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.

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

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/

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

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.

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.

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

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

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