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...

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee - Consultation

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee (National Assembly for Wales) has agreed to undertake an inquiry into loneliness and isolation.  To take part please click on the link here

The closing date for responses is 10 March 2017.

Welsh Ambulance Service mental health survey

The Welsh Ambulance Service has visited many community groups supporting individuals with mental health and wellbeing concerns as well as their carers, so a survey has been developed to gather more information about what is important to these groups to enable WAST to improve its services. The survey is available here.

Work, health and disability consultation

A consultation being carried out by the Department of Health of the UK Government. "Many disabled people and people with long-term health conditions already work and many more want access to the benefits that work can bring. We want to understand how to improve the system to make this possible". Closing date: 17 February 2017. More here.

Health Boards want to hear your views

Health boards across Wales want to hear your views on what is important to you. 
Across Wales each year, hundreds of thousands of patients are provided with advice, reassurance, treatment and health monitoring by NHS Wales. 

Many of these will include a visit to a hospital, to have tests or to see a clinician who is part of a specialist team, these are often referred to outpatient appointments. Many patients will not need any further visits for specialist clinical care after their first outpatient visit. 

People working in outpatients believe that there are opportunities in all the issues outlined above, but they want to hear what you think about the ideas. 
To help them do this, please could you provide them with your views by completing a short survey.  Please respond by 30th December 2016.

Outpatients - Listening to You
Have Your Say Survey

Diverse Cymru Housing Survey

Diverse Cymru regularly respond to consultations from the UK and Welsh Governments, local councils, and Local Health Boards.

Recently there has been a focus on housing. This includes:

  • Affordable (social) housing
  • Housing options to meet the needs of an ageing population
  • Housing for disabled people
  • How welfare reform has affected different people

Diverse Cymru is committed to gathering the views of diverse communities in Wales and would be grateful if you could fill in the questionnaire below to help with their response -

Housing Survey (English)

Housing Survey (Welsh)

Please email the survey to ele.hicks@diverse.cymru or post it to:
Ele Hicks, Diverse Cymru, 307-315 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF5 1JD

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.

Research opportunity: Nottingham & Glasgow Universities

Anonymous online study of self-harm, suicide and emotion.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham and the University of Glasgow are seeking adults to participate in a study aimed at understanding people’s emotional experiences and responses to difficult situations. This includes understanding thoughts and feelings people may have that are related to self-harm. There is some cross-over between the two studies we are running, but you are welcome to take part in both or just one.
 
The study involves completing an online questionnaire and anyone aged over 16 years is able to take part, regardless of country of residency. Participation will take around 20-25 minutes. 

You can take part here

For more information please email 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. 

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.

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.

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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events

Stand up! For emotional health and wellbeing meeting

Thursday 19 January 2017

Come along and talk to people who provide mental health services in your area and discuss the way care is provided in Powys.

Wales Dementia Strategy Consultation (2nd stage - Newtown)

Thursday 19 January 2017

Alzheimer's Society Wales and DEEP (the UK network of Dementia Voices)

New Year, New Me - Health & Wellbeing Event

Friday 20 January 2017

Llandrindod Wells

THRIVE - Recovery & Self Management

Monday 23 January 2017

Mid Powys Mind Course (5 weeks)

Montgomeryshire Local Committee Meeting

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Celf-Able - Art, Opportunity, Inclusion

Tuesday 24 January 2017

New art group and network by and for disabled artists in Powys (Llandrindod Wells)

Calling all Voluntary Organisations in and around Brecon

Wednesday 25 January 2017

3 PAVO Events at the Bowling Club

Embracing Individuality

Thursday 26 January 2017

A group for adults on the autistic spectrum or those who think they might be (Rhayader)

LGBTQ+

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Peer Support & Advice in a no-pressure Support Group (Llandrindod Wells)

Positive Behaviour Management Course

Wednesday 1 February 2017

Brecon - 3 days

CBT Skills

Wednesday 1 February 2017

Mid Powys Mind Course

Complementary Therapies

Wednesday 1 February 2017

Brecon & District Mind

Brecon Social Club - Every Wednesday

Wednesday 1 February 2017

Dementia Friendly Event

Mindfulness Sessions - every Thursday

Thursday 2 February 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Regional Participation Network Event (Participation Cymru)

Thursday 2 February 2017

Machynlleth

Lunch - Builth Outreach Group

Thursday 2 February 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Knit & Knatter - Every Thursday

