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Dudley Mind Newsletter December 2017 

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Merry Christmas & happy new year

The Christmas holidays are almost upon us and we would like to update you all with all the latest news from Dudley Mind.

From all of the staff here at Dudley Mind we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Thank you for all of your support over the last year, we could not continue to do what we do without the continued support from the community and other organisations.

Help & support over the Christmas period

We hope you won’t need this, but not all of us enjoy Christmas. For some it can be a difficult time, so we would like to let you know what support is out there, should you need it.

Feeling suicidal or having suicidal thoughts?

If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal and thinking of acting on it and/or have already seriously hurt yourself, please go immediately to the A&E department of your nearest Hospital or dial 999 for an ambulance.

Feeling suicidal or distressed although not thinking of acting on it at the present time, but you are worried you may at a later stage?

There are a couple of useful numbers you can call where someone is there to listen to you in a non-judgemental way and can offer you help and support.

NHS 111 (24 hour helpline – free to call) 111

https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/Emergencyandurgentcareservices/Pages/NHS-111.aspx

Samaritans (24hr helpline – free to call) 116 123

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us

Rethink Mental Illness helpline: 0808 802 2288

https://helplines.org/helplines/rethink-mental-illness-dudley/

You should also book an appointment with your GP as soon as possible and discuss with him/her about how you are feeling.

General support for your mental health

Dudley Mind

Over the Christmas period (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays) we will have ‘skeleton’ cover at our office. So you may have to leave a message, but if you do we’ll call you back. Our number is 01384 442938.

enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

Mind

There is also lots of useful information and advice about all types of mental health conditions on the Mind website

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/

Elefriends

is a really supportive online community set up by Mind where you can be yourself, share and be heard. There is someone on hand to speak to you every night till midnight.

https://www.elefriends.org.uk/

Anxiety UK

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/

A warm welcome to Ben, Sam & Marie

Dudley Mind have gained three new members of staff over the last couple of weeks and we would like to give them all a very warm welcome.

Firstly we have Ben who will be joining Jill on our Horticulture Project at Wollescote Walled Gardens to offer a bit of help and support to all of the volunteers who attend each week.

As well as Ben, we also have two new members of staff starting at Food for Thought, our new wellbeing cafe at Victoria Street in Stourbridge. So welcome also to Sam and Marie who will be happy to greet anyone who visits Food for Thought with a friendly smile and a warm welcome of their own.

We wish them well in their new roles.

Food for Thought

Food For Thought, our new and exciting wellbeing cafe opened its doors in Victoria Street, Stourbridge (just across from Aldi) on Monday 11 December 2017, just in time for the snow! So we had a slow first week, but we expect things to get busier in the New Year..

Serving a wide choice of freshly made foods and drinks, including Indigo Valley ethical coffees and of course cake(!), the aim of the cafe is to help generate vital funds for the charity and promote wellbeing to its customers.

All of the profits from the cafe will be used to support our charitable work with local people experiencing mental health problems.

So please come and enjoy some breakfast, lunch and coffee and cake with us. By choosing to patronise Food For Thought, you’re making a big difference to the lives of local people.

We hope to welcome you soon!

Soliciting for funds

Good news, Higgs & Sons solicitors based in Brierley Hill have adopted Dudley Mind as their Charity of the year for 2018.

We will be working closely with them in support of their fundraising efforts which will help to fund our peer support services.

Dudley Mind to provide peer support services for students at Dudley College

Dudley Mind have teamed up with Dudley College to provide peer support services to students with mental health difficulties starting in 2018.

After being approached by the Students Union and as a result of recent meetings we are very pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Dudley College to help develop and directly facilitate a local peer support network for students experiencing mental health difficulties. The group will commence in the New Year. We also hope to provide College staff with training in mental health awareness.

Postcode Lottery Community Trust

Knowing that social isolation can be an issue if you have a mental health problem, and that isolation usually makes mental health problems worse we asked the Postcode Community Trust earlier this year to fund ‘Dudley Active Minds’, a programme of music-making, sport, creative writing and gardening activities to promote social engagement for people who have mental health problems over the next 12 months.

In the New Year we will put together and circulate schedule of activities leading up to an Active Minds Festival at the year end.

Interested? Watch this space.

Mom’s Mindful Hub

Our new peer support group for moms experiencinganxiety and mental health difficulties will offer a friendly, welcoming andnon-judgemental space for new moms to meet up and share their experiences ofparenting and coping with stress. This group plans to begin meeting regularly from17th January 10.30-12.30 at 30 High Street Cradley Heath West Midlands B645HL.

If you are a new mom experiencing mental health difficulties and you would liketo join the group, you can do so in one of two ways.

You can send a message directly to Leonie through the groups Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/momsmindfulhub/

Or contact our peer support coordinator Tim at Dudley Mind on 01384 442938 oremail tim.salter@dudleymind.org.uk

January 2018 Self Management Programmes

January 2018 Self Management Programme courses

We have two Self Management Programme (SMP) courses starting in January 2018.

