Left to right: Owen Griffkin (Participation Support Worker), Jane Cooke (Senior Officer Mental Health), Jackie Newey (Information Officer), Anne Woods (Participation Officer), Philip Moisson (Participation Officer).
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 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 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!)
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
Philip joined the team as a Participation Officer in March 2017 after spending two years as Facilitator of Powys Patients' Council. Philip works 4 days a week, usually Mon - Thurs.
Philip's role in Participation involves supporting the service user and carer representatives who sit on the Mental Health Partnership Board. As part of this he regularly visits the main resource centres around Powys and is keen to get people involved in the process of evaluating and shaping services. Alongside the rep work, there can be other participation opportunities that come up throughout the year where the views of those who have received services need to be heard.
In his spare time Philip plays recreational basketball and enjoys the countryside in Powys.
You can contact Philip by ringing 01597 822191 or emailing philip.moisson(at)pavo.org.uk
You can read Philip's blog post: Festivals & the wellbeing scene here.
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
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