Help and Support Available

You can access information about getting help from mental health services in Powys here. 

You can access information about how to get help urgently here.

You can search for Voluntary Sector services on Powys Info-Engine, you can access this here.

You can access information about workplace support here.

You can access, download and print a news sheet about Powys Mental Health Voluntary Organisations that was created in Dec 2013 here.

You can access, download and print a news sheet about family and friends support from Voluntary Organisations that was created in Dec 2013 here.

You can access, download and print a news sheet about money advice and support from Voluntary Organisations that was created in Dec 2013 here.

Other PAVO* Networks providing information

PAVO Health and Social Care Network
This network provides a means for voluntary sector organisations and community groups to be better informed and play a more active role in the decision making processes around Health and Social Care in Powys. 

It publishes regular health and social care updates about activities, events and issues across Powys.

PAVO Children & Families Network
This network connects third sector organisations with each other, makes links with strategic planning and processes of Children & Young People's Partnership.

It publishes regular updates about activities, events and issues related to children, young people and families across Powys.

*Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations

Powys Mental Health Voluntary Organisations

Montgomeryshire

Ponthafren Association
A member led mental health charity for people who experience mental health issues, those who are socially isolated or excluded, or those who may just wish to make new friends or gain new skills. The Association offers a person centred approach to recovery. Activities are provided in response to requests from the membership and can vary from taster sessions in Life Skills, such as for example Anger Management, Confidence Building & Communication Skills, to more artistic classes, art classes, pottery, craft & Drypoint Print Making.  They also provide access to person centred counselling.  Find out more abut their services (Newtown, Welshpool and Llanidloes) and activities at www.ponthafren.org.uk.

  • Newtown:  Ponthafren Centre, Longbridge Street, Newtown, Powys SY16 2DY.  e-mail admin(at)ponthafren.org.uk or call them on 01686 621 586
  • Welshpool Outreach Centre address:  42 Broad Street, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7RR Call the on 01938 552 770 or email welshpool.outreach@virginmedia.com 
  • Rekindle Small Steps Project works with younger people aged 16 to 25 to offer early intervention for those at risk of mental health problems or those already suffering mental distress such as depression, anxiety or who are self-harming. www.rekindle.org.uk. Newtown:  11 - 12 Market Street, Newtown, Powys SY16 2PQ.  email help(at)rekindle.org.uk or call them on 01686 722222.

Mind Aberystwyth (formerly named US Mach)provide a service in Machynlleth promoting good mental health and well-being. The service will be called Bro Ddyfi Mind and will serve residents of the Ddyfi Valley. You can contact them on 01970 626225.

CAMAD Pathways Project (Machynlleth) is a drop-in service for anyone living with mental health issues - from generalized depressive conditions to anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders to addictions.  Running on Mondays and Thursdays between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm. There is a small comfortable lounge area and communal kitchen where there is freedom to talk openly about the things that matter to you. Soft music plays, there's always tea and biscuits and in the kitchen informal activities including art and music.  A link to their website can be found here or you can contact them by phone 01654 700071 or email here

Radnorshire

Mid Powys Mind
Mid Powys Mind is a local charity, running services in Radnorshire and North Brecknock that offers advice and support to those who may have mental distress, their carers and their families. Runs outreach services in Builth Wells, Knighton, Rhayader,and Presteigne.  Offers counselling, self-help, activities, health and well being services.  They also run an Arts Café in the town centre. 

You can find out more about the One-to-One Recovery Support Service here.

Telephone Mid Powys Mind on 01597 824 411 or 01597 824 916 or e-mail info(at)midpowysmind.org.uk.  You can find out more about Mid Powys Mind at http://www.midpowysmind.org.uk/.  Crescent Chambers, South Crescent, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5DH.

The Rethink Borders group - for carers' of people with severe mental illness diagnosis.  Meets monthly, usually on the 1st Monday of the month at 2.30, usually in Llandrindod Wells. We vary both the meeting place and the time / date depending on who is coming. This cuts down on the distances and costs. We are a self help group for carers who share ideas and expertise and support each other. 