Starting on Tuesday the 9th of January 2018 we will be running a daytime SMP course at Stourbridge Community Fire Station 10:30am – 1:00pm.

We will also be running an evening SMP course for anyone who is unable to attend one during the day due to work or other commitments starting on Monday the 15th of January 2018 at Henry Court in Dudley Town Centre 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

What are SMP courses?

SMP courses are available for adults living within the Dudley area with a long-term health condition, anxiety and/or depression, or for those in a caring role. SMPs aim to improve your quality of life by giving you confidence, skills and information to help manage your long-term condition or caring role better on a daily basis.

Please note that we are funded by Dudley MBC to deliver these courses, so in order to take part you must live within the Dudley area and/or have a Dudley based GP.

The courses are FREE to participants and run for 2.5 hours, once a week for six weeks.

Dudley Mind’s SMP courses run all year round. Each course is tutored by trained volunteers who themselves are living with long term health conditions.

See what two of our SMP course tutors have to say about the programme in this short video.

For more information about the SMP courses please visit our website page.

http://dudleymind.org.uk/our-services-2/self-management-programme-2/

If you are interested in taking part in one of our SMP courses please contact Simon at Dudley Mind on 01384 442938 or email simon.bennett@dudleymind.org.uk

News from the Growing in the Park

The Wollescote gardeners have been busy this autumn having a good clear out and tidy up throughout the garden and the glasshouses. We’ve run some workshops on ‘Lawn Care’, ‘Potting up Cuttings’ and ‘Dealing with Pests and Diseases in the Greenhouse’. Look out for news of more gardening workshops and courses for 2018.

Over the last few weeks we have been busy recycling items to make Christmas gifts, door wreaths and tree decorations which we have been selling to the public. We’ve had ‘pop up’ shops at the café and in the greenhouse. We have a few items left for sale, Monday and Wednesday at Wollescote.

We have had a new member of staff join us and a new support volunteer, welcome to Ben and Jackie!

The garden looked stunning in the recent snowfall but the weight of snow has caused some damage to one of the glasshouses so that looks like being an early New Year job.

Wollescote gardeners, past and present, are welcome to join us Wednesday 20 December 12:00 to 2:00 for Christmas snacks and refreshments.

Growing in the Park Christmas/New Year arrangements:

Monday 25 December closed

Wednesday 27 December open

Monday 1 January closed

Wednesday 3 January open for the Great New Year Quiz (which will happen before July this year!)

Jolly Joggers is starting up again in January 2018!

Our ever popular FREE 12 week Jolly Joggers couch to 5k programme starts up again in January 2018.

We will be holding a free sign-up session on Saturday the 13th of January 2018 for anyone who is interested in joining to come along and meet our friendly run leaders who will be able to answer any questions you might have. You will also get the chance to meet other people joining the group and go for a walk around the park to see the route you will be jogging around each week of the programme.

You can find us at the cafe near the bandstand, just inside of West Park, Wolverhampton from 10:15am until around 11:00am on the 13th of January.

If you are unable to make the sign up session, don’t worry. We allow people to join up until week 3 of the programme. Please be aware that if you do miss the 3 week deadline you would need to wait until the next Jolly Joggers group before joining.

Contact Simon at Dudley Mind for more information 01384 442938 or email simon.bennett@dudleymind.org.uk

More about Jolly Joggers

Jolly Joggers are a beginners running (jogging) group. We started as part of Dudley Mind’s Get Set to Go programme which aimed to get more people active to improve their physical and mental health.

Over 12 weeks we build up your jogging and running from a walking pace and celebrate week 12 by joining Wolverhampton Parkrun which is a weekly 5k (3.1 miles) run around West Park.

At the end of the session Jolly Joggers past and present join for tea in the Café (optional) it is a great way to get to know new people and to make new friends. Throughout the term we take part in a range of activities; past activities have included: Time to Talk Day, Easter Egg Hunt, Treasure Hunt, Mental Health Awareness Week, Halloween themed activities and World Mental Health Day.

We are led by a small team of volunteers from Dudley Mind who are qualified Leadership In Running Fitness coaches. The sessions are insured and risk assessed and open to people aged 18+.

Volunteer Peer Supporters

Role Description

We are looking for volunteers in the Kidderminster area who understand what it is like to have a personal experience of mental ill health. The right person for this role would already have previous work experience as a volunteer and have a few hours to spare each week to support people who are currently receiving support from mental health services.

If you have:

  • Empathy for others
  • Good listening skills
  • A non-judgemental approach
  • And are passionate about supporting people with similar situations to your own

Contact Tim Salter at Dudley Mind to find out more about our new Volunteer Peer Support Service. We will provide support and supervision to volunteers to work with people both individually and in groups.

Call: 01384 442938
Email: tim.salter@dudleymind.org.uk
Job Type: Volunteer

(Wyre Forest Mind is an operating name of Dudley Mind when operating out of the Wyre Forest area).

Peer Support Groups

Dudley Mind have a number of peer support groups open to people currently experiencing mental health difficulties living in and around the Dudley area.

These are groups of people who come together for mutual support.

