Quiz Night in Rugby

We would like to say a big thank you to all who attended a quiz night at Rugby Workers Club in Oliver Street, Rugby, on the evening of Friday 16th November.

They helped raise a total of £270 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind as one of the Mayor of Rugby’s two chosen charities, to support local people experiencing mental health issues.

It was a great evening with the Mayor of Rugby, Councillor Tom Mahoney, attending to show his support. There was plenty of laughter and tasty food, too, all of which resulted in a great amount to add to the pot of money already raised for the mayor’s charities.

We truly appreciate the efforts of all those who helped raise money to support the mental health services provided here at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. Also, thanks once again to the Mayor of Rugby for choosing us as one of his charities of the year.

Festive Season Opening Times 2018

Are you feeling alone or overwhelmed at this time of year? Our Wellbeing Hubs are open throughout the festive season.

We’re here to help whenever you need mental health support, whatever the time of year, including Christmas Day.

We know this time of year can be difficult and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is here to give you the support you need over the Christmas and New Year season, with 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

 

Please scroll down to take a look at the festive season opening times for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s Wellbeing Hubs in the tables below.

 



Click this link to download the full festive opening times for Wellbeing for Warwickshire, including South Warwickshire Wellbeing Hub services in Stratford Upon Avon, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Mancetter, Bedworth, Nuneaton and Rugby.WCC Christmas times 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 13 – Friday, December 21

 

Date Wellbeing Hub Drop-in opening times
Thursday, December 13th Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton 5pm – 8pm
Friday, December 14th Mancetter 1pm – 4pm
Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, December 15th Rugby 10am – 1pm
Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, December 16th Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Monday, December 17th Mancetter 9am – 12noon
Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, December 18th Rugby 1pm – 4pm
Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton 5pm – 8pm
Wednesday, December 19th Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth 5pm – 8pm
Thursday, December 20th Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton 5pm – 8pm
Friday, December 21st Mancetter 1pm – 4pm
Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth 5pm – 8pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 22nd – Friday, January 2nd

 

Date Wellbeing Hub Opening times
Saturday, December 22nd Rugby Drop-in: 10am – 1pm; Walk-in: 10am – 1pm
Coventry Drop-in 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, December 23rd Coventry Drop-in 1pm – 5pm
Monday, December 24th Mancetter Drop-in: 9am – 12noon
Coventry Drop-in 11am – 3pm
Tuesday, December 25th Coventry Drop-in: 11am – 3pm
 

Nuneaton

Drop-in: 9am – 12noon; Walk-in 1pm – 4pm; Phone support  on 024 7771 2288
Mancetter Phone support

024 7771 2288

9am – 4pm

Bedworth Phone support

024 7771 2288

9am – 4pm

Rugby Phone support

024 7771 2288

9am – 4pm

Wednesday, December 26th Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth Drop-in: 9am – 12noon; Walk-in 1pm – 4pm
Thursday, December 27th Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm
Mancetter Walk-in: 1pm – 4pm
Rugby Drop-in: 1pm – 4pm
Friday, December 28th Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm
Mancetter Drop-in: 1pm – 4pm
Saturday, December 29th Rugby Drop-in: 10am – 1pm; Walk-in: 10am – 1pm
Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, December 30th Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Monday, December 31st Mancetter Drop-in: 9am – 12noon
Coventry Drop-in 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, January 1st Rugby Drop-in: 1pm – 4pm; Phone support: 9am – 4pm on 024 77712288
Coventry Drop-in: 11am – 3pm
Nuneaton Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm; Walk-in: 1pm -4pm
Mancetter Phone support: 9am – 4pm on 024 77712288
Bedworth Phone support: 9am – 4pm on 024 77712288
Wednesday, January 2nd Coventry Drop-in 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm; Walk-in: 5pm – 8pm
Thursday, January 3rd Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm
Mancetter Walk-in: 1pm – 4pm
Friday, January 4th Mancetter Drop-in: 1pm – 4pm
Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, January 5th Rugby Walk-in: 10am – 1pm
Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm

An Amazing Year with Elite Group

We would like to thank one of our corporate fundraising partners, Elite Group, where staff have raised a brilliant £13,959.96 since the start of the year for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, by donating every month and getting involved in a range of fundraising events. Read on to discover some of their highlights.

 

 

Wolf Run

One of the first organised events Elite Group staff took part in was the Wolf Run in April. A total of 22 team members from Elite Group completed the Wolf Run for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.

