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 an 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 email@example.com or call the team on 01686 628300 or 01597 822191.
Public involvement within the SWISH project (Social Work Intervention following Self-Harm). Swansea Universit. Looking for one young person to become a member of the Trial/Advisory Management Group of the SWISH project. More here
Policing services across Dyfed-Powys: How much should you pay? Have your say. Closes 8th Dec 2013. More here
Call for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions. E-petition closes 12th Dec 2013. More here.
Building Communities will create an independent Trust to invest £15 million to help some of the most disadvantaged communities in Wales. Chair/Trustee Directors needed to help manage this Trust. Closing date 20 Jan 2014. More here.
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
Welsh Government are looking to involve people from across Wales with their work on the approval of clinicians who can act as mental health professionals for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983. Interested in finding out more? Contact Freda.Lacey@pavo.org.uk or call 01597 822 191.
Are you 18-25 and interested in becoming a mentor or do you work with 18-25 year olds who might be? Fine out more here.
Volunteering Opportunity - Powys Carers Service. Treasurer needed. More here.
Mass movement for change - Join the Young Minds campaign! YoungMinds' biggest online survey has launched! Make your voice heard. Get involved and win weekly prizes. More here.
It is one year since a new law to improve local mental health services came into force across Wales. Gofal want to hear about your experiences of these services, so that they can measure the impact of this law, highlight good practice and inform health boards and local authorities where they need to do more.
If you have been to your local GP surgery to access advice, treatment or support for mental health problems during the last twelve months, please could you complete this short survey here.
We all need support sometimes. Yet too often those who have been helped by benefits get ignored, misrepresented or at worst blamed for their situation. If the millions of us who have needed benefits share our stories - and those who haven't express their support – then together we can change the debate. Share Your Story and Change The Debate here.
Powys and North Wales Vulnerable people and anti-social behaviour project – what is happening here. Want to find out more or get involved contact Freda.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01597 822 191 and ask for Freda.
Call for Evidence from the Mental Health Commission. The liberal Think Tank, Centre Forum is seeking to gather evidenace from people who have used mental health services and those close to them, staff and volunteers. Closes 13th December 2013. More here.
Powys teaching Health Board (PtHB) would like to find out what people think of the services provided by mental health resource centres and other mental health charities funded by the Health Board in Powys. If you have used the services of one or more of these organisations, or are a carer of someone who has, there is an online survey you can complete here.
You will need to complete a separate survey for each organisation you wish to give feedback about.
This survey is open all year round.
Passionate about mental health and later life? Got something to say about dementia or growing older? The Mental Health Foundation want to hear what you have to say. They are setting up an online panel of people passionate to help steer their work. More here.
Two partnerships in Powys are looking for citizens to help them. The Carers’ Partnership Board in Powys and the Partnership Board for Physical and Sensory Loss Services (in Powys).
The Carers Partnership meets every two months and is co-chaired by a carer. All carers can contribute by attending the meetings or feeding in views and experiences. You may be entitled to claim replacement care costs and travel expenses. For further information, contact Heather Parry, Policy and Development Officer (Carers): Phone 01938 551899 Email: email@example.com
The Partnership Board for Physical and Sensory Loss Services (in Powys) (PDSL) welcomes services users to its meetings. Help with expenses is available. Contact: Jenny Steger, Policy and Development Officer - Physical and Sensory Disabilities on 01597 827633.
Mind Cymru is looking for people to become trainers in MHFA (Wales) and would like to hear from anyone interested. Find out more here.
Leading by Experience. People with experience of mental health problems are at the heart of the movement to end mental health stigma and discrimination in Wales. Find out how you can get involved. www.timetochangewales.org.uk
Diverse Cymru have applied to Comic Relief for funding to employ a BME Mental Health Advocacy worker to work in each of the 7 Health Board areas with the Mental Health Champions. Would you be interested in being part of this unique, dynamic project. Taking part as volunteers, Steering Group members, helping to promote the project, hosting peer advocacy sessions etc? Find out more here.
Mark Smith, from South Wales, is looking for help from people across Wales who have also had contact with mental health services. He is exploring a new business idea that will promote the role of art and creativity in improving mental health. More here.
The charity Siawns Teg (Fair Chance) is the lead partner in a European Union funded project that is developing a social enterprise business start-up course specifically for people who need an informal approach to learning. The charity is looking for young people (16 - 25) to shape the course(s), be trained to deliver, and motivate interest in the products. This is a 2 year project during which time the courses will gain accreditation with Coleg Harlech and Coleg Powys taking part. There will be opportunities for participants to be Steering Group members in an environment that recognises the support needs of people who learn in different ways. Visits to other countries involved in the project are available for interested participants. The bottom line is that the courses need the active involvement of those who will benefit, so that the products are relevant and valuable. There is an invitation for people in contact with mental health services to participate in this opportunity.
Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) support citizens, groups and organisations to become involved in shaping our services across Powys in a number of ways, from facilitating your voice to be heard to promoting opportunities for you to directly participate in strategic meetings. You can download our leaflet in Welsh an English here.