Wellbeing House in Gloucester

Swindon Mind are excited about our new venture in Gloucester.  We will be opening up a new Wellbeing House in December.  See link for more information.

More photos and information to follow

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Be Active Volunteer opportunities

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming an activity buddy for our Be Active project. An activity Buddy is a trained volunteer whose role is to:

  • Support the participant to attend as many different physical activity sessions as they wish so they can try different things until they find something that fits in with their abilities, interests and daily routine.
  • Help the participant along the way to their goal and to give that extra boost if the going gets tough.
  • Accompany the participant to access mainstream sport and leisure facilities so they can continue with their chosen form of physical activity.

We currently have clients needing activity buddies for Monday morning between 9 and 11.30 for swimming. Tuesday afternoon between 1pm and 2pm for football, Thursday morning between 9am and 11am for running, Friday morning between 10am and 1pm for cycling and also to accompany clients to gym session time and day tba.

Please click the links for more information:

If you would like to be considered of our Be Active Programme, please download the Be Active Referral Form below:

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Mental Health First Aid July course

20160705_101309The MHFA courses at Swindon Mind are being well attended with great feedback.  Big thanks to the latest group of attendees who all seemed to enjoy the course over the last 2 days.  The photo below was drawn in one of the sessions looking at the physical symptoms of anxiety.

Swindon Mind are now able to offer the Mental Health Lite course which is a half day course and is ideal for those who are not able to do the full 2 day MHFA course but who would like to learn more about mental health first aid.  The first Mental Health Lite course is being held on September 7th at Sanford House.  Please email Suzanne at Suzannebaxter@swindonmind.org if you want any information on the MHFA courses that we run.

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Resilience & Burnout

20160627_120605Another great Mindful Employers Event at the Marriott Hotel talking about resilience and burnout with guest speakers Adrian Embling of Mindset Wessex and Susan Buckle of the UK Space Agency.  Please email David Latham at david.latham@swindonmind.org for more information on future events.

Team building exercise using marshmallows and spaghetti!

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Mental Health Awareness Day at TWIGS

20th May 2016: Swindon Mind at TWIGS for the final day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2016.  The weather was good to us and there was lots of good company too 🙂

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For more information on the day see the Evening Advertiser article here

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Network Rail pledges commitment to raising awareness of mental health in the workplace

19th May 2016: As part of Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2016 Network Rail’s leadership team in Swindon signed the pledge with Swindon Mind to raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace.

Also attending the awareness event with Swindon Mind were Time to Change, Samaritans and SUNS. For further information see Network Rail’s article here

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1st Blunsdon’s Scouts raise money for Swindon Mind

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April 29th 2016: A big thank you to 1st Blunsdon Scouts who raised £192 for Swindon Mind at a Quiz Night earlier in the year!

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Great turnout for the VAS & TWIGS Spring Community Fair 2016!

Swindon Mind staff (from left to right), Donna Lovell, Denise Jackson and Maria Burchell.

Swindon Mind staff (from left to right), Donna Lovell, Denise Jackson and Maria Burchell.

Swindon Mind were present at this years successful Spring Community Fair which was organised by Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS) and held at at the TWIGS Community Gardens at Cheney Manor. The feedback from VAS on the event was resoundingly positive:  “Thank you all for your time and contribution to the Spring Community Fair held on Wednesday – well over 230 people visited the stalls throughout the day with as many as 140+ of those not having heard of the service before that day!

Many of the stall holders found the networking element of the day really useful and felt that this information would come in useful in the work that they do, and where relevant can be passed onto their own service users. The event was an opportunity to make Swindon residents aware of the local support services and how these services can support them or their loved ones if needed – and that was achieved!

Many conversations also took place with potential volunteers, supporters of their services and potential future service users which is beneficial to Swindon residents and to the service providers.

I would also like to say a big thank you to John Markey, Russ Francis and Jumbahadur Gurung who supported us all in making this day a success – and a special thank you to TWIGS community Gardens for providing the venue and being the perfect host!

Thank you too to the Red Rooster Theatre group for entertaining us all on the day!

With regards,
Voluntary Action Swindon”

Click here to download a snap shot of the day for your own information.

You can follow VAS on Twitter: @VASwindon

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‘Children’s mental health services need more cash’

Increased funding for children’s mental health services will improve future funding for the NHS, says a counsellor.

Maria Burchell, project co-ordinator at Swindon Mind Self Harm Counselling Service (formerly Preservation Around Self Harm or PASH), currently works with 50 service users aged between 16 and late 50s.

She spoke out as the Mental Health Network, which represents NHS mental health trusts, claimed significant amounts of allocated funding have not been invested into children’s mental health services.

Click here for the full article on the Swindon Advertiser website

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Swindon firms get behind mental wellbeing

Dr Donna LovellOrganisers of a business session looking at mental wellbeing are delighted with the interest from local businesses and the positive feedback it has received.

Mental Health@Work, which attracted over one hundred delegates from local businesses and was organised by the Swindon Mindful Employer Network, took place on Tuesday 1 March at Arclite House – the headquarters of Excalibur Communications.

Guest speakers included Dr Donna Lovell and Suzanne Baxter of Swindon Mind who presented a taster session from the popular Mental Health First Aid courses which focussed on the subject of anxiety.

Click here for the full article on the Swindon Advertiser website

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