Mental Health First Aid

Did you know poor mental health is now the main reason for staff absence in the UK? Mental Health First Aid training is an effective way to reduce absenteeism, enhance wellbeing and increase productivity.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

“MHFA will teach you to listen, reassure and respond; even in a crisis.”

Research shows that taking part in a MHFA course will:

  • Raise awareness of mental health, and increase mental health literacy
  • Reduce stigma around mental ill health
  • Boost knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Promote early intervention which enables recovery

There are options of Youth MHFA or Adult MHFA; the adult courses are for everyone aged 16 upwards. Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has attended an Instructor Training Programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health and is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn. Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. While there are options for half day and one day courses, please note that only the two-day course certifies you to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider.

The two-day course is designed to give you:

  • A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including your own
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support.

As well as open courses to book onto individually; we also deliver in-house at your choice of location.

Please contact our Training team for pricing and enquiries:

T: 02477 714555

E: training@cwmind.org.uk

Amazon Smile

There’s a new way to donate to CW Mind while shopping online – at no extra cost to yourself.

Amazon gives you a chance to donate while you shop with a charity scheme called AmazonSmile. Through AmazonSmile, Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of the net purchase price, excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees.

Simply choose Coventry and Warwickshire Mind and this money will automatically go to us.

It won’t cost you any extra and every penny will help us deliver quality mental health services to people of all ages across Coventry and Warwickshire.

For the donation to apply, you must always start your Amazon shopping at:

smile.amazon.co.uk/

The same ranges of products are available to buy as on Amazon and it’s a great and easy way to give to us this festive season.

What do I need to do?

It’s simple, takes a few seconds and will help make a difference to local people who turn to us for mental health support.

Step 1: Visit smile.amazon.co.uk/

Step 2: Type in the ‘charity to support box’ Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

Step 3: Read the terms and conditions and click the ‘I understand’ box.

What’s AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

For more information about Amazon Smile, visit this link

Adult Autism Support Service


CAASS is for adults living with Autism in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is a new Community Adult Autism Support Service (CAASS) in partnership with Springfield Mind and Act for Autism.

CAASS support services available include:

Weekly Peer Support Groups

A safe space for adults with Autism to:

  • Meet with others on a regular basis
  • Socialise with people in similar situations
  • Plan and agree group activities
Days Location Time
Fridays Nuneaton 6.00-7.30pm
Fridays Rugby 1.00pm-3.00pm
Tuesdays Leamington 1.00pm-3.00 pm OR 6.00pm-8.00pm*
Fridays Stratford 10am-12noon OR 6.00pm-8.00pm*
Saturdays Coventry 10am-12noon

All places must be booked, this is not a drop in service. If someone is interested in the group they must contact us to check availability (see contact details below).

Some areas run male, female and mixed groups.

*Leamington and Stratford groups alternate weekly between daytime and evening sessions.

6 Week Autism Education Programme for Adults with Autism

Weekly 2 hour sessions will focus on:

  • Understanding Autism – what do we know about Autism?
  • Autism and positive wellbeing – working towards a more enjoyable, improved life
  • Understanding sensory needs
  • Communication skills – including social anxiety,
  • Friendships and social media
  • Anxiety management – coping with distress and managing emotions
  • Wider sources of support available
Start Date End Date Location Time
Fri 8th Nov Fri 13th Dec Rugby 10am-12noon
Mon 11th Nov Mon 16th Dec Nuneaton 10am-12noon
Thurs 28th Nov Thurs 9th Jan Coventry 10am-12noon
Wed 4th Dec Weds 15th Jan Stratford 10am-12noon
Mon 30th Dec Mon 3rd Feb Nuneaton 10am-12noon
Fri 3rd Jan Fri 7th Feb Rugby 10am-12noon
Mon 6th Jan Mon 10th Feb Leamington 10am-12noon
Thurs 23rd Jan Thurs 27th Feb Coventry 10am-12noon
Mon 10th Feb Mon 16th Mar Leamington 6pm-8pm
Mon 17th Feb Mon 23rd Mar Stratford 10am-12noon
Weds 19th Feb Weds 25th Mar Nuneaton 5.30pm-7.30pm
Fri 21st Feb Fri 27th Mar Rugby 5.30pm-7.30pm
Sat 7th Mar Sat 18th Apr Coventry 5.30pm-7.30pm
Mon 6th Apr Mon 18th May Nuneaton 10am-12noon
Fri 17th Apr Fri 22nd May Rugby 10am-12noon
Mon 20th Apr Mon 25th May Leamington 10am-12noon
Weds 22nd Apr Weds 27th May Stratford 6pm-8pm
Thurs 30th Apr Thurs 4th June Coventry 10am-12noon
Mon 1st June Mon 6th July Stratford 10am-12noon
Mon 1st June Mon 6th July Leamington 6pm-8pm
Fri 5th June Fri 10th July Rugby 10am-12noon
Mon 8th June Mon 13th July Nuneaton 10am-12noon
Thurs 18th June Thurs 23rd July Coventry 10am-12noon

