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 owen.griffkin(at)pavo.org.uk or call the team on 01597 822191.
The Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital (SaTH) provides many health services for residents in North Powys. If you would like to find out more about the trust's services, and perhap give feedback about services you have received, you can do so at a number of upcoming online events, including the monthly Community Cascade delivered by a senior manager, and the Community Drop-ins hosted by the Community Engagement team. Find out more and book your place here.
Members of the Welsh Ambulance Service’s People and Community Network can attend meetings, take surveys and share their own experience at the hands of the ambulance service in order to shape the way services are delivered. More here.
Do you use social care services? Are you an unpaid carer? The University of South Wales is keen to chat to you about the impact of the Social Services & Well-being Act on your life. You can email Sarah at sarah.wallace(at)southwales.ac.uk or fill in a short online survey.
Since March 2020, almost 1000 people have registered as homeless in Powys. Have your say and help shape initiatives to prevent homelessness in Powys in the future. Survey here.
The Partnership Forum for Older People in Powys is currently recruiting up to 5 older people / service user representatives to join the Forum to contribute to all issues affecting older people such as housing, transport, leisure, health and community issues. More here.
Mae’r Fforwm Bartneriaeth ar gyfer Pobl Hŷn ym Mhowys am recriwtio hyd at 5 o bobl hŷn/cynrychiolwyr defnyddwyr y gwasanaeth i ymuno â’r Fforwm i gyfrannu at bynciau sy’n effeithio ar bobl hŷn megis tai, trafnidiaeth, hamdden, iechyd a chymuned. Mwy yma.
The Powys Mental Health Planning and Development Partnership is looking for two new service user/carer representatives to join as board members to help plan and deliver mental health services in Powys - more details here or email owen.griffkin(at)pavo.org.uk
This is a survey to establish how individuals with eating difficulties/disorders have been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic. This is a survey for those who are residing in the UK and accessing support for any eating difficulties / disorders. Three charities are working in partnership to undertake this survey which should be completed in around 15 minutes. Survey here.
The Wales Violence Prevention Unit and University of Exeter are investigating the experiences and behaviours of those in Wales who witness, or have concerns about, domestic violence and abuse and its warning signs during COVID-19. Survey here.
The survey is designed to help the charity Young Minds understand the mental health and wellbeing support that professionals and volunteers working with young people provide, and the resources or training accessed to give this support. Survey here.
The Older People's Commissioner for Wales would like to make sure that older people’s voices and experiences are heard and can be used to deliver change and improvements in services. If you are an older person and would like to share your personal story about how you are getting through these difficult winter months then please email: winterstories(at)olderpeoplewales.com
Fill out a survey about Mid & North Powys Mind's services, suggest how they can improve, and tell them what your experience with the charity has been like.
The Game Change Project in Newtown wants to learn local people's views on what helps them maintain good mental health and well-being so that they can plan the future direction of their work. The surveys are completely anonymous and only take a few minutes (6 questions in all).
This study from Cardiff University researchers will look at the experiences and support needs of carers in Wales, as well as the impact of Covid-19. The research is an opportunity for carers to have their voice heard by people who plan services and policies that relate to carers in Wales. Survey here.
SUPER are recruiting new members. SUPER is a group of public members and patients who work with PRIME Centre Wales on research about primary and emergency care. SUPER stands for Service Users for Primary and Emergency care Research. PRIME Centre Wales is a collaboration of researchers from four universities, undertaking internationally relevant research to benefit patient care.
For further information please email : Bridie Evans, b.a.evans(at)swansea.ac.uk
If you're aged 50 or over and live in Wales, then we want to hear about your experiences during the lockdown and how it's impacted on you.
The national mental health charity Hafal asks you to complete this new survey - what needs to change in mental health services in Wales since the Covid-19 pandemic:
Do you want to make a difference and play a key part in helping make decisions about Health and Social Care Services in Powys? Do you use local (Powys) health or social care services and/or have you/do you care for someone who has needed services? Find out more about how to volunteer as a Citizen rep on this Board.
The MARCH mental health network is carrying out telephone interviews to hear more about people’s experiences of social distancing and self-isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact it might be having on wellbeing and mental health. If you are interested in taking part, information on the interviews can be found here or contact Alex directly.
If you have had experience of perinatal mental illness either as a patient, parent, family member, carer or friend and would like to participate in shaping the Perinatal Mental Health Service in Wales please complete this survey. / Os gwelwch yn dda, llenwch allan yr arolwg.
Nottingham Trent University and the University of Liverpool are undertaking a study on schizophrenia and are looking for parents of children (over 18) diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.
If you are interested in participating, or want more information about the study, then please see their poster attached here for further detail.
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.