 

 

Three Peaks Challenge

Their next big event was the Three Peaks Challenge. The three mountains attempted were Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and ten members of Elite Group took on the huge challenge; Luke Moore, Luke Arnold, Laura Dewes, Laura Rollins, Paul Wilkinson, Phil Kolodynski, Charlie Stevens, Lisa McClusker, Andy White and Leah Turner. Four of the team managed to climb all three mountains, seven managed two mountains and nine climbed one mountain, so a big thank you to all who took part.

 

CW Mind skydive

Two team members from Elite Group Josh Lane and Andy White as well as a team members son Ben Chapman joined a number of other brave skydivers to take part in the Big CW Mind Skydive in May 2018. Over £1,000 was raised for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind by the participants from the Elite Group. Well done!

 

 

September Ball

On behalf of Elite Group, company director Luke and his family organised a ball that took place in September. This raised a fantastic £3,250 which money has gone towards funding the following services at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind:

 

  • 2 x Anxiety Management & Relaxation Courses (10 weeks)
  • 2 x Coping with Low Mood and Depression (5 weeks)
  • 2 x Wellbeing in Later Life (3 weeks)
  • 2 x Improving Confidence and Self Esteem (5 weeks)

 

Congratulations to Elite Group on such an amazing, action-packed year!

National Stress Awareness Day 2018

Create a Stress Awareness Space at your workplace or school.

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

National Stress Awareness Day, which takes place on 7th November 2018, is a great opportunity to take a moment to think about our wellbeing and find advice or support on managing stress.

For us to maintain our wellbeing, noticing what’s making us stressed helps us learn how we can deal with it. This is particularly important in the workplace or school environment where stresses of workload and working relationships are common.

Create your own Stress Awareness Space where staff and students can share their thoughts and feelings when they are feeling stressed.

Sharing how you’re feeling with friends and colleagues can make a huge difference. By sharing, you could get some great advice and tips or find you can support other colleagues who need help.

 

 

RED January Launch 2019

Start 2019 with a health a health kick! Help beat the January blues with RED January for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.

Whether it’s running 5k, walking to work, morning swims or taking your bike out for a spin, you can become a REDer by helping manage your mental health through physical activity.

You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to get involved, dedicating part of your day to exercising every day in January will work wonders for your wellbeing!

RED January can provide you with a goal and a focus during what can be a tough month, empowering you to start the year as you mean to go on. All achievements are celebrated, no matter how big or small and the RED community is there to support you every step of the way.

What are you waiting for… Sign up to RED January to feel empowered and inspire others. Beat the January blues with this ultimate challenge! Please email fundraising@cwmind.org.uk for more information, you can sign up for free.

Join the thousands of people around the UK kick-starting their 2019 in the most positive way. You can do it alone or in a group, it’s up to you how you shape journey.

Sign up to RED January

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Show of Support on Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day was a big day for fundraising collections as our business development Lead, Jade Clarke, met with generous fundraisers who handed over more than £4,000 on the day alone, every penny of which will be spent supporting local people experiencing mental health issues. Find out what some of our fundraisers told us about why they chose to support Coventry and Warwickshire Mind below.

 

TSB Branch

A big thank you to Isaac Hinds and Rory Bentley from TSB Coventry High Street branch who ran the Draycote 10k Challenge on October 7th and raised a total of £1,595.85 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind from the challenge and fundraising activities in branch. Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is the TSB branch’s chosen charity of the year and Rory has announced he will be taking part in the two further Draycote Runs in November this year and February 2019 for our charity. Isaac told us he believed it was a good challenge to take part in and a great opportunity to get involved with. He believes in the work and support that Coventry and Warwickshire Mind offers and he said he wanted to test himself and show what he could achieve.

 

The Loaded Gig

A huge thank you to Paul from the Coventry alternative band The Loaded who hosted an evening full of music at the Canal Basin in Coventry in September. The band raised £500 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind on the night which was handed to CW Mind on World Mental Health Day. We asked Paul why he chose to support Coventry and Warwickshire Mind and he said he had lost a dear friend who suffered from mental health issues before he passed away and he wants to help make a difference. We truly appreciate the band’s support of our work.

 

RS Components

A samosa sale for staff was held at RS Components in Nuneaton where employees were given the opportunity to talk about mental health and wellbeing. They chose to support CW Mind as staff members have lost relatives due to mental health and they raised £1,282.18 in total through company match funding which was given to us on World Mental Health Day. We are so grateful.

 

 

 

Neil Griffiths Art Exhibition

Another big thank you goes to local artist Neil Griffiths who held his very first art exhibition at Dhillon’s Brewery and raised £150 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. The exhibition was held on September 28th and was a great success. We asked why he decided to raise money for our charity and he told us he truly believed in the work and support Coventry and Warwickshire Mind offers and wants to help raise awareness of mental health. Well done, Neil!

