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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(at)pavo.org.uk or call the team on 01686 628300 or 01597 822191.

All the latest participation opportunities below...

Vital Interventions for Psychosis - Survey

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester are launching a short survey about vital interventions for psychosis to find out the important questions that people with psychosis, their families and healthcare professionals have about their treatment that they feel needs to be researched. Having this information will make the work of researchers more focused on the issues facing people affected by psychosis.

Website: www.vip.bmh.manchester.ac.uk

Survey Link: https://apps.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/surveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=m83K5p21

Draft Dignity Charter - have your say

The Powys Mental Health Planning & Development Partnership - the multi-agency group which oversees development of mental health services in Powys - has drawn up a draft dignity charter working closely with individuals who use services. What do you think? We would like your feedback.

Draft Dignity Charter

Draft Dignity Charter summary

Please send any feedback to mentalhealth(at)pavo.org.uk or ringing 01597 822191 and speak to someone in the mental health team.

Consultation on the proposed Autism (Wales) Bill

Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire has asked if you could forward any comments you wish to make on the consultation of the Autism (Wales) Bill by 20th November, 2017.  Please see link to the consultation here.

What do you think of council services in Wales?

Wales Audit Office has a survey to find out which local authority services are most important to people living in rural areas of the country both now and in the future. Called "My Rural Wales" it takes just 5 minutes to complete. More here.

Community Mental Health Services Survey

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales are reviewing all community adult mental health services in Wales to check whether patients are receiving the care, treatment and support that they need. They want to know about your experiences of the health and social care you receive through local authority and NHS community mental health services. They want to find out how well Community Mental Health Teams in Wales are doing to provide people living in the community with support for their mental health needs.  A link to the survey can be found here

Views sought on vision for Powys in 2040

Powys’ Public Service Board (PSB) has now agreed its vision for Powys 2040, based on the evidence and analysis within Powys’ recent Wellbeing Assessment. This, together with a draft Wellbeing Plan based upon the vision and the issues identified in the Assessment, is subject to an ongoing programme of public consultation over the Autumn/Winter.

You can view the PSB’s vision and key objectives within it, and importantly, also give your views upon them, at: http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/community-development/sustainability-and-the-council/powys-well-being-plan/

Feedback received from this survey will help inform the work that is beginning upon a draft of the Wellbeing Plan for Powys based on this vision.

Some questions you might want to consider about the PSB’s vision are:

  • Does it reflect the priorities, aspirations and concerns of the people and communities that your community group or organisation works with?
  • Does it feel like a blue-print for ‘transformational’ change within Powys?
  • Do you think the objectives and aspirations it sets out are the right ones for Powys?
  • Does it reflect the key issues gathered in the wellbeing assessment strongly enough (these were: transport and access to services; jobs and economy; and older peoples accommodation) and offer a satisfactory approach to dealing with them?
  • Are there important issues facing Powys in the future which you feel the vision omits or doesn’t fully address?

PAVO will be seeking the views of community groups and voluntary organisations in more detail in the coming months on the the draft Wellbeing Plan once it is published, however as a first step we would encourage everyone to look at and respond to the current survey.

For further information or queries about the Powys Wellbeing Plan process please contact Peter Lathbury at: peter.lathbury(at)pavo.org.uk or on 01597 822191.

Perinatal mental health survey

Midwives and health visitors practising in Wales are invited to complete this survey about identifying and responding to women with perinatal mental health problems. Joint project of Mind Cymru, National Centre for Mental Health and NSPCC Cymru.

Consultation: Emotional & Mental Health of Children & Young People

The Children, Young People and Education Committee of Welsh Government would welcome your views on the terms of reference for the inquiry. It is considering whether the review of Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services - the 'Together for Children and Young People Programme' - is on track to deliver the 'step-change' in CAMHS services that is needed. The Committee's Inquiry will consider:

  • Specialist CAMHS.
  • Funding.
  • Transition to Adult Services.
  • Links with Education (emotional intelligence and healthy coping mechanisms).

Closing date for responses: 29 September 2017. More here.

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust Consultation

Children & Young People's Promises

As part of our work to apply a ‘Child Rights Approach’ within the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, over the next few months, we will be engaging with Children and Young People (age between 8-18 years of age) to capture their feedback on ‘What they expect when they use any of our services...’, supporting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which includes the ‘right to be heard’.

This feedback, available to give online and via feedback cards, will be used to develop a set of ‘Promises’. These ‘Promises to Children & Young People’ will be shared with our staff so they understand what is important to children and young people when treating or caring for them. We will measure their experiences against the promises.

Feedback is anonymous and can be given even if they haven’t used our services before. This includes 999 emergencies, transport to hospital appointments, the NHS Direct Wales website & telephone service and 111 (if available in the area). 

If you work with or represent children and young people and are able to capture their views on our behalf, please email me for feedback cards. Alternatively visit our Children & Young People website ‘The Room’ and scroll down to the ‘Children & Young People’s Promises’ to give feedback online. 

The closing date for this consultation is 29th September 2017.

