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 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...

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.

Consultation on the Review of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers

The Code of Practice for Social Care Workers sets out the standards all practitioners should work to and what is expected of them by individuals who use services, the public and employers. The Care Council for Wales is currently consulting on a revised Code of Conduct which can be accessed here.

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

Post-legislative scrutiny of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010

The National Assembly for Wales’s Health and Social Care Committee is undertaking post-legislative scrutiny to assess the implementation and operation of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010, in particular by:

  • assessing the extent to which the stated objectives of the Measure are being achieved;
  • identifying whether there are any lessons which can be learned or good practice shared from the making and implementation of the Measure and the associated subordinate legislation and guidance;
  • assessing whether the Measure has represented, and will continue to represent, value for money.

If you would like to respond to this consultation there is further information and a list of questions here.

The closing date for this consultation is Friday 12 September 2014.

Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill

Kirsty Williams AM held a consultation earlier this year in relation to proposals for a new law in Wales relating to nurse staffing levels. Kirsty is now asking for comments on her draft Bill; the Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill. You can find out more and how to comment here. The closing date is 12 September 2014.

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.

Powys Library Service Consultation 2014

Do you use a Powys library to borrow books, attend or arrange events, or use computer services, for example? Powys County Council is consulting about plans to changes its current library services. The consultation is open to individuals and groups, and the deadline for responses is 19 September 2014.

The on-line response form and supporting documents are here.

Mental Health Act Code of Practice consultation launched

Jan Rogers, who volunteers with Ponthafren Association, is very involved in helping shape mental health services, and has been significantly focused in helping review the English Mental Health Code of Practice.  She has had a unique role, as part of the Expert Reference Group of individuals in contact with services and those close to them ("service users/carers") from all over the UK reviewing the Code, as she was the only person from Wales to be invited.  She was chosen for involvement, given her significant experiences in relation to the Mental Health Act (the Code gives guidance to professionals on how to implement the Act), in addition to her cross border experience of being hospitalised in England.

The new/revised Code is now ready for wider, public review, read more here.

The learning from the English Code of Practice review will help inform the current process of reviewing the Welsh Code of Practice.  Jan has participated in an initial scoping meeting in Cardiff about the Welsh Code of Practice and the review will start very soon.

If you wish to know more about how to be involved in reviewing the Welsh Mental Health Code of Practice, please contact Freda Lacey by email Freda.Lacey@pavo.org.uk or ring 01597 822191.

Supporting grassroots groups working for justice and equality

Edge Fund support work run by and for communities facing discrimination and injustice and work that aims to create systemic change. Find out more how they might support you to change something for the better here.  Closes 8th September 2014

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

Latest edition of Headspace magazine out now

Tuesday 19 August 2014

The summer edition of the magazine of Powys Mental Health Alliance is now available.

events

Walking in Machynlleth - new Thursday walks

Thursday 21 August 2014

Aberystwyth Mind is organising regular walks around Machynlleth every Thursday starting 21 August.

Drop in @ The Listening Point, Machynlleth

Thursday 21 August 2014

A new service being set up every Thursday by Aberystwyth Mind

Future Fit: Health Services for Powys delivered in Shropshire

Thursday 21 August 2014

Specialist health services for residents of north and mid Powys are often delivered in Shropshire. Find out more at this event.

Bipolar UK Brecon Support Group

Monday 25 August 2014

7 to 9 pm

Mid Powys Mind Summer Open Day - Rhayader

Tuesday 2 September 2014

All welcome to come along and find out more about Mid Powys Mind's activities and treatments.

Madlove - A Designer Asylum

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Design your own asylum with Madlove - a national ambitious project. This is a London date, but more are planned across the country in Autumn 2014.

Social Creative Writing Group

Thursday 4 September 2014

Llandrindod Wells 7 to 9 pm

Mindfulness in Crossgates - for everyone

Thursday 4 September 2014

A new course run by Mid Powys Mind throughout Autumn

Fundraising drive for Tea Cosy Memory Cafe, Brecon

Saturday 6 September 2014

Find out more about the new venture of Brecon Dementia Friendly Community

Brecon Mental Health Carers Group

Monday 8 September 2014

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

Ponthafren Association Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Ponthafren Centre, Newtown Starts at 12 noon

World Suicide Prevention Day 2014

Wednesday 10 September 2014

Suicide Prevention: One World Connected Suicide is a major public health problem. The psychological pain that leads each of these individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. ...

Person Centred Dementia training

Thursday 11 September 2014 to Friday 12 September 2014

A two day training session in Llandrindod Wells.

Anger management course

Monday 15 September 2014

A 3 week course with Mid Powys Mind in Llandrindod Wells

Alcohol Brief Intervention training

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Powys teaching Health Board session on offering support to people drinking hazardous and harmful amounts.

Powys Health Matters conference

Thursday 18 September 2014

A Powys teaching Health Board conference looking at future health service provision in the county, held in Llandrindod Wells.

Welshpool Bipolar Support group

Friday 19 September 2014

A new group open to anyone affectd by bipolar in Welshpool and surrounding areas.

Soteria Network AGM and Open Forum

Saturday 20 September 2014

The Soteria Network promotes the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic environments for people experiencing 'psychosis' or extreme states.

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

Creating narratives for the Recovery Movement: the Good, the True & the Beautiful

Friday 26 September 2014

9.00-Late Friday 26th September 2014 The Athena Centre, Queen Street, Leicester LE1 1QD

Bipolar UK Brecon Support Group

Monday 29 September 2014

7 to 9 pm

Social Creative Writing Group

Thursday 2 October 2014

Llandrindod Wells 7 to 9 pm

Measuring Up 2 conference

Thursday 2 October 2014

Bringing involvement together across Wales

Brecon Mental Health Carers Group

Monday 13 October 2014

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

How to manage stress and anxiety course

Monday 13 October 2014

A 3 week course run by Mid Powys Mind in Llandrindod Wells

Alcohol Brief Intervention training

Tuesday 14 October 2014

A Powys teaching Health Board session on offering support to people drinking hazardous and harmful amounts

Welshpool Bipolar Support group

Friday 17 October 2014

A new group open to anyone affected by bipolar in Welshpool and surrounding areas.

Creative Minds: Recovery and Beyond conference

Friday 17 October 2014

A Hearing Voices conference in Yorkshire.

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...

Social Creative Writing Group

Thursday 6 November 2014

Llandrindod Wells 7 to 9 pm

Brecon Mental Health Carers Group

Monday 10 November 2014

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

Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations Conference & AGM

Monday 10 November 2014

PAVO looks at future funding of the 3rd Sector in Powys.

Alcohol Brief Intervention training

Thursday 13 November 2014

Powys teaching Health Board session on offering support to people drinking hazardous and harmful amounts

Motiv8

Thursday 20 November 2014

A day of fun activities in North Wales designed to promote better physical health and emotional wellbeing.

Welshpool Bipolar Support group

Friday 21 November 2014

A new group open to anyone affected by bipolar in Welshpool and surrounding areas.

Social Creative Writing Group

Thursday 4 December 2014

Llandrindod Wells 7 to 9 pm

Brecon Mental Health Carers Group

Monday 8 December 2014

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

Welshpool Bipolar Support group

Friday 19 December 2014

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