 

Power Runs

Thank you to the organisers of the Power Runs in Coventry and all the participants who raised a fantastic £800 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind in a Summer Virtual Challenge which involved more than 50 local people who ran or walked 100k between July and September. The cheque was presented to us on World Mental Health Day as participants were awarded with medals in honour of their achievement. We are so proud of everyone involved.

 

Bracelets Sale

A huge thank you also goes out to Martin Power and Vicky Nash who have created beautiful mental health awareness bracelets in memory of a dear friend, and in doing so raised £310 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. We are truly grateful for the money they raised. These bracelets were designed and made to remind others that there is always someone out there who cares, to bring comfort and send the message that no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. Each bracelet was sold for £5 each, including delivery, with £3 from each sale going to Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. The money they raised will go to our adult services, counselling and one to one support sessions.

Get Ready for RED January 2019

We’re proud to be partnering with RED January 2019 this year, helping motivate people to get active every day in January to support their mental health.

RED January is now more inclusive than ever, focusing on getting active, your way. Whether that’s running 5k, walking to work a new way, a morning swim or just taking a bike for a spin – the choice is yours. The aim is to dedicate a bit of time everyday in January to some form of exercise.

If you decide you would like to fundraise for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind this RED January, the proceeds raised will directly impact your local community, whilst giving you the opportunity to build a network of REDers nearby.

You will be able to register to take part with us directly when the local registration for Coventry and Warwickshire opens in November. We’ll be sharing further information shortly. Keep in touch or look out for news and updates via our social media channels.

We’re looking forward to seeing where your RED January journey takes you!

What are you waiting for… Sign up to Red January to feel empowered and to inspire others, beat the January blues with the ultimate challenge! Please email fundraising@cwmind.org.uk for more info and to sign up for free.

 

 

 

 

Men Needed for Strictly Does Coventry

We are appealing for men in particular to join Coventry Does Strictly 2019.

Men, this is a chance for you to bring out your inner Fred Astaire and look super cool on the dancefloor.

We already have a number of female contestants lined up to take part in the glamourous fundraiser, the result of a new partnership with Dancing Feet Coventry which has chosen to support Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s work.

This event is being held to raise funds to support the mental health services we provide but we are in need of more male partners to help make this event a success.

Please get in touch if you are interested or know someone who might be keen to join this fantastic opportunity.

Contestants are asked to:

  • Raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship by setting up a fundraising webpage and taking part in other fundraising  activities for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.
  • Learn to dance a Waltz and a Jive routine, as choreographed by Dancing Feet, Coventry.
  • Attend twice weekly training sessions, starting from Sunday 9 March 2019 at 6pm until 8pm and Friday 15 March 2019 at 7.30pm until 9.30pm. This will provide eight weeks of pre-event training.
  • Attend a meet and greet session at the Royal Court Hotel, Coventry, on Sunday 6 January 2019 at 6pm to meet the dancers from Dancing Feet, Coventry, staff from the Royal Court Hotel, and Coventry & Warwickshire Mind.
  • There will be a brief presentation by Coventry & Warwickshire Mind to help you understand the work of the Charity and a brief presentation by Mark Jefferies from Dancing Feet, Coventry, to help you understand how the event will work and what the final show will look like.

For more information: 

Anyone interested in taking part should email Mark Jefferies at jefferiesmark1@sky.com for more information, a training schedule and a registration form.

Blue Light Programme

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is proud to announce involvement with the Blue Light Programme.

The Blue Light Programme is a service to provide targeted mental health support to our emergency services staff and volunteers. The project is funded until 31st March 2019.

What is the Blue Light Programme?

We know that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Our independent research shows that the estimated quarter of a million people who work and volunteer in our emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to get support.

In an independent survey commissioned by Mind of more than 3,500 blue light personnel, 87.5% said they had experienced stress and poor mental health while working for blue light services and almost half (44%) thought colleagues would be treated less favourably if they disclosed a mental health problem at work. Because of this, Mind launched the Blue Light Programme in March 2015 with the mission of empowering emergency service employers, employees, new recruits and volunteers to promote and support better mental health, both individually and in the workplace.

Emergency service workers do an extremely challenging job day in, day out, frequently encountering traumatic situations. Staff and volunteers will always need support with their mental health, so they can continue responding to people in difficulty. That’s why we want to create lasting change in this sector.

What is available

Information and literature

Service specific literature available from mind.org.uk/bluelight

Blue Light info line: 0300 303 5999, Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm, calls charged at local rates. Text: 84999

1:1s

For those experiencing emotionally difficult times and to support individuals to make positive changes. This could include practical problem solving, self-help strategies, action planning or support to identify more specialist/in-depth services.

