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

All the latest participation opportunities below...

Influencing the Development of the All Wales Public Health Network – survey

In the past 12 months, important health improvement activity has passed from Welsh Government to Public Health Wales and a major review of health improvement programmes in Wales has identified the need for new ways of working.

Your views are sought on the creation of The All Wales Public Health Network which will incorporate the existing Public Health Wales Networks, which are: All Wales Sexual Health Network, All Wales Mental Health Promotion Network, and Physical Activity & Nutrition Networks Wales. 

Find out more and complete an online survey here.

Committee inquiry on cross-border healthcare - have your say

The Welsh Affairs Committee is holding an inquiry focusing on cross-border arrangements between the English and Welsh healthcare systems. The Committee wants to hear first-hand from Welsh residents and English residents who rely on services on the other side of the border and would also like to hear the views of medical professionals and social care practitioners. Have your say on the online web forum here. The closing date for submissions is Monday 1 December 2014.

Welsh Government consultation: Inappropriate admissions guidance

Comments are now requested on "Guidance on inappropriate admissions of children and young people to adult mental health wards." It details what the Welsh Government expects to ensure the safety of the patient. It will advise Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Adult Mental Health Services within Local Health Boards, of their legal duty regarding the appropriate placement of children in hospital. You can find out more and download a proforma to complete here. Consultation closing date: 5 December 2014.

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.

What do you think about mental health research priorities in Wales?

The National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) works to learn more about mental illness so that it can contribute to developing better diagnosis, care and treatment for the future.

In order to do this effectively and make a real difference to people’s lives in years to come, NCMH would like you to tell them what you think are the key research areas that mental health research in Wales should focus on.

That’s why they’ve created #TellNCMH – a new online survey that allows you to help shape the direction of mental health research for the future.

You can find out more and complete the survey here.

You can also get involved in the Live Twitter chat on Thursday 21 August, more info 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 Freda Lacey by ringing 01597 822191 or emailing freda.lacey@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.

New website - Care Wales Online - seeks feedback

Participation Cymru has been asked to help facilitate engagement with potential users of a new website called 'Care Wales Online' that is being developed by the Care Council for Wales and the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales. We are seeking people who are interested in giving feedback on the website during its development.

Please find a link to the website and to an on-line survey that can be circulated to interested parties.

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

Help Shape Hospital Services in Shrewsbury

The NHS Future Fit programme will focus on the hospital services provided by Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.   NHS Future Fit website will host timely information and welcome continual feedback as we work through this process.  The team will be consulting with patient representatives and there will be lots of opportunities to get involved with Future Fit.  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.

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.

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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latest news

Havin' A Laugh? - Comedy and mental health project

Friday 21 November 2014

An opportunity to find out more about an exciting new comedy project starting up at The Wyeside Arts Centre. Havin' A Laugh? aims to give those in contact with mental health services a unique way of expressing their voices whilst dealing with issues and problems they might encounter.

events

Powys Mental Health Alliance Open Day

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Llandrindod Wells - all welcome

Digital Photography for Beginners (Editing and Printing) - Newtown

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Ponthafren Association

Mental Health First Aid - Adults (2 day course)

Thursday 27 November 2014

Newtown

Tai Chi Classes

Thursday 27 November 2014

Presteigne & Llandrindod Wells

Woven Table Decoration - Presteigne

Friday 28 November 2014

East Radnorshire Community Group, Presteigne

Members' Day

Tuesday 2 December 2014

Mid Powys Mind Event

Havin' A Laugh?

Wednesday 3 December 2014

An opportunity to find out more about an exciting new comedy project starting up at The Wyeside Arts Centre. Havin' A Laugh? aims to give those in contact with mental health servic...

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Newtown

Disabled People's Manifesto - Cardiff

Wednesday 3 December 2014

UN International Day of Disabled People 2014

Ageism & Discrimination Training Course

Thursday 4 December 2014

Older People's Commissioner for Wales

Social Creative Writing Group

Thursday 4 December 2014

Llandrindod Wells 7 to 9 pm

Tai Chi Classes

Thursday 4 December 2014

Presteigne & Llandrindod Wells

Lunch - Cook and Eat Together - Builth Wells

Thursday 4 December 2014

Builth Wells Community Group

Christmas Lunch - Presteigne

Friday 5 December 2014

East Radnorshire Community Group

Make Gift Boxes - Knighton

Friday 5 December 2014

Knighton Community Group

Ponthafren's Christmas themed Open Day - Newtown

Saturday 6 December 2014

One of the best chances of meeting up with Santa and Rudolph in Newtown this Christmas!

Christmas Themed Open Day

Saturday 6 December 2014

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

Brecon Mental Health Carers Group

Monday 8 December 2014

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

Wellbeing Club - Rhayader

Thursday 11 December 2014

Christmas Get-Together

Tai Chi Classes

Thursday 11 December 2014

Presteigne & Llandrindod Wells

Make a Christmas Table Centrepiece - Builth Wells

Thursday 11 December 2014

Builth Wells Community Group

Introduction to Mental Health Awareness (half day course)

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Diverse Cymru Training

Mental Health First Aid Training (2 day course)

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Diverse Cymru Training

Carol Singing - Llanidloes

Thursday 18 December 2014

Llanidloes Outreach Group

Welshpool Bipolar Support group

Friday 19 December 2014

This group is open to anyone affected by bipolar in Welshpool and surrounding areas.

Christmas Buffet - Bring & Share - Knighton

Friday 19 December 2014

Knighton Community Group

Christmas Dinner - Llanidloes

Thursday 8 January 2015

Llanidloes Outreach Group

Youth Mental Health Awareness (1 day course)

Friday 9 January 2015

Diverse Cymru Training

Dementia Awareness Course (half day)

Thursday 22 January 2015

Newtown

Mental Health First Aid Training (2 day course)

Monday 26 January 2015

Diverse Cymru Training

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Brecon

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Course

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Brecon

Hate Crime Training & Briefing

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Two FREE training sessions in Llandrindod Wells

Positive Psychotherapy - or 'What's Happiness got to do with Therapy?'

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Brecon & District Mind Event

Mental Health Awareness Training

Wednesday 18 February 2015

Newtown

Mental Health Awareness Training

Wednesday 25 February 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Youth Mental Health Awareness (1 day course)

Friday 27 February 2015

Diverse Cymru Training

Mental Health Awareness Training

Wednesday 11 March 2015

Brecon

Introduction to Mental Health Awareness (half day course)

Monday 16 March 2015

Diverse Cymru Training

Personality Disorders Training

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Course

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Babette Rothschild: 2 Day Safer Trauma Therapy Professional Training

Wednesday 6 May 2015 to Thursday 7 May 2015

A 2 day training session in Llandrindod Wells with Babette Rothschild body-psychotherapist and specialist educator in the treatment of trauma