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 an 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.
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Powys Carers Service has seen the number of Registered Young Carers increase by more than 30% over the last year and we have reached a critical point in our growth as a service. This means that we cannot keep opening our doors to new Young People at the same rate as we have seen over the last few years. With this in mind we have decided to review the status of ‘Young Carer’ and the services that we offer. This Review will take place from January until the end of March and we will be giving you opportunities to feed in your thoughts and ideas to this process. More information here.
Building Research Partnerships: Getting Involved & Influencing Research. Thursday 27th March 2014. Cardiff City Stadium. More here.
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.
Alzheimer's Society in Wales is calling for carers, former carers or people with dementia to support the charity as Research Network volunteers. The call follows the G8 dementia summit last month when Alzheimer's Society Chief Executive, Jeremy Hughes, pledged to spend at least £100 million on dementia research in the next decade. You can find out more here.
Bristol Crisis Service for Women has been funded to re-establish a national helpline for women who are affected by self injury and self harm but before they start work they want to hear your views. More here.
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
Welsh Government are looking to involve people from across Wales with their work on the approval of clinicians who can act as mental health professionals for the purposes of the Mental Health Act 1983. Interested in finding out more? Contact Freda.Lacey@pavo.org.uk or call 01597 822 191.
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.
Mass movement for change - Join the Young Minds campaign! YoungMinds' biggest online survey has launched! Make your voice heard. Get involved and win weekly prizes. More here.
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 – what is happening here. Want to find out more or get involved contact Freda.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01597 822 191 and ask for Freda.
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.
Passionate about mental health and later life? Got something to say about dementia or growing older? The Mental Health Foundation want to hear what you have to say. They are setting up an online panel of people passionate to help steer their work. More here.
Mind Cymru is looking for people to become trainers in MHFA (Wales) and would like to hear from anyone interested. Find out more here.
Leading by Experience. People with experience of mental health problems are at the heart of the movement to end mental health stigma and discrimination in Wales. Find out how you can get involved. www.timetochangewales.org.uk
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.
Mark Smith, from South Wales, is looking for help from people across Wales who have also had contact with mental health services. He is exploring a new business idea that will promote the role of art and creativity in improving mental health. More here.
The charity Siawns Teg (Fair Chance) is the lead partner in a European Union funded project that is developing a social enterprise business start-up course specifically for people who need an informal approach to learning. The charity is looking for young people (16 - 25) to shape the course(s), be trained to deliver, and motivate interest in the products. This is a 2 year project during which time the courses will gain accreditation with Coleg Harlech and Coleg Powys taking part. There will be opportunities for participants to be Steering Group members in an environment that recognises the support needs of people who learn in different ways. Visits to other countries involved in the project are available for interested participants. The bottom line is that the courses need the active involvement of those who will benefit, so that the products are relevant and valuable. There is an invitation for people in contact with mental health services to participate in this opportunity.
Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO) support citizens, groups and organisations to become involved in shaping our services across Powys in a number of ways, from facilitating your voice to be heard to promoting opportunities for you to directly participate in strategic meetings. You can download our leaflet in Welsh an English here.
Powys Carers Service has seen the number of Registered Young Carers increase by more than 30% over the last year. Find out more about how you can engage in the review of this service.