Trauma training workshop

Designed for face-to-face delivery to emergency service staff and volunteers who have an interest in learning more about trauma and PTSD, and supporting those who might have experienced trauma. The course isn’t intended to diagnose individuals who are presently experiencing symptoms of trauma or PTSD.

Peer support training

Peer support is about the relationships that people build as they share their own experiences to help and support each other. It is about helping people to recognise and realise their strengths and abilities, acknowledging that people may have problems but these problems do not define them.

Mental health awareness workshop

Delivered in support of the above workshops; to promote mental health and raise awareness of emotional wellbeing

Becoming a Blue Light Champion

An employee or volunteer in the emergency services who takes action in the workplace to raise awareness of mental health and challenge mental health prejudice.

Blue Light staff and volunteers regularly bear witness to traumatic events, and we want to be able to support them with managing their daily mental health needs, and prepare them with knowledge and information should they need future provision.

If you have any further questions, please contact Fatima (fatima.ali@cwmind.org.uk) or Denise (denise.lindsay@cwmind.org.uk).

Festive Season Opening Times 2018

Are you feeling alone or overwhelmed at this time of year? Our Wellbeing Hubs are open throughout the festive season.

We’re here to help whenever you need mental health support, whatever the time of year, including Christmas Day.

We know this time of year can be difficult and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is here to give you the support you need over the Christmas and New Year season, with 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

 

Please scroll down to take a look at the festive season opening times for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s Wellbeing Hubs in the tables below.

 



Click this link to download the full festive opening times for Wellbeing for Warwickshire, including South Warwickshire Wellbeing Hub services in Stratford Upon Avon, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Mancetter, Bedworth, Nuneaton and Rugby.WCC Christmas times 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 13 – Friday, December 21

 

Date Wellbeing Hub Drop-in opening times
Thursday, December 13th Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton 5pm – 8pm
Friday, December 14th Mancetter 1pm – 4pm
Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, December 15th Rugby 10am – 1pm
Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, December 16th Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Monday, December 17th Mancetter 9am – 12noon
Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, December 18th Rugby 1pm – 4pm
Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton 5pm – 8pm
Wednesday, December 19th Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth 5pm – 8pm
Thursday, December 20th Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton 5pm – 8pm
Friday, December 21st Mancetter 1pm – 4pm
Coventry 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth 5pm – 8pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 22nd – Friday, January 2nd

 

Date Wellbeing Hub Opening times
Saturday, December 22nd Rugby Drop-in: 10am – 1pm; Walk-in: 10am – 1pm
Coventry Drop-in 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, December 23rd Coventry Drop-in 1pm – 5pm
Monday, December 24th Mancetter Drop-in: 9am – 12noon
Coventry Drop-in 11am – 3pm
Tuesday, December 25th Coventry Drop-in: 11am – 3pm
 

Nuneaton

Drop-in: 9am – 12noon; Walk-in 1pm – 4pm; Phone support on 024 7771 2288
Mancetter Phone support

024 7771 2288

9am – 4pm

Bedworth Phone support

024 7771 2288

9am – 4pm

Rugby Phone support

024 7771 2288

9am – 4pm

Wednesday, December 26th Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth Drop-in: 9am – 12noon; Walk-in 1pm – 4pm
Thursday, December 27th Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm
Mancetter Walk-in: 1pm – 4pm
Rugby Drop-in: 1pm – 4pm
Friday, December 28th Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm
Mancetter Drop-in: 1pm – 4pm
Saturday, December 29th Rugby Drop-in: 10am – 1pm; Walk-in: 10am – 1pm
Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, December 30th Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Monday, December 31st Mancetter Drop-in: 9am – 12noon
Coventry Drop-in 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, January 1st Rugby Drop-in: 1pm – 4pm; Phone support: 9am – 4pm on 024 77712288
Coventry Drop-in: 11am – 3pm
Nuneaton Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm; Walk-in: 1pm -4pm
Mancetter Phone support: 9am – 4pm on 024 77712288
Bedworth Phone support: 9am – 4pm on 024 77712288
Wednesday, January 2nd Coventry Drop-in 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm; Walk-in: 5pm – 8pm
Thursday, January 3rd Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Nuneaton Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm
Mancetter Walk-in: 1pm – 4pm
Friday, January 4th Mancetter Drop-in: 1pm – 4pm
Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm
Bedworth Drop-in: 5pm – 8pm
Saturday, January 5th Rugby Walk-in: 10am – 1pm
Coventry Drop-in: 1pm – 5pm