February 2024

1st February 2024

I’m always amazed by how quickly time passes generally, but especially here at AMAT.   The first long month of 2024 is already out of the way.

It’s occurred to me, 17th February is Random acts of kindness day.  The day is celebrated to encourage people to perform acts of kindness, no matter how small, to make the world a better place.

Research shows that helping others can be good for our mental health. It reduces stress, improves our emotional well-being and even benefits our physical health. In short, doing good does you good.

It’s essential to look out for each other in and around our communities. This is how we protect and maintain good mental health for all.

If you do nothing on that day, keep an eye out for an opportunity to help someone with a random act of kindness or hold onto that warm feeling when someone helps you.

Doing something nice for someone doesn’t cost a lot of time or money. It’s the small things in life that can make a big difference.

I’ve been busy writing our business plan for 2024-2027, being reminded about all the progress we’ve made since the last one was written.  Looking forward building on that success and shifting our focus to future proofing AMAT.

We have been lucky enough to have 3 kind people give up their time and volunteer to join our Board.

Welcome to the team, Ibiyinka Macaulay who said, I am currently living in Medway and working in a local accounting firm.  I am eager to contribute to the growth of AMAT by working together with the Board of Trustees to drive the organisation forward.

Shelley Ashdown who is passionate about giving back to the organisation and is keen to add her lived experience to the board to ensure that service users are getting the support that they need, in the way they need it.

And also, Ravi Sharma, Ravi has always been passionate about giving back to the community through voluntary teaching and tutoring for Maths and English, career coaching graduate students at City University in London, supporting a local food bank in East London and raising a total of £1,500 for Shelter and Tommy’s by running three half marathons.

Their input, time, and skills will be put to good use as we build a sustainable future for AMAT.

Thanks for reading, see you all again in April, Jodie X

How you can help AMAT

There are lots of ways in which you can help support AMAT to ensure that we can continue to provide our support to the homeless and vulnerable people in Medway.