Nitin Skydives for CW Mind

A huge thank you to Nitin who took part in a charity skydive recently to raise funds for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. He was happy to share his experience with us. Here is what he say as he wrote to show his appreciation to all his supporters who helped him raise a brilliant £1,165 for our services:

“I am very excited and relieved to let you know that on Saturday 15th June 2019, I completed my 10,000ft Tandem Skydive for the Coventry and Warwickshire Mind charity. I have to tell you, in the days prior to the skydive, the nerves were ridiculous!

“The experience of that morning, starting with the expert information from the instructors, to being pretty much petrified in the plane, to the exhilarating feeling of flying, and ending with the sense of total love for the flat ground beneath me, will be hard to forget. This skydive was something that I never thought that I was capable of doing –  your well wishes, good luck messages and the useful tips were all greatly appreciated, and helped me to keep focused in carrying out this challenge – THANK YOU!

“I am still totally overwhelmed by your efforts of generosity – the aim was to raise £650.00, but together we raised £1,165.00 – we smashed it! Your kind donations will go directly to the Coventry and Warwickshire Mind charity. The aim of this charity is to offer help, support and guidance to us, when our mental health is not balanced. If you would like to know more about the charity, please click on the link below: https://cwmind.org.uk/

Well done on your achievement, Nitin!

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 

Charity Governance Awards 2019

We are thrilled to announce that Coventry and Warwickshire Mind has been shortlisted for the UK-wide Charity Governance Awards 2019.

We are in the running for the Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk category of the awards which comes with a £5,000 unrestricted grant. Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is one of 21 charities from across the UK that complete the full shortlist.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind joins the shortlist of charities representing a diverse range of activities that include mental health care, family support, disability sports, heritage conservation and the arts.

The 21-strong judging panel have shortlisted the entries and will select a winner in each of the seven categories. The winners will be announced at the official awards reception at the historic Clothworkers’ Hall in London on 22nd May 2019, featuring a keynote speech by Nat Sloane CBE, England Chair for The National Community Lottery Fund.

Among Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s recent achievements has been the development of St Clair Gardens, a residential recovery centre in the Foleshill area of Coventry which opened in May 2018. The multi-million pound 14-bedroom development was designed to the charity’s specifications by Coventry-based architects IDP and built by Harrabin, a building company based in the city.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious UK-wide award in the Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk category.

“It has been a long-held dream of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind to develop a recovery centre, and while the St Clair Gardens project came with challenges along the way the board of trustees worked together and was absolutely determined to see it through to completion, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of each trustee.

“St Clair Gardens is a much needed resource for the people of the area and it was a carefully considered risk, but we never lost sight of our ambition to see those of us experiencing mental health problems and in need of help to live independently supported in a ground-breaking home from home environment.

“It is a great source of pleasure to us that St Clair Gardens is enabling people to travel their recovery path in five-star but homely surroundings and we look forward to celebrating all that has been achieved so far with other charities at the forthcoming awards ceremony.”

Pat Allen, Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

Michael Jarvis, who chairs the Awards for the organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said: “Congratulations to all these successful shortlisted candidates. The Charity Governance Awards may be in their fourth year, but we continue to hear about new and exciting initiatives from our entrants each year.

“Charities exist in a challenging climate, so successful governance stories from the frontline can provide powerful examples for the whole sector to follow. Our shortlisted candidates have proved that low budgets, limited resources and other pressures need not be an obstacle to digital innovation, building diverse and vibrant boards, or turning around the most difficult of situations.”

Commenting on the judging process, panellist Tesse Akpeki, lead consultant for Onboard with Bates-Wells-Braithwaite, said: “The process was robust, constructively challenging and engaging, which uncovered the dynamic nature of governance. I was struck that these Awards continue to demonstrate that rewarding good governance is an area that continues to evolve. Models of governance are reshaped and refreshed as new movements and networks emerge: this empowers people and stimulates social change.”

