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.
Experience of operating at a senior management level.
Strategic management/policy development skills.
Positive, supportive, proactive and solution focused approach.
It’s seven days in to RED January 2020 and our ambassadors who are taking part in the move more challenge this month have reflected on their week of activities so far.
Both Emily Bunce and Dee Hodgson were involved last year, too. Read about their experiences this time around below.
RED January last year for me was
literally to run every day. I was exhausted by the end of it, but it started a
passion for running which I’m so happy about.
This year I thought let’s do it differently. Moving
positively for your body does not mean exhausting it.
So, I’m trying 31 different types of physical movement. So far,
I’ve run, swam, done yoga, a weights session and stretched. I’ve still got
walking, Bollywood dancing, trampolining and even gardening on the list to do.
A week in and I’m so excited every day to do something
different. Some are going to be tougher than others, but I think it’s so
important to find movement in everything you do.
The thing I’m most loving about it is the sense of community
with RED Jan. Were all in it together. In the time of year when the gatherings
stop and everyone stays in, it’s great to know there are people wanting to do
things together. You don’t feel so low in one of the rankest months of the year!
I wanted to look at both my physical and mental wellbeing.
to mix things up to keep my motivation up and take this time to experience new
ways of self-care.
So far, my
RED January has consisted of increased walking, putting mindfulness into action
and relaxation, enjoying time with my dog. I have also included a gym
session which has led to new friendships.
exploring how to increase my daily activities within my working day, by parking
further away from appointments. This gives me head space to process thoughts
and to gain some much-needed relation time.
this year is not just about slogging it out in a gym and feeling pressured to achieve,
it’s about building achievable goals that incorporate mental and emotional wellbeing,
keeping it real and interesting,
office was filled with giggles as we started an impromptu fun four-minute dance
found on the internet. Keeping it fun and real!
We know this time of year can be difficult for so many of us for a variety of reasons, and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is here to give anyone who needs it the support they you need over the Christmas and New Year season.
We’re here to help whenever you need mental health support, whatever the time of year, including Christmas Day when our Wellbeing Hubs will be open in:
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
For us to contact you back, please leave a message with your:
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.
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.
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.
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 theMind 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
Who give an astonishing
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.
We’re pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for Coventry Does Strictly 2020.
A glitterball spinning £15,000was raised in 2019 by amateurs and their professional dance partners, let’s make this year even bigger!
The show organisers are back to support the work of our charity, which last year helped more than 27,000 people, a record number in its 50-year history.
The two night extravaganza shows are on May 15th (Friday) and May 16th (Saturday) at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Coventry. The ticket includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, amazing entertainment and a delicious 3 course. course meal. Tickets are on sale here. They cost £35 each, booking fee £2.50 (£37.50).
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.”
Jade Clarke, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s Business Development Lead, said:
“It was a 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.”