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Mental Health May 2015 E-bulletin
To contact the team you can call 01686 628300 or 01597 822191
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Waving goodbye and saying hello!

Freda Lacey (bottom right) at her last mental health team meeting 
"Parting is such sweet sorrow... It is with equal amounts of regret and anticipation that I leave my current work in Mental Health participation and embrace a new and exciting opportunity to work in Health and Social Care within PAVO. I will begin my new role in early June. I have loved working in mental health participation and will miss hugely working directly with people in contact with services and staff providing services, locally in Powys, but also regionally and nationally. I'd like to publicly thank all those I have come into contact with in my work over the last 3+ years.  I have learned much from your engagement, your sharing experiences and your commitment to making a difference. It has truly been one of the most enriching times in my life. I look forward to diving in with great expectancy into my new role. I will certainly bring with me all the enriching experiences and innovation of working with different people and organisations and an aim of enhancing physical and emotional wellbeing with people, for people." Freda Lacey, May 2015

Anne Woods is our new Participation Worker, funded by Comic Relief
Anne joins us on 18 May. She has come from a government background, having spent 8 years working for the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment, before taking advantage of redundancy to follow her passion and dreams to move to mid-Wales to study psychology at Cardiff University. She has volunteered in mental health settings for a number of years and has been closely involved in several projects for PAVO as a volunteer, including a co-produced piece of work with the NHS clinical psychology department to examine, and attempt to reduce, waiting times for psychological therapies in South Powys. Anne said, "I am delighted to be taking up this new challenge and am grateful to Comic Relief and PAVO for giving me this opportunity. I am looking forward to making a real difference to people's everyday experiences as we support them to continue to shape policy and practice in Powys."
You can read more about the Comic Relief mental health participation project here.
You can read about Anne's views on the impact of volunteering on wellbeing here.
In mid-April the team visited WWAMH - our counterparts in West Wales - at the organisation's Carmarthen office. We enjoyed a great day finding out all about their many diverse and exciting projects. One of which has found its way onto our blog here. You can watch videos from the organisation's new Recovery Wall Project (using digital media to promote recovery and well being), and recent mental health events, on WWAMH's YouTube channel here.

Back row: WWAMH - Lewis Phillips - IT Officer, Shon Devey & Charles Macmillan - Development Officers. Our team - Freda Lacey (Participation Officer), Jane Cooke (Interim Senior Officer Mental Health), Jackie Newey (Projects Officer) & Glynis Luke (Admin, Information & Communications Officer).
Front row: WWAMH - Marie Wright & Tim Teeling - Development Officers, Angie Darlington - Director, Jan Batty - Mind Your Heart programme Development Officer.



Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment feedback survey - URGENT!

Urgent request from the Powys individual service user & carer representatives, Rhydian Parry, Meriel Richards and Kate van den Ende. We want to inform the local providers of services here in Powys about how contact with the Crisis Resolution/Home Treatment services actually feels from the point of view of those on the receiving end. Information needed by 15 May to present to the Powys Mental Health Planning and Development Partnership Board in early June. Survey here.
Vulnerable adults & anti-social behaviour: exploring current practice 
12 May - Brecon 
We would like to invite you to share your views on anti-social behaviour policy and practice in relation to vulnerable people. There is evidence that suggests that people who have or are experiencing mental health problems may be involved in anti-social behaviour either as victims, perpetrators or both. More here (scroll down).

Other featured participation opportunities this month:
  • Evaluation of patient experience of Independent Mental Health Advocacy Services (IMHA) across Wales - more here (and scroll down).
  • Youth Select Committee launches enquiry into mental health. More here.
  • Tell Future Fit your views on health care in Mid Wales. More here.
More about these and other opportunities on our team's Get Involved page. 



Two important Awareness Weeks come up this May:

Mental Health Awareness Week - 11 - 17 May
The theme this year is Mindfulness. You can read more about the history of Mental Health Awareness Week here. Various activities and events have been organised around Powys, such as  on Thurs 14 May - Mental Health & Wellbeing Day, Brecon. More here. Check out our website events calendar to see more.

Dementia Awareness Week - 17 - 23 May
Within Brecon, throughout this week, there will be events and activities to raise awareness, encourage engagement and promote the work currently taking place under the banner of Brecon Dementia Friendly Community.
Mid Powys Mind has a Dementia Awareness Day in Llandrindod Wells on 20 May, more here.
Ponthafren Association is holding a Dementia Awareness Coffee Morning in Newtown on 22 May. More here.
There are other events taking place throughout Powys, check out the events pages on our website.

Self Injury Support was previously Bristol Crisis Service for Women. The organisation has recently expanded its services, and is developing a user-led app for people who use self-harm in conjunction with Cardiff University. More here.

Monday 15 June marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, which was the document that laid the foundations for the rights and representation that we enjoy today. Plan an afternoon tea to celebrate, debate and reflect on your freedoms and rights. More here.

Powys Volunteer of the Year Award 2015! More here.
Nominations open. Do you know an individual or an organisation that goes the extra mile through volunteering?

Stephen Jones of Kaleidoscope is the new Listen In Project Manager for Powys and works alongside Change Step. The service offers support for families, friends and carers of veterans in relation to military service and transition to civilian life. For further info ring Stephen on 01874 622333 or email:

Social Services & Wellbeing (Wales) Act: update on training plan. The Care Council for Wales has been asked by Welsh Government to work with partners to develop the national learning and development plan to support the coming into force and full implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. More here.

Want to find out more current news, mental health training dates and what's on? Just click on our website links for the latest:

  • For events in May click here.
  • For events in June click here.
  • For the latest news round up click here.
Featured events & activities coming up soon:
  • Wed 20 May - Mental Health Today Wales, national conference, Cardiff. More here.
  • Wed 20 May, 6 - 8.30pm - Recognising & dealing with stress. Brecon & District Mind 6 week course. More here.
  • Tues 9 June - Appropriate Adult training in Brecon to support vulnerable people in police custody. More here.
For more information about voluntary sector services, activities and opportunities in your area either get in touch with us or visit our local links page here.


Light up the community - Shakira (left) started volunteering at Ponthafren age 8 and tells us all about it.
Tonic: surfing for mental health - a day in West Wales finding out more about an innovative approach to wellbeing.
Shakespeare and mental health - Philip Bowen on playing Hamlet, the privilege of madness and workshops at Bronllys Hospital.

If you would like to write more about your experiences and views, please get in touch. We welcome guest posts from people who live and work in Powys – you can write anonymously if you wish.

Job vacancies 

Featured job vacancies this month:

  • Hafal is seeking Appropriate Adults in Dyfed-Powys to support vulnerable people in Police custody. Find out more on our Getting Involved page, and download the application pack here.
  • Police Constable vacancies across Powys, closing date 14 May. More here.

For information about voluntary sector job vacancies across Powys visit PAVO's website here. For more information about volunteer vacancies across Powys visit the Volunteering Wales website here.


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