History of South Kent Mind


The charity was registered with the charity commission as Folkestone & District Mind.


In 1992 the Charity were approached by KCC department of Social Services to take over the management of the Shepway Mental Health Day Services in the community.

The Trustees agreed, enrolling the support of a team of volunteers and staff and taking over the lease of the building at 24/26 Dover Road which became the Folkestone Mind Resource Centre.


The Resource Centre opened for the first time in January 1993. Any Shepway resident who has experience of mental health problems is eligible to join and take part in the daily activities and services held at the Centre and in the local community.


A Mental Illness Specific Grant enabled Folkestone Mind to purchase the freehold of the building in 1996 and to develop the derelict basement area into the art, music and social/meetings room in use today. The freehold of the premises is vested in the Official Custodian for Charities.

Folkestone & District Mind has gradually expanded its services over the years. In addition to the Resource Centre building, the Charity now owns the freehold of the adjoining property at 22 Dover Road where the Live Well Hub is currently situated. The flats above the Dover Road premises are separately owned by lessees.


Trustees were appointed; Pamela Comber, Antonia Aldridge, Anthony Barr, Anne Padley, and Norma Hardacre.


In 2002 the Charity adopted the status of Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee (No: 4276323) as advised by the Council for Voluntary Services. Company status provides additional security for the Charity and future Trustees. 

The name of the Charity remained unchanged as Folkestone & District Mind with the new Charity Commission Registration Number of 1089472.

Sian Jarman, Norma Smyth, Brian Wimsett, and Anne Houlahan joined as Trustees.


Anne Padley left as a Trustee.


Gloria Varley joined as a Trustee. Norma Hardacre left as a Trustee


Maureen O’Brien and David Jarman joined as Trustees. Gloria Varley left as a Trustee.


Sian Jarman left as a Trustee.


Barry King joined as a Trustee.


Margaret Macdonald, Colin Wells, and Ann Town joined as Trustees. Brian Wimsett left as a Trustee.


Terence McEnroe joined as a Trustee.


Jennifer Maiden-Brooks joined as a Trustee. Ann Town left as a Trustee.


Terence McEnroe and Margaret Macdonald left as Trustees.


Barry King left as a Trustee.


Roland Tolputt joined as a Trustee. Maureen O’Brien left as a Trustee.


Darren Ellis joined as a Trustee. Colin Wells left as a Trustee.


We were successful in securing a substantial 3 year grant from the National Lottery.

Sarah Stringer, Keith Slater and Michael Habbershaw joined as Trustees.


Adam Colthorpe joined as a Trustee. Sarah Stringer left as a Trustee.


Michael Habbershaw left as a Trustee.

The Folkestone Resource Centre featured in the Folkestone Living Advent Calendar.


In July 2018 Folkestone Mind expanded into Dover providing support for two days each week from a bespoke Dover Hub within the Charlton Shopping Centre.

Adam Colthorpe resigned as a Trustee to enable him to work within the charity as a consultant working on communications and the introduction of technology to the payment, donation, and communications systems.

Jennifer Maiden-Brooks, Keith Slater, Darren Ellis and Anne Houlahan left as Trustees.


Michael Lake, formerly the interim CEO of Folkestone & District Mind, sadly died. His legacy was one of over a decade of fundraising for good causes – having raised millions of pounds for community projects.

In 2019 we formed a Senior Management Team headed by Bernie Mayall, with Michelle Godfrey, Beverley Stone, and Adam Colthorpe. The SMT were responsible for modernising the charity and preparing it for securing additional funding.

Paul Curd, Gary Nice, Penelope James, Julie Hanbury, Bonny Malhotra, and Sheridan Hammond joined as Trustees. Roland Tolputt left as a Trustee.

The Folkestone Resource Centre featured in the Folkestone Living Advent Calendar.


After 30 years, Pamela Comber MBE left her position of Company Secretary and Trustee at South Kent Mind. The work that Pam had put into the charity and more broadly into mental health has been phenomenal.

2020 is probably best known for the Covid-19 pandemic. All the staff moved to remote working and delivered wellbeing services remotely to a large number of people equivalent to the previous three years total clients put together! Listen to Adam Colthorpe talk on KMFM about how the mental health services have moved online.

The charity embarked on a ‘church roof’ style fundraiser and managed to secure over £100k of grants to ensure the stability of the charity.

Tony Vaughan and Keely Spicer joined as Trustees. Bonny Malhotra left as a Trustee to concentrate on his work with Citizens Advice Bureaux. Paul Curd left as Chair of Trustees to continue work with Carers Support East Kent.

Bernie Mayall left as CEO and Steve Inett was appointed as interim CEO.

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