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Mental Health December 2015 eBulletin
To contact the team you can call 01686 628300 or 01597 822191
or email
Seasons Greetings from the Mental Health team at PAVO!

Please note that during the Christmas & New Year break the PAVO mental health
team will not be available from Wed 23 December until Mon 4 January 2016.
Please check out our website for further information on
Powys services
and national helplines.

Top 10 Tips to Survive Christmas
We posted these tips on our blog last year - more here.
Look out for this year's Christmas themed blog post, coming up just before the Christmas break on the blog and with a comedy theme from the team for 2015.
Comic Relief latest news

The  first meeting of the new local mental health participation networks took place on 3 November at Brecon & District Mind. It was attended by people in contact with services, charities including Hafal & Powys Carers, and representatives from the mental health advocacy service, Powys teaching Health Board, and Dyfed-Powys Police. The meeting provided an opportunity for a group discussion about local mental health services. Future meetings are now planned across Powys in the New Year. Please contact Anne Woods for full details and to register to attend. Email: or ring 01597 822191. You can find out more about the project here.                  


Powys Patients' Council


Philip Moisson, who is currently facilitating the Patients' Council meetings, updates us about recent meetings: 

Felindre Ward at present is very quiet, with only a handful of in-patients. Our usual session wasn't really required, but we did get to have another conversation with the new Ward Manager, Richard Rudge, who's been promoted from the Home Treatment team...   Read more here.

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

Other involvement opportunities: 
  • History of independent living projectSCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) is planning a project on the oral history of independent living in the UK. More here.
  • Research into the effect of childhood experience on adult psychosis: Lancaster University study requires participants - chance to win £50 Amazon voucher. More here.
Find out about other involvement opportunities on our Getting Involved webpage.


Newtown Football Club is one of only two football clubs in the country selected to deliver a mental health initiative in partnership with Time To Change Wales and Football Association Wales Trust. We Wear The Same Shirt aims to break down barriers faced by those living with a mental health condition by playing football through a programme that aligns mental with physical wellbeing. More here.

Powys Health & Wellbeing Action Group has issued its latest newsletter with updates about plans to develop a Well Being Park in the Grounds of Bronllys Community Hospital. More here.

Award-winning mental health nurse is new chair of Diverse Cymru. Helen Bennett brings a wealth of experience to her new role, including work with mental health charity Hafal and the Police. She has a keen interest in law and ethics and the rights of individuals using mental health and learning disability services. More here.

The latest Self Injury Support newsletter - watch a film by Ida from Norway, find out about a research project in Swansea, and read an open letter to an A&E Dept from someone who has self harmed here.  Plus a survey on experience-led information about self harm here.

The mental health charity Healthy Friendships has set up new weekly 50+ groups in Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire. Join in seated New Age sports such as boccia and kurling, have fun and make friends. You can find out more on our website events calendar here or check the Healthy Friendships website. Funded by: Big Lottery Fund.

Read how patients and members of the public are involved in appraising new medicines on a recent Participation Cymru blog post here.

Diverse Cymru wants health care practitioners to feel more knowledgeable when facing the complexities of the issues that some Black and Minority Ethnic people face in seeking help around mental health. Check out their good practice briefing, with recommendations for actions, here.

Find out more about general health support on our PAVO Health & Social Care team's blog.
This month: Health & Care Standards

George Stroud is PAVO's new Intermediate Care Development Officer. His role is to give bespoke information and support on the revised Health & Care Standards for Wales, and other topics, to organisations whose work helps older people, people with long term health conditions and their carers to maintain, or regain, their independence.  More here. George is arranging training events across Powys. Find out more and book your place here. Email: or ring 01597 822191.

Are you a trustee of a mental health charity in Powys? PAVO has just set up a Trustee Network in order to provide mutual learning and support to trustees of voluntary or community organisations operating within Powys (including charity trustees, management committee members and not-for-profit company directors). Find out more and sign up here.

The Powys Befrienders Project goes from strength to strength. The project is the first befriending service in Wales to be awarded the Befriending Quality Mark - more here. Local groups are now being set up to support people over 50 at risk of losing their independence or becoming isolated. Contact Rachael Beech (centre of photo), Project Coordinator, tel: 01597 822191 or email for further information.

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 December click here.
  • For events in January click here.
  • For the latest news round up click here.
Featured events & activities coming up soon:
  • Sat 12 December - Ceilidh with The Stray Aways to support Brecon & District Mind. More here.
  • Thurs 28 January - Challenging behaviour in dementia course in Newtown. 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.



Check out our recent posts:

Re-Live Theatre @ Dementia Supportive Communities event - where people with dementia inspired discussion around new initiatives in Powys (photo left).
We are all in it together - Philip Moody of Powys Carers Service describes how poor mental health can impact on carers and highlights the support that is available.
Young Adult Peer Support Project @ PAVO AGM – A Game. Dice. Consequences. What happens when young people try and source mental health services in North Powys.
Dual diagnosis – changing times – Kate van den Ende, one of the reps on the Mental Health National Forum, on co-occurrence of a mental health problem with a substance misuse problem.
Bev Clarke - award-winning volunteer counsellor Ystradgynlais Mind - Bev tells us more about her role, her views on mental health services and the thrill of winning Outstanding Contribution at Powys Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Spirituality and Recovery in Mental Health - Tim Teeling, of West Wales Action for Mental Health, tells us about an innovative project he runs for people in contact with services and also mental health nurses.
Harts and Craft – Diane’s Story – Diane, volunteer and tutor at Ponthafren Association in Welshpool, on finding renewed confidence for life and a positive future through Art.

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 vacancy this month:

  • Staff Nurse Community Mental Health - to work in the Fan Gorau Assessment Unit in Newtown. Closing date: 10 December. More here.
Featured volunteer vacancy this month:
  • Victim Support volunteers - working with the All Wales Hate Crime Project in North Powys to support victims of hate crime around mental health & other areas. More here.


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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 go to and add your details.  Registration is free, secure, and simple to do. For more information or for help with registering contact Claire Powell PAVO on 01597 822191 or email  

Deadline for the next Powys Mental Health eBulletin. The next eBulletin is due for circulation week commencing  1 February 2016. Please send any items for inclusion by 25 January 2016 to

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