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Mental Health April 2017 eBulletin

To contact the team you can call 01686 628300 or 01597 822191
or email
A lot is happening with our Mental Health team at the moment!
Jane Cooke (the one with the funny glasses 2nd from L) tells us more:

Philip Moisson is joining us to replace Carla who has moved on to the Community Connectors' team. We were sad to lose Carla of course, but very happy to welcome Philip who you may know through the blog and website updates reporting on the excellent work he has been doing with the Patients' Council.

We also have Nessa Ridley joining us a volunteer.  Nessa will be building up a database of organisations who work with and have connections with the farming community so that we can get more information out to the farming world and hear more from them about their experiences of the mental health system and their views about what would be of most help and support when they experience mental health difficulties. This is an important step forward. We have recognised that this is an area that we wanted to do more about and building the links is the first step. If you have ideas, views and experiences, please get in touch with us.
Not only do we have these two joining us, we also have Melissa Townsend, who will working with us to support the Participation work of the team. Melissa has recently been working with PAVO’s Powys Volunteer Centre and we are delighted to welcome her to the team. 

We are really excited by all of this, it is a welcome increase in the capacity of the team and it means that we will be able to get out and about more, listening to the experiences of people and taking it forward to influence services in Powys. So, look out for us! We will be arranging times to pop into the Wellbeing and Recovery Centres to spend time talking and listening to people who use or work at the Centres to pick up issues that can be fed through our issues log to the Mental Health Partnership Board and relevant sub-groups.
Welcome to Philip Moisson - new Participation Officer!

"I am delighted to have joined the PAVO Mental Health Team after facilitating for Patients' Council in the past two years. Since my first contact with the local Community Mental Health Team as a patient in 2005 it has been a long and difficult journey. For the past five years I've been a volunteer for several groups around Powys, including Llandrindod Wells Foodbank, Powys Citizens Advice, Mid Powys Mind, Disability Powys, Brecon & Radnor Samaritans, Celf o Gwmpas and Builth Wells Community Support.

I'm diplomatic by nature, but it'd be a lie to say that I'm satisfied with how mental health services are organised.  Around the UK and in Powys there is a near blanket use of medication as the sole means of treatment, and very limited availability for psychological interventions at every stage. The combination can mean that anyone without support elsewhere becomes a perpetual user of services. I'm hoping that not only can I become one of the lucky ones who escape this cycle, but that my role within the team can help the significant number of people in contact with services in Powys to raise their voice and bring positive progress". 
You can contact Philip by emailing or ringing 01597 822191.
A BIG THANK YOU to individual rep Kate!
Kate van den Ende (second from right) has contributed hugely to the shaping of mental health services in Wales over the past few years. She was an individual representative on both the Powys Mental Health Planning & Development Partnership Board and also the National Mental Health Forum. Kate attended her last meetings in March 2017, and was thanked for all her hard work by PAVO Participation Officer Anne Woods, Partnership Manager Louisa Kerr, individual rep Meriel Richards, and Jane Cooke (PAVO mental health team manager behind the camera).

Read Kate's blog post: Dual Diagnosis - changing times.
Stand Up! for emotional health & wellbeing
The next Stand Up! for emotional health & wellbeing meeting will take place in Ystradgynlais on Mon 24 April, 1.30 - 3.30pm 
at Ystradgynlais Mind

It's your opportunity to meet people who work in mental health services
and discuss the way that care is provided in Powys.
You can find out more about the project here.
Please contact Anne Woods for full details and to register to attend. 
Tel: 01597 822191 or email:

Powys Patients' Council


Phil Moisson, Powys Patients' Council
Co-ordinator, with the latest report:

Our regular meeting with patients at Felindre Ward this month involved patients who spoke about a small matter, but one that raised the issue of which rules on the ward are set in stone and which are subject to staff discretion....  Read more here.

If you would like to volunteer for Powys Patients' Council please contact Jane Cooke, tel: 01597 822191, or email

Individual Rep Vacancies in Wales on the
National Mental Health Forum & National Mental Health Partnership Board
Would you like a role in improving mental health services in Wales? Have you used mental health services? Do you care for someone who does? Could you represent the voices of other people who are in contact with services?

National Mental Health Forum vacancies - 4 National representatives are required.
National Mental Health Partnership vacancies - one Service User reserve and one Carer reserve Board member are being recruited.

Closing date: 9am 24 April 2017.

