Volunteers’ Week 2020

It’s volunteers’ week, hoorah!

An opportunity to celebrate the 150+ volunteers working throughout our organisation helping us to offer our wide range of mental health services across Coventry and Warwickshire.

Although lots of our volunteers are no longer able to support our services face to face we are working hard to find alternative ways they can continue to support us and our service users.

A few weeks ago our volunteer coordinator put out a call for help on behalf of our housing support service

‘the response was huge, we were inundated with offers of help’

We are actively staying in touch with all our volunteers, who are telling us they miss supporting our services, not just because they enjoy helping others but because it has a positive impact on their lives too.

I can’t tell you how much I miss the drop-in centre. I know that I have said to you before that I think that I get more out of it than anyone, and that’s feeling even more true at the moment

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is extremely proud of its volunteer network and would like to thank each and every volunteer for their dedication to our services and we look forward to continuing our work together however that may develop over the coming months. 

Thank you!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020…what a week! Ordinarily many of our teams would be out and about in our local communities talking to people and promoting mental health awareness, this year we were faced with the challenge of promoting whilst unable to complete outreach activities.

Our staff, volunteers and service users did not disappoint! They embraced the challenge and have promoted #kindnessmatters within their staff teams, frontline service buildings, from home with the help of their families, producing videos and images for social media and our Children and Young People’s team have created a webpage to showcase all of their brilliant creations, it’s not too late to take a look!

Our Wellbeing for Warwickshire teams have also created a wall of kindness, you take a look at that here and even download your own to print and complete with colleagues, friends or family.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our staff, service users and supporters for your brilliantly inspired efforts this Mental Health Awareness Week, you have all been awesome!

We’ll leave you now at the end of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 with a quote from Kay our Chief Operating Officer.

I believe that kindness improves our quality of life in the workplace as well as in the community,it brings people together as we’ve seen over the last few months.  Doing good for others feels good. Showing kindness to others is just as rewarding as receiving it from someone else.Also never under estimate the effect and lasting impact of a random act of kindness-it will stay in the recipient’s memory for a long time and generate a “feel good factor” each time it is remembered. 

Kay St Clair

Emergency Appeal

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind are very proud to have supported more than 27,390 people living with mental health issues and low mental wellbeing last year across Coventry and Warwickshire, we are dedicated to reaching more people year upon year.

This year the Coronavirus Pandemic has created an unsettled and extraordinary set of circumstances for us all to live through.

Some people will already have the resilience and tools in place to manage these changes and look after their mental health, others will need a helping hand from organisations like Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.

How to get fresh air and stay home…

Fresh air and nature everyday is good for your mental and physical health they say, right?

Some of us manage our anxiety or low mood by getting outside and under normal circumstances we can do that as often as like, what other ways are there to get as much sunshine, fresh air and nature as we can whilst still adhering to the governments stay home guidelines?

Obviously, one thing available to some of us is our allowed once a day exercise outside of the home, whether that be a run, walk or cycle, alone or with members of our household. Find the detailed government guidance here

What else can we do?

Have a look at this list of ideas from National Mind, what could you try today?

  • Spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air. 
  • Arrange a comfortable space to sit, for example by a window where you can look out over a view of trees or the sky, or watch birds and other animals.
  • Look at photos of your favourite places in nature. Use them as the background on your mobile phone or computer screen, or print and put them up on your walls.
  • Listen to natural sounds, like recordings or apps that play birdsong, ocean waves or rainfall.
  • Get as much natural light as you can.
  • Spend time in your garden if you have one, or open your front or back door and sit on the doorstep.
  • If you have safe access to green space like a garden, you could bring some natural materials in to decorate your living space, or use them in art projects. This could include leaves, flowers, feathers, tree bark or seeds.
  • You may be able to buy seeds, flowers or plants online for delivery, to grow and keep indoors. If you order items for delivery, ask to have them left at your doorstep, to avoid face-to-face contact.

Bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. It can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger, and make you feel more relaxed.

Mind, Coronavirus and your wellbeing


TEaM post a daily dose of nature on their
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Easter Weekend Support

Wellbeing for Warwickshire

The Warwickshire wellbeing hub teams in Rugby, Nuneaton, Bedworth, North Warwickshire, Leamington, Stratford and Warwick will continue to provide telephone support on 02477 712288 throughout the coming Easter weekend.

Friday 10 April          8.30am-8pm

Saturday 11 April     10am-12 noon

Monday 13 April      9am-5pm

More detailed information on the services provided can be found here

Coventry Wellbeing Hub

The Wellbeing hub remains available for telephone support from 1pm-5pm 7days a week. Please call the team on 02476 224417.

You can find more information on their current service here

Warwickshire Safe Haven

Warwickshire Safe Haven provides telephone support to people across Warwickshire and is open 6pm-11pm Thursday to Sunday.

T: 02477 714554 M: 07970 042270 E: safehaven@cwmind.org.uk

Find more information on this new CW Mind service here

Children and Young People

Our children and young people’s team have been been busily updating their resources pages, if you are looking for support or information on supporting young people during the current coronavirus situation please check out their jam packed resource collection here

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!

For FAQs please click here

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

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 fundraising@cwmind.org.uk