If you are looking for help and support and would like to join one of our groups please contact Tim at the Dudley Mind on 01384 442938 or email enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk.

The groups we currently have on offer are

  • 1 in 6 Gaming Group
  • Bipolar Self Help Group
  • Blue Skies Peer Support Group
  • Building Bridges – Anxiety & Depression Self Help Group
  • Mom’s Mindful Hub
  • New Horizons – OCD Support Group
  • Reading for Wellbeing
  • The Haven (Mums Group)
  • What’s Cooking? Peer Support Group
  • Inkwell Creative Writing Group – General peer support group
  • Hidden Treasures – Hoarding support group

More information regarding our groups can be found on our website here:http://dudleymind.org.uk/our-services-2/peer-support/

Do you have an idea for a peer support group of your own? Let us know on the New Peer Support Group Proposal page of our website here:http://dudleymind.org.uk/our-services-2/peer-support/new-peer-support-group-proposal/ 


 

Dudley Mind Newsletter October 2017 

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Dudley Mind Newsletter – October 2017

Double, double toil and trouble; Fires burn and cauldron bubble.

Welcome to the October edition of the Dudley Mind newsletter. We have quite a bit of news to share with you this month, as well as a couple of exciting new announcements.

Food for Thought – A New Venture for Dudley Mind

Back in 2012, Dudley Mind bought the Carlisle Centre in Victoria Street, Stourbridge as a place to run self help groups for people living in the local area experiencing mental health difficulties.

Shortly after buying the Carlisle Centre, we rented out the café to a private trader during the times it was not in use by Dudley Mind.

This arrangement comes to an end at the end of 2017 and as a result we are proud to announce that we will now be running the café ourselves under a new name ‘Food for thought’.

We intend the café to promote a sense of community, to bring people together, to offer healthy food and to be somewhere that we can put across messages about mental health. “It will take some time to develop it as we want it, and our focus initially will be to get it running successfully as a café”, said Martin Mueller, Dudley Mind’s Chief Executive. “It is a big space, so as well as welcoming all and sundry, we will be putting on craft mornings for parents with young children and other activities that fit with our aims. Best of all we want people to know that the profits from their moccachino or their lunch will support mental health in the local community.”

Food For Thought café will open early in December under the management of Nagheena Qamar.

Peer Support Groups

Dudley Mind have a number of peer support groups open to people currently experiencing mental health difficulties living in and around the Dudley area.

These are groups of people who come together for mutual support.

If you are looking for help and support and would like to join one of our groups please contact Tim at the Dudley Mind Head Office on 01384 442938 or email enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk.

The groups we currently have on offer are

  • 1 in 6 Gaming Group
  • Bipolar Self Help Group
  • Blue Skies Peer Support Group
  • Building Bridges – Anxiety & Depression Self Help Group
  • New Horizons – OCD Support Group
  • Reading for Wellbeing
  • The Haven (Mums Group)
  • What’s Cooking? Peer Support Group
  • Inkwell Creative Writing Group – General peer support group
  • Hidden Treasures – Hoarding support group

More information regarding our groups can be found on our website here: http://dudleymind.org.uk/our-services-2/peer-support/

Do you have an idea for a peer support group of your own? Let us know on the New Peer Support Group Proposal page of our website here: http://dudleymind.org.uk/our-services-2/peer-support/new-peer-support-group-proposal/

Dudley Mind and Black Country Chambers Partnership

World Mental Health Day 2017

Tuesday 10th October was World Mental Health Day, the annual day to raise awareness of mental health on a global basis. The theme for this year was mental health in the workplace and to mark the day Dudley Mind launched a partnership with Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

The partnership will see both organisations working together to increase knowledge and awareness of stress and mental health problems among Chamber members and other businesses in the Black Country, but also to encourage employers to take action to create mentally healthy workplaces.

The announcement of the partnership also saw the launch of the CEX Challenge. The campaign is calling on Chamber members and other local employers to take action and demonstrate their commitment to tackling mental ill-health at work and the associated stigma, by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge – a commitment to change the way employers think and act about mental health. Full details of the CEX Challenge can be found on our website here: http://dudleymind.org.uk/news/the-cex-challenge/

If you’re a Black Country based employer and would like information and support on workplace wellbeing please contact Mark Evans on 01384 442938 or email mark.evans@dudleymind.org.uk.

We also celebrated the day by delivering a number of mindfulness and laughter yoga sessions to staff at Wolverhampton-based marketing agency Connect Group. Nearly forty staff attended the sessions and as you can in the picture, they enjoyed themselves.

Self Management Programme – Evening Courses at Henry Court

Are you looking for help to better manage your anxiety and/or depression, but don’t have the time during the day due to work or other commitments to attend our Self Management Programme in Stourbridge? Dudley Mind have now teamed up with housing provider Nehemiah UCHA to use their building in Dudley to provide evening Self Management Programmes to people who are unable to take part in them during the day.

Starting on Monday the 15th of January 2018, we will be running our first evening Self Management Programme at Henry Court in Dudley Town Centre from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

If you would like to know more about the Self Management Programme and how to book a place, please see the details below.

