House Music Fest

Nuneaton’s first indoor and outdoor House Party takes place at Griff and Coton Sports Club, Nuneaton, on Saturday 24th August 2019 from 12pm until late. It is a family friendly music festival and aims to bring the Nuneaton community together while raising funds and awareness for mental health. We are delighted the organisers have generously chosen to raise funds for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.

In the day

There are two parts to this music event. During the day the fun will be outdoors with live DJs, craft stalls, DJ workshop, ariel hoop demonstration and raffle prizes. There will also be dance shows and entertainment indoors during the day. The price of entry is £3, under 12’s go free. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

In the evening

During the evening the House Party continues indoors with DJs playing from 6pm until late. Entry is free with your wristband from the day time or £5 on the door. For over 18s, ID is required.

More information

Come along and join the fun to help raise awareness and funds for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind through music.

For more information click this link.

Family Fun Day

You are invited to join us for a Family Fun Day in support of our Mums in Mind service.

Mums in Mind supports new and expectant mums, and the fun day takes place at Cooper’s Lodge in Coventry on September 14th, from 10am – 2pm, to raise funds and awareness of the service.

Here are some of the activities:

  • Live vocals from volunteers
  • A yoga demonstration
  • Raffle
  • Tombola
  • Face painting
  • Bouncy castle
  • Reptile display
  • Craft stalls
  • Refreshments
  • Games 

Come along and join the fun!

About Mums in Mind

Becoming pregnant or being a new mum is a life changing experience for any woman. Pregnancy and new motherhood is often imagined to be a time of great joy and happiness. However, the reality for many mums is often far from this. Mums in Mind are there to help pregnant women and mums to increase their social and support networks, improve their confidence and self-esteem, and to help improve their emotional wellbeing.

To find out more about Mums in Mind please visit https://cwmind.org.uk/mums-in-mind/

Summer Rural Offer

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Bus travels Coventry and Warwickshire including, Nuneaton, Rugby, Bedworth and Mancetter.

And we are delighted to announce our new Rural Offer for the summer in which our bus will be heading out to more rural locations in support of Rise and our Children and Young peoples service to offer support and information.

While at these rural locations we will be running activities to take part in, including stress ball making, a wellbeing lucky dip with sweets and questions attached around mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Staff members will also be attending each event to offer support and information to young people and their families.

Dates and Locations

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Bus will be attending the following locations:

Saturday 3rd August, 12pm – 5pm – Dassett Country Show.

Tuesday 6th August. 10am – 2pm – Kingsbury Water Park car park.

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!

Drop-in for Dads

Anxious about becoming a new parent? We are here to listen and offer support for new and expectant mums and dads.

Here at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, we understand that becoming a parent for the first time is a period of great change, responsibility and adjustment for both mum and dad and this can be a source of increased stress, anxiety, mood change and worry.

That’s why we are proud to support both parents, mums through our Mums in Mind service and dads via our new male only drop-in and possibility of subsequent 1 to 1 support.

A study published by Baby Centre shows 1 in every 10 fathers has postnatal depression and it is much more likely to affect dads (and mums) in the first year of their child’s life. Dads appear to be most vulnerable to depression when their baby is between three months and six months old. 

About Mums in Mind

Our well established Mums in Mind service provides support for pregnant women and mums who are experiencing mental health issues, emotional distress and/or those who feel lonely and may lack the support of family and friends. The service is there to help pregnant women and mums to increase their social and support networks, improve their confidence and self-esteem, and to help improve their emotional wellbeing. To find out more about our Mums in Mind service, click this link.

About the Male Only Drop-In

As part of the Mums in Mind service, we are now holding a drop-in session for dads and are here and ready to listen, offer support and guidance and share experiences to help those dads who might be struggling to cope.

Our Male Only Drop-In Support Session is due to take place:

When: Friday 28th June, any time between 10am and 12noon

Where: Cooper’s Lodge, 61, St. Nicholas Street, Radford, Coventry CV1 4BN

Contact:

Please call 024 7622 9988 if you would like to arrange a 1 to 1 meeting with an experienced member of our staff team.

Volunteers’ Week 2019

What is volunteers week?

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from June 1 – 7 every year.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is thankful for the large number of volunteers who work across a range of our services. While supporting our charity, they gain valuable new skills and experiences.

Would you like to join us as a volunteer?

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind has a number of services that are in need of volunteers, such as:

The Buddy Service

The Buddy Service is dedicated to ensuring a young person’s self-esteem and confidence will grow and for them to feel comfortable and happy with their social life so they no longer require the Buddy Service.

Can you spare two hours per week for at least six months to make a difference to a young person’s life? If so click this link.  

