Get involved

Many of us have an interest in mental health for one reason and another.  For some this interest comes from personal, lived experience.  We may have experienced mental distress ourselves or we may have been close to someone else who has.  We may have used or be using mental health services or we may be close to someone else who does.  Many of us wish to get involved and share our ideas, skills, knowledge, experience and expertise in the hope that we can make things better.

Here you can find out what opportunities there are for you to use your experience and get your voice heard. If you see an opportunity that interests you but you are not sure about getting involved, feel you need some support or training or have any questions, then please just get in touch with us and we will try and help.  If you don’t see an opportunity that you are interested in but have an idea about how you might like to be involved then do please get in touch. 

You can email jane.cooke(at)pavo.org.uk or call the team on 01686 628300 or 01597 822191.

All the latest participation opportunities below...

Future model for mental health services in North Powys (including the Dementia Home Treatment Team and Fan Gorau)

Powys Teaching Health Board is asking for your views on the future model for mental health services in North Powys (including the Dementia Home Treatment Team and Fan Gorau).  

This follows the decision in June 2016 to temporarily close the Fan Gorau inpatient assessment unit at the Montgomery County Infirmary in Newtown on safety grounds due to significant challenges in maintaining safe staffing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Through this engagement they are particularly keen to hear from:

  • People who have experienced the new Dementia Home Treatment Service and their families & carers - about your experiences of the services, what worked and what could be improved
  • People with dementia and their family and carers who may need to call on this type of service – about your hopes and concerns
  • The wider public and stakeholders in Montgomeryshire – about your perceptions of the service, and your hopes for the future
  • Partners in the planning and delivery of mental health services – about how we can continue to work together to provide the best possible safe & sustainable services for people with dementia in Montgomeryshire

Further information is available here and the engagement period continues to 31 March 2017.

National Dementia Strategy for Wales Consultation

The Welsh Government is seeking your views on developing and implementing a national dementia strategy, 'Together for a Dementia Friendly Wales 2017 – 2022'. The consultation document can be found here 

A copy of the response form can be downloaded here and should be submitted before 3rd April, 2017 to  mentalhealthandvulnerablegroups(at)wales.gsi.gov.uk 

For further information please see their website here

Wales Royal College for General Practice - engagement opportunity

The RCGP Wales Patient Group is an active and important element of the Royal College of General Practitioners in Wales, highlighting patient views and interests. 
Membership is comprised of up to 7 lay and 3 GP members, working together to promote patient involvement within primary health care and in particular:  

  • Developing ideas and leading activities that encourage GPs to work in effective partnership with patients and the public.
  • Influencing and responding to activities in Wales that impact on the quality of patient care.
  • Encouraging patient involvement by facilitating the formation of new patient groups within general practice.

The Patient Group meets formally at least 4 times per year in various locations around Wales. The appointment is for 3 years (renewable on review).  This is a voluntary role and unremunerated, although all expenses incurred (travel, subsistence etc) will be reimbursed in accordance with the RCGP's expenses guidelines. If you would like to be involved on behalf of patients in Wales in enhancing the quality of services delivered by GPs, then please contact lesley.hills(at)rcgp.org.uk or on 020 3188 7759 for an application pack. 

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee - Consultation

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee (National Assembly for Wales) has agreed to undertake an inquiry into loneliness and isolation.  To take part please click on the link here

The closing date for responses is 10 March 2017.

Welsh Ambulance Service mental health survey

The Welsh Ambulance Service has visited many community groups supporting individuals with mental health and wellbeing concerns as well as their carers, so a survey has been developed to gather more information about what is important to these groups to enable WAST to improve its services. The survey is available here.

Diverse Cymru Housing Survey

Diverse Cymru regularly respond to consultations from the UK and Welsh Governments, local councils, and Local Health Boards.

