Started in 2008, the Mental Health programme is largely focused on providing positive activities for adults with mental health issues. With 1 in 4 people expected to have a period of mental illness within their life time, CACT recognised that sporting, leisure, social, art and cultural based activities can play a huge role in a young person’s recovery process.
Currently CACT provides varied activity programmes for both Kent and Medway NHS Social Care and Partnership Trust and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Both programmes focus on engaging clients in activity programmes ranging from sports through to the arts. This work has been recognised with the Kent nomination for the Regional “Best of Health” Awards in 2008 and has been featured on a Department of Health DVD of best practice. The Oxleas project was then crowned with “The Partnership Project of the Year Award” in 2014. CACT has also signed a pledge with the mental health charity ‘Time to Change’ which gained recognition within the football hierarchy.
In the last 2 years, CACT also ran educational programmes and residential trips for young people on the mental health projects that were at an advanced stage of their recovery. 40 attendees took part in the education programme that provided them with a city and guilds qualification in employability and customer service.