Mums in Mind

Mums in Mind provides support for pregnant women and mums who are experiencing mental health issues, emotional distress and/or those who feel lonely and may lack the support of family and friends.

Could you support a pregnant woman or new mum in Coventry with their emotional wellbeing? To find out more follow this link.

How to get involved with CW Mind volunteering

  • We are always looking for volunteers. Find out more about volunteering with CW Mind and how to get involved by clicking this link.
  • At Coventry and Warwickshire Mind we have a variety of services that benefit from our volunteers work. To find out what services you could volunteer for visit this link
  • Meet some of our volunteers and find out about their experiences volunteering with us by reading their stories via this link.

Events

Throughout the week there will be numerous events across the UK which you can get involved with to help support those who take the time to support others. To find out more information about Volunteers Week and its upcoming events, click this link.

We’ll be on Twitter promoting the campaign along with other organisations across the UK. You’ll find us @cwmind using the hashtag #VolunteersWeek.

Maternal Mental Health Week

Maternal Mental Health Week takes place this year from 29th April to 5th May. It is a week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness during pregnancy or after having a baby and signposting to support for all mums.

The focus is on advocating for mums affected by maternal mental health issues and helping them to access the information and help they need to enable recovery. This year’s theme for the third annual UK Maternal Mental Health Week is Mums Matter.

Mums in Mind

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s Mums in Mind service provides support for pregnant women and mums who are experiencing mental health issues, emotional distress and/or those who feel lonely and may lack the support of family and friends.

For many women being pregnant or a new mum can be an overwhelming, frightening, and stressful time especially for those experiencing mental ill health and/or who lack support of family and friends. Mums in Mind are there to help pregnant women and mums to increase their social and support networks, improve their confidence and self-esteem, and to help improve their emotional wellbeing.

We offer as part of this service:

  • Befriending
  • Peer Support/Short Courses
  • Baby Massage

Mums in Mind is for women who:

  • Are experiencing antenatal or postnatal depression or anxiety
  • Feel lonely or isolated
  • Lack the support of close family and friends
  • Are single
  • Are young
  • Have suffered with anxiety or depression in the past
  • Are in a difficult/abusive relationship or have been in the past
  • Have low self-esteem/ confidence

To find out more about our Mums in Mind service, click this link

For more information about Maternal Mental Health Week 2019, visit this website

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual campaign coordinated by the Mental Health Foundation and runs from 13th – 19th May 2019.

The week aims to raise awareness of mental health and usually has a targeted theme which changes each year. The theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

Body image issues can affect all of us at any age. During the week we will be hosting a range of events in support of Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme. Our Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus will be on the road across Coventry and Warwickshire and stopping in a number of locations.

Plus, our the doors will be open to our Wellbeing Hubs to provide mental health support and people will be encouraged to think positively about themselves and what makes them unique.

Get involved

  • Join in the local events and activities we’re holding which are listed in the table below, and keep checking this page for updated activities as new events will be added.
  • Follow the hashtag #BeBodyKind to keep up with our activities on Facebook/cwmind and Twitter @cwmind

Find out ways to get involve with this national campaign by clicking this link.

CW Mind events for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

DateEventInformation
Monday May
13th
Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus – Rugby Library, Rugby:
10am – 3pm
Come and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.
Foleshill Library, Broad Street, Coventry: 10am – 1pmJoin us to find out more about Coventry and Warwickshire Mind services including Wellbeing for Coventry, which is delivered in partnership with Tamarind and Sahil.
Mancetter: 9am-12pm
Coventry: 1pm – 5pm
Open access drop-in available to everyone. Come and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to see exactly how images are enhanced and airbrushed, bring and share photos of a time when you felt good, and take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.
Nuneaton Outreach at Asda, Nuneaton Asda: 2pm – 5pmCome and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.
Tuesday May
14th
Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus – Rugby College, Rugby:
10am – 1pm
College students only. Come and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.