Self management programmes (SMPs) are available for adults living in Dudley with a long-term health condition, anxiety and/or depression, or for those in a caring role. SMPs aim to improve your quality of life by giving you confidence, skills and information to help manage your long-term condition or caring role better on a daily basis.

The programmes are FREE and run for 2.5 hours, once a week for six weeks.

Dudley Mind’s Self Management Programmes run all year round. Each course takes place once a week, for 6 weeks and is tutored by trained volunteers who themselves are living with a long term health condition.

Our daytime courses usually run on a Tuesday or a Wednesday between 10:30am – 1:00pm in Stourbridge.

From January 15th 2018 we will be running evening Self Management programmes at Henry Court in Dudley town Centre 6:00pm – 8:30pm in the evening.

Topics include:

  • Getting a good nights sleep
  • Coping with difficult emotions/depression
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Healthy eating
  • Communicating with friends and health professionals
  • Dealing with pain

By taking part in a programme you will:

  • Learn new skills to manage your health condition
  • Develop confidence in the daily management of your specific condition
  • Meat others and share similar experiences
  • Learn how to develop more effective relationships with healthcare professionals

If you are interested in taking part in one of Dudley Mind’s Self Management Programmes please contact Simon at the Dudley Mind Head Office on 01384 442938 or by email simon.bennett@dudleymind.org.uk.

Bark in the Park

This weekend dog lovers from near and far descended on Stevens Park in Wollescote for Bark in the Park, a fun dog show celebrating the canine community. Organised by Bark in the Park

Unfortunately we were unable to film all of the dog show, but if you ae interested you can watch the short video we made of some of the dogs competing in the Golden Oldies and Cutest Puppy categories below.

Bark in the Park Video

As well as all the cute pups and older dogs, there were also several gazebos spread around the park selling a variety of different things with raffles and tombolas for people to take part in.

Dudley Mind had a fundraising staff selling plants grown by volunteers who all work hard on our horticulture project inside the walled gardens of Wollescote Park. We also had a Tombola with various prizes up for grabs, including wooden flower planters by volunteers. These efforts raised £300 for Dudley Mind

Even Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club dropped by with a large orange truck to display, which was certainly one of the stand-out features of Bark in the Park.

For the full article and a full gallery of pictures please visit our website here: Bark in the Park

Flowers for Sale

The volunteers on our gardening project at Wollescote Walled Gardens grow plants, vegetables and fruit all year round.

We are now opening the garden gates to members of the public every Monday and Wednesday daytime 10:00am – 1:00pm to come along and buy the plants, veg and fruit that we have grown.

Feel free to come on down and take a look at what we have for sale on the day and to see what they do.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in becoming a volunteer on our horticulture project please get in touch with us at the Dudley Mind Head Office on 01384 442938 or email enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

Jet Singh Trust

On the 17th of August 2017 members of the Jet Singh Trust took part in a fundraising Skydive, helping to raise money for Dudley Mind.

The Jet Singh trust do some amazing work in the community, helping to raise money for many different charities. The trust was set up last year by his family after Jet sadly passed away. Since then they keep memory alive by doing good things for others.

To find out more about the Jet Singh Trust and the amazing work that they do please visit their website here: http://www.jetsinghtrust.org/

The trust managed to raise a total of £3,788.24 for Dudley Mind!!

We would like to give a massive thank you and well done to; Harj, Gurj, Lee, Mark, Nick, Matt, Daniel, Connell and Simon from the Jet Singh Trust who took part in a fundraising skydive and to anyone that donated money to the Jet Singh Trust as part of the fundraising event for Dudley Mind.

Kevin Keegan helps raise £5,000 for the Mayor’s Charities

Kevin Keegan arrived in Dudley on Thursday the 19th of October for the Mayor of Dudley’s ‘Evening with Kevin Keegan’ at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill.

Around 300 people turned up for the event and got the chance to sit down for a meal and listen to stories from Kevin about his football career and personal life, including an admission that he wanted to play for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club growing up as a child.

All proceeds from this event will go to the Mayor’s three chosen charities – Dudley Mind, YMCA Black Country Group and Dudley Alzheimer’s Society.

Kevin also donated some of his personal belongings to be auctioned off on the night to add to the proceeds including signed shirts and photographs.

In total £5,000 was raised for the Mayor’s chosen charities.

Matt Monro – The Singer’s Singer

Matt Monro, best know for his song ‘Born Free’ was an English singer song writer during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Matt sadly passed away in 1985 after a long battle with liver cancer. For the first time ever, two of Matt’s children Michele Monro and Matthew Monro Jnr will be performing live at Dudley Town Hall on Thursday the 16th of November 7:30pm in memory of their father.

Michele and Mathew Monro will be performing The Singer’s Singer – the life story of their father as never been seen before. There will also be audio and visual narrative, a show of memories and nostalgia including Matt Jnr singing alongside his father again.

All money raised through the sale of tickets will go towards the Mayors three chosen charities, Dudley Mind, YMCA Black Country Group and Dudley alzhiemer’s Group.