Recently there has been a focus on housing. This includes:

  • Affordable (social) housing
  • Housing options to meet the needs of an ageing population
  • Housing for disabled people
  • How welfare reform has affected different people

Diverse Cymru is committed to gathering the views of diverse communities in Wales and would be grateful if you could fill in the questionnaire below to help with their response -

Housing Survey (English)

Housing Survey (Welsh)

Please email the survey to ele.hicks@diverse.cymru or post it to:
Ele Hicks, Diverse Cymru, 307-315 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF5 1JD

Book of You research study

Dementia Services Development Centre Wales is seeking people with dementia, and carers of people with dementia, to take part in a research study about digital life story work.  The study will explore if using a digital life storybook - a collection of words, pictures, music and text - can help improve the wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers. Find out more here.

Research opportunity: Nottingham & Glasgow Universities

Anonymous online study of self-harm, suicide and emotion.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham and the University of Glasgow are seeking adults to participate in a study aimed at understanding people’s emotional experiences and responses to difficult situations. This includes understanding thoughts and feelings people may have that are related to self-harm. There is some cross-over between the two studies we are running, but you are welcome to take part in both or just one.
 
The study involves completing an online questionnaire and anyone aged over 16 years is able to take part, regardless of country of residency. Participation will take around 20-25 minutes. 

You can take part here

For more information please email here

Helping Mind Cymru make mental health more accessible in Welsh/Helpu i wneud iechyd meddwl yn fwy hygyrch yn y Gymraeg

Rydym yn gweithio i sicrhau bod mwy o'n gwybodaeth ar gael i siaradwyr Cymraeg. Hyd yn hyn rydym wedi cynhyrchu gwybodaeth Gymraeg ar.

Serch hynny, mae angen i ni wneud mwy. Os ydych yn siaradwr Cymraeg, hoffem glywed eich barn ar ba rai o'n hadnoddau ar-lein y dylem eu cyfieithu nesaf. Cymerwch funud i gwblhau ein harolwg byr. 

Carers Wales: Track the Act

When the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 came into force on 6 April 2016, it brought with it important new rights for carers in Wales. If you are a carer are these new rights making life better for you? You can complete a Carers Wales survey here.

NHS Leadership Academy volunteer opportunities

NHS Leadership Academy is looking for patients, carers, and service users who are willing to tell their stories about the NHS care they received. The NHS Leadership Academy delivers a wide range of training and development programmes to NHS staff, including clinicians, commissioners, managers. The Academy is supporting our future healthcare leaders to be the best that they can be. Programme participants need to hear about the real experiences of patients, service users, carers, both positive and negative. Understanding real experiences of healthcare is a very powerful way for leaders to understand how the NHS should improve.

Volunteers are asked to share their healthcare experiences with delegates from our courses. Staff will help you to tell your story and to highlight specific examples of what went well and what went wrong. The courses are set in a supportive and confidential environment and you'll take part in face to face discussions with groups of participants (including those in senior positions).

This is a great opportunity for volunteers to support the ongoing improvement of the NHS and all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Volunteers will also receive vouchers for their time. You can register your interest online here.

Public Health Network Cymru seeks members for Advisory Board

Public Health Network Cymru is currently looking for members who are enthusiastic about the work of the Network to join the Board to advise on its direction and development and to provide advice and information on their area of expertise or interest.  
If you are interested or would like any further information please contact by  
Telephone: 029 2184 1943
Email: publichealth.network(at)wales.nhs.uk

Study for child sex abuse survivors

Researchers from the University of Exeter are conducting an international survey on emotion processing in adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and would like to invite adults who are interested in taking part. More here.

History of independent living project

SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) is planning a project on the oral history of independent living in the UK. "The funder we are looking at for this requires projects to have a strong input from volunteers so we are looking to recruit a pool of disabled people/service users to work as interviewers for the project."

"We will be providing full training in oral history interviewing and meeting all expenses and support costs. The project would be based in London but there is likely to be work all round the country.

We can’t be certain of getting the funding for the project but we need to see if we can get a group of volunteers together before we can go further with the bid."