Kate van den Ende 01544 267227 katevandenende(at)btinternet.com.
Ruth Rayner 01547 529988 presteigne(at)btinternet.com

Brecknockshire

Brecon and District Mind
Supports people in the community affected by mental illness and distress.  We welcome anyone during ‘open door’ sessions or by appointment. We offer a wide range of healthy activities, courses and workshops designed to support and empower people experiencing mental distress to move towards recovery. Outreach services in Talgarth, Hay-on-Wye, Crickhowell.
http://www.breconmind.org.uk/ 
St David's House, 48 Free Street, Brecon, Powys LD3 7BP.
Tel:  01874 611529 
Email: info(at)breconmind.org.uk.

Ystradgynlais Mind
Ystradgynlais Mind works to improve the life of people affected by mental distress - this includes the people themselves, as well as carers, family, friends and supporters - based on the 'Wellbeing' framework.
www.minditv.org.uk
18 Heol Eglwys, Ystradgynlais, Swansea SA9 1EY
Tel: 01639 841 345
E-mail: info(at)minditv.org.uk

Take pART
Take pART is the Community Art Workshop for people living in the town of Brecon and its surrounding area.
Unit 28, Ffrwdgrech Industrial, Brecon, LD3 8LA
E-mail: info(at)takepart.plus.com
Pat Cook 07970 042 493
Dee Perkins 01874 711 544

Powys wide

Powys Mental Health Information Service
The service is there help you try and find the information you need. For example:

  • mental health services in your area
  • events, training and courses
  • voluntary sector opportunities and support
  • local and national mental health news
  • ... These are just examples, we will try to get you the information you need and if we don't know then we will do our best to find out.

You can find out more about this service here. Or call us on 01686 628 300 or email on mentalhealth(at)pavo.org.uk

Powys Patients' Council
Advocates on behalf of patients on psychiatric wards. It does not take up personal advocacy. The council is an open forum for patients to discuss issues that concern them about their stay in hospital and their aftercare. Call Jane Cooke on 01597 822191 or email: jane.cooke(at)pavo.org.uk

Powys Independent Mental Heath Advocacy Service
Advocacy in Powys provides a free, confidential and independent advocacy service for people with mental health difficulties. It will help you to make sure that your voice is heard in whatever context is appropriate for you, offering support at informal or formal meetings, hearings, assessments, and reviews. Advocates are also trained as Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) to support people who lack the capacity to make certain decisions, according to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

North Powys
Lynda Evans
Fan Gorau
Montgomery County Infirmary
Newtown SY16 LD2
tel: 07736 120 924

South Powys
Kirstie Morgan
Room 36
Neuadd Brycheiniog
Cambrian Way
Brecon
Powys
LD3 7HR
Tel: 01874 615996
Mobile: 07967 808 145

Read an article about the Powys mental health advocates.

You can download a British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) guide to Mental Health Advocacy & Human Rights here.

Independent advocacy for older people - Age Cymru in Powys
This is a Powys-wide service for people aged 60+ who need help or assistance. Age Cymru can arrange to visit you in your own home, hospital or care/residential home. It is a free and confidential service.
Tel: 01982 551918
Email: advocacy(at)acpowys.org.uk

Credu - Connecting Carers (previously Powys Carers)
Provides services to carers of all ages throughout the County. Provides feedback to health & social services Carers' views and suggestions of the Services Carers need and want to help them to continue to care for their loved ones and as individuals. Outreach support throughout county includes Brecon Mental Health Carers Support Group.
Marlow, South Crescent, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DL
Tel: 01597 823800
Email: info(at)credu.cymru

Gwalia Care & Support
Provide advice and support for mental health and housing needs in partnership with Mid Wales Housing Association Ltd. Self referral or by keyworkers at Community Mental Health Teams and other agencies.
Lantfield, Lant Avenue, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5EL
Tel: 01597 829 373
email: bethan.collier(at)gwalia.com

Radnorshire Healthy Friendships
Aim to support people who experience mental health distress live happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives. New members and volunteers are welcome. Now covers Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire.
Tel: 01686 626221
Email: info(at)radnorshirehealthyfriendships.org
18 Broad Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NA.

