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Powys Mental Health Information and Participation Team

Staff working in the Powys Mental Health Information & Participation Team are employed and supported by Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations (PAVO). PAVO is a Mindful Employer.

Left to right: Freda Lacey (Senior Officer Health & Wellbeing team), Owen Griffkin (Participation Officer), Jackie Newey (Information Officer), Sue Newham (Engagement Officer).

Freda Lacey - Senior Officer Health & Wellbeing team

Freda Lacey - Senior Officer Health & Wellbeing team

Freda took up the mantle of leading the Mental Health team in June 2018. She has managed the Health and Social Care team since 2015. Freda has had a variety of roles since joining PAVO, including evaluation of the DIY Futures Project, Mental Health Participation Officer, initially developing and managing the Community Connector service, and latterly assuming leadership of the newly amalgamated Health and Wellbeing team, which now includes mental health. Freda is passionate about our work and believes we can transform the way we support people to truly make a difference, helping change lives. 

When Freda is not at work, she’s generally found traveling to exotic places around the world, including her childhood home, Waterford in Ireland. She loves being part of her local history group, makes traditional quilts (where there is always room for improvement) and enjoys learning new crafts.  Freda is based in our Llandrindod Wells office and works full time. You can contact her by ringing 01597 822191 or emailing freda.lacey(at)pavo.org.uk

Sue Newham - Engagement Officer

Sue Newham - Engagement Officer

Sue is the new Health and Wellbeing Engagement officer here at PAVO. She supports people from public and private sectors to network, share and build on each others' skills and experiences in Powys.

Sue has been on Newtown Town Council since 2012. She also enjoys walking and exploring Wales, and is an artist too, painting in oils and acrylics. Sue works 4 days a week. She looks forward to meeting many of you in the course of time. Meanwhile you can contact her by emailing sue.newham(at)pavo.org.uk or ringing 01597 822191.

Jackie Newey - Information Officer

Jackie Newey - Information Officer

Jackie joined the team in September 2009. She looks after our website, blog, and social media, takes enquiries in the Information Service, and sends out ebulletin updates. Her base is the PAVO office at Plas Dolerw in Newtown, but her work takes her out into the wider Powys community to meet with mental health groups, both third sector and statutory.

Jackie is keen to encourage partnership working, including working with individuals with a lived experience of mental distress. She would also like to find out more about how diet affects our mental wellbeing, as she is a keen organic gardener (outside work!)

She works 3 days a week, usually Mon, Tues & Thurs. You can contact her by ringing 01686 628300 or emailing jackie.newey(at)pavo.org.uk

Owen Griffkin - Participation Officer

Owen Griffkin - Participation Officer

Owen is a Mental Health Participation Officer. He works three days a week, usually Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Owen first came into contact with the team when he was asked to run an ice-breaker comedy workshop at an event organised in Llandrindod Wells. Owen used to be a stand-up comedian, and had run workshops with lots of different groups, but working with people in contact with mental health services had a positive impact so he devised a longer-term project in conjunction with the Wyeside Arts Centre and the youth group at Mid Powys Mind which had some really good outcomes for participants.

Owen also works on a freelance basis for the Arts Council of Wales on their Lead Creative Schools' programme, and in his spare time promotes live comedy nights in Powys.

He believes that creativity and the arts can be of great benefit to well-being, and looks forward to bringing his skills and knowledge in this area to the post.

You can contact Owen by ringing 01597 822191 or emailing owen.griffkin(at)pavo.org.uk

Owen's Havin' A Laugh workshop with the PAVO Mental Health team.

Owen on the Five Ways to Wellbeing


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