Free Workshops looking at Restorative Engagement

The Restorative Approaches Family Engagement Project is a Welsh Government funded project run by Tros Gynnal Plant. Over the last two and a half years they have delivered free training in Restorative Engagement to Third Sector organisations across Wales. The project is running until the end of September and they can deliver free 'taster' workshops to Third Sector and statutory organisations until the end of the project.  If you are interested in receiving further information please email rafep(at)trosgynnalplant.org.uk

Mens Sheds Cymru 2017 Consultations

Hafan Cymru is carrying out a consultation with potential clients and professionals for the Men's Sheds Cymru Project. This project helps men who are lonely, isolated or just have time on their hands to set-up up a Men's Shed - a community space for men where they can pursue activities, get involved with local projects or just drop in and see what's happening in the local area. This new project will have a focus on men who we haven't yet reached, men in communities without a voice, highly urbanised or very rural communities - anywhere where there could be barriers to engagement, but where a social inclusion initiative would really be of benefit.

Survey for professionals and organisations

Survey for individual men

Have your say for Welsh Ambulance Services Trust Mental Health Improvement Plan

If you have been affected by mental health and wellbeing  the Welsh Ambulance Services Trust would appreciate your help to enable further development of services as part of the Mental Health Improvement Plan. If you would like to take part in a focus group please contact Isobel Jones, Patient Experience and Community Involvement Coordinator on 01792 776252 Ext. 45444 or email: isobel.jones(at)wales.nhs.uk You can also complete a survey here.

Schizophrenia research by Nottingham Trent University/University Of Liverpool

Nottingham Trent University and the University of Liverpool are undertaking a study on schizophrenia and are looking for parents of children (over 18) diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.  

If you are interested in participating, or want more information about the study, then please see their poster attached here for further detail.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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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Bronllys Wellbeing Park (CLT) Ltd Job Vacancy

10 October 2017

Project Development Officer. Full time (35 hours pw). Based at Bronllys Hospital, Bronllys Powys Salary: £3083.33 per month, £37,000 per annum. Appointment initially for a fixed term of 12 months with annual review (Post funded for 3 years) An excellent opportunity... have you managed and delive

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DoLS Legal Update Annual Refresher Training

Thursday 19 October 2017

Newtown

Charity Concert

Saturday 21 October 2017

Brecon & District Mind

Multicultural Fair

Saturday 21 October 2017

Aberystwyth

Mental Health First Aid Course ( 2 days)

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Builth Wells (Mid Powys Mind)

Safer Injecting Training

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Newtown

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Carers Support Group (last Wednesday every month)

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Brecon & District Mind

Reiki Sessions

Thursday 26 October 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Llanfair Caereinion

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Newtown

Memory Cafe (every Thursday)

Thursday 2 November 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Alcohol Brief Intervention Training

Thursday 2 November 2017

Newtown

Mental Health First Aid (Adults) Training (2 days)

Thursday 2 November 2017

Llandrindod Wells

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Friday 3 November 2017

Brecon

Singing for Fun (1st & 3rd Mondays)

Monday 6 November 2017

Llandrindod Wells

Couch to 5k Group (every Monday)

Monday 6 November 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Newtown

Autism Support Group

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Yoga (every Tuesday)

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Newtown

Building Self Worth Course

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Alcohol and Older Drinkers Training

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Newtown

Hearing Voices Peer Support Group (2nd & 4th Thursday)

Thursday 9 November 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Thursday 9 November 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Mental Health and the Great Green Outdoors (all ages)

Monday 13 November 2017

Builth Wells

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Newtown

Substance Misuse and Sexual Health Training

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Machynlleth

Safeguarding Learning Event

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health Awareness Course

Friday 17 November 2017

Mid Powys Mind

ACTivate Your Life Classes - Mondays (4 weeks)

Monday 20 November 2017

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Newtown

Drug Use Screening Tool (DUST) Training

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Newtown

Positive Behaviour Management Training – Refresher

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Brecon

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Llanfair Caereinion

Executive Committee

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Managing Depression Course

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Mid Powys Mind

PAVO AGM & Conference 2017

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Cefn Lea Conference Centre, Newtown

Carers Support Group (last Wednesday every month)

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Brecon & District Mind

ACTivate Your Life Classes - Mondays

Monday 4 December 2017

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Newtown

Yoga (every Tuesday)

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Newtown

SURE for Mental Health Training (2 days)

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Brecon

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Machynlleth

Memory Cafe (every Thursday)

Thursday 7 December 2017

Mid Powys Mind

ACTivate Your Life Classes - Mondays

Monday 11 December 2017

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Llanfair Caereinion

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Newtown

Full Council Meeting

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Hearing Voices Peer Support Group (2nd & 4th Thursday)

Thursday 14 December 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Machynlleth

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Newtown

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Newtown

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Training

Tuesday 6 February 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Community Workers Meetings (Montgomeryshire)

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Credu (formerly Powys Carers)

SURE for Mental Health Training (2 days)

Thursday 8 February 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Thursday 8 February 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Depression Busting Course (2 days)

Monday 26 February 2018

Newtown

Executive Committee

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Dementia Awareness Training

Thursday 8 March 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Full Council Meeting

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Drug Use Screening Tool (DUST) Training

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Brecon

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Awareness Training

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Llandrindod Wells

ACTivate Your Life Classes - Tuesdays (4 weeks)

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

Community Workers Meetings (Montgomeryshire)

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Credu (formerly Powys Carers)
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