One Week In

It’s seven days in to RED January 2020 and our ambassadors who are taking part in the move more challenge this month have reflected on their week of activities so far.

Both Emily Bunce and Dee Hodgson were involved last year, too. Read about their experiences this time around below.

Emily said:

RED January last year for me was literally to run every day. I was exhausted by the end of it, but it started a passion for running which I’m so happy about.

This year I thought let’s do it differently. Moving positively for your body does not mean exhausting it.

So, I’m trying 31 different types of physical movement. So far, I’ve run, swam, done yoga, a weights session and stretched. I’ve still got walking, Bollywood dancing, trampolining and even gardening on the list to do.

A week in and I’m so excited every day to do something different. Some are going to be tougher than others, but I think it’s so important to find movement in everything you do.

The thing I’m most loving about it is the sense of community with RED Jan. Were all in it together. In the time of year when the gatherings stop and everyone stays in, it’s great to know there are people wanting to do things together. You don’t feel so low in one of the rankest months of the year!

Dee said:

This year I wanted to look at both my physical and mental wellbeing.

I wanted to mix things up to keep my motivation up and take this time to experience new ways of self-care. 

So far, my RED January has consisted of increased walking, putting mindfulness into action and relaxation, enjoying time with my dog. I have also included a gym session which has led to new friendships.

I’m exploring how to increase my daily activities within my working day, by parking further away from appointments. This gives me head space to process thoughts and to gain some much-needed relation time.

Plus twice a week I’m dancing in preparation for Coventry does Strictly 2020, incorporating physical activity and social time. 

RED January this year is not just about slogging it out in a gym and feeling pressured to achieve, it’s about building achievable goals that incorporate mental and emotional wellbeing, keeping it real and interesting, 

Today the office was filled with giggles as we started an impromptu fun four-minute dance found on the internet.  Keeping it fun and real!

Dream – Inspire – Create

Dream – Inspire – Create

This World Mental Health Day the theme is Suicide Prevention and the message ‘Ask Twice’, don’t be afraid to start a conversation and encourage someone to tell you how they’re feeling. I work for CWMind in Rugby doing just this and met a member of the public on World Suicide Prevention Day who’d come up with an inspiring way to do the same for young people locally.

Earlier this year I liked and followed the facebook page @wearedrm. I liked the concept, it was local to Rugby, the cover picture states ‘mental health community clothing’ all the images are super high quality in their urban styled composition and content.

Fast forward to September 10th in Rugby town centre, I was on the CWMind Journey bus, talking to people about mental health and wellbeing and our services,  whilst packing away I recognised the @wearedrm hoodie, I approached the hoodie wearer to say hi and compliment his clothing choice…it was Bill, founder of @wearedrm.

He is the easiest person to chat to, a carpenter by trade he works a day job but his passions are fashion and encouraging young people to talk through the small stuff and use creativity to overcome obstacles, low points and anxieties of their day to day life. 

When I come across someone with a raw passion for breaking the stigma around mental health there is usually a personal experience behind it. Ollie.  Ollie, Bill’s brother took his own life 5 years ago, when he was 18 years old is the reason for pursuing the DRM venture.  Bill talks of Ollie feeling as if he didn’t fit in to the social norm and wants to tell all the young people out there feeling similarly that they just haven’t found their place yet, we all have a talent for something. ‘The Fox Fund’ is a future goal for @wearedrm, it will be a fund young people can apply to for support in their own creative project or idea.

Designing clothes is Bill’s creative outlet, he talked proudly of his mum doing it when he was younger and he dreamed of his own fashion line.  Bill was keen to stress DRM isn’t a charity per se but more of a social enterprise, one that supports local charities and people, is able to purchase what it needs to grow and can ultimately maintain ‘The Fox Fund’ for the benefit of younger generations to come.

I can’t wait to see where Bill and the @wearedrm team go next, see photos of their latest clothing range, the AW charity event, read blogs and much much more on their facebook page and Instagram.

RED January 2020

We’re delighted to join forces with RED January again to help you challenge yourself to get active every day, your way, next year. Read on to find out how to kick-start your 2020 by being more active on your own or as a group.

RED January encourages you to support your mental health by doing something active every single day. RED January can provide you with a goal and a focus in a characteristically 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.


Whether you run, swim, cycle or choose your favourite fitness activity, set your goal and enjoy support from the RED community every step, splash and pedal of the way!

Kick-start your 2020 in a positive way and raise funds for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind so together we can be active for better mental health. Last year was the first time CW Mind got involved in RED January, and over £2,000 was raised! Whether you raise funds or just participate, every bit helps to raise awareness of mental health.

If it’s running 5k, walking to work via a longer route, a morning swim or taking the bike for a spin, register to join thousands of people around the UK that are going to be kick-starting their 2020 in the most positive way.

With a growing community of 65,000 REDers, you’ll never be alone. Keep up to speed with all the latest RED January news and connect with REDers from across the UK by joining the RED community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @redjanuaryuk. Support is on hand at every step, splash and pedal of the way!

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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

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



Who give an astonishing


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

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


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.


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.

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

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 

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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