Thursday 2 February 2017

The Library, Brecon

Lunch Club in Machynlleth

Friday 3 February 2017

Mind Aberystwyth

Knighton Community Group - Activities - Every Friday

Friday 3 February 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Brecon Walking Group - Every Friday

Friday 3 February 2017

A dementia friendly event

Wellbeing Days - Every Monday

Monday 6 February 2017

Brecon & District Mind

Youth Group - every Tuesday

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Mid Powys Mind

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) Legal Update

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Annual Refresher Training in Llandrindod Wells

Tai Chi - Every Wednesday (10 weeks)

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Llandrindod Wells

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee Meeting

Thursday 9 February 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Confidence Building Session

Thursday 9 February 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Level 2 Training Course in Practical Conservation (3 months)

Thursday 9 February 2017

Elan Links, Rhayader

Builth Outreach Group - Activities - Every Thursday

Thursday 9 February 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Embracing Individuality

Friday 10 February 2017

A group for adults on the autistic spectrum or those who think they might be (Llandrindod Wells)

In the Absence of Silence

Friday 10 February 2017

Powerful drama, created by survivors of domestic abuse, taking place in Ystradgynlais

Mental Health First Aid Course

Saturday 11 February 2017

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Positive Behaviour Management Course

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Welshpool - 3 days

Assertiveness Training

Thursday 16 February 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Adult Protection Awareness Training

Thursday 16 February 2017

Brecon

Mental Health First Aid Course

Saturday 18 February 2017

Cwm-Ni Iach - Healthy Company, Neath

Appropriate Adult Training

Monday 20 February 2017

Brecon

Mental Health First Aid (2 days)

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Howey Village Hall, Llandrindod Wells

Embracing Individuality

Thursday 23 February 2017

A group for adults on the autistic spectrum or those who think they might be (Rhayader)

The Many Faces of Dementia

Monday 27 February 2017

FREE online course

Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Powys Community Health Council (Llandrindod Wells)

Celf-Able - Art, Opportunity, Inclusion

Tuesday 28 February 2017

A new art group and network by and for disabled artist in Powys (Newtown)

LGBTQ+

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Peer Support & Advice in a no-pressure Support Group (Llandrindod Wells)

Stress & Anxiety Management Course (3 weeks)

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Knit & Knatter - Every Thursday

Thursday 2 March 2017

The Library, Brecon

Research in Wales Conference (Cardiff)

Thursday 2 March 2017

Public Health Wales - Research Collaborations:Working Together in Wales

Brecon Walking Group - Every Friday

Friday 3 March 2017

A dementia friendly event

DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) training

Monday 6 March 2017

A free training session in Newtown

Build Resilience Skills

Thursday 9 March 2017

Training Session at Ponthafren, Newtown

Embracing Individuality

Friday 10 March 2017

A group for adults on the autistic spectrum or those who think they might be (Llandrindod Wells)

Full Council Meeting - Powys Community Health Council

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Llandrindod Wells

Emotional Wellbeing Session

Thursday 16 March 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Positive Behaviour Management - Refresher Course

Thursday 16 March 2017

Welshpool

Don't Dis-Me

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Training day looking at disability issues and how the arts can be used to empower individuals and communities (Newtown)

Brain Training

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Conflict Resolution Session

Thursday 23 March 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Don't Dis-Me

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Training day looking at disability issues and how the arts can be used to empower individuals and communities (Llandrindod Wells)

Dementia Network Meeting

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Brecon

Anger Management Course

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Embracing Individuality

Thursday 30 March 2017

A group for adults on the autistic spectrum or those who think they might be (Rhayader)

Anger Management Session

Thursday 30 March 2017

Ponthafren, Newtown

Building Self Worth - 3 week course

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

THRIVE - For Staff & Volunteers - 3 week course

Monday 8 May 2017

Mid Powys Mind, LLandrindod Wells

Mental Health Today Wales 2017

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Conference & Exhibition in Cardiff

Stress & Anxiety Management - 3 week course

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Mid Powys Mind, Llandrindod Wells

Storytelling for Health Conference (2 days)

Friday 16 June 2017

Arts in Health, Wales

Asylum: Action and Reaction conference

Wednesday 28 June 2017

A conference in Manchester to celebrate 30 years of Asylum magazine

Mental Health Awareness Course

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Mid Powys Mind
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