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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 freda.lacey@pavo.org.uk or call the team on 01686 628300 or 01597 822191.

All the latest participation opportunities below...

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust Have Your Say

Everyone's got's a story what's yours?  Have you used any of the Welsh Ambulance Services or NHS Direct Wales?  Your story can help us think about the way we work and improve the services we provide for you. More here

Review of the NHS Complaints Procedure in Wales

Montgomeryshire CHC and Brecknock and Radnor CHC are looking for your views regarding patients’ experiences of the way the NHS complaints procedure works in Wales.  A paper copy of the survey can be obtained by contacting the CHC office in Newtown on 01686 627632, or people can convey their experiences in complete confidence via their email myexperience@montchc.org.uk.  More here.  Closes 21st April 2014.

S4C and Time to Change Wales

Time to Change Wales is going to be working with S4C to run and promote a week of programmes about mental health in May, to coincide with mental health awareness week.

They’re looking for people with experience of mental health problems who speak Welsh and would like to help out. There’s a variety of activities people can take part in from writing a blog or reviewing a TV programme to doing a voiceover for animation or a TV interview.

There is a really short timescale for this and Time for Change would ideally like to have a list of potential volunteers by 22 April. So please help spread the word ask anyone you know who may like to get involved – friend, family, neighbour, window cleaner….. or maybe just you!

For further information please contact Gethin Jones, Communications Officer, Time to Change Wales
Direct Line  029 2034 6583
Mobile  07557883487
www.timetochangewales.org.uk @ttcwales

Powys Stronger in Partnership Llandrindod Wells meeting

Meet representatives on local and national partnership boards and hear what’s happening locally and nationally with mental health services.

People invited to attend: people in contact with services (“service users and carers”), Social Services and local Health Board staff (including GPs and Primary Care staff), Voluntary Sector support services, Community Mental Health Advocates, Police Support Officers, Fire Service and Wales Ambulance Services.

Venue: The Sun Lounge, The Pavilion, Spa Road, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5EY. 

Time: 2 - 4pm.

You can find out more here.

For further information please contact freda.lacey@pavo.org.uk tel: 01597 822191.

Review Of The Operation Of Sections 135 And 136 Of The Mental Health Act

Find out more about the review by the Department of Health and have your say in online survey.  More here.

Health Focus Groups 28th April 2014

4:30-6:30 pm Welshpool at the Royal Oak Hotel.  Looking at the health services provided in Shrewsbury and Telford and Wrekin.  More here

Mental Health Measure 2010 Welsh Government Review 2014

The Mental Health Measure 2010 is a unique piece of legislation which provides a legal framework for improving mental health services in Wales. The Measure is being formally evaluated.  Find out more about the review in Powys here.

Training Representatives to engage with Local Councillors and Health Board Staff

PAVO office, Unit 30 Ddole Road, Llandrindod Wells.  24th March 2014, 9.30- 11.30 a.m. with Participation Cymru.  More information available here.

Vulnerable adults and anti-social behaviour an exploration of current practice

If you are a someone, or close to someone, that has been in contact with the police, and in particular in relation to anti-social behaviour, you are invited to become a member of a research project reference group (PRG) for Powys and North Wales.   More here.

Are you a doctor? Would you disclose your own experience of mental health difficulties?

The aim of this study is to understand doctors in Wales' attitudes to self disclosure and their mental health through an anonymous survey.  More here.

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

Young Adult Peer Support Project Newtown

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.

Benefits Share Your Story and Change The Debate

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

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.lacey@pavo.org.uk or call 01597 822 191 and ask for Freda.

What do you think of voluntary sector mental health services?

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.

Community Champions and Partners Wanted - Diverse Cymru Advocacy Project

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.

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Review of the NHS Complaints Procedure in Wales

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Brecknock and Radnor  / Montgomeryshire Community Health Councils, the  independent watchdogs for Powys, are seeking patients experiences on the way the NHS complaints procedure works in Wales. We want to listen to people who have made complaints and identify whether their complaints hav

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Your Benefits - Your Voice

Friday 25 April 2014

Are you a Carer in the Newtown area? Do you want to know how recent Benefit Changes may affect you?

Bipolar UK Brecon support Group

Monday 28 April 2014

Monday 28th April 7 to 9 pm

Understanding Attachment Theory for Everyday Living & Therapeutic Parenting

Monday 28 April 2014

Therapeutic Relationship Based Training with Zebratherapy: one day training workshop in Montgomery, North Powys

Challenging behaviour in dementia care

Tuesday 29 April 2014

A day long course in Llandrindod Wells run by Llaw yn Llaw.

