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...

Consultation Workshop for the Review of Day Time Activities for Older People (including Day Centres)

Powys County Council are consulting on a number of options relating to the future delivery of day time activities for older people. Please see the link to their website here where you can read the summary consultation document and complete a survey. 

A group consultation workshop will take place on the 25th October 2016 at Hafod a Hendre, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells from 1.00 pm - 4.30 pm. If you would like to attend the workshop please can you book by telephone 01597 827507 or email here

Powys Wellbeing of Future Generations Population Assessment - Give Your Views

As one of the requirements of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, Powys' Public Service Board (PSB) is required to prepare an 'Area Plan' which will set out the key priorities and changes for local public services in Powys. This 'Area Plan' will supersede the existing 'One Powys Plan'.

This provides a crucial opportunity for voluntary organisations and community groups to influence the priorities set for Powys so that they meet the needs of the individuals and communities you work with.

The actions that will eventually be included in the Area Plan have to be based around evidence of need from Powys citizens and communities. This evidence is currently being sought and compiled.

If your organisation, or the people it supports, have views about the future needs for public services in Powys, please complete the form below and return it to business_intelligence@powys.<wbr />gov.uk

WBFG Organisation Questionnaire

The draft wellbeing assessment will be prepared by November 2016, and will then be subject to further scrutiny and challenge at two stakeholder days, on 15 and 16 November 2016 at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. You can book to attend either of these days at

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.

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

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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Powys Substance Misuse Bursary Scheme 2016-17

12 September 2016

The Substance Misuse Training Bursary Scheme has funds available for the workforce of Powys who currently work within the field of substance misuse.

events

CFW Health and Wellbeing at Work Event in St Asaph

Thursday 29 September 2016

Promoting positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace

Powys Autistic Spectrum Forum

Thursday 29 September 2016

Rhayader

Basic Computing Course - EVERY MON

Monday 3 October 2016

Ponthafren Association, Newtown

Stress & Anxiety Management Course - 3 x weekly

Monday 3 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind - Knighton

Anger Management Course

Monday 3 October 2016

Ponthafren Association, Newtown

Walking for Health Group

Monday 3 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Appropriate Adult Training

Tuesday 4 October 2016

Newtown

Walk & Talk - Tues afternoons

Tuesday 4 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

18-25's Youth Group - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 4 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Bilingualism at Work Course, Carmarthen

Wednesday 5 October 2016

FREE Training for third sector organisations on developing bilingual services

T'ai Chi - 10 week course - EVERY WED

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind Event

Assertiveness & Positivity Course - 3 x weekly

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind

Men's Sheds - Thurs afternoons

Thursday 6 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Dementia Event - Machynlleth

Thursday 6 October 2016

Ageing Well in Wales Project

Dementia Support Group - EVERY THURS

Thursday 6 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Catch up with a Cuppa - Thurs afternoons

Thursday 6 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Builth Outreach (Mid Powys Mind) - EVERY THURS

Thursday 6 October 2016

Various Activities

Positive Behaviour Management - Refresher Course

Thursday 6 October 2016

Welshpool

ACTivate Your Life (4 weekly classes) - Ystradgynlais

Thursday 6 October 2016

Powys Teaching Health Board

Coffee Moaning! (Ystradgynlais)

Friday 7 October 2016

An opportunity for people to get together and offer constructive criticism about mental health services in Powys

Alzheimer's Charity Evening in Newtown

Friday 7 October 2016

Hog Roast and Entertainment from Dai Robs

Art for Wellbeing

Friday 7 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Food & Mood - workshop for 6 weeks

Friday 7 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Employers Breakfast Event

Monday 10 October 2016

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Day - Brecon & District Mind

Impact Report Launch - World Mental Health Day 2016

Monday 10 October 2016

Samaritans Cymru Event in Cardiff

18-25's Youth Group - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

CFW Health and Wellbeing at Work Event in Cardiff

Thursday 13 October 2016

Promoting positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace

Lighthouse Healthcare Annual Conference, Crewe

Thursday 13 October 2016

Pathways for Women with Complex Needs

Peerfest 2016 - Shoreditch, London

Thursday 13 October 2016

An annual celebration of peer support practice in England & Wales

Come and Dance with Powys Dance

Friday 14 October 2016

Knighton Community Centre

Embracing Individuality - Mid Powys Mind

Friday 14 October 2016

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

Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Training (Newtown)

Monday 17 October 2016

A course to help you understand the recent changes to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Mindfulness Course - 10 weeks - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind Event

18-25's Youth Group - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Bipolar Group

Monday 24 October 2016

Brecon & District Mind

Depression Busting - 6 week course at Glyneath Training Centre

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company

18-25's Youth Group - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Mindfulness Course - 10 weeks - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Mid Powys Mind Event

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Powys Community Health Council

Positive Behaviour Management Course

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Brecon - 3 days

Tackling Ageism Training & Awareness Raising Session

Wednesday 2 November 2016

A free workshop in Builth Wells from the Older People's Commissioner for Wales

Anger Management Course - 3 x weekly

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Mid Powys Mind

Chy-Sawel Project - Conference, Exeter

Friday 4 November 2016

Today’s Mental Health Crisis – The Time For Change!

Walking for Health Group

Monday 7 November 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

PAVO AGM

Tuesday 8 November 2016

PAVO 2016 Conference and AGM

Positive Behaviour Management Course

Wednesday 9 November 2016

Welshpool - 3 days

Embracing Individuality - Mid Powys Mind

Friday 11 November 2016

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

Montgomeryshire Local Committee Meeting - Newtown

Monday 14 November 2016

Powys Community Health Council

Powys Wellbeing of Future Generations Event

Tuesday 15 November 2016

Stakeholder Days 15th & 16th November

THRIVE - Recovery & Self-Management Course - 5 x weekly

Thursday 17 November 2016

Mid Powys Mind

Come and Dance with Powys Dance

Friday 18 November 2016

Knighton Community Centre

Executive Committee Meeting - Powys Community Health Council

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Stress & Anxiety Management Course - 3 x weekly

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Positive Behaviour Management - Refresher Course

Friday 25 November 2016

Brecon

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) training

Monday 5 December 2016

A free training session in Llandrindod Wells

Walking for Health Group

Monday 5 December 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health Awareness Course

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mid Powys Mind

Public Services working in partnership for better health and wellbeing

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Seminar in Cardiff

Full Council Meeting - Community Health Council

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Positive Behaviour Management - Refresher Course

Thursday 12 January 2017

Welshpool

Positive Behaviour Management Course

Wednesday 1 February 2017

Brecon - 3 days

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) Legal Update

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Annual Refresher Training in Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health First Aid Course

Saturday 11 February 2017

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Positive Behaviour Management Course

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Welshpool - 3 days

Mental Health First Aid Course

Saturday 18 February 2017

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Appropriate Adult Training

Monday 20 February 2017

Brecon

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) training

Monday 6 March 2017

A free training session in Newtown

Positive Behaviour Management - Refresher Course

Thursday 16 March 2017

Welshpool

Asylum: Action and Reaction conference

Wednesday 28 June 2017

A conference in Manchester to celebrate 30 years of Asylum magazine
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