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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 owen.griffkin(at)pavo.org.uk or call the team on  01597 822191.

All the latest participation opportunities below...

Consultation on tackling loneliness and isolation in Wales

The Welsh Government would like to know your views on what they should do to tackle loneliness and isolation in Wales. More here including link to survey. The closing date for submitting comments is 15 January 2019.

Mentoring initiative for ethnic minority people to impact decisions that affect their communities

As part of the All Wales BAME (Black, Asian and ethnic minority) Engagement Programme, EYST(Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team) Wales is offering a scheme for ethnic minority/BAME people to develop political skills and increase their impact on public life. The scheme, which will run from February to July 2019, will include:

1-1 mentoring with highly influential people, Bespoke training sessions at Welsh Government locations, A trip to UK Houses of Parliament, Optional opportunity to help organise or contribute to EYST’s annual conference observing the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

To apply please complete this survey by 15 December:  


Celf Able survey

The Powys-based arts charity Celf Able would like to know what you think about inclusive arts provision in North Powys (Montgomeryshire). Survey here.

A pledge to all young people and children in Powys

Powys County Council (PCC) & Powys Teaching Health Board (PTHB) have agreed to create a ‘Children’s Pledge’ specifically looking at how services provided for children and young people should work. This will help us become a more informed Children’s Rights Respecting County and ensure that decisions don’t negatively impact on the youngest members of our society. Survey here. 

Research into Disabled People, Work and Small/Medium Size Enterprise (SMEs) 20 people & 20 SMEs needed

Cara Williams, a PhD student at Lancaster University is conducting research into disabled people's experience of working for small and medium size organisations (SMEs), and the SME experience of employing disabled people in their workplace.

She is looking to recruit twenty disabled people and twenty small and medium size organisations to take part in interviews.

If you are interested, you can read Cara's blog to know more about this research here https://disabledpeopleworksmes.wordpress.com/, contact her by email c.williams10(at)lancaster.ac.uk, or find her on Twitter @Cara_J_Williams

Survey: The impact of suicide in the UK

Have you been affected by suicide? Are you a suicide survivor? The Centre for Mental Health and Safety at the University of Manchester is conducting research on the impact of suicide on people. Researchers are working with the Support after Suicide Partnership, a growing alliance of national organisations offering support to those bereaved or affected by suicide. Online survey here.

Mental Health Services in Powys survey

The volunteer individual reps who sit on the Powys Mental Health Planning and Development Partnership are looking for people who access mental health services in Powys to complete a short, anonymous survey. The results of the survey will be vital in ensuring that user voice is heard by the decision makers. The reps have all accessed mental health services in Powys, or care for someone who has, and their views are vital to improving these service. By filling in the questionnaire they will have more of an idea of other people's experiences and provide a fuller picture of issues across the county.

The survey is easy to fill in online and is totally anonymous. You can access it here.

There is also a paper version if you have issues accessing the online version. To request a paper version please contact the Powys Mental Health Team 01686 628300 or 01597 822191 or email us mentalhealth(at)pavo.org.uk. The survey is also available in Welsh.

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.

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.

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.

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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