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Gillingham football club kick start MCH's Holding Hands project

The Holding Hands social prescribing project, run by Medway Community Healthcare (MCH), for children and their families will involve access to a range of non-clinical interventions and activities which can impact positively on individual and family wellbeing and resilience. Max, Owen, their dads and Tommy T, Gillingham Football Club's official mascotMax, Owen, their dads and Tommy T, Gillingham Football Club's official mascot

Social prescribing is a way of connecting health and social care users to voluntary and community support, information and advice.

Gillingham Football Club kick started the Holding Hands project by inviting two local children with disabilities to attend the match against Shrewsbury on Saturday 2 September. The aim was to inspire children in Medway with disabilities to become actively involved in sport, in any capacity that they are able to participate.

Karen Adgie, Medway Community Healthcare children’s therapy team co-ordinator, said: "It was great to see Max and Owen enjoy an afternoon at GFC with their dads. Both are football mad!

"We hope that our Holding Hands project will help capture everyone’s imagination to create opportunities for all children to become involved with many different community activities in Medway.”

Following the launch, Medway Community Healthcare also want to work with other local sporting, theatre and arts clubs who are able to accommodate the needs of children with disabilities and help them get the most out of life. With a full team of highly trained therapists MCH are on hand to give children and club leader’s advice on adapting the environment to meet the needs of all children.

If your charity or voluntary organisation would like to be part of the MCH Holding Hands project and enrich the lives of disabled children please contact Carole Campbell