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

All the latest participation opportunities below...

Consultation on Together for Mental Health - Delivery Plan 2016 - 2019

Together for Mental Health was published in 2012. It is the Welsh Government's 10-year strategy for improving mental health and wellbeing, and improving the care and treatment of people using mental health services, their carers and their families.

The proposed 2016-19 delivery plan is the second of three plans which will support the strategy. Closing date for responses: 4 April 2016. More 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@wales.nhs.uk

Crimes against older people research

Diverse Cymru has been commissioned by the Welsh Government to conduct independent research into crimes against older people (anyone aged 50+). The project aims to increase understanding and awareness of crimes against older people. The charity is keen to hear the views, experiences, and ideas of older people across Wales and of the practitioners who work with them. More here. Survey here. There will be an event on 22 February at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells to discuss the issues.

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.

Survey about volunteers in dementia care

This online survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Stirling, is asking for input from organisations who work with volunteers who have some role in supporting those living with dementia and/or their family and friends. They are researching the role of volunteers in supporting people living with dementia and they want to capture volunteering activity in the widest sense. The survey should be completed by those who have the most central role in supporting volunteers. 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@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@swansea.ac.uk

Consultation on Children and Young People’s Mental Health & Well-being

A consultation has been launched to review children and young people’s mental health and well-being.

Hafal, in conjunction with partners Bipolar UK, the Mental Health Foundation and Diverse Cymru, has joined forces with the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People to review the experiences of CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) users and their carers.

Find out more and complete the online survey here.

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@hafal.org or on ring 07971 970 714​.​

Future Fit: collecting views on healthcare in Mid Wales from target groups

Future Fit is currently looking to collect the views of people from specific target groups (including mental health groups) to help understand how they use health services now and would like to use them in the future. Download a poster with further information.

Evaluation of patient experience of Independent Mental Health Advocacy Services (IMHA) across Wales

Merthyr and the Valleys Mind has been commissioned by Mind Cymru to undertake an evaluation of patient experience of Independent Mental Health Advocacy Services (IMHA) across Wales. The evaluation / survey contributes to the Welsh Government’s duty to review the implementation of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010. Mind Cymru is commissioned, as part of their Section 64 core funding grant, to carry out the survey in order to evaluate the effectiveness of Part 4 of the Measure.

You might be aware that an evaluation of Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) by inpatients on acute adult mental health wards took place last year, therefore, the current evaluation will seek the views of children and adolescents, forensic and older persons inpatients. 

Link to online survey here.

Welsh Review Mental Health Code of Practice

The Welsh Government is preparing to revise the Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983. You can read the current COP from 2008 here. Whilst the COP will not amend the Act, its status has the effect of significantly influencing the way in which the Act is applied.

Several pre-consultation events organised by the Welsh Government took place in January throughout Wales, alongside an online questionnaire. The actual consultation will take place between February - April 2015. Watch this space for further information.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Jane Cooke by emailing: jane.cooke@pavo.org.uk or tel: 01597 822191.

You can find out more about the whole process by reading about the Review which took place in England recently here.

Scope Extra Costs Commission Enquiry

The Extra Costs Commission is a year-long independent enquiry that will explore the extra costs faced by disabled people and families with disabled children in England and Wales. You can find out more about the enquiry and how to participate here.

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.

Have your say about mental health services

Opinion Research Services (ORS) is interviewing people across Wales about their experiences of secondary mental health services. Information from these interviews is informing the Welsh Government’s review of the Mental Health Measure (Wales) 2010.

If you have direct personal experience of at least one of the following services, ORS would like to hear from you:

  • You - or someone you care for - were discharged from a CMHT within the last 3 years and had an assessment within the last 2 years to re-enter secondary services (Part 3 of the Measure). ORS would be interested in hearing from you whether or not you re-entered secondary care.  
  • You – or someone you care for - had an Independent Mental Health Advocate whilst you/they were a voluntary patient in hospital within the last 2 years (Part 4 of the Measure).

Would you be willing to take part? This is an opportunity for you to make an important contribution to the review of services introduced under the Measure.

Telephone interviews are expected to last about half an hour – one interview per participant.

