Welcome to Kent Sands

Kent Sands is now split into two separate groups:

  • East Kent Sands
  • West Kent and Medway Sands 

 

Support Meetings

We are a support group providing an opportunity for bereaved parents to share their experiences of baby loss with other bereaved parents. 

All our meetings are run by volunteer befrienders, who are bereaved parents. We do not put any geographical boundaries on our support meetings, bereaved parents are welcome to attend any or all of our support meetings regardless of where they live.

 

East Kent Sands

Ashford meeting

 

***The Ashford support group venue is changing! ***

It will be held on the third Wednesday of every month at Berwick House, home of the Ashford Volunteer Centre, 8 Elwick Ln, Ashford TN23 1PF.

There is parking onsite and will be no other groups using the venue, just us. The times remain the same- 7.45pm-9.15pm

Wednesday 20th June 2018. Wednesday 18th July 2018. Wednesday 15th August, Wednesday 19th September.

 

Margate Meeting

The Small lounge,

Trinity Resource Centre,

St Mary's Avenue,

Margate

CT9 3TN 

The Meeting venue is nearly opposite the Wheatsheaf Hungry Horse Restaurant.

This meeting is held from 7.45pm to 9.15pm on the second Wednesday of every month.

Wednesday 13th June 2018, Wednesday 11th July, Wednesday 8th August, Wednesday 12th September

 

West Kent & Medway Sands 

Barnehurst meeting

The Maxim Room

St Martin's Church

Erith road

Barnehurst

Bexleyheath DA7 6LE

This meeting is held from 7.30-9.30pm on the first Thursday of every Month

The dates for upcoming meetings are Thursday 5th July 2018, Thursday August 2nd 2018, Thursday 6th September 2018.

 

Gillingham Meeting

Asda Gillingham Pier
Pier Road
Gillingham
ME7 1RZ.

The community room has its own seperate entrance, to the left of the main store entrance. Where a sands befriender will be waiting.

Grateful thanks to Asda Gillingham Pier, who are kindly allowing us use of the room for free.

We normally meet on the 4th Monday of the month from 7.45pm - 9.30pm. Our meeting in May will be on the 3rd Monday of the month, due to early closing at Asda on the bank holiday Monday.

Monday 25th June 2018, Monday 23rd July 2018, Monday 27th August 2018, Monday 24th September 2018.



- All meetings are free of charge.


More Support

Local Telephone support and information-

07951 454682   Barnehurst

07474 948021   Gillingham

07547 195791   Ashford

020 7436 5881  National Sands helpline

Your call will be welcome and you will only talk to someone who has, like you, experienced the death of a baby before, during or after birth. Sometimes we may be unable to answer your call immediately, but please leave a message and we will call back as soon as we can. We are unable to reply to calls unless a message has been left. if you feel more comfortable texting, that is fine.

The Kent Sands phones are manned solely by volunteers, we try our best to respond to messages as quickly as possible, but it can take several days due to work and home commitments.

Email support -

West Kent and Medway Sands - westkentandmedwaysands@gmail.com

East Kent Sands - eastkentsands@gmail.com

We try to answer e-mails as quickly as possible, but there may be times when it takes a few days to reply. Please bear with us, we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Information -

We provide access to Sands publications and books; these are available to borrow, subject to availability.  

Befriending -

The unique understanding of a shared experience.

Future pregnancies -

This can be a very stressful time, and we offer support to help parents though this. 

 

National Sands Forum 

https://www.forum.sandsforum.org/

National Sands helpline  -  020 7436 5881