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

All the latest participation opportunities below...

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. 

Carers Wales: Track the Act

When the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 came into force on 6 April 2016, it brought with it important new rights for carers in Wales. If you are a carer are these new rights making life better for you? You can complete a Carers Wales survey here.

Putting Things Right survey

This survey seeks to review the NHS leaflet which explains how to raise a concern or complaint about the NHS in Wales. Closing date for responses: 31 August 2016. English leaflet here. Welsh leaflet here. Complete the survey here.

Diversity in film & TV

Diverse Cymru has been commissioned by the Welsh Government's Creative Industries Sector team to deliver the diversity in film and TV project.

This survey will help Welsh Government to identify barriers to careers in the film and TV industries in Wales for people from diverse communities in Wales. Diverse Cymru will identify solutions and work with the film and TV industries to implement solutions to improve diversity. The organisation is looking at the experience of diverse communities, including those with "mental health impairment".

English survey individuals
English survey organisations

Welsh survey individuals
Welsh survey organisations

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.

Public Health Network Cymru seeks members for Advisory Board

Public Health Network Cymru is currently looking for members who are enthusiastic about the work of the Network to join the Board to advise on its direction and development and to provide advice and information on their area of expertise or interest.  
If you are interested or would like any further information please contact by  
Telephone: 029 2184 1943
Email: publichealth.network(at)wales.nhs.uk

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.

History of independent living project

SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) is planning a project on the oral history of independent living in the UK. "The funder we are looking at for this requires projects to have a strong input from volunteers so we are looking to recruit a pool of disabled people/service users to work as interviewers for the project."

"We will be providing full training in oral history interviewing and meeting all expenses and support costs. The project would be based in London but there is likely to be work all round the country.

We can’t be certain of getting the funding for the project but we need to see if we can get a group of volunteers together before we can go further with the bid."

Contact: copro(at)scie.org.uk

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

Get involved in developing an App for people who use self harm

Self Injury Support and Cardiff University are working to develop a mobile phone app for people who self harm and are looking for people to get involved. More here.

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.

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

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

Great visit on Mon to Ystradgynlais to meet up with MIND, members of carers group and Volunteer Bureau. Looking forward next meeting!

latest news

Revised Mental Health Code of Practice 1983 for Wales now available

19 July 2016

Find out more about the changes made to the Code of Practice which governs provision of mental health services in Wales.

events

Tea on Top of The Crug in the Brecon Beacons

Sunday 31 July 2016

A Friends of Brecon & District Mind event

18-25's Youth Group - Mid Powys Mind

Tuesday 2 August 2016

Comedy - tell a story

Police surgeries at Ponthafren 1ST WED of MONTH

Wednesday 3 August 2016

An opportunity to meet up with a member of your local policing team in Newtown

Telling your Story

Wednesday 3 August 2016

Digital story telling at Mid Powys Mind

Dementia Support Group in Llandrindod Wells

Thursday 4 August 2016

An opportunity to meet your local Community Police Officer

Come and Dance with Powys Dance

Friday 12 August 2016

Knighton Community Centre

CAB Money Advice Service

Monday 15 August 2016

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) Training

Wednesday 24 August 2016

Skills building 2 day workshop

18-25's Youth Group - Mid Powys Mind

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Creative Writing

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee Meeting - Ystradgynlais

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Powys Community Health Council

Mental Health & Human Rights for the Third Sector

Thursday 1 September 2016

A learning event from the British Institute of Human Rights in Birmingham

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) training

Thursday 8 September 2016

A free training session in Brecon

Mental Health Capacity and Best Interest training

Friday 9 September 2016

A one day course in Brecon

Trusty Trustee Roadshow

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Come and Dance with Powys Dance

Friday 16 September 2016

Knighton Community Centre

Saving lives: Understanding the links between alcohol and suicide

Thursday 22 September 2016

An Alcohol Concern Cymru conference in Swansea

First Powys Dementia Network/Forum Meeting

Monday 26 September 2016

Knighton

Bipolar Training Course in Brecon

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Bipolar Education Programme Cymru - 10 week course

Executive Committee Meeting - Powys Community Health Council

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Peerfest 2016 - Shoreditch, London

Thursday 13 October 2016

An annual celebration of peer support practice in England & Wales

Come and Dance with Powys Dance

Friday 14 October 2016

Knighton Community Centre

Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Training (Newtown)

Monday 17 October 2016

A course to help you understand the recent changes to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Powys Community Health Council

Tackling Ageism Training & Awareness Raising Session

Wednesday 2 November 2016

A free workshop in Builth Wells from the Older People's Commissioner for Wales

Come and Dance with Powys Dance

Friday 18 November 2016

Knighton Community Centre

Executive Committee Meeting - Powys Community Health Council

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Llandrindod Wells

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) training

Monday 5 December 2016

A free training session in Llandrindod Wells

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) training

Monday 6 March 2017

A free training session in Newtown

Asylum: Action and Reaction conference

Wednesday 28 June 2017

A conference in Manchester to celebrate 30 years of Asylum magazine
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