All interviews are entirely confidential and your Informed consent would be requested beforehand.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in contributing to, please get in touch with Jane Cooke by ringing 01597 822191 or emailing jane.cooke@pavo.org.uk

Mind Cymru peer support research

Mind are looking for information about peer support projects for adults in Wales experiencing any form of mental distress/ mental illness/ mental health problems. You can find out more, along with a link to a short survey, here.

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

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.

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Feb until April in Builth Wells.

Substance Misuse Level 2 Training

Tuesday 9 February 2016

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Clearing the Clutter

Wednesday 10 February 2016

A Friends of Brecon & District Mind event

Appropriate Adult Training

Thursday 11 February 2016

A free training session in Brecon.

Anxiety Support Group

Tuesday 16 February 2016

A group run by Brecon & District Mind

T'ai Chi course - 10 weeks on WEDS

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Crimes against older people research

Monday 22 February 2016

Have your say at an event in Llandrindod Wells organised by Diverse Cymru

Dementia Friends Session at Mid Powys Mind

Wednesday 24 February 2016

At the Resource Centre in Llandrindod Wells

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) Training

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Skills building 2 day workshop

Autistic Spectrum Disorder Information Day for Parent, Carers & Professionals in Powys

Thursday 25 February 2016

A free training day in Newtown

Open Dialogue workshop - Pontypridd, South Wales

Thursday 25 February 2016 to Friday 26 February 2016

A 2 day workshop introducing the Open Dialogue approach

Recovery & Thrive course

Monday 29 February 2016

A new 4 week course at Mid Powys Mind

Tea, chat & activities in Brecon - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 1 March 2016

A dementia friendly event

Quiz night at The Smithfield Bell for Ponthafren Welshpool Outreach

Wednesday 2 March 2016

Come along and join in the fun whilst raising money for Ponthafren!

Dementia Support Service - Mid Powys Mind - EVERY THURSDAY

Thursday 3 March 2016

A regular weekly meet-up for those with dementia and their carers

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) Awareness

Thursday 3 March 2016

Training in Llandrindod Wells

'Legal Highs' or New Psychoactive Substance (NPS)

Friday 4 March 2016

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Brecon Singing for Life - EVERY MON

Monday 7 March 2016

A dementia friendly event

Chronic condition information update day

Wednesday 9 March 2016

An event organised by Powys teaching Health Board

Brecon Meeting Centre Pioneer Workshop

Thursday 10 March 2016

Find out more about an innovative way to support people with dementia

Alcohol Brief Intervention

Thursday 10 March 2016

Training Course in Llandrindod Wells

Substance Misuse in Older People

Thursday 10 March 2016

Training Course in Llandrindod Wells

Anxiety Support Group

Tuesday 15 March 2016

A group run by Brecon & District Mind

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Course

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Adult Protection Awareness Course - New Staff

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Brecon

Adult Protection Financial Abuse Awareness Course

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Personal Relationships & Sexuality Course in Newtown

Wednesday 16 March 2016

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Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Thursday 17 March 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Adult Protection Awareness Course - New Staff

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Brecon Singing for Life - EVERY MON

Monday 4 April 2016

A dementia friendly event

Tea, chat & activities in Brecon - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 5 April 2016

A dementia friendly event

Assertiveness course

Wednesday 6 April 2016

A 3 day course at Mid Powys Mind in Llandrindod Wells

2nd Annual Conference on Peer-Supported Open Dialogue

Monday 25 April 2016

London conference for staff and those using services with an interest in Open Dialogue.

Mental Health First Aid course (2 days)

Thursday 28 April 2016 to Friday 29 April 2016

A training course run by Mid Powys Mind in Howey, near Llandrindod Wells

Brecon Singing for Life - EVERY MON

Monday 2 May 2016

A dementia friendly event

Tea, chat & activities in Brecon - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 3 May 2016

A dementia friendly event

Stress & Anxiety Management (3 days)

Wednesday 11 May 2016

A course run by Mid Powys Mind in Llandrindod Wells.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) Training

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Skills building 2 day workshop

Recovery & Thrive course

Monday 6 June 2016

A new 4 week course at Mid Powys Mind

Brecon Singing for Life - EVERY MON

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A dementia friendly event

Tea, chat & activities in Brecon - EVERY TUES

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Brain training

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A one day course at Mid Powys Mind

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) Training

Wednesday 24 August 2016

Skills building 2 day workshop