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