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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@pavo.org.uk or call the team on 01686 628300 or 01597 822191.

All the latest participation opportunities below...

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.

Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty consultation

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) aim to protect people who lack mental capacity, but who need to be deprived of liberty so they can be given care and treatment in a hospital or care home. 

The DoLS have been criticised since they were introduced for being overly complex and excessively bureaucratic. The Law Society is running a consultation proposing that DoLS are replaced with a new system, to be called ‘Protective Care’. This system is not focused on authorising deprivations of liberty, but instead upon providing appropriate care and better outcomes for people who lack mental capacity and helping their family and carers. Closing date for responses: 2 November 2015. More here.

Apply to be a member of CSSIW's new regional forums

Participation Cymru is looking for people who use and have experience of care, childcare and social services - such as carers, parents, former professionals and members of the public - to apply to join CSSIW's regional forums.  These regional forums will bring the voice of citizens even more centrally into the work of CSSIW. They will help drive improvements in care, childcare and social services.  You can apply to be a member of the new regional forums here and further information on the forums can be found here.  Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 26th August, 2015.

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@hafal.org or on ring 07971 970 714​.​

Future Fit: collecting views on healthcare in Mid Wales from target groups

Future Fit is currently looking to collect the views of people from specific target groups (including mental health groups) to help understand how they use health services now and would like to use them in the future. Download a poster with further information.

Evaluation of patient experience of Independent Mental Health Advocacy Services (IMHA) across Wales

Merthyr and the Valleys Mind has been commissioned by Mind Cymru to undertake an evaluation of patient experience of Independent Mental Health Advocacy Services (IMHA) across Wales. The evaluation / survey contributes to the Welsh Government’s duty to review the implementation of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010. Mind Cymru is commissioned, as part of their Section 64 core funding grant, to carry out the survey in order to evaluate the effectiveness of Part 4 of the Measure.

You might be aware that an evaluation of Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) by inpatients on acute adult mental health wards took place last year, therefore, the current evaluation will seek the views of children and adolescents, forensic and older persons inpatients. 

Link to online survey here.

Welsh Review Mental Health Code of Practice

The Welsh Government is preparing to revise the Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983. You can read the current COP from 2008 here. Whilst the COP will not amend the Act, its status has the effect of significantly influencing the way in which the Act is applied.

Several pre-consultation events organised by the Welsh Government took place in January throughout Wales, alongside an online questionnaire. The actual consultation will take place between February - April 2015. Watch this space for further information.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Jane Cooke by emailing: jane.cooke@pavo.org.uk or tel: 01597 822191.

You can find out more about the whole process by reading about the Review which took place in England recently here.

Scope Extra Costs Commission Enquiry

The Extra Costs Commission is a year-long independent enquiry that will explore the extra costs faced by disabled people and families with disabled children in England and Wales. You can find out more about the enquiry and how to participate here.

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.

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 Jane Cooke by ringing 01597 822191 or emailing jane.cooke@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.

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

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.

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.

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latest news

£71,000 grant secures future of Pathways drop-in service

Monday 3 August 2015

This lottery funded project for people in the Dyfi Valley area experiencing mental distress is expanding its services.

events

Choose Day Group Welshpool - every Tuesday morning

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Tuesday mornings between 10.00-12.00 in the St Winifred's Catholic Church Parish rooms, Raven Street, Welshpool

Tea, Chat & Activities in Brecon (every Tuesday)

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Alzheimer's Society

What's On Your Plate?

Wednesday 5 August 2015

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

Family Anonymous Group

Tuesday 11 August 2015

Middletown, Welshpool

Dementia Supportive Communities

Wednesday 12 August 2015

Interested in making your community dementia friendly? Then come along to this event in Newport

Free Respite for Carers

Thursday 13 August 2015

Group sessions with trained counsellors in Knighton

What's On Your Plate?

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Ponthafren's Welshpool Outreach

Family Anonymous Group

Tuesday 25 August 2015

Middletown, Welshpool

Pub Quiz in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care

Wednesday 26 August 2015

Smithfield Bell, Welshpool

Free Respite for Carers

Thursday 27 August 2015

Group sessions with trained counsellors in Machynlleth

Alcohol Brief Intervention

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Training Course in Brecon

Understanding dementia: a Welsh perspective

Thursday 3 September 2015

An opportunity to find out more about current and developing dementia services across Wales.

