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11 May 2022

Liberal Democrats keep control of Kingston in 2022 local elections

The local election results for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames were announced on Friday 6 May. The Liberal Democrats have won 41 seats across the borough, retaining their strong local support. The Conservatives have 3 seats and the Kingston Independent Residents Group have 1 seat.
Read the full story on our website
Keeping Kingston Healthy and Safe

Lift someone out of loneliness this Mental Health Awareness Week

The council is committed to providing the support, community connections and services to ensure everyone can live happy, prosperous and fulfilling lives - and it has never been more important to focus on our mental health and wellbeing. 
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event which gives the whole of the UK an opportunity to focus on achieving good mental health.

This year, it takes place 9-15 May and the theme is loneliness.  
Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. 
Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health, and we need to find better ways of tackling widespread feelings of loneliness – and we can all play a part in this.

The NHS Every Mind Matters website has some practical advice and tips on how to help yourself or others if you or they are feeling lonely.
Our local Connected Kingston website has a section on ‘Staying Mentally Well’

This includes lots of useful tips to help you to cope with anxiety, and look after your own mental health. There is also information on local and national organisations that can support you directly.
 
Make a real difference to someone’s life by helping them to get moving and exercise in their home
Our Home Exercise Project supports isolated over 50s in Kingston to get more active, improving their strength and balance at home. Trained volunteers visit one client weekly, supporting a personalised exercise plan using the ‘Good Boost’ exercise app.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer and making a difference to a person’s mental and physical wellbeing, sign up by emailing home.exercise@kingston.gov.uk or phoning 0208 547 6336.
Come along to get active and feel healthy in body, mind & soul

Taking place every Monday from 6 June 9.30-10.30am at KingsGate Church, the new Body & Soul exercise classes are accessible to women of all fitness levels and body types.

Come along to activate your body with stretching and movement, feel grounded with intentional breathing and take part in reflective relaxation. 
Cycling for better physical and mental health

Cycling can help reduce stress and ease anxiety, and it also has other health benefits, such as increased self-esteem, better sleep and becoming more mindful or energised. It can be a social activity too!

If you would like to get into cycling and need more information you can visit the cycling page on our website.
Living with Long Covid

Healthwatch Richmond is organising a panel discussion on Long Covid (also known as Post Covid Syndrome) on 24 May 6-8pm at the Exchange, Twickenham. Find out more and register.
Are you a parent or carer of a child or young person with special educational needs or a disability (SEND)?

Our SEND Information, Advice and Support Service is a free, impartial and confidential service in the borough. The contract with our current provider, KIDS, is due to expire 31 March 2023. We'd like to understand what parents and carers would like the service to look like in the future.

You may not need the service now, but you or your child might in the future. Find out more and have your say by 6 June.

As part of the consultation process we have been holding workshops where you can ask questions and learn more before taking part in the survey. The next workshop is on 16 May 10-11am at Everyday Church 46 Union Street, Kingston KT1 1RP. 

If you would like to join us please complete this online form.

Our vision for Tolworth Court Farm

Running alongside the Hogsmill River, Tolworth Court Farm has the potential to be a pioneering nature reserve. Book your place and join us at The cornerHOUSE in Tolworth this Saturday (14 May) 10.30am - 12.30pm and find out more about our vision and planned conservation work at one of our borough's largest green spaces.

This has all been made possible by our partners (Community Brain, Citizen Zoo and Kingston University), as well as our fabulous volunteers and a grant from the Greater London Authority. 

Book your place on Eventbrite

Donate a device, change a life

The Mayor of Kingston is calling on residents to donate old and unwanted tech devices to raise money for the Mayor’s Charitable Trust. As well as getting rid of your devices in a sustainable way, you will be supporting the people of Kingston.

Find out more and donate.  
Kingston Young Musician of the Year competition

Kingston Music Service is holding the Kingston Young Musician of the Year competition for a second year. It will be open to young people in school years 7-13 who live or go to school in the borough. There are four categories and applications will be accepted for any genre.

The competition closes on Sunday 12 June.

Read the full guidelines
Kingston Music Service Open Day
 
KMS are holding a Big Sing at their Open Day at the Hook Centre in Chessington on Saturday 16 July 10.30am-12.30pm. It will be an opportunity for prospective students to meet some of their tutors, watch demonstrations of a wide range of musical instruments and learn about the activities on offer.
 
KMS offers free tuition to children, adults and families sessions are open to those of any age. 

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