DIY Futures Stories Project and Book 2012 - 2014

From 2012-2014 DIY Futures storytelling project ran, bringing together people with lived experience of mental distress and project staff.  They worked side by side to listen to and record people's stories across Powys and this resulted in a beautiful hard-backed book called "it's the inside that matters".  The book is available across all Powys libraries.  The book was launched in 2013. 

You can find out more, read articles and watch videos.  Find our more here.

The ebook is available now ... just click on the image below to dip into it!

It's the inside that matters - the ebook

Mental Health Narratives Project 2007-2011

This project was a four year participatory action research study; a collaboration facilitated within the statutory mental health services by a mental health nurse manager working alongside six people whose identity moved beyond ‘service user’ to embracing that of co-researcher over this period. The main focus of the study was that the six ‘service user’ researchers interviewed 31 people currently diagnosed with severe and enduring mental illness and receiving input from the statutory mental health services. All interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. The transcripts were subsequently mapped and analysed by the research team using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). In order that the people were enabled to undertake these roles, the study included a process of interviewing and appointing service user researchers followed by a programme of training workshops, provision of supervision and discussion group/peer support facilitated by the mental health nurse manager throughout the programme. 

Read more about the project here and access the full research paper here.

Case Study for 1000+ Lives Programme 2012.  Partnering with patients through stories for improvement.

Joint Presentation about the research project.

What people said about being involved ...

“We have moved from being service users, to being researchers, a positive identity, which has motivated us all, yes we are useful, we have a purpose, we are being valued for helping to compile, an incredible piece of work, for many of us, confidence has returned, passion and purpose too, as well as an overwhelming feeling of pride, to be part of such a courageous project... For us, being part of a team, sharing, supporting, discovering and importantly, laughing together, has been incredibly affirming."

“Well let’s hope all of us telling our stories makes a bit of difference, it should. It’s the most important things about us”

Sharing The Learning From Stories Projects

Stories for Improvement Training Series 1000 Lives Plus - training information  to support NHS Wales organisations spread the use of stories for improvement.  More here

Scottish Recovery Network.  Learning about other people's thoughts and stories of recovery can inspire hope and challenge preconceptions.  Find a number of recovery stories that have been submitted here.

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Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Caersws

SOS (Silence of Suicide)

Friday 27 July 2018

Brecon Mind

Dementia Workshop

Monday 30 July 2018

A PAVO event in Llandrindod Wells to discuss engagement with local communities to shape future dementia services in Powys.

Youth Group Mid Powys Mind (every Thursday)

Thursday 2 August 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Dementia Friends Dyfi Valley (first Tuesday of the month)

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Memory Cafe - Machynlleth

Dementia Friend Training Session

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Ystradgynlais

Dementia Friends Dyfi Valley (first Tuesday of the month)

Tuesday 4 September 2018

Memory Cafe - Machynlleth

Life Story Dementia Training

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Brecon

Youth Group Mid Powys Mind (every Thursday)

Thursday 6 September 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Children Who Self Harm (one day course)

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Newtown

Powys Community Health Council - Full Meeting

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Here I Am: Focusing workshop with Elizabeth Halls

Saturday 15 September 2018

A Bleddfa Centre event near Knighton in East Powys

Dementia Friend Training Session

Thursday 20 September 2018

Brecon

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Thursday 11 October 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Inward Journey - Focusing workshop with Elizabeth Halls

Saturday 13 October 2018

A Bleddfa Centre event near Knighton in East Powys

Dementia Awareness Training

Thursday 18 October 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Dementia Friend Training Session

Friday 19 October 2018

Ystradgynlais

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Training

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Brecon

Challenging Behaviour and Autistic Spectrum Disorder Training

Thursday 22 November 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Dols (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding) Legal Guidance Training

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Domestic Abuse (Adults) Training

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Powys Community Health Council - Full Council

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health Awareness (half day training)

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Newtown

Dementia Awareness Training

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Newtown

Children Who Self Harm (one day course)

Friday 15 February 2019

Brecon

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Training

Thursday 21 February 2019

Newtown

Life Story Dementia Training

Thursday 7 March 2019

Newtown
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