Ben spent a year cheffing in the Champagne region of France and one of the first dishes he learned to make was a decadent apple tart… come along and learn how to impress your guests – or just treat yourself!                 
Eliot kitchen – meeting point Eliot reception
Book place for Weds 4th Mar Cooking Workshop

Bread-making - Thursday 5th March 4-5.30pm   
Eris learned to bake bread with Paul Hollywood and supplies many of the university’s catering outlets with fresh bread – come along and learn the secret to fresh bread success!                            
Eliot kitchen – meeting point Eliot reception
Book place for Thurs 5th Mar Cooking Workshop

Chocolate truffles - Friday 6 March 2-4pm             
Looking for a winter pick me up, or maybe a special home-made gift for somebody? Come and learn to make chocolate truffles with different flavourings with Rob.                    
Darwin kitchen – meeting point Darwin reception
Book place for Fri 6th Mar Cooking Workshop

Beef/ quorn mince 3 ways - Wednesday 11th March 2-4pm        
Learn how to make a base sauce and transform it into Bolognese for pasta, a traditional lasagne, or chilli con carne with Ben. Veggie/vegan and meat options catered for.                   
Eliot kitchen – meeting point Eliot reception
Book place for Weds 11 Mar Cooking Workshop

Wellbeing at Waterstones, Rose Lane, Canterbury
Thursday 27th February 18:30 – 20:30 Tickets are £3, students FREE.
An evening of storytelling and dance.
Vayu Naidu is a magical storytelling performer. She uses Indian myths to help us through the forest of life. Tonight she will tell a story or two on the theme of mental well-being, something India has specialised in for millennia. Vayu, a Research Associate at SOAS, is also a novelist. Her 'Sita's Ascent (penguin 2013) was long listed for the Commonwealth Book Award.
Ash Mukherjee is unique and wonderful. He uses Indian dance to open hearts and minds in the most unexpected way.
'Unbelievable, emotional, out of the box and very special. There is nothing Ash cannot do, perfect." -- Jermaine Jackson, on BBC3's 'Move like Michael Jackson'.
Get your tickets on Eventbrite or in store.

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