Other involvement opportunities
  • What are the most important challenges and issues facing Wales in the future? Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, would like to hear from you. More here.
  • Welsh Ambulance Services Trust would appreciate your help to enable further development of services as part of the Mental Health Improvement Plan. More here.
Find out about other involvement opportunities on our Getting Involved webpage.
Mental Health Awareness Week
8 - 14 May 2017 
The theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is "Surviving or Thriving". It's all about our ability to thrive, instead of being stuck on survive. You can find out more on the Mental Health Foundation's website here.  In Powys a week of activities and events called Knighton Music & More will take place to promote MHAW.
The Soteria Network promotes the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic support for people experiencing 'psychosis'. 
There is a strong hope of setting up a Soteria group in the Shropshire/Shrewsbury area. Please get in touch if you are interested.
Powys Citizens Advice Bureau has secured £25,000 from the Martin Lewis Fund for a new mental health focused project in Powys. Staff will pilot delivery of a digital advice service for people who are in contact with mental health services in Powys.
More here.
Lesbian, gay, bi or trans and living in Wales? Stonewall Cymru want to know what life is like for you! Complete a short survey here.
Stonewall Cymru works individually and in partnership with agencies, organisations, statutory bodies and individuals to promote the human rights and equal treatment of LGBT people in Wales.
Mental health problems are more prevalent in people who go missing. The charity Missing People is organising an event in Cardiff on 19 July: Missing People, an insight into the links between Missing, Mental Health and Homelessness. 50 FREE tickets available to people from the Third Sector. More here.
'Drop the Disorder!' is a closed Facebook group for anyone who is interested in challenging traditional approaches to emotional distress. It provides a place to explore more helpful and appropriate alternatives to the language of disorder, diagnosis, medicalisation and psychotropic drugs. More here.
Free telephone befriending service for older people. Over 1 million older people say they always or often feel lonely. Good company and conversation is enjoyable and important for our wellbeing. A regular telephone call or visit from one of Independent Age’s friendly volunteers can make all the difference. More here.
The MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (Online) course is available from the University of Hertfordshire. The two year part-time course provides the knowledge and skills to make a difference to the recovery and social inclusion of people experiencing mental distress. More here.
The first integrated Health & Care Strategy for Powys is available, following recent approval by Powys County Council Cabinet and Powys Teaching Health Board. It builds on thousands of conversations between the people of Powys, PTHB, PCC and key partners over the last year. More here.
Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service visit domestic properties to provide FREE Home Fire Safety Checks. We found out more at a recent Powys Mental Health Planning & Development Partnership sub-group meeting. FREE smoke alarms and advice - please take up the offer and reduce the risk of fire. More here.
Dance for Wellbeing sessions start in Welshpool on 11 May. An exciting Powys Dance project in partnership with Ponthafren Association Welshpool. Fun and relaxed movement session. Suitable for all abilities - and brilliant for mind and body. More here.
Photo (c) Sian Trenbeth.
The Powys County Council Social Care Training brochure has now been updated and is available online. The dates run from April 2017 to March 2018. Free training for organisations - staff & volunteers. Book places via email: or complete the online booking form or telephone 01597 827507.
Check out the Mental Health Awareness training on June 22 in Newtown, and 17 October in Brecon.

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 and training in April click here.
  • For events and training in May click here.
  • For the latest news round up click here.
Featured events & activities coming up soon:
  • Tues 2 May - Activate your Life course starts. Free 4 week course on how your mind works, and how to face up to the challenges life presents. Bronllys Hospital, South Powys. More here.
  • Wed 17 May - Dementia Awareness Day - for people living with dementia and their families. Powys Teaching Health Board Information Day during Dementia Awareness Week 14 - 20 May in Newtown. More here. Find out more about other DAW activities in the North & Mid Powys Dementia Friendly Community newsletter here, or the Brecon Dementia Friendly Community website 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.

ind out more about general health support on our
PAVO Health & Social Care team's blog
This month:  Help me Quit: Smoking Cessation service.
Would you like help to give up smoking? More here.

PAVO training
Using the Social Services and Well Being (Wales) Act 2014 and the Future Generations Act (2015) to explore changes needed in service delivery across Powys. 26 or 28 April. Llandrindod Wells. 10am - 4pm.
To book your place, email or ring 01597 822191.



LGBTQ+ - setting up a new Powys group – Shaun volunteers at Mid Powys Mind and tells us why he set up this new monthly peer support group.
When I grow up – Powys Community Connector Suzanne Iuppa wonders what you would like your older age to feel like, sound like, look like?
Therapeutic gardening in Machynlleth – Kate tells us about Gerddi Bro Ddyfi – a beautiful community garden run by volunteers – and the benefits for mental health.
Horsing Around Project – all about an innovative animal-assisted therapy project over in West Wales.
What do people ask the Powys Mental Health Information Service? - counselling, advocacy, caring for someone in distress – we delve deeper into some of the most popular themes.
Sharing power in the planning and reviewing of services – volunteering to be a citizen representative: tips, challenges and opportunities.
No such thing as a free lunch – a review of a Review Check – Carla reports of using the Vanguard method of review check to look at mental health services in Powys.
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 

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.

Featured job vacancies this month:

  • In Safe Hands Project Befriending Co-ordinator required at Ponthafren Association in Newtown. Closing date 14 April. More here.
Featured volunteer vacancy this month:
  • Alzheimer's Society Cymru, Volunteer Befriender. Offer valuable social contact to people with dementia - visit people in their own homes - various locations across Powys. More here.


What do you think we should be tweeting about? Let us know. Best of all, tweet us about it!  This month in twitter:
Funding News and Advice.  PAVO Accredited Funding Services "Know how, know who, know when". More information here. 

Find Services In Your Community.  Try our website here, or Info-Engine here.  If your group or organisation is not yet registered on Info Engine add your details.  Registration is free, secure, and simple to do. For more information or for help with registering contact Clair Powell at PAVO on 01597 822191 or email  

Deadline for the next Powys Mental Health eBulletin. The next eBulletin is due for circulation week commencing 5 June 2017. Please send any items for inclusion by 30 May 2017 to

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