All places must be booked via https://caass.eventbrite.co.uk

The course is not a drop in.

Some courses are run with 6 sessions over a 7 week period.

Autism Workshop for partners/family members/carers

If you are living with and/or supporting an adult with autism, these 2 day workshops will offer a greater understanding of the person you are supporting, the opportunity to connect with others in a similar situation, and support and signposting to local community services near you.

Dates Location Time
Sat 8 & 22 Feb Nuneaton 10am-4pm
Mon 10 & 24 Feb Stratford 12.30-5pm
Weds 12 & 26 Feb Leamington 6-9pm
Tues 25 Feb & 10 March Rugby 10am-4pm

All places must be booked via https://caass.eventbrite.co.uk

How will CAASS support help?

Support is aimed at providing individuals with the opportunity to:

  • Understand what autism is and how it affects them individually
  • Increase self-help strategies to better manage their emotional and mental wellbeing
  • Feel more confident to engage with others and community activities
  • Positively move forward independently to a more fulfilling life

Who is it for?

CAASS is available to adults who have or are waiting for an Autism assessment, or those who believe they are Autistic and would like further support.

Where will activities take place?

All activities will be provided across a range of venues in Coventry and Warwickshire.

How to take part

You can either self-refer or a professional can refer you.

What to expect

We will ask you to:

  • Provide personal details about yourself and information on support already in place
  • Complete forms during and post activities to tell us how support has helped and what else you would have liked that wasn’t available

Contact us


For more information about CAASS support services, you can contact us and/or
leave a message in one of the following ways:

t: 024 7771 4545
e: caass@cwmind.org.uk
w: www.cwmind.org.uk

For us to contact you back, please leave a message with your:

  • name
  • contact details
  • postcode, and
  • service you are interested in


Places in all our activities are limited. To check availability, we advise you contact us in advance.
If our support is not for you, we will help with information on other support and/or community services to suit your needs as appropriate.

Recovery Centre Officially Opened

Our £3.5million mental health recovery centre has been officially opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE.

St Clair Gardens, a 24-hour residential recovery centre in Foleshill, Coventry, has achieved much success since opening in April last year, having already supported dozens of residents and been honoured with a series of awards.

The ceremony was also attended by the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Linda Bigham, along with staff and trustees of the mental health charity and residents of St Clair Gardens.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind worked with city-based builders Harrabin Construction and architects IDP to design and develop the 14-bed residential recovery centre on the site of the former Livingstone Road Baths.

It was a double celebration for Kay St Clair, the charity’s first CEO after whom the centre is named. She marked 30 years’ service with the charity in the week of the official opening. She said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands and the Lord Mayor of Coventry to celebrate the official opening of St Clair Gardens, the jewel in our crown. It has been our charity’s dream for so long and is a valuable addition to our range of support services, from resilience building through to care and support for individuals with complex needs. I was hugely honoured by the decision to name our recovery centre St Clair Gardens and feel extremely proud of what has been achieved so far. My thanks go to all who have worked with us to make the dream a reality and our staff whose tireless efforts help people experiencing mental health problems on their road to recovery and greater independence.”

Kay St Clair, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind CEO

St Clair Gardens has won the Best Offsite Project category of the West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards 2019 and was awarded Highly Commended in the national Building Better Healthcare Awards. St Clair Gardens was also shortlisted for the national Design in Mental Health Awards.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind won the Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk category of the national Charity Governance Awards in May this year, with the residential recovery centre key to this achievement.

Young Black Men

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind has received funding from Mind to develop a Young Black Men’s project. The Young Black Men’s project will target our services to young people between the ages of 11 and 30 years old who live across Coventry and Warwickshire and identify as being a young black man growing up in today’s society.