Cyfle Cymru Out of Work Service (OoWS)
This Peer Mentoring project, provided by Kaleidoscope alongside Hafal and Remploy Cymru, is funded through the European Social Fund, and sponsored by the Welsh Government with initial funding granted until 2018. Participation on the project is voluntary and referred clients may leave the programme at any time with no sanctions or penalties.

Download project flyer.

It is an employment focused project aimed at supporting participants who experience either substance misuse or mental health issues, and who are currently either long term unemployed or economically inactive.

Peer Mentors:
North Powys - Glynis Luke, 01686 610422 / 07789 488 554
Email: glynis.luke@powysoows.com and
Paulina Tyslewicz, email paulina.tyslewicz(at)kaleidoscopeproject.org.uk
South Powys - Kevin Etheridge, email: kevin.etheridge(at)kaleidoscopeproject.org.uk

Kaleidoscope Cais
Substance misuse services for adults and young people in Powys.
There are offices in Welshpool, Newtown, Llandrindod Wells and Brecon, more info here.
Tel: 01686 207111, Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm.
Tel: 0808 808 2234 outside of these hours.

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Bipolar Support Group

Monday 27 November 2017

Brecon & District Mind

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Llanfair Caereinion

Executive Committee

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Managing Depression Course

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Mid Powys Mind

PAVO AGM & Conference 2017

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Cefn Lea Conference Centre, Newtown

Carers Support Group (last Wednesday every month)

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Brecon & District Mind

Christmas Shopping Trip to Chester

Thursday 30 November 2017

Ponthafren, Welshpool

'The Good Old Days' Performance

Saturday 2 December 2017

Clyro

ACTivate Your Life Classes - Mondays

Monday 4 December 2017

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Newtown

Yoga (every Tuesday)

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Newtown

SURE for Mental Health Training (2 days)

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Brecon

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Machynlleth

Cuppa with a Copper (1st Wed of the month)

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Dyfed-Powys Police Surgery, Ponthafren

Memory Cafe (every Thursday)

Thursday 7 December 2017

Mid Powys Mind

ACTivate Your Life Classes - Mondays

Monday 11 December 2017

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Llanfair Caereinion

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Newtown

Full Council Meeting

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Powys Community Health Council

Hearing Voices Peer Support Group (2nd & 4th Thursday)

Thursday 14 December 2017

Mid Powys Mind

Music Group

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Dementia Friendly Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Newtown

Singing Group

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Dementia Friendly Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Machynlleth

Celf-Able AGM

Tuesday 9 January 2018

Newtown

Adult Autism (ASD) Training

Monday 22 January 2018

Newtown

Mental Capacity Act & Best Interest Training

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Newtown

Montgomeryshire Local Committee

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Powys Community Health Council

The Bird Company – ‘Barriers’

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Celf-Able, Newtown

Celf-Able Art Group

Tuesday 30 January 2018

Newtown

Challenging Behaviour in Dementia Training

Tuesday 6 February 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Community Workers Meetings (Montgomeryshire)

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Credu (formerly Powys Carers)

SURE for Mental Health Training (2 days)

Thursday 8 February 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Radnorshire & Brecknock Local Committee

Thursday 8 February 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Depression Busting Course (2 days)

Monday 26 February 2018

Newtown

Adult Autism (ASD) Training

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Brecon

Executive Committee

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Disability Awareness Training

Thursday 8 March 2018

Newtown

Dementia Awareness Training

Thursday 8 March 2018

Llandrindod Wells

Full Council Meeting

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Powys Community Health Council

Drug Use Screening Tool (DUST) Training

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Brecon

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Awareness Training

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Llandrindod Wells

ACTivate Your Life Classes - Tuesdays (4 weeks)

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Powys Teaching Health Board, Brecon

Community Workers Meetings (Montgomeryshire)

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Credu (formerly Powys Carers)
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