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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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