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.

One Week In

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.

Emily said:

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!

Dee said:

This year I wanted to look at both my physical and mental wellbeing.

I wanted 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.

I’m 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.

Plus twice a week I’m dancing in preparation for Coventry does Strictly 2020, incorporating physical activity and social time. 

RED January 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, 

Today the office was filled with giggles as we started an impromptu fun four-minute dance found on the internet.  Keeping it fun and real!

Opening Times

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:

Services include free sessions for those of us in need of company and someone to talk to.

Peer-led drop-ins offer you the opportunity to meet others in safe environment.

Walk-ins offer the opportunity to access information and resources. It is also possible to talk in private for up to 20 minutes with our experienced practitioners.

Phone support offers the opportunity to talk to an experienced wellbeing practitioner

The Coventry Wellbeing Hub in Wellington Gardens, Windsor Street, Coventry, is open every day including Christmas Day.

  •  Usual opening times (apart from Christmas Day) are 1pm – 5pm Monday to Sunday.
  •  Christmas Day, Wednesday December 25,  11am – 3pm

Click this link for venue and service information.



Click this link to download the full festive opening times for Wellbeing for Warwickshire 2019 – 2020, including South Warwickshire Wellbeing Hub services in Stratford Upon Avon, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Mancetter, Bedworth, Nuneaton and Rugby.

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 10am-12noon 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

Coventry Does Strictly 2020 Tickets

We’re pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for Coventry Does Strictly 2020.

A glitterball spinning £15,000 was 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.”

Mark Jefferies

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.”

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