Established in 2001, the Gr@nd is a Healthy Living Centre based on 26 King Street, formerly the Old Courthouse, in Gravesend town centre.
Our aim is to support residents to improve their health in whatever way suits them best. We believe that a person’s health is impacted by both their own behaviour and the community they live in. We support communities to develop social networks, run community safety initiatives, develop committees which give young people a voice and run projects which provide opportunities for older residents to learn alongside younger residents.
All of the programmes we run have either been directly requested by residents or have been developed because there is an identified need; these needs would have been highlighted in documents such as the Health Profiles, produced by the Association of Public Health Observatories.
We work with all age groups from the Midwife who offers advice and support through pregnancy, birth and beyond, to the Silver Surfers club that teaches older residents how to use the internet and set up an email account.
The GR@ND is funded through a variety of partners including Kent County Council and Gravesham Borough Council. This means that we are able to offer the majority of services for FREE and the remaining services at an affordable rate.
Established in 2001, the centre offers advice for the community including alcohol awareness, sexual health and internet courses for older people.
Now in the former Court House, the rehousing comes after the centre was partnered with the Alpha Foundation, a charity supporting young people.
GR@ND Manager, Liz Read said “The team are really pleased to be back in the town centre in such a historical building. People can easily access us and our services and there are lots of exciting opportunities for the future.”