People Power One Day Conference

Wednesday 30 April 2014

London

Your Benefits - Your Voice

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Are you a Carer in the Ystradgynlais area? Do you want to know how recent Benefit Changes may affect you?

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Wednesday 30 April 2014 to Thursday 1 May 2014

A 2 day course run by Cymorth Cymru in Cardiff

A day of Mindfulness and Meditation

Saturday 10 May 2014

Find out more about Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy - event in Llandrindod Wells

Brecon Mental Health Carers group

Monday 12 May 2014

Do you care for someone in the Brecon area experiencing mental distress?

Plans for neurological services in Powys - meeting

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Have your say in shaping the local health board plans for neurological services in Powys

Prof Luke Clements: Carers & their Rights

Tuesday 13 May 2014

An event being organised by Powys Carers Service

Nibbling a way out: emerging from anorexia

Wednesday 14 May 2014

A Friends of Brecon & District Mind event

Powys Mental Health Alliance Open Day

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Llandrindod Wells, all welcome

Light the Way meeting

Thursday 15 May 2014

An action group in North Powys for people in contact with mental health services

Improving physical health for people with mental health conditions conference

Tuesday 20 May 2014

A full day conference in Birmingham

Mental Health Today Wales conference

Tuesday 20 May 2014

This year's theme is Mental Health and Poverty

Bipolar UK Brecon Support Group

Monday 26 May 2014

7 to 9 pm

Powys Volunteer Involvers Network

Wednesday 4 June 2014

The first meeting of this new network run by Powys Volunteer Centre

A walk to the waterfalls

Saturday 7 June 2014

A Friends of Brecon & District Mind event

Brecon Mental Health Carers group

Monday 9 June 2014

Do you care for someone in the Brecon area experiencing mental distress?

Challenging behaviour in dementia care

Friday 20 June 2014

A one day course with Llaw yn Llaw in Newtown.

Bipolar UK Brecon Support Group

Monday 23 June 2014

7 to 9 pm

Relationships and attunement for positive behaviour

Monday 23 June 2014

Therapeutic Relationship Based Training with Zebratherapy: one day training workshop in Montgomery, North Powys

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - ASIST

Tuesday 24 June 2014 to Wednesday 25 June 2014

A 2 day course run by Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations in Maesteg

Jungian Ideas

Wednesday 25 June 2014

A Friends of Brecon & District Mind event

INTAR- International Network Towards Alternatives For Recovery conference

Wednesday 25 June 2014 to Friday 27 June 2014

A three day conference in Liverpool this summer, with numerous speakers including Jacqui Dillon and Marianne Schulze.

2014 Wales International Story Telling Festival Volunteers Wanted

Friday 4 July 2014

3 day festival starts today. Volunteers Wanted

Brecon Mental Health Carers Group

Monday 14 July 2014

Do you care for someone in the Brecon area experiencing mental distress?

Person Centred Dementia

Tuesday 15 July 2014 to Wednesday 16 July 2014

A two day course in Welshpool with Llaw yn Llaw

Challenging behaviour in dementia care

Wednesday 23 July 2014

A one day course with Llaw yn Llaw in Brecon

Tea on Top

Sunday 27 July 2014

A Friend of Brecon and District Mind event

Brecon Mental Health Carers Group

Monday 11 August 2014

Do you care for someone in the Brecon area experiencing mental distress?

Bipolar UK Brecon Support Group

Monday 25 August 2014

7 to 9 pm

Brecon Mental Health Carers Group

Monday 8 September 2014

Do you care for someone in the Brecon area experiencing mental distress?

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - ASIST

Tuesday 23 September 2014 to Wednesday 24 September 2014

A 2 day course run by Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations in Maesteg

Bipolar UK Brecon Support Group

Monday 29 September 2014

7 to 9 pm

Brecon Mental Health Carers Group

Monday 13 October 2014

Do you care for someone in the Brecon area experiencing mental distress?

Vulnerable adults and anti-social behaviour an exploration of current practice

Monday 20 October 2014

The Centre for Mental Health and Society at Bangor University, in collaboration with two police forces (North Wales and Dyfed Powys police) and two third sector organisations (Unll...

Brecon Mental Health Carers Group

Monday 10 November 2014

Do you care for someone in the Brecon area experiencing mental distress?

Brecon Mental Health Carers Group

Monday 8 December 2014

Do you care for someone in the Brecon area experiencing mental distress?