CAASS Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to get involved with our Community Adult Autism Support Service (CAASS) in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is delivering a pilot project working with adults with autism.  The volunteer opportunities available are:

  • To work alongside staff delivering six-week courses (2 hrs per week) and enable individuals to understand and come terms with and self-manage their diagnosis.
  • To work alongside staff supporting service users to develop peer support groups, to decrease isolation and build social networks (2 hrs per week).

Induction and training opportunities will be provided.

The above volunteer roles are available in Nuneaton, Coventry or Rugby.

If you are interested, or would like to find out more, please contact the CAASS team on 02477 714545 or email caass@cwmind.org.uk

Holding You In Mind (HYIM)

We are delivering a new community support service to offer a highly individualised and person-centred approach aimed at middle aged men who are in distress, have had frequent contact with emergency services or A&E and who may be at risk of suicide.

Holding You in Mind (HYIM) offers quick access to highly individualised support in order to build resilience and feel more stable. The service offers a quick response where individuals will be supported in the community to identify the barriers or issues preventing them from living a happy and fulfilled life. Support is flexible and can offer initially a high volume of one-to-one support in the community including daily contact via phone calls and texts to help reduce anxiety.

Many individuals use healthcare services frequently due to an escalation in their social, emotional, financial or family issues. By offering immediate support to resolve the issues and build coping strategies, the individual will quickly begin to feel more in control of his life.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Suki.

Phone:  024 7601 7226

Email: floatingadmin@cwmind.org.uk

Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day 2020 is on Thursday, February 6, and we will be marking the day with a public event on our bus in Coventry city centre with our CEO Steven Hill on board for a question and answer session.

Come on over for a cuppa and a chat!

Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, has worked for CW Mind for 25 years and will be on board the bus with a difference as it features a range of mental health and wellbeing resources inside.

Find out more about the Mental Health and Wellbeing Bus here.

Our bus will be parked in Broadgate on Thursday 6 February from 10am – 4pm as part of the national Time to Talk Day campaign which runs every year to normalise everyday conversations around mental health and combat stigma.

If you have a question about mental health in Coventry and Warwickshire, Mind and our services, Steven will be taking questions from the public at the bus from 12noon – 1pm. He said: “Our message is that talking about mental health doesn’t have to be difficult, you can even talk about it while out walking with a friend, down the pub or on the bus.

“Join us on our bus if you want to discuss mental health and find out more about the free services we offer in Coventry and Warwickshire. I also invite anyone who wants to speak with me to come over between 12noon and 1pm when I’ll be on the bus to answer any questions you may have.”

Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change to give people a chance to talk about mental health, to listen and change lives.

Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week 2020, from February 3 – 9, is a national focus on the mental health and wellbeing of young people and we’re proud to support this awareness raising campaign. Did you know 1 in 8 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health issue?

This year’s theme is Find your Brave. Children’s mental health charity Place2Be, which runs the annual campaign week, says bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Finding your Brave can build your confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself.
 

We’re here for you

Here at CW Mind, we provide a range of support services to help children and young people with their mental health in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Click the links below for details of the one-to-one services, group sessions and support in schools we offer, including details of our autism support service:

CW Mind CYP resources

Staff from our Children and Young People’s services have created a series of helpful resources for children, young people, parents and professionals, They include information on useful apps to download and books to read, to help understand and support any child or young person experiencing mental health issues.

The resources can be found via the following links:

Find out more

Find out more about Children’s Mental Health Week via this link and follow our Children’s Mental Health Week activities on social media – on Twitter @cwmind and on Facebook /cwmind. We’ll be posting with the hashtag #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.

Well done REDers

To all the REDers who’ve completed their RED January 2020 challenge, you did it! Huge congrats.

You deserve a virtual pat on the back and a well-earned rest. It’s a fantastic achievement and we hope you keep up your move more every day activities throughout the year for improved health, mentally as well as physically.

Continue to challenge yourself. Check out the fundraising challenges we’ve already planned for 2020 here.

Our particular thanks go to all the RED January participants who’ve raised funds in support of the mental health services delivered by Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.

How was your RED January journey? We’d love to hear your stories. Let us know what activities you took part in and how much you raised for our charity by emailing fundraising@cwmind.org.uk with your words and photos.

How’s your Resolution?

Struggling with your New Year’s Resolutions? Try These 10 motivational tips:

1. Are you trying to achieve too much? Ensure you have a specific goal –all the evidence shows you are more likely to succeed if you focus one change at a time.

