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

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

The dates for Ashford support meetings can be found on the East Kent Sands website http://eastkentsands.org.uk/east-kent-sands-support 


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.

The dates for Margate support meetings can be found on the East Kent Sands website http://eastkentsands.org.uk/east-kent-sands-support 

 

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 3rd January 2019, Thursday 7th February 2019, Thursday 7th March 2019, Thursday 4th April 2019, Thursday 2nd May 2019, Thursday 6th June 2019, Thursday 4th July 2019, Thursday 1st August 2019

 

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. The fourth Monday of April coincides with Easter Monday, and the fourth Monday in May coincides with May bank holiday. Asda closes early on Bank holidays, so we will reschedule these meetings and post here when the dates are confirmed.

Monday 29th April 2019, Monday 20th May 2019, Monday 24th June 2019, Monday 22nd July 2019, Monday 19th August 2019, Monday 23rd September 2019, Monday 28th October 2019, Monday 25th November 2019, Monday 16th December 2019.


- All meetings are free of charge.


More Support

Local Telephone support and information-

07951 454 682   Barnehurst

07474 948 021   Gillingham

07547 195 791   Ashford

07888 967 463  Margate

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  -  

There is also the Sands National Helpline Freephone: 0808 164 3332 or email: helpline@sands.org.uk 

The helpline is open Monday to Friday:9.30am - 5.30pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings:6pm - 10pm. The Sands helpline is free to call from any UK mobile or landline.