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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...

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@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@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@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@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

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Active Monitoring Practitioner vacancy

Thursday 26 May 2016

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events

Children's Mental Health & Wellbeing Event

Monday 30 May 2016

A Hay Literary Festival event with Wye Valley Mediation

Conflict resolution

Thursday 2 June 2016

A Ponthafren Association workshop in Welshpool.

Recovery & Thrive course

Monday 6 June 2016

A new 4 week course at Mid Powys Mind

Brecon Singing for Life - EVERY MON

Monday 6 June 2016

A dementia friendly event

Mental Health First Aid training

Monday 6 June 2016

A 2 day course in Newtown

Mental Health First Aid course

Tuesday 7 June 2016 to Wednesday 8 June 2016

A 2 day course in Brecon

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Training)

Tuesday 7 June 2016 to Wednesday 8 June 2016

A 2 day course in Llandrindod Wells

Tea, chat & activities in Brecon - EVERY TUES

Tuesday 7 June 2016

A dementia friendly event

NSUN National gathering and Shaping our Lives launch event

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Network for Mental Health event in Birmingham

Belonging - a Re-Live Theatre play about dementia

Wednesday 8 June 2016

An inspiring theatre production about living with dementia - in Brecon

Dols (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding) Awareness

Thursday 9 June 2016

A free training session in Welshpool

Confidence building

Thursday 9 June 2016

A wellness workshop with Ponthafren Association in Welshpool

Mental Health First Aid training

Saturday 11 June 2016 to Sunday 12 June 2016

A 2 day course in Llandrindod Wells

Emotional wellbeing

Thursday 16 June 2016

A workshop with Ponthafren Association in Welshpool

Assertiveness workshop

Thursday 23 June 2016

A wellness workshop with Ponthafren Association in Welshpool

Ponthafren Welshpool Open Day

Saturday 25 June 2016

A fun day to find out more about Ponthafren in Welshpool, all welcome

Anger management course

Thursday 30 June 2016

A wellness workshop with Ponthafren Association in Welshpool

Brain training

Wednesday 6 July 2016

A one day course at Mid Powys Mind

Resilience course

Thursday 7 July 2016

A wellness workshop with Ponthafren Association in Welshpool

ACTivate your Life 4 week course

Monday 11 July 2016

4 weekly sessions in South Powys to Get wise to your mind

Mental Capacity Act and Best Interest training

Wednesday 13 July 2016

A one day course in Llandrindod Wells

All Wales Participation Network

Thursday 14 July 2016

A free Participation Cymru event in Llandrindod Wells

Mental Health First Aid training

Thursday 14 July 2016 to Friday 15 July 2016

A 2 day course in Newtown

Mental Health First Aid training

Monday 18 July 2016 to Tuesday 19 July 2016

A 2 day course in Welshpool

Tea on Top of The Crug in the Brecon Beacons

Sunday 31 July 2016

A Friends of Brecon & District Mind event

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) Training

Wednesday 24 August 2016

Skills building 2 day workshop

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

Saving lives: Understanding the links between alcohol and suicide

Thursday 22 September 2016

An Alcohol Concern Cymru conference in Swansea

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