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


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


Rethink Mental Illness helpline: 0808 802 2288


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.



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



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.


Anxiety 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


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.


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/