Drugs & Alcohol Today London 2015

Thursday 3 September 2015

An event to investigate the impact of drugs and alcohol on mental health

Life Story Work Dementia Training

Thursday 3 September 2015

Brecon

Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

Friday 4 September 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Alzheimer's Society - Memory Walk

Sunday 6 September 2015

Tredegar

The Hayday Cafe

Monday 7 September 2015

The place for people with a dementia and those who look after them

Family Anonymous Group

Tuesday 8 September 2015

Middletown, Welshpool

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) Training

Thursday 10 September 2015

Llandrindod Wells (half day course)

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 15 September 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding) Legal Update

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Annual Refresher - Newtown

Adult Protection Awareness Course - New Staff

Thursday 17 September 2015

Llandrindod Wells

More Harm Than Good:Confronting the Psychiatric Medication Epidemic

Friday 18 September 2015

Conference in London

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Course

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Family Anonymous Group

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Middletown, Welshpool

Appropriate Adult Training

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Half day course in Newtown

Foraging in the Elan Valley

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Mid Powys Mind event

Life Story Work Dementia Training

Thursday 24 September 2015

Newtown

Adult Protection Financial Abuse Awareness Course

Thursday 24 September 2015

Brecon

Pilates Taster Session

Monday 28 September 2015

Brecon

Zumba Gold Taster Session

Monday 28 September 2015

Brecon

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Bushcraft in the Elan Valley

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Mid Powys Mind event

Children Who Self Harm

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Course in Brecon

The Hayday Cafe

Monday 5 October 2015

The place for people with a dementia and those who look after them

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Instant Calmer Course (half day)

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Mid Powys Mind

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Family Anonymous Group

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Middletown, Welshpool

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Course

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Brecon

Adult Protection Awareness Course - New Staff

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Newtown

Instant Calmer Course (half day)

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Mid Powys Mind

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Thursday 15 October 2015

Newtown

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Instant Calmer Course (half day)

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Mid Powys Mind

'Legal Highs' or New Psychoactive Substance (NPS)

Friday 23 October 2015

Course in Llandrindod Wells

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Family Anonymous Group

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Middletown, Welshpool

The Hayday Cafe

Monday 2 November 2015

The place for people with a dementia and those who look after them

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding) Legal Update

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Annual Refresher - Llandrindod Wells

Anger Management Course in Llandrindod Wells

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Mid Powys Mind

Naloxone & Overdose Awareness

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Course in Llandrindod Wells

Introduction to Safer Injecting and Needle Exchange

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Course in Llandrindod Wells

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Welshpool

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) Awareness

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Training in Brecon

Anger Management Course in Llandrindod Wells

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Mid Powys Mind

Mental Health First Aid (Children & Young People)

Monday 16 November 2015

Training Course in Llandrindod Wells (day 1)

Mental Health First Aid - Adults

Monday 16 November 2015

Training in Llandrindod Wells (day 1)

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health First Aid (Children & Young People)

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Course in Llandrindod Wells (day 2)

Powys Annual Tobacco Control Conference 2015

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health First Aid - Adults

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Training in Llandrindod Wells (day 2)

Substance Misuse in Older People

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Training Course in Newtown

Anger Management Course in Llandrindod Wells

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Mid Powys Mind

Alcohol Brief Intervention

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Training Course in Newtown

Substance Misuse Level 1 Training

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Mindfulness Course (Mid Powys Mind)

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells

Children Who Self Harm

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Course in Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health First Aid - Adults

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Training in Newtown (day 1)

Adult Protection Awareness Course - New Staff

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Brecon

Mental Health First Aid (2 day course)

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Knighton (Mid Powys Mind)

Mental Health First Aid - Adults

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Training in Newtown (day 2)

Outcomes Based Care Planning & Person Centred Active Support

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Training in Newtown

The Hayday Cafe

Monday 7 December 2015

The place for people with a dementia and those who look after them

Adult Protection Awareness Course - New Staff

Wednesday 9 December 2015

Llandrindod Wells

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) Awareness

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Training in Newtown

Eating Disorders

Wednesday 20 January 2016

Course in Welshpool

Alcohol Brief Intervention

Thursday 21 January 2016

Training Course in Brecon

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Course

Thursday 28 January 2016

Newtown

Mental Health First Aid - Adults

Thursday 28 January 2016

Training in Llandrindod Wells (day 1)

Mental Health First Aid - Adults

Friday 29 January 2016

Training in Llandrindod Wells (day 2)

Adult Protection Awareness Course - New Staff

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Welshpool

Substance Misuse Level 2 Training

Tuesday 9 February 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLS) Awareness

Thursday 3 March 2016

Training in Llandrindod Wells

'Legal Highs' or New Psychoactive Substance (NPS)

Friday 4 March 2016

Course in Brecon

Alcohol Brief Intervention

Thursday 10 March 2016

Training Course in Llandrindod Wells

Substance Misuse in Older People

Thursday 10 March 2016

Training Course in Llandrindod Wells

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Course

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Adult Protection Awareness Course - New Staff

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Brecon

Adult Protection Financial Abuse Awareness Course

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Thursday 17 March 2016

Llandrindod Wells

Adult Protection Awareness Course - New Staff

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Llandrindod Wells