Powys Mental Health Information and Participation Team

Staff working in the Powys Mental Health Information & Participation Team are employed and supported by Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO).  PAVO is a Mindful Employer.

Left to right:  Owen Griffkin (Participation Support Worker), Jane Cooke (Senior Officer Mental Health), Jackie Newey (Information Officer), Anne Woods (Participation Officer), Philip Moisson (former Participation Officer).

Jane Cooke - Senior Officer Mental Health

Jane was the DIY Futures Project Manager at PAVO until May 2014 when the lottery funded project came to an end. She is now working as the PAVO Senior Officer Mental Health.

An emphasis for Jane in her work is supporting the work of the third sector at a strategic level and taking forward the work of the team to promote and support the 'beyond medical' approach to mental health difficulties. 

In her non-PAVO life Jane has a private practice as a Gestalt therapist and counsellor. Strong linking factors across the two is the growing awareness of the impact of trauma on people's mental health and the growing understanding of the benefits of connecting with nature. Jane is also a trustee of the arts charity Celf o Gwmpas.

Jane works three days a week (usually Mon - Wed) based at our Ddole Road offices in Llandrindod Wells. You can contact her by ringing 01597 822191 or emailing jane.cooke(at)pavo.org.uk

Read Jane's blog post on Power and Participation.

Anne Woods - Participation Officer

Anne Woods

Anne joined the team in May 2015. She is working on the Comic Relief funded participation project: Stand up! for emotional health and wellbeing

Anne works 3 days a week (usually Mon, Tues & Fri) and is based at our Llandrindod Wells office. You can contact Anne by ringing 01597 822191 or emailing anne.woods(at)pavo.org.uk

You can read about Anne's experience as a volunteer at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games here.

Jackie Newey - Information Officer

Jackie Newey

Jackie joined the team in September 2009. She looks after our website, blog, and social media, takes enquiries in the Information Service, and sends out ebulletin updates. Her base is the PAVO office at Plas Dolerw in Newtown, but her work takes her out into the wider Powys community to meet with mental health groups, both third sector and statutory.

Jackie is keen to encourage partnership working, including working with individuals with a lived experience of mental distress. She would also like to find out more about how diet affects our mental wellbeing, as she is a keen organic gardener (outside work!)

In her spare time Jackie is a Seed Guardian for the Heritage Seed Library and a trustee of The Quilt Association based at The Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes.

She works 3 days a week, usually Mon, Tues & Thurs. You can contact her by ringing 01686 628300 or emailing jackie.newey(at)pavo.org.uk

Andrew Davies - Participation Officer

Andrew joined the mental health team as the new Participation Officer contracted until the end of March 2018 on a 14-hour week contract.

Andrew is a qualified youth worker and has worked for PAVO in a number of different roles for 7 years.

Andrew will be undertaking a number of projects whilst in post, mainly promoting mental health awareness to members of the agricultural community in Powys, with the aim to reduce the perceived stigma attached to the issue in the farming community and encouraging anyone that might be struggling to get support. He will also be trying to establish links between members of the agricultural community and the Mental Health Partnership Board.

The other area Andrew will be working on is delivering a walk and talk event for people with learning disabilities in Powys that have accessed mental health services to obtain their views on their experiences. This will be taking place before the end of March.

If you or anyone you know may benefit from these project please contact Andrew by emailing: andrew.davies(at)pavo.org.uk or tel: 01597 822191. He will be working Monday & Tuesday each week.

Owen Griffkin - Mental Health Participation Support Worker

Owen's role is to support the Participation work of the team. He works two days a week, usually Monday and Tuesday.

Owen first came into contact with the team when he was asked to run an ice-breaker comedy workshop at an event organised in Llandrindod Wells. Owen used to be a stand-up comedian, and had run workshops with lots of different groups, but working with people in contact with mental health services had a positive impact so he devised a longer-term project in conjunction with the Wyeside Arts Centre and the youth group at Mid Powys Mind which had some really good outcomes for participants.

Owen also works on a freelance basis for the Arts Council of Wales on their Lead Creative Schools' programme, and in his spare time promotes live comedy nights in Powys.

He believes that creativity and the arts can be of great benefit to well-being, and looks forward to bringing his skills and knowledge in this area to the post.

You can contact Owen by ringing 01597 822191 or emailing owen.griffkin(at)pavo.org.uk

Owen's Havin' A Laugh workshop with the PAVO Mental Health team.

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