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 www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk.

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 jefferiesmark1@sky.com 

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

Charity Governance Awards 2019

We are thrilled to announce that Coventry and Warwickshire Mind has been shortlisted for the UK-wide Charity Governance Awards 2019.

We are in the running for the Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk category of the awards which comes with a £5,000 unrestricted grant. Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is one of 21 charities from across the UK that complete the full shortlist.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind joins the shortlist of charities representing a diverse range of activities that include mental health care, family support, disability sports, heritage conservation and the arts.

The 21-strong judging panel have shortlisted the entries and will select a winner in each of the seven categories. The winners will be announced at the official awards reception at the historic Clothworkers’ Hall in London on 22nd May 2019, featuring a keynote speech by Nat Sloane CBE, England Chair for The National Community Lottery Fund.

Among Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s recent achievements has been the development of St Clair Gardens, a residential recovery centre in the Foleshill area of Coventry which opened in May 2018. The multi-million pound 14-bedroom development was designed to the charity’s specifications by Coventry-based architects IDP and built by Harrabin, a building company based in the city.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious UK-wide award in the Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk category.

“It has been a long-held dream of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind to develop a recovery centre, and while the St Clair Gardens project came with challenges along the way the board of trustees worked together and was absolutely determined to see it through to completion, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of each trustee.

“St Clair Gardens is a much needed resource for the people of the area and it was a carefully considered risk, but we never lost sight of our ambition to see those of us experiencing mental health problems and in need of help to live independently supported in a ground-breaking home from home environment.

“It is a great source of pleasure to us that St Clair Gardens is enabling people to travel their recovery path in five-star but homely surroundings and we look forward to celebrating all that has been achieved so far with other charities at the forthcoming awards ceremony.”

Pat Allen, Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

Michael Jarvis, who chairs the Awards for the organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said: “Congratulations to all these successful shortlisted candidates. The Charity Governance Awards may be in their fourth year, but we continue to hear about new and exciting initiatives from our entrants each year.

“Charities exist in a challenging climate, so successful governance stories from the frontline can provide powerful examples for the whole sector to follow. Our shortlisted candidates have proved that low budgets, limited resources and other pressures need not be an obstacle to digital innovation, building diverse and vibrant boards, or turning around the most difficult of situations.”

Commenting on the judging process, panellist Tesse Akpeki, lead consultant for Onboard with Bates-Wells-Braithwaite, said: “The process was robust, constructively challenging and engaging, which uncovered the dynamic nature of governance. I was struck that these Awards continue to demonstrate that rewarding good governance is an area that continues to evolve. Models of governance are reshaped and refreshed as new movements and networks emerge: this empowers people and stimulates social change.”

The expert judging panel boasts a wealth of experience in charity governance and the voluntary sector. Judges also 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. (See www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk/judgesfor a full list of judges).

You can follow the awards on Twitter via @CharityGovAwards or by using the hashtag #charitygov19. Winners will be announced on the website following the ceremony in May.

Autism Awareness Week 2019

What is Autism Awareness Week?

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is proud to be supporting Autism Awareness Week 2019. Autism Awareness Week is an internationally recognised event that will takes place this year from April 1st to April 7th, with the full seven days dedicated to encouraging people across the UK to take part in activities to raise money and awareness for the National Autistic Society until everyone understands.

What is autism?

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people and how they experience the world around them. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

CW Mind autism services:

We provide services to support people with autism and their families.

Autism Support Service – Our Autism support service aims to provide support to children, young people and families pre and post an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Funded through Warwickshire County Council and delivered across Coventry and Warwickshire, this new service will sit alongside CW Mind’s children and young people’s department, CAMHS Rise and Specialist CAMHS. This service is to strengthen existing ASD support within current services.

ASD Social Clubs –  Our social clubs are open to children and young people at the medium to high functioning end of the Autistic Spectrum, such as those with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism (HFA). The social clubs provide a variety of social and informal educational opportunities which encourage the young people to develop their confidence, self-esteem, social skills and understanding of their emotional health.

Autism awareness video

Take a look at our autism awareness video below. It was created by Laura who leads our Autism Support Service as a visual and handy guide to what autism is and how you can understand it more.

Further information

To find out more about autism, we recommend the following websites for information and resources:

Service Satisfaction Results

We are proud to announce the results after receiving service user feedback at the end of 2018.

Every year we give our service users a chance to tell us how we’re doing. Have they been satisfied with the services they’ve received? Had their experience resulted in positive outcomes? What do they think we could do to improve?