Contact: copro(at)scie.org.uk

Research into the effect of childhood experience on adult psychosis

Lancaster University research project to find out if adverse life experiences and early relationships have any impact on experiences that are related to psychosis. This might include experiences such as hearing voices, having unusual beliefs or experiencing paranoia, for example. Find out more and take part in the survey here.

Participants needed for research involving informal carers of people with young onset dementia

The Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University is carrying out a study that looks into the day-to-day experiences of caring. You will be asked to describe how the onset of dementia in the person you care for has affected you. Participation involves completion of a postal questionnaire. For further information please contact: Gordon Jones by ringing 07976 624 757 or emailing 263556(at)swansea.ac.uk

Get involved in developing an App for people who use self harm

Self Injury Support and Cardiff University are working to develop a mobile phone app for people who self harm and are looking for people to get involved. More here.

Applications invited for Appropriate Adults in Dyfed-Powys area

Darren O'Connell manages Hafal's Appropriate Adult service, which supports vulnerable adults in police custody. For the past five years Hafal has delivered an Appropriate Adult Scheme to vulnerable adults across the South Wales Police authority area​. The police have requested Hafal provide a service in the Dyfed Powys area, including stations in Brecon and Newtown.

Hafal is inviting applications from individuals across Mid Wales who have an interest in supporting vulnerable adults through the police custody process. Hafal uses a team of both volunteers and staff (who receive a modest payment) to deliver this service and is seeking to recruit candidates in both categories. This service is delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year through flexible cover arrangements. You can find out more here, download an application pack here, or email darren.oconnell(at)hafal.org or on ring 07971 970 714​.​

EU Research Project on Risk and Innovation in Mental Health Services

The University of Edinburgh and the European Union are currently conducting a project on risk and innovation in mental health services/projects (either provided by statutory bodies or private providers). Find out more and complete a 5-minute survey here. You can download a participant information sheet here.

Research project on bilingualism and hearing voices

Researchers at the University of Liverpool, including  Professor Richard Bentall, are interested in finding out what happens when people who speak more than one language have the experience of hearing voices, also known as auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH). You can download further info in English and Welsh, and also Participant Self Referral forms in English and Welsh.

Powys Patients' Council Seeks New Volunteers

Have you experience of being detained and/or being voluntarily or involuntarily an in-patient on a mental health ward?  PAVO is looking for volunteers to help run Powys Patients' Council.  The role requires a committment of visiting Felindre Ward, Bronllys Hospital, once a month and a senior management meeting, every two months, with some other ad hoc activities/meetings.  Lunch and transport expenses are paid. More here

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PAVO Job Vacancies

20 February 2017

Two Community Health and Wellbeing Coordinators

events

Embracing Individuality

Thursday 23 February 2017

A group for adults on the autistic spectrum or those who think they might be (Rhayader)

Powys Carers Champion Networking Event

Thursday 23 February 2017

Llandrindod Wells

The Many Faces of Dementia

Monday 27 February 2017

FREE online course

Walk Leader Training Session

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Welshpool

Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Powys Community Health Council (Llandrindod Wells)

Celf-Able - Art, Opportunity, Inclusion

Tuesday 28 February 2017

A new art group and network by and for disabled artist in Powys (Newtown)

LGBTQ+

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Peer Support & Advice in a no-pressure Support Group (Llandrindod Wells)

Monthly Carers Group

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

St David's Day Meal

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Stress & Anxiety Management Course (3 weeks)

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Working to Recovery

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Carers Information and Support Programme (CrISP)

Thursday 2 March 2017

4 weekly sessions for carers, friends or family of people with dementia (Brecon Dementia Friendly Event)

Knit & Knatter - Every Thursday

Thursday 2 March 2017

The Library, Brecon

Research in Wales Conference (Cardiff)

Thursday 2 March 2017

Public Health Wales - Research Collaborations:Working Together in Wales

A little, aloud

Thursday 2 March 2017

Training Workshop for Volunteers & Care Professionals (Newtown)

Brecon Walking Group - Every Friday

Friday 3 March 2017

A dementia friendly event

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) training

Monday 6 March 2017

A free training session in Newtown

Appropriate Adult Training (HAFAL)

