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.
  • The main events will take place 10th and 11th May at the Citrus Hotel Coventry

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).

CAASS Adult Autism Service

Are you an adult living with Autism?

CAASS (Community Adult Autism Support Service) is for adults living with Autism in Coventry and Warwickshire.

What is CAASS?


Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is trialling, for one year, a new Community Adult Autism Support Service (CAASS) in partnership with Springfield Mind and Act for Autism.

CAASS services

Weekly peer support groups

A safe space for people with Autism to:

  • Meet with others on a regular basis
  • Socialise with people in similar situations
  • Plan and agree group activities

6 Week Autism Education Programme

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

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.


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.

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, we will need your:

  • name
  • contact details
  • postcode, and
  • service you are interested in

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

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