To book tickets please call the box office on 01384 812812 or visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=DUDLEYMBC&organ_val=21216&perfcode=1AAQ01&perfsubcode=201


Dudley Mind Newsletter September 2017 

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Dudley Mind Newsletter – September 2017

Welcome to the all new Dudley Mind Newsletter for September 2017!

With the digital age upon us, we will now be sending out our newsletters via email (paper versions available upon request) using the interests.me platform.

A lot has happened since our last paper based newsletter back in January this year. Whilst we won’t be covering everything that has happened since then in this edition. We wanted to let you all know that we are still here and inform you of what is happening now and in the near future for Dudley Mind.

In this issue we are also including an up to date list of all the services and activities we have available throughout 2017 & 2018. As a mental health charity we are always thinking about what new services and activities we can set up to help better support people living within the Dudley who area currently experiencing mental health difficulties. As and when we do start any new services or activities up, we will be sure to let you all know as soon as we can. We will also be sure to include any changes to our services in future editions of our newsletter.

News & Events

Dudley Mind is one of Dudley Mayor’s chosen charities of the year

Earlier this year the Mayor of Dudley, councillor Dave Tyler chose Dudley Mind as one of his three charities of the year alongside YMCA Black Country Group and Dudley Alzheimer’s Society. Over the next year the Mayor will be staging a series of fundraising events and splitting all funds raised between his chosen charities.

Amongst other initiative so far this year the Mayor held the annual charity cricket match at Stourbridge Cricket Club. The teams made up of Dudley Council officers, councillors, community leaders and charities, went head-to-head in a series of games and managed to raise a total of £500.

Shaz Saleem, ambassador to the Mayor of Dudley, and friend Jesse Perkins also took part in a 10,000ft sky dive on Saturday the 26th of August raising a total of £1,100 for the Mayor’s three chosen Charites!!

An Evening With Kevin Keegan

Kevin Keegan, former Liverpool FC player and England Manager is coming to Dudley, later this year to help raise funds for the Mayor of Dudley’s charitites including Dudley Mind,

Kevin Keegan will be at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on Thursday the19th of October.

If you fancy “an evening with Kevin Keegan” tickets are available for £60 which will get you a three-course meal with the man himself.

As well as “an evening with kevin Keegan” there will also be a charity raffle and auction.

The evening is being put on by Black Country-based Route 39 Productions. To book tickets call 01902 244220.

Sainsbury’s Pensnett chosen charity of the year

Dudley Mind has also been adopted as Sainsbury’s in Pensnett’s chosen charity of the year.

To help raise funds for Dudley Mind, the store has recently opened a used book section in their store where customers can come along and buy or donate used books. All funds raised from the sales of the used books will be donated to Dudley Mind to help us run our services and provide help and support for people currently experiencing mental health difficulties living within the Dudley borough.

The staff have also held several other fundraising events so far this year such as tombolas, quiz nights and raffles, with more to come.

A massive thanks to all the staff at Sainsbury’s in Pensnett for all of your help and support!!

The Jet Singh Trust fundraising skydive for Dudley Mind

The ambassador to the Mayor, Shaz Saleem is not the only one to have taken part in a charity skydive for Dudley Mind this year.

On Thursday the 17th of August Harj, Gurj, Lee, Mark, Nick, Matt, Daniel, Connell and Simon from the Jet Singh Trust all took part in a fund raising skydive, helping to raise funds for Dudley Mind.

So far they have helped to raise £1,312 (at the time of print)!! If you would like to help the Jet Singh Trust raise funds for us there is still time to make a donation. Thank you to anyone who has already made a donation, your help and support is appreciated.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jetsinghtrust-dudleymind

The Jet Singh Trust was established in October 2016 following Jet’s early demise, to date Jet Singh Trust has raised over £60,000 and benefited so many local good causes that make an immediate and positive impact on improving the quality of life for so many, such as WINGS, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Combat Stress, Promise Dreams, MS, Sikh Helpline, Unique Home for Girls to just name a few.

Please visit their website to see some of the amazing work that The Jet Singh Trust do in the community.

http://www.jetsinghtrust.org/

Team Jaguar Land Rover Visit Wollescote Walled Gardens

Just before Jill (our previous Horticulture Project Manager) left Dudley Mind to start an exciting new job with The Royal Horticulture Society, she managed to set up a partnership between Dudley Mind and Jaguar Land Rover.

Over the past few weeks a small team from Jaguar Land Rover in Coventry have travelled all the way down to our horticulture project at Wollescote Walled Gardens to help renovate our rundown garden HQ and gave it a long needed fresh lick of paint.

As well as this, a small JLR team from Solihull also paid us a visit this Friday (15th of September). They helped out with a bit of essential maintenance and built us an amazing arbour and bird feeding station.

We would like to give a massive thank you to both teams from Coventry and Solihull for their help. We appreciate all of your hard work and support for the project.