2. Make a plan. The more detailed you can be the better.

3. Set small steps to reach your goal. Realistic tasks will provide incentives to carry on.

4. Be kind to yourself. Self-criticism does not normally help confidence. It may take a while to start feeling the benefits of the changes you are making so try to be patient.

5. Reward yourself when you achieve a small step.

6. Get support. Have someone to confide in and if possible have someone make their personal changes with you.

7. Remind yourself often why you are making these changes in your life and what benefits will be.

8. Try some form of relaxation. If you are relaxed you are more likely to succeed.

9. Try some motivational videos from YouTube or read success stories.

10. Keep your sense of humour! None of us are perfect.

Good Luck!

These tips have been put together by our training team who deliver mental health courses across Coventry and Warwickshire. Find out more about the courses they offer here.

Challenge Yourself in 2020

You’ve come to the right place if you decided 2020 will be the year you challenge yourself.

Our fundraising team has been hard at work planning a series of fun and exhilarating activities to help you achieve your ambitions. Funds raised will help those of us who experience mental health issues.

You can choose which of our amazing services for adults and children and young people you’d like to support.

From scenic bike rides to skydives and marathons, you can do something amazing for a cause that’s making a big difference through free-to-access mental health support in Coventry and Warwickshire.

We’re here for anyone who needs us, every day of the year.

Why get involved

We’ll be with you every step of the way on your fundraising journey.

You’ll benefit from dedicated support from our team.

Free resources include a fundraising guide and promotional materials to help you achieve your fundraising target. You can also create your own free fundraising webpage.

Our range of activities continues to grow, so keep checking our website and social media channels for the latest event.

Holding an event for us and want a representative present? We could attend, subject to staff availability.

Get in touch

If you’re keen on one of our fundraising events and activities listed below, or have your own challenge in mind, please get in touch with us by emailing fundraising@cwmind.org.uk or phone 024 7655 2847.

Challenges in 2020

Here is a list of our fundraising events and challenges so far:

Bridging the Gap

The Yard, a venue at the heart of the LGBTQ+ community in Coventry, is doing great work for mental health and we’re delighted they’re supporting us as fundraisers, as we work to increase diversity and inclusion for all. 

They organised two events in partnership with us last year, alongside kind donations from the Yard and their customers which support our ability to offer information and support around mental health support within the LGBTQ+ community.

So they far they have raised more than £800 to support our mental health services.

Working together

Their first event was a hard-hitting drama around suicide with CW Mind representatives available during the event to provide support and signposting to services.

This was the start of us working together to bridge the gap in support for the LGBTQ+ community in new ways, with Leeya, our Director of Operations, and Ambassador Dee Hodgson among the contestants taking part in Coventry does Strictly LGBT. 

The Yard went on to organise a staff Get Me Out of Here event which saw them overcome their fears in a Bushtucker trial featuring a bar menu with a difference, to raise further funds and awareness of our work together.

New year

We would like to thank all at The Yard for their support of the work that we do. We look forward to continuing to build an environment together where every person feels able to reach out for information and mental health support, for a safer and happier community here in Coventry and Warwickshire.

As the new year begins, we will continue to work closely with The Yard and the wider LGBTQ+ community to promote mental health awareness. Look out for future partnership events as more are being planned.

** A Dragged through the Yard event is due to take place every week for six weeks from February 21st. Please keep an eye out for more details. **

Training Courses

Our training team are passionate about raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing and are proud to work with brilliant organisations, having taught and trained staff from a vast range of companies and sectors in our training sessions.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s training staff are highly personable, knowledgeable and flexible in their approach to training. All adhere to ethical standards set by professional health and counselling bodies.

Working with Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s training team can enhance the reputation of your organisation as an employer who is invested in the wellbeing of your staff.

Browse the courses we offer by downloading the training brochure via the link below.

Download Brochure Here

Director of Business Support

Do you have what is takes to lead our charity in an exciting new era?

We’re recruiting for a Director of Business Support. This newly created post will work as part of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s Senior Management Team, to support the strategic direction and growth of our charity through business development and income generation.

Essential requirements include:

  • Experience of operating at a senior management level.
  • Strategic management/policy development skills.
  • Positive, supportive, proactive and solution focused approach.
  • Practical operational management/leadership skills.

The deadline for applications is: Monday 17th February 2020.

For the full job description, person specification and application details, please click here.

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