Why young black men?

We know that young black men (YBM) are one of the most overrepresented BME groups in inpatient mental health services and are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. YBM are also massively underrepresented in asking for help, speaking about mental health or seeking out services and we want to work to see this change.

Could you help?

The project needs a group of black men to help shape the future of the service, to help understand the things that impact on building better futures so that we can work to bring about positive change. We need YBM to help with promotions of the project as well as with delivering and leading the service.  We also need black parents, to help us understand what parents need, how they can support their YB boys and men. Together we can ensure that no-one goes through a mental health problem alone.

More information

For further information please contact Alethea on 024 7655 2847 or email alethea.balbuena@cwmind.org.uk

Thank You Supporters

The phrase ‘thank you’ was said often as CW Mind staff, trustees, volunteers and supporters met to celebrate at the Butts Park Arena in Coventry in July 2019.

Earlier in the day, our staff had gathered for charity-wide staff conferences focused on wellbeing, and left hand written messages to say thank you for the work of our volunteers and supporters, including fundraisers and corporate partners. These were read by dozens of individuals at the evening Volunteers and Supporters celebration.

Displays were also created for each CW Mind service to illustrate the wide range of support our charity provides, from housing to training and children and young people’s services.

It was also lovely to hear from our keynote speaker, national Mind’s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Ward, who spoke glowingly of the contribution CW Mind makes to the Mind network of over 100 Local Minds and the important role of volunteers.

Did you know:

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind benefits from the hard work and support of

204

volunteers…

Who give an astonishing

25,000

hours of their time

A big thank you also goes to all who came along to our Volunteers & Supporters event, as well all at Butts Park Arena for helping us to host a brilliant day of activities for our staff and supporters.

Would you like to volunteer for CW Mind?

We have a range of opportunities. Just click this link to find out more.

Want to fundraise for us?

Find out how to get involved here or email fundraising@cwmind.org.uk

Strictly for Mental Health

Registrations have opened for next year’s Coventry Does Strictly 2020 in support of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.

A glitterball spinning £15,000 was raised earlier this year by amateurs and their professional dance partners for the mental health charity’s free to access local mental health services.

Now the show organisers are back with a mission to raise more funds for the Spon End-based charity which last year helped more than 27,000 people, a record number in its 50-year history.

Speaking of the event, Mark Jefferies, owner of Dancing Feet, Coventry, said:

“Dancing Feet, Coventry has been running Coventry Does Strictly for almost 10 years and in that time we have raised over £150,000 for local Coventry and Warwickshire charities.  We are very proud of these achievements and look forward to next year’s show on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May 2020 raising funds for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. Let’s make this bigger than ever.”

Mark Jefferies

Fourteen dancing couples took part in May 2019 in two glitzy evening performances at Citrus Hotel in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, to entertain audiences with their fancy footwork. Coventry and Warwickshire Mind calls on novice dancers across the region to get involved in this memorable experience, which is a great way to get active, meet new people and enhance mental wellbeing.

Jade Clarke, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s Business Development Lead, said:

“It was pleasure to work with Dancing Feet Coventry on Coventry Does Strictly 2019. We were impressed by the standard of the performances and overwhelmed by the fundraising total over the two days. This money is already making an amazing difference to many people here in Coventry and Warwickshire.

“We are delighted Dancing Feet Coventry is supporting us again next year and are already excited for Coventry Does Strictly 2020 which we hope will be well supported again. Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is helping more people than ever and we hope to raise more money than before.”

Get involved

Anyone who would like to learn a Cha Cha Cha and Quickstep and help to raise funds for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind should contact Mark Jefferies by emailing jefferiesmark1@sky.com for more information and a registration form.

Mayor of Rugby Donation

We were delighted to welcome Cllr Tom Mahoney to our Wellbeing Hub in Rugby as he presented CW Mind with a £5,264.28 cheque raised during his time as Mayor.

The money donated by Cllr Mahoney was generated during his term of office as he had chosen Coventry and Warwickshire Mind as one of his charities of the year. A quiz night and Mayor’s Ball were among his fundraising activities that helped towards the total.

Cllr Mahoney visited our Hub in Cromwell Road on May 14 and met volunteers, clients and staff at the drop-in session during Mental Health Awareness Week as one of his final duties as Mayor of Rugby.