To see pictures of the teams from Jaguar Land Rover please visit our website

http://dudleymind.org.uk/news/jaguar-land-rover/

Matt Monro: The Singer’s Singer

Matt Monro, best known for his song ‘Born Free’ was an English singer song writer during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Matt sadly passed away in 1985 after a long battle with liver cancer. For the first time ever, two of Matt’s children Michele Monro and Matthew Monro Jnr will be performing live at Dudley Town Hall on Thursday the 16th of November 7:30pm in memory of their father.

Michele and Mathew Monrow will be performing The Singer’s Singer – the life story of their father as never been seen before.

There will also be audio and visual narrative, a show of memories and nostalgia including Matt Jnr singing alongside his father again.

All money raised through the sale of tickets will go towards the Mayors three chosen charities, Dudley Mind, YMCA Black Country Group and Dudley Alzheimer’s Group.

To book tickets please call the box office on 01384 812812 or visit www.boroughhalls.co.uk

Dudley Mind’s Crisis Cafe

As a charity, we are always looking for new ways in which we can help and support people experiencing mental health difficulties living within the Dudley area.

One of our hopes for the future is to set up a crisis cafe in Dudley to help defuse mental health crises. The cafe would be open to anyone experiencing a mental health crisis offering a safe, non-judgemental place to come along to and have a chat and a cuppa with people who understand what they are going through.

If you would like to know more plans about our plans for a crisis cafe, or if you are able to help, please contact Martin Mueller at the Dudley Mind Head Office on 01384 442938.

Dudley Mind Services 2017 – 2018

We are Dudley Mind, a local mental health charity that aims to improve mental health and promote recovery and wellbeing for people in the Dudley borough affected by poor mental health.

This newsletter has been put together to let you all know what services and activities we will be providing over the next year and beyond to help and support people currently experiencing mental health difficulties living within the Dudley borough.

If you are interested in any the activities or services listed below please feel free to contact us at the Dudley Mind Head Office. In each section of the newsletter there is a contact name and email for the relevant person you need to get in touch with for the service or activity you are interested in.

Alternatively you can call the Dudley Mind Head Office and one of our members of staff will try to help you.

Tel: 01384 442938

Email enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

Peer Support Groups

The now well established Peer Support groups that we facilitate and support reflect the principles of person-centred recovery, and embody the values of user-led self-help with a view to genuine empowerment. Peer support is a way of giving and receiving help founded on respect, shared responsibility and mutual agreement as to what is helpful.

What are the benefits of Peer Support?

  • an opportunity to give as well as receive emotional support
  • swapping experiences and learning new ways to deal with problems
  • sharing information about mental health issues and local provision
  • taking a more active role in health, wellbeing and recovery
  • and much more besides

Building Bridges – Anxiety & Depression Support Group

Every 3rd and 4th Monday evening of the month in Stourbridge

Our anxiety & depression peer support group is for anyone who is currently experiencing anxiety, panic attacks and/or depression. The group offers people a safe non-judgemental environment for people to talk openly to other people who know what it is like to live with anxiety and/or depression.

Reading for Wellbeing

Every Thursday in Stourbridge 10am – 1pm.

Reading for Wellbeing is a general peer support group for anyone currently experiencing mental health difficulties. The group meet weekly and improve their mental wellbeing by socialising and reading a book together.

The inkwell Creative Writing Group

Every Thursday morning 10am – 1pm in Stourbridge.

If you enjoy creative writing and expressing your feelings and ideas through written word, the inkwell creative Writing group might be of help to you. This group write stories and plays together to help express their thoughts and feelings through written word.

Hidden Treasures

Every second Wednesday of the month 10am – 12pm In Stourbridge.

Hidden Treasures is a group for people currently experiencing hoarding problems. The group helps support each other with the struggles they have inletting go of household items.

New Horizons

Every second Wednesday of the month 10am – 12pm in Stourbridge.

New Horizon are a peer support group offering help and emotional support to fellow sufferers of OCD in a relaxed, safe, non-judgmental way.

The Haven

Every second Wednesday morning in Kingswinford.

Heaven is a new space for women with pre- or post-natal anxiety and depression. Come along for a cup of tea and a chat with other mums who understand. Babies and toddlers welcome!!

1 in 6 Gaming Group

Every Thursday evening 7pm – 9pm in Brierley Hill.

1 in 6 Gaming is a peer support group for people who enjoy playing a wide range of board games including war games, card games and also enjoy painting board game miniatures

1 in 6 gaming is a self led group designed to break the stigma of mentalhealth, and anyone who is suffering from it.

Blue Skies

Every Friday afternoon 2pm – 5pm in Stourbridge.

Blue Skies is a peer support group that aims to lessen social isolation by offering a friendly non-judgmental environment for people feeling isolated to come along to and meet like minded people.

What’s Cooking? Peer Support Group

Every Tuesday afternoon in Stourbridge.

The What’s Cooking? group is a general peer support group who all meet up once a week to sit down for a meal together. The group enjoy cooking a wide range of dishes and after of all of the cutting, chopping, pealing, frying and baking is done they all sit around the table to enjoy the food they have just prepared together.

Please note that each member of the group is expected to pay a percentage towards the ingredients used for the cooking of the meals each week.