Monday 6 March 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Mental Health Film Nights

Monday 6 March 2017

Ponthafren, Welshpool

Printmaking Workshop (3 classes)

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Celf o Gwmpas, LLandrindod Wells

Quiz

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Brecon Neuro Cafe

Come and See: Sharing best practice engaging LGBT communities

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Engage Cymru Event in Aberystwyth

My Memories - Dementia Carers Support Group

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Newtown

Tell your Story - a digital workshop

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Build Resilience Skills

Thursday 9 March 2017

Training Session at Ponthafren, Newtown

Co-production in Wales (Newtown) Seminar

Thursday 9 March 2017

Learning Disability Wales

Embracing Individuality

Friday 10 March 2017

A group for adults on the autistic spectrum or those who think they might be (Llandrindod Wells)

Full Council Meeting - Powys Community Health Council

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Llandrindod Wells

Emotional Wellbeing Session

Thursday 16 March 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Positive Behaviour Management - Refresher Course

Thursday 16 March 2017

Welshpool

Singing Group

Monday 20 March 2017

Brecon (Dementia Matters in Powys)

Don't Dis-Me

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Training day looking at disability issues and how the arts can be used to empower individuals and communities (Newtown)

Fire Safety Talk

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Brecon Neuro Cafe

Brain Training

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

My Memories - Dementia Carers Support Group

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Newtown

Talk about the value of reminiscence work

Thursday 23 March 2017

Brecon & District Mind

Conflict Resolution Session

Thursday 23 March 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Appropriate Adult Training (HAFAL)

Monday 27 March 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Monthly Carers Group

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Don't Dis-Me

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Training day looking at disability issues and how the arts can be used to empower individuals and communities (Llandrindod Wells)

Dementia Network Meeting

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Brecon

Anger Management Course

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Compassionate Mental Health Conference (2 days)

Thursday 30 March 2017

Cardiff

Embracing Individuality

Thursday 30 March 2017

A group for adults on the autistic spectrum or those who think they might be (Rhayader)

Anger Management Session

Thursday 30 March 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Concert featuring The Quiet Ranters

Saturday 8 April 2017

Brecon & District Mind Event

Singing Group

Monday 10 April 2017

Brecon (Dementia Matters in Powys)

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Building Self Worth - 3 week course

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

'Down the Line' Workshop (4 classes)

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Celf o Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells

ACTivate Your Life classes - Tuesdays (4 weeks)

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

THRIVE - For Staff & Volunteers - 3 week course

Monday 8 May 2017

Mid Powys Mind, LLandrindod Wells

Talk about Therapeutic Benefits of Pottery Making

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Brecon & District Mind

Mental Health Today Wales 2017

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Conference & Exhibition in Cardiff

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Thursday 11 May 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Executive Committee

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Stress & Anxiety Management - 3 week course

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Summer Fair

Saturday 10 June 2017

Brecon & District Mind Event

Full Council Meeting

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Storytelling for Health Conference (2 days)

Friday 16 June 2017

Arts in Health, Wales

Asylum: Action and Reaction conference

Wednesday 28 June 2017

A conference in Manchester to celebrate 30 years of Asylum magazine

Mental Health Awareness Course

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Tea-on-Top with Brecon & District Mind

Sunday 30 July 2017

Join us for a walk up the Crug

ACTivate Your Life Classes - Wednesdays (4 weeks)

Wednesday 2 August 2017

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Thursday 10 August 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Executive Committee

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Powys Community Health Council

ISPS Conference in Liverpool

Wednesday 30 August 2017

International Society for Psychological & Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS)

Full Council Meeting

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Thursday 9 November 2017

Powys Community Health Council

ACTivate Your Life Classes - Mondays (4 weeks)

Monday 20 November 2017

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

Executive Committee

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Full Council Meeting

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Thursday 8 February 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Executive Committee

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Full Council Meeting

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Powys Community Health Council
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