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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: Jackie Newey (Information Officer), Clair Swales (Head of Health & Wellbeing), Sue Newham (Engagement Officer) & Owen Griffkin (Participation Officer).

Clair Swales - Head of Health & Wellbeing

Clair Swales - Head of Health & Wellbeing

Clair was appointed Head of Health and Wellbeing at PAVO in December 2019. Previously she was the Senior Officer for the Community Connectors and Powys Befriending Service. Prior to working at PAVO Clair was involved in politics and started her career as a Retained Firefighter. She is looking forward in her new role to helping articulate a voice on behalf of the third sector and promoting the benefits of third sector involvement in all areas of health and wellbeing.

Outside work Clair enjoys cooking and spending time with her children. That usually involves standing on the touchline of a rugby or football field or hanging out with the horses her daughter cares for. 

Contact Clair by emailing clair.swales@pavo.org.uk or tel: 01597 822191.

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 Tuesday, Wednesday 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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