Bipolar Support Group

Every first Thursday of the Month at Merry hill 5:30pm – 7pm

We are an approachable and understanding group of people, all of whom have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. We are glad of the opportunity to air our feelings in confidence knowing that we will not be judged. Through our discussions we share experiences and benefit through belonging to a group and not feeling isolated.

Dudley MIND are now also working with the Community Wellbeing Service in Worcestershire to recruit, provide and supervise peer support volunteers who will be working directly in the community with people on a more individual basis in the Kidderminster area.

As part of our work to develop services in Kidderminster we will also be looking to develop peer support groups in association with the community project based at the Red Door Café.

We are always looking to develop new peer support groups, if you have an idea for a group yourself please let us know your ideas by visiting our Peer Support proposal page on our website.

http://dudleymind.org.uk/peer-support/new-peer-support-group-proposal/

For more information about our peer support groups please contact Tim on 01384442938 or by email at enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

You can visit the peer support section of our website here

http://dudleymind.org.uk/our-services-2/peer-support/

Keeping it Together

This is a new friendly and welcoming service for people who experience mental health difficulties who would benefit from a bit of support. In part the support is provided by our staff and in part it comes from others in the same position.

Keeping it Together comprises:

  • A staffed drop-in service in Dudley held twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays)
  • Peer-led activities on other days – (under development)

New members are very welcome but please contact Tim or Nagheena if interested on 01384 442938 or email: enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?

A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

A 6 week course that introduces mindful techniques to help you live a fuller and happier life.

Mindfulness is about being mentally focused on the present moment, not absorbed in regrets, plans, worries or other thoughts.

When we practise mindfulness we are more aware of the things that help us to be calm and happy. We are also more aware of our thought patterns that take us in the opposite direction. With this awareness, we can take positive choices in everyday life.

Cost of the course: £30.00

For more information or you would like to attend, please contact Nagheena on 01384 442938 or email: enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

The Red Door Wellbeing Project

Working in Kidderminster (as Wyre Forest Mind) we are partnering with the New Meeting House.

This is an historic Unitarian Church in the centre of the town.

They hold a weekly drop-in session (the Red Door Café) for people experiencing difficulties in the local area. Working with them from this month we will be:

  • Training staff and volunteers from the church and other local organisations in mental health awareness and Mental Health First Aid
  • Ensuring the drop-in can assist people who have mental health problems
  • Augmenting the drop-in with a second session each week
  • Developing self-management courses for local people who have mental health problems
  • Developing peer support groups in the Wyre Forest area

This work is funded for 2 years from a legacy donated for use in Worcestershire.

For more information please contact Nagheena on 01384 442938 or email enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

Self Management Programme

What is the Self Management Programme?

The Self Management Programme (SMP) is a course available for adults living with a long-term health condition, anxiety and/or depression, or for those in a caring role. SMP aim to improve your quality of life by giving you confidence, skills and information to help manage your long-term condition or caring role better on a daily basis.

The programme is FREE and runs for 2.5 hours, once a week for six weeks.

Dudley Mind’s Self Management Programmes run all year round at The Carlisle Centre, Stourbridge, DY8 1SP. Each course takes place once a week, for 6 weeks and is tutored by trained volunteers who themselves are living with a long term health condition.

Topics include:

  • Getting a good nights sleep
  • Coping with difficult emotions and/or depression
  • Relaxation techniques and exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Communicating with friends and family and health professionals
  • Dealing with pain and extreme tiredness

By taking part in a programme you will:

  • Learn new skills to manage your health condition
  • Develop confidence in the daily management of your specific condition
  • Meet others and share similar experiences
  • Learn how to develop more effective relationships with healthcare professionals

If you are interested in taking part in one of Dudley Mind’s Self Management Programmes please contact Simon at the Dudley Mind Head Office on 01384 442938 or by email simon.bennett@dudleymind.org.uk.

Dudley Mind’s next available Self Management course will be starting on Tuesday the 19th of September 2017 at the Carlisle Centre, Stourbridge, DY8 1SP, 10:30 – 1:00pm.

For more information about the Self Management Programme please visit the Self Management Programme website here or the Dudley Mind website page here.

Below are a few quotes taken from letters of recommendation that two participants (Steve and David) wrote for us after completing the Self Management Programme.

“I found the course facilitators excellent communicators delivering the information in a relaxed manner. The course handbook contains a fantastic amount of material concerning health and wellbeing in many areas, and I know will be a good source of information in the future.”

“I wish I had completed the course 20 years ago. The Tutors Rachel, Jazz and Michelle (along with Simon’s help) have been great on the course. The content of the course has been excellent.”

“The activities I have undertaken from the course have and will continue to be life changing in a very positive manner and will help me manage the challenges, especially after my medication ceases. Regular cardio exercise, action plans, good diet, good sleep, tools to recognize and manage the symptoms, relaxation techniques, etc have been no more than life changing.”

“The key is to break the symptom cycle which I am doing now and will continue to do in the future.”

Growing in the Park

We use gardening to build and support the mental and physical health of our communities.

This project provide activities, skills training and friendship for people with, or at risk of, isolation and poor mental health.

