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...

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.

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.

An engagement session will take place on Friday, 3rd October at Unit 30, Ddole Road Enterprise Park, Llandrindod Wells from 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 midday for people who are interested in giving their views on the Care Council for Wales' revised Code of Conduct for social care workers.  For more information on this session please click 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

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.

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.

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

Ponthafren Association seeks new trustees

Friday 19 September 2014

Are you interested in becoming a trustee for a mental health charity in North Powys? Find out more about the specific roles they are hoping to fill.

events

Have your say on the Future of your Healthcare

Monday 22 September 2014

Join our September NHS Future Fit workshop in Newtown

Mental Health First Aid Training - (2 day course)

Monday 22 September 2014

Diverse Cymru Training

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

'Cut to the Core' - Living with Loss

Thursday 25 September 2014

Brecon and District Mind Event

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

Mindfulness Autumn course in Welshpool - find out more

Friday 26 September 2014

Would you like to live more mindfully? This is a short session to find out more about the Mindfulness course which runs through Autumn 2014.

Light the Lamp & Beat the Blues

Monday 29 September 2014

A chance to talk with others about coping with low mood in the winter months.

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

Care Council for Wales

Friday 3 October 2014

Engagement Session with Participation Cymru

Mental Health First Aid Training (2 day course)

Friday 3 October 2014

Diverse Cymru Training

Annual Health & Social Care Network Event

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells

World Mental Health Day: Coffee Morning - Brecon

Friday 10 October 2014

Brecon & District Mind Event

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

Art Fair with Artwork by Friends & Members

Thursday 16 October 2014

Brecon & District Mind Event

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.

Art Fair with Artwork By Friends & Members

Friday 17 October 2014

Exhibition - Brecon & District Mind Event

Dementia Friends Session

Saturday 18 October 2014

Brecon Dementia Friendly Group

Art Fair with Artwork by Friends & Members

Saturday 18 October 2014

Exhibition - Brecon & District Mind Event

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...

Human Rights Tour 2014 - Shrewsbury

Wednesday 22 October 2014

British Institute of Human Rights

Youth Mental Health Awareness (1 day course)

Friday 24 October 2014

Diverse Cymru Training

Psychological Approaches to Advancing Compassionate Healthcare Delivery in Wales

Tuesday 4 November 2014

British Psychological Society and Division of Clinical Psychology Wales event in Cardiff

Bonfire & BBQ

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

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.

All Wales Mindfulness Practitioner Conference

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Bringing Mindfulness Practitioners, Teachers & Trainers working across Wales together

Dementia Friends Session

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Brecon Dementia Friendly Group

Alcohol Brief Intervention training

Thursday 13 November 2014

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

Autumn Fair - Brecon

Saturday 15 November 2014

Brecon & District Mind Event

Dementia Friends Session

Saturday 15 November 2014

Brecon Dementia Friendly Group

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.

Introduction to Mental Health Awareness (half day course)

Monday 24 November 2014

Diverse Cymru Training

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

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?

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

Welshpool Bipolar Support group

Friday 19 December 2014

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

Youth Mental Health Awareness (1 day course)

Friday 9 January 2015

Diverse Cymru Training

Mental Health First Aid Training (2 day course)

Monday 26 January 2015

Diverse Cymru Training

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

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Brecon & District Mind Event

Youth Mental Health Awareness (1 day course)

Friday 27 February 2015

Diverse Cymru Training

Introduction to Mental Health Awareness (half day course)

Monday 16 March 2015

Diverse Cymru Training

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