The expert judging panel boasts a wealth of experience in charity governance and the voluntary sector. Judges also 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. (See www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk/judgesfor a full list of judges).

You can follow the awards on Twitter via @CharityGovAwards or by using the hashtag #charitygov19. Winners will be announced on the website following the ceremony in May.

Time to Talk Day Events

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind staff were on the Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus in Coventry city centre during Time to Talk Day as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing.

Never ones to miss an opportunity to promote mental health, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind staff were out on Time to Talk Day 2019 with the message ‘let’s get talking’.

Our kettles were boiled and tea bags and biscuits were on hand at our Time to Talk Day events, to help get conversations flowing on the day.

Thank you to everyone who came along to find out more about our mental health services and take part in Time to Talk Day activities at our Wellbeing Hubs in Coventry and Nuneaton.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus was also parked in Broadgate, Coventry city centre, on the day as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing, and was particularly busy with a steady stream of visitors of all ages stepping inside.

It was fantastic to see so many people engaged with the theme of this year’s Time to Talk Day theme, that it only takes a few ingredients to get conversations started around mental health.

While Time to Talk Day takes place once a year, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is here every day to keep the conversation going around mental health, to be a listening ear and provide support.

If you missed our bus and would like to get on board, there are still plenty of opportunities throughout the year. Take a look at our bus timetable here.

Macdonald’s Promotes Mental Health

The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust, a mental health charity for young people, is working with CW Mind and PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, to promote the message in three Macdonald’s in Rugby that there is always someone to talk to.

The Leicester Road, Market Place, and London Road restaurants are trialling a range of promotional materials to help increase public awareness around mental health. The materials include drink coasters, table tent-cards, window posters and collection boxes near the tills.

There are also information cards placed in all carry-out bags for takeaway orders. Coasters have been placed on all tables, with contact details for CW Mind, Papyrus and Samaritans.

Representatives from Coventry and Warwickshire Mind were among those at the launch on February 7. Staff from Rugby Wellbeing Hub also spent from 11am to 1.30pm on 11th, 12th and 13th  February at each restaurant, sharing information on the Hub service and other useful information to arm McDonald’s staff with signposting information for when the Hub staff and campaign are not around.

Fiona Palmer, a Coventry and Warwickshire Mind service manager, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this initiative thanks to the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust and thanks to Glyn Pashley, owner of the Macdonald’s franchise, as this opportunity enables us to reach out to the public through his restaurants.

We are keen to let people know about the free to access local services we offer to anyone who may be struggling or in need of support, including our drop-in services on Tuesdays and Saturdays and one to one support by appointment at our Wellbeing Hub in Cromwell Road, Rugby. Anyone is welcome.”

About the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust

The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust was founded in 2014 by Evan, Carol and Alastair Grant, whose son and brother Cameron tragically took his own life aged 21 after silently suffering with depression for many years. The CGMT was established in his memory, and to prevent this happening to others.

Evan Grant, Chair, Cameron Grant Memorial Trust, commented: “We are passionate about promoting the importance of good mental health, and highlighting local and national resources to help those with mental ill-health; there is always someone you can talk to. This is a fantastic opportunity for Cameron Grant Memorial Trust to work with Coventry & Warwickshire Mind and PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide to bring this message to the McDonald’s restaurants in Rugby. Very many thanks to Glyn Pashley and his team for their enthusiastic support”

Local franchisee Glyn Pashley, who owns the Rugby restaurants, commented: “The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust is a great charity which looks to protect youth mental health and we are delighted to help support them. Poor mental health can affect anyone, yet there is still a stigma around these issues which prevents many from discussing it and seeking help. We hope that spreading the message and signposting support, can help promote a charity that does such a fantastic job that helps the preservation and protection of good mental health.”