Fiona Palmer, Rugby Wellbeing Hub manager, said:

“I would really like to thank Cllr Tom Mahoney for his support of us throughout his year as Mayor of Rugby.  We are incredibly grateful for the money he has raised and it will make a huge difference to the people we help here in Rugby. His support means more than the money he has raised, as I feel the Wellbeing Hub has made a real friend, a friendship which will last beyond his term of office. He is welcome to visit us any time.”

Fiona Palmer, Rugby Wellbeing Hub manager

Winner: Charity Governance Awards

It is with great pleasure that we announce Coventry and Warwickshire Mind has been named winner of the Embracing Opportunity & Harnessing Risk category of the national Charity Governance Awards 2019.

The award was presented to Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, and members of the Board of Trustees at the ceremony in London on May 22.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind had been shortlisted for identifying the need for a residential recovery centre in Coventry, leading to the development of St Clair Gardens.

“The board of trustees and senior management team at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind are proud to receive this award for Embracing Opportunity & Harnessing Risk for the challenges we faced when building a new recovery centre for people with complex mental health needs.

“This was a first for our charity, borrowing money and building from scratch, but demand has been high and we are now full, four months ahead of schedule. Thanks again for your recognition.”

Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

The ceremony featured a keynote speech by Nat Sloane CBE, England Chair for The National Lottery Community Fund, ahead of the announcement of the winners from the 21-strong shortlist. The shortlist also included fellow local Mind, Dorset Mind, in the Managing Turnaround category.

Michael Jarvis, who chairs the Awards for the organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said, “Congratulations to all the winners – and the shortlisted candidates should also be proud – this was, yet again, a field of a very high standard. These creative, hard-working and inspiring trustees and their colleagues deserve to be celebrated.

“I would encourage everyone in the third sector to read the stories of our winning charities – these real-life experiences and innovative ideas could help any charity seeking to improve their own governance. It also reminds us all that by improving governance a charity can dramatically improve the lives of those it serves.”

For the Charity Governance Awards, The Clothworkers’ Company – a City of London livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives – is partnered with not-for-profit consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), sector recruitment specialists Prospectus, and trustee-matching organisation Reach Volunteering.

The expert judging panel boasts a wealth of experience in charity governance and the voluntary sector. Judges include Dawn Austwick (CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund), Vinay Nair (Co-founder, Lightful), Dan Corry (CEO, New Philanthropy Capital), David Gold (CEO, Prospectus) and Janet Thorne (CEO, Reach Volunteering) among many other notable names.

Stories of all of the winning charities, and the shortlisted entrants, can be found at www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk.

Image credit: Kate Darkins Photography

Strictly 2019 Grand Total

The money has been counted and we’re delighted to announce the amount that’s been raised through Coventry does Strictly 2019.

The two-day extravaganza at Citrus Hotel in Ryton-on-Dunsmore has generated a glitterball spinning £14,889.73. An astounding sum!

We would like to thank each of the talented contestants. Not only did they practise hard in the weeks leading up to the shows to deliver show-stopping routines on May 10 and 11, they also fundraised individually to contribute to the grand total – every penny of which will be spent on our Wellbeing for Coventry service to support local people experiencing mental health problems.

Our thanks also go to the Coventry does Strictly judges for their entertaining commentary on both nights, and Dancing Feet Coventry without which it would not have been possible.

Dancing Feet Coventry organised the show and the dance company’s professionals provided stunning choreography and expert tuition to unleash the fancy footwork of our novice dancers, with plenty of top scores awarded on the nights.

CW Mind supporters were generous too in donating brilliant prizes for the raffles and buying tickets to attend the shows.

Much effort had gone into the events and it doesn’t stop there as we’re doing it all again!

Dancing Feet Coventry is planning another Coventry does Strictly in 2020 to raise funds for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.
Jade Clarke, CW Mind Business Development Lead, said:

“It was pleasure to work with Dancing Feet Coventry on Coventry does Strictly 2019. The amateur dancers performed brilliantly with their professionals on both nights, and we’re overwhelmed by the total raised. This money will make such an amazing difference to so many people. Thank you to everyone for their support.

“We’re also delighted by Dancing Feet Coventry’s commitment to supporting us next year and are already excited for Coventry does Strictly 2020 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.”

Jade Clarke, Business Development Lead

If you’re interested, please email Mark Jefferies from Dancing Feet Coventry at jefferiesmark1@sky.com 

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