A community project – featuring the work of the local people

August 2020 – December 2020

FotoFolkes is a community project aimed at celebrating local diversity and raising awareness of South Kent Mind’s presence in the area. The local community has been invited to send in their photos, which have been published on Instagram and now are proudly on display at Folkestone Museum. The project, funded by Live Well Kent, began before the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown but has since become more significant, giving an insight into people’s experiences of social isolation and what has since become the new ‘normal’. These images provoke a real sense of community in the current loneliness epidemic the UK is currently facing. Around 1.2 million older people are believed to be struggling with severe loneliness and chronic isolation, so it is hoped that this project can benefit individuals mental state as they are more likely to reach out and feel less alone.

South Kent Mind has a team of staff and volunteers who tirelessly work to provide support, advice, and care throughout Folkestone and the district. They are one of the leading charitable organisations working in mental health in Kent and is at the vanguard of developing co-created person-centred mental health support programmes that deliver sustainable and lasting change. You can help support Folkestone Mind at its shop in Hythe.