Stoke Library, Kingsway, Coventry, CV2 4EA: 10am – 1pmJoin us to find out more about Coventry and Warwickshire Mind services including Wellbeing for Coventry, which is delivered in partnership with Tamarind and Sahil.
Bedworth Outreach at Bedworth Market: 9am – 12noonCome and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.
Rugby: 1pm – 4pm
Coventry: 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton: 5pm – 8pm
Open access drop-in available to everyone. Come and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to see exactly how images are enhanced and airbrushed, bring and share photos of a time when you felt good, and take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.
Nuneaton Walk-in: 1pm – 4pmCome and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to talk in private with one of our Wellbeing Practitioners.
Wednesday
May 15th
Coventry: 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth: 5pm – 8pm
Open access drop-in available to everyone. Come and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to see exactly how images are enhanced and airbrushed, bring and share photos of a time when you felt good, and take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.
Central Library, Smithford Way, Coventry city centre, CV1 1FY: 10am – 1pmJoin us to find out more about Coventry and Warwickshire Mind services including Wellbeing for Coventry, which is delivered in partnership with Tamarind and Sahil.
Bedworth walk-in: 5pm – 8pmCome and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to talk in private with one of our Wellbeing Practitioners.
Thursday May 16th Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus: North Warwickshire
South Leicestershire
College
Nuneaton:
10am – 3pm
College students only. Come and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.
Cheylesmore Library, Cheylesmore Community Centre, Poitiers Road, Coventry, CV3 5JX: 1.30PM – 3.30PMJoin us to find out more about Coventry and Warwickshire Mind services including Wellbeing for Coventry, which is delivered in partnership with Tamarind and Sahil.
North Warwickshire Outreach at Coleshill Town Hall: 9am – 12noonCome and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.
Coventry: 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton: 5pm – 8pm
Open access drop-in available to everyone. Come and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to see exactly how images are enhanced and airbrushed, bring and share photos of a time when you felt good, and take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.
North Warwickshire Walk-in, Mancetter: 1pm – 4pmCome and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to talk in private with one of our Wellbeing Practitioners.
Friday May 17th Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus: University of Warwick:
10am – 3pm
Our Bus will be out at the University of Warwick today with staff offering support and guidance.
Mancetter: 1pm – 4pm
Coventry: 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth: 5pm – 8pm
Open access drop-in available to everyone. Come and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to see exactly how images are enhanced and airbrushed, bring and share photos of a time when you felt good, and take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.
Saturday May
18th
Broadgate, Coventry:
10am – 3pm
Get on board our bus at Broadgate in Coventry and access the information you need about mental health.
Rugby walk-in: 10am – 1pmCome and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to talk in private with one of our Wellbeing Practitioners.
Rugby drop-in: 10am – 1pm
Coventry: 1pm – 5pm
Open access drop-in available to everyone. Come and visit us and learn more about ways to feel good through the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Opportunity to see exactly how images are enhanced and airbrushed, bring and share photos of a time when you felt good, and take part in our Body Positivity Challenge.
Sunday May
19th
Coventry: 1pm – 5pm Our Wellbeing Hub is open and here to offer
the information you need for your mental health.

Masquerade Ball at Nailcote

Nailcote Hall, Berkswell

Come along to Nailcote Hall in Berkswell on Friday November 8 2019 for a night of magic and mystery to raise funds to support our work here at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.

Louise Courtney and Anna McGee are organising the masquerade ball as they recognise the world is full of people who wear a mask to hide how they truly feel and are keen help those of us who are struggling, while promoting the importance of wellbeing.

We are thrilled they have chosen Coventry and Warwickshire Mind to be the beneficiary of money raised.

The event starts at 7pm and is the perfect opportunity to get glammed up with your masquerade evening attire to help raise money for our charity.

The tickets are £40 per person with an additional £3.23 booking fee. This will pay for your entry along with:

  • Three course meal
  • Live entertainment
  • Disco
  • Raffle
  • Auction

All funds raised from the raffle along with any money raised on the night will all go to Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. Tickets are on sale now.

To purchase your tickets click this link.

Autism Awareness Week 2019

What is Autism Awareness Week?

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is proud to be supporting Autism Awareness Week 2019. Autism Awareness Week is an internationally recognised event that will takes place this year from April 1st to April 7th, with the full seven days dedicated to encouraging people across the UK to take part in activities to raise money and awareness for the National Autistic Society until everyone understands.

What is autism?

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people and how they experience the world around them. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

CW Mind autism services:

We provide services to support people with autism and their families.

Autism Support Service – Our Autism support service aims to provide support to children, young people and families pre and post an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Funded through Warwickshire County Council and delivered across Coventry and Warwickshire, this new service will sit alongside CW Mind’s children and young people’s department, CAMHS Rise and Specialist CAMHS. This service is to strengthen existing ASD support within current services.

ASD Social Clubs –  Our social clubs are open to children and young people at the medium to high functioning end of the Autistic Spectrum, such as those with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism (HFA). The social clubs provide a variety of social and informal educational opportunities which encourage the young people to develop their confidence, self-esteem, social skills and understanding of their emotional health.

Autism awareness video

Take a look at our autism awareness video below. It was created by Laura who leads our Autism Support Service as a visual and handy guide to what autism is and how you can understand it more.

Further information

To find out more about autism, we recommend the following websites for information and resources:

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