People who garden regularly know that being outdoors, seeing the changing seasons, caring for plants, getting some exercise and working alongside other people makes them feel good. Recent research has now provided sound evidence to support that. It shows that outdoor activities, often called ‘ecotherapy’ can:

  • improve mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • increase physical activity
  • help to improve concentration
  • help in managing anxiety and depression
  • build confidence as people learn new skills and see the results of their efforts
  • support the move into training, qualifications and employment
  • build connections and friendships in local communities

Our garden projects are open to anyone over the age 18. You don’t need any gardening experience and you don’t need to be strong or physically fit – we have activities to suit everyone.

If you’re interested in joining or know someone who is, call Nagheena on 01384 442938 or get in touch via email gardening@dudleymind.org.uk.

You can visit the gardening section of our website here

http://dudleymind.org.uk/our-services-2/growing-in-the-park/

Have a look at our Facebook page here

Workplace Wellbeing

The issue

According to the Charted Institute of Personal & Development, almost one in three UK employees (31%) will experience a mental health problem, posing a significant personal and business cost.

Each year poor mental health is costing UK businesses an estimated £26 billion (Centre for Mental Health).

Every UK employer, regardless of size or sector is likley to be affected by mental health problems in their staff.

We believe there are both moral and business reasons to promote better employee mental health and create healthier workplaces. It’s the right thing to do and it makes business sense.

Workplace wellbeing – the business case

Given the impact and cost mental health problems can have on individual employees and businesses, mental wellbeing should be a business priority for every employer, regardless of size or sector.

As an employer, investing in workplace wellbeing can:

  • Reduce levels of sickness absence, presenteeism, staff turnover, lost productivity and the associated costs of mental health problems at work by at least 30%
  • Increase employee resilience, productivity and performance
  • Enhance your duty of care as an employer and reduces risk
  • Improve staff morale and engagement
  • Enhance your corporate image and reputation

Our services:

We know better wellbeing means better business and we offer a range of cost effective mental health training and related services for employers wanting to improve employee mental health and wellbeing within their organsiations.

  • Consultancy advice and support
  • Mental health training and workshops for mangers and staff
  • Online employee wellbeing surveys
  • Workplace wellbeing network events

We can also develop bespoke services to meet your specific organisational needs.

As your local Mind mental health charity, we are here to help employers of all sizes and from all sectors to create healthier workplaces.

We’re here to help!

We see our work with you very much as a partnership. In the first instance, we like to meet with you to find out more about your organisation and what you want to achieve. From there we will draw up a proposal based on your requirements.

Your Dudley Mind workplace wellbeing contact is Mark Evans

It’s good to talk so please get in touch.

Tel: 01384 442938

Email mark.evans@dudleymind.org.uk

You can visit the workplace wellbeing section of our website here

http://dudleymind.org.uk/our-services-2/training/

Jolly Joggers

Who are the Jolly Joggers?

Jolly Joggers are a beginners’ running (jogging) group. We are part of Dudley Mind’s Get Set to Go programme which aims to get more people active to improve their mental health. See www.mind.org.uk/sport for more information.

We are a friendly, welcoming, supportive group for anyone who is struggling with their mental health right now or in the past including stress, low mood, anxiety or depression or another mental health problem. Along with anyone who wants to improve their mental wellbeing through running/jogging.

Over 12 weeks we build up your jogging and running from a walking pace. No previous experience is necessary. We celebrate week 12 by joining Wolverhampton parkrun which is a weekly 5k (3.1 miles) run around West Park.

At the end of the session Jolly Joggers past and present join for tea in the Café (optional) it is a great way to get to know new people and to make new friends. Throughout the 12 weeks we take part in a range of activities; past activities have included: Time to Talk Day, Easter Egg Hunt, Treasure Hunt, Mental Health Awareness Week, Halloween themed activities and World Mental Health Day.

We are led by a small team of volunteers from Dudley Mind who are qualified Leadership In Running Fitness coaches. The sessions are insured and risk assessed and open to people 18+

Download our Jolly Joggers leaflet here

Please note that Jolly Joggers is a 12 week programme, we allow people to join up until the third week of the current programme. If you miss the third week deadline you would need to wait until the start of the next available Jolly Joggers group.

You can visit the sport section of our website here

http://dudleymind.org.uk/our-services-2/sport/

For further information contact Simon at the Dudley Mind Head office on 01384 442938 or by email at simon.bennett@dudleymind.org.uk

Walking Group

Dudley Mind’s walking group all meet up every last Saturday of the month for a chat and to enjoy a long walk together. The group all enjoy going for long walks and use it as a way to improve their mental health, wellbeing and as a way to help support others who may be going through a difficult times.

The walks are organized and led each month by our two friendly walk leaders Kirpal and Ade. Kirpal and Ade both have their own experience with mental health and are there to help support all the members of the group when out on a walk together..

If you would like to join our friendly bunch of ramblers please get in touch with Simon at the Dudley Mind Head Office on 01384 442938 or by email at enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk.

You can visit the sport section of our website here

http://dudleymind.org.uk/walking-group-2/