The results

From the 313 people who responded to our survey, the following results were:

  • 94% said that they have been satisfied with the service(s) they have received.
  • 95% said that they have experienced some kind of improvement or stabilisation in their mental health since accessing Coventry and Warwickshire Mind services.
  • A large proportion of service users believe they now know where to go for further support (80%) and 82% have access to information to help them with their mental wellbeing.
  • 83% of responders also agreed that they have received quality care and support and that they were listened to and respected (85%) throughout their involvement with CW Mind.

We also received positive comments:

“Having someone to understand me and given the support to make decisions. It has changed the way i think about a lot of stuff.” (Rugby/North Warwickshire Hub)

Kind, considerate and caring. Taught me how to like me again.” (Counselling)

“Very, very, supportive, compassionate and non-judgemental.” (Pathfinder/Grow)

Receiving feedback not only enables us to reflect on what we have, together with service users, achieved but also enables us to plan for the future to ensure that our support is tailored to the needs of individuals and helps individuals to achieve their goals and ambitions. I would like to also take this opportunity to thank our dedicated team of staff, volunteers and peer supporters who work tirelessly to ensure that we provide quality support to all. I would also like to thank the commissioners, funders and partner organisations with whom we work closely.
We trust that 2019 will be another year of expanding our reach and ensuring that “No one should have to face a mental health problem alone”.”

Steven Hill, CEO and Quality Lead of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

If you would like to provide CW Mind with any comments or feedback regarding the support you have received, please do not hesitate to contact us on 024 7655 2847 or email anna.hodgson@cwmind.org.uk. The next annual survey will be held in September 2019.

To read the full survey satisfaction results click this link. This covers the full survey with all of the completed results and graphs.  

CW Mind Pool Tournament

Our Wellbeing Hub in Coventry is preparing to host a pool tournament.

The event on March 27 is being organised by one of our members who dedicates his time to making sure all who attend have a fantastic time.

Roy, the tournament’s organiser, is a regular and well known member of the Hub.

Has said: “ I enjoy the hub, sitting in the garden and playing pool. I organise the pool tournaments because I enjoy doing them, and when I see everyone else enjoying themselves. It’s nice when the hub is busy on a pool tournament day.”

The tournament has up to 16 places and these are filling up fast. To get your place on the list, please drop into the Hub at the following address:

Where: Wellington Gardens

Windsor Street,




Wednesday, March 27 2019 at 2pm

Why don’t you came along and join us? We only ask for a £1 donation and all refreshments are provided.

Additional donations to cover the cost of trophies and prizes will be gratefully received and can be made at the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Peer Support with CW Mind

Between 2015 and 2017 Coventry and Warwickshire Mind took part in a pilot research programme alongside eight other Mind charities across England.

The aim was help improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems across England by increasing the availability and quality of peer support.

One of the elements the research focused on was the core values of effective peer support.

Now we’re back!

After the completion of the Side by Side Peer Support Pilot in 2017 national Mind produced the research findings from the nine local Mind Peer Support Hubs and developed the Peer Support Toolkit.

Next steps

We are now looking to continue this work by reconnecting with established peer support groups across Coventry and Warwickshire, and by supporting new groups to develop.

We will be offering free training, based on the Side by Side Peer Support in Your Community Toolkit, for anyone involved in peer support, or anyone who wants to help start a group.

We also have a small grant funding opportunity of up to £250 (per group) to help groups develop, and we will be helping peers to organise an event to further promote peer support in the community and make connections with each other.

If you want to:

  • get involved in the training,
  • talk to us about your group,
  • use this website to promote your group,
  • or you are an organisation that’s thinking about supporting a peer group…

Please get in touch

Contact details

Fran Flint

Peer Support Project Lead – Side by Side in the Community

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

Mob: 07970 407 657

Tel: 02476 552 847

Working Days: Monday and Tuesday

Terms of Grants

  1. Our seed funding grants are for peer support groups that support people with their mental health. Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. It can happen on a one to one basis, online or in a group. It may involve a range of activities such as crafts, walking or meeting for coffee. Peer support is sometimes referred to group support, self-help or community groups.
  2. Our small grants are designed to be spent within 6-12 months.
  3. Groups who receive funds will become involved in our evaluation of peer support. This will involve letting us know how many people come to your group, completing short monthly questionnaire and if you are happy to, talking to our researchers 1to1 about the group. We do this so we can show that groups like yours improve the lives of your community. 
  4. All funds must be spent on your group and are not for personal spending.