For more information about the Rugby Wellbeing Hub and other Wellbeing for Warwickshire services, visit https://wbw.cwmind.org.uk/ or call 024 7771 2288.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2019

Children’s Mental Health Week 2019, from February 4 – 10, shines a spotlight on the mental wellbeing of young people and we’re proud to support this awareness raising campaign.

This year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out to encourage children and young people to look after both their minds and bodies, as simple things such as sleeping, eating and being active have a positive impact on wellbeing.

 

Sleep well

New research from Place2Be, which spearheads the Children’s Mental Health Week campaign, suggests children with less sleep are more likely to struggle with worries.

Children and young people who usually get less than the recommended nine hours sleep on a school night are more likely to feel that worries get in the way of school work (32% vs. 22%), according to a survey of over 1,100 10-11 year-olds and 13-15 year-olds carried out by Place2Be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re here to help

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

Click the links below of a quick rundown of the one-to-one services, group sessions and support in schools we offer, including details of our new Autism support service:

 

 

Find out more

Follow our Children’s Mental Health Week activities on social media @cwmind on Twitter and /cwmind on Facebook. We’ll be posting with the hashtag #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.

Discover more about Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 here.

 

Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus

 

L – R Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus driver, Dave Allen, Cllr Kamran Caan, Chair of Coventry Health and Wellbeing Board, Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, and Adrian Collins, Year of Wellbeing blogger outside Coventry Cathedral.

Our Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus is back on the road for 2019.

Come and meet our new-look wellbeing resource on wheels which displays Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing logos for 2019.

Its bright new colour scheme has already been well received by health officials when the bus was parked at Year of Wellbeing events, the first of which took place outside Coventry Cathedral.

There has also been an event outside Shire Hall in Warwick where Year of Wellbeing pledges were signed and people were encouraged to get on board our bus.

 

Visit our bus

With stops across Coventry and Warwickshire starting in January, members of the public also have the opportunity to visit the bus at various scheduled locations and events throughout the year.

The bus timetable for 2019 can be found via this link and new dates will also be added.

Please check the CW Mind Twitter account @cwmind for the latest bus updates and feel free to step on board to access mental health support and a range of wellbeing resources.

 

Here to help

L- R Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, and Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Porfolio Lead for Wellbeing, with the Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus outside Shire Hall in Warwick.

The bus is one of the many ways we reach out to communities in Coventry and Warwickshire to promote positive aspects of mental health and wellbeing, in addition to the support services we provide through our free to access Wellbeing Hub services.

We hope to see you on our bus soon.

 

Book our bus

If you’re having an event, we may be able to bring our bus if you can accommodate it (it’s rather large!). If you are interested, please email bus@cwmind.org.uk

RED January on the Radio

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind ambassadors and REDers Dee Hodgson and Emily Bunce

RED January participants for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind have been on the radio to talk about the move more challenge.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Ambassadors, Emily Bunce and Dee Hodgson, have been interviewed live on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire by presenter Vic Minett, to explain why getting involved in the move more in January campaign is beneficial to mental as well as physical wellbeing.

Three years ago, Dee weighed 26.5 stones, experienced extensive mental health issues and could only walk 100 metres. Now she has lost 14.5 stones and feels the positive impact of exercising more.

She explained how research has shown the connection between increased physical activity and improved mental health.

Emily said: “If you don’t consider yourself a runner, we’re not asking you to run, we’re just asking you to move every day.”

About RED January

RED January is for people of all abilities to get involved with an activity of their choice. Whether it’s running, walking, jogging, swimming, or star jumping, the choice is yours. It’s the ideal opportunity to start the new year with a positive challenge, your way.

We are delighted so many people across Coventry and Warwickshire have already pledged to take part in RED January in aid of our charity, and it was lovely to hear our ambassadors talking about their RED January journey so far in such a fun and engaging way. Well done Emily and Dee!

You can listen to their interview online from 1hr 20mins in here.

Get involved

Don’t forget it’s not too late to become a REDer if you haven’t already. Let’s all get moving more this month.

Find out more and how to sign up FREE here.

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