Monthly Newsletter of the Monmouthshire Mental health User & Carer Network & Forum. Issue 5 Oct/Nov 2007
Updates in Monmouthshire and A recent report produced by
Wales Hafal around housing in Wales
A new Housing Association is being has shown that not enough
set-up in Monmouthshire and all the needs assessments are being
Monmouthshire County Council carried out by LA and LHB‟s.
housing stock will be transferred to “My Own Home” is intended to
this new association. It will be called inspire positive development
Monmouthshire Housing. across Wales of Housing and
There will be 4 teams in this housing Support Services. The full report
service: can be obtained from Hafal – or
a) Housing Grants copies from Jen or Tony. It is
b) Housing Strategy and interesting reading.
c) Housing options – housing
advice and assistance Terence Higgins Trust have set-up 3
d) Supporting People Team Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender forums across Gwent.
The teams can be contacted as They are now trying to set-up a
follows: forum in Monmouthshire and a
Housing Grants–01873-735428 meeting to discuss this development
Strategic Services – took place on 22nd Aug in
01633-644644 Abergavenny. For more information
Housing Options- contact Mair Rigby on 029 2066
We will be looking at inviting a New Training Room in Sessions
speaker from this new housing House, Usk
association to a Network and Forum The September Network and Forum
Meeting in order to clarify the was held in the new training room
situation. which is connected to the Resource
Room. Future meetings will be held
in this room, which is also available
to other groups and meetings on
Gwent Patients Panel
In the September Network and Mind Photography Exhibition
Forum, Rhian Lewis, Co-ordinator, Abergavenny Mind Association are
and Nina Weaver Chair, presented organising a photography project.
the group with information on the Cameras from the Mental Health
Gwent Patients Panel. The Patients Resource Room will be loaned to
Panel has been running for four Mind drop-ins and housing in
years and is now a very successful Monmouthshire and pictures will be
and very useful independent welcomed of images that portray the
resource. Patients from all over concepts of recovery, self-esteem
Gwent attend 4 meetings a year in and laughter. The cameras will start
Cwmbran to discuss issues around going out to the drop-ins in October.
service provision in the NHS. If you would like to get involved or
Currently there are very few Mental would like more information on this
Health patient representatives on the project then please contact Tony or
Panel. Jen or speak to Heather Whittam at
Due to the fact that mental Abergavenny Mind.
health has been under-represented,
it has been suggested that a special Newsletters
mental health Patient‟s Panel CONCUR is now a monthly news
meeting should be arranged. Rhian sheet available in printed copy and
Lewis will look into organising this by e-mail. Our next project is to help
meeting for Spring 2008. If you develop a service user and carers
would like any more information newsletter for Monmouthshire and
about the patient‟s panel, please would like this to be led by you who
contact Tony or Jen on 01291 are receiving the services, supported
673728. by us who have the equipment! If
you have ever wanted to be an editor
Big Lottery Bid for or reporter then this is the chance.
Monmouthshire Give us a call.
A bid for the Big Lottery „Mental
Health Matters‟ Fund has been Resource Room at the Sessions
submitted with GAVO as lead House, Usk
applicant and Abergavenny Mind The library of books, DVD‟s and
Association and Social Firms Wales video‟s is available to you to borrow
as partners. The project is around or play/read on site. Just call Tony
offering people with mental health on 01291-673728.
problems access and support to
volunteering, training, employment So also are the facilities of the IT
and community-based opportunities. equipment, plus printers and
The money will fund one Project Co- everything you would need to
ordinator and two Support Workers produce news sheets, reports,
and one Partnership Co-ordinator letters, protests and petitions.
who will look into developing Social
Firms across Monmouthshire. There is room to sit comfortably and
Regular updates on the progress of sit and talk with others about matters
the bid will be provided in this that are important to you, and
newsletter but if you would like any perhaps decide what to do about
further information please contact them.
Jen Pearce on 01291 673728.
It is almost a question of „you ask A catalogue of items that can be
and we‟ve got it‟ – don‟t be shy to tell borrowed is being made and will be
us what you would like to try to do or available soon. Come and help if
develop – and we will help. We can you want.
also help with or advise you about
transport to Usk – let us know what Network and Forum-October
you, or your group of friends, would The most recent Network and Forum
like to work on. took place on Wednesday 24th
October from 1pm – 4pm at
….and, we would be very pleased to Sessions House, Usk. It has not
hear from young people with interest been possible to print this issue of
in, or skilled in IT and who would like CONCUR until now, so the following
to help with poster and website are brief notes of the meeting.
design. If this is you, then please e-
mail to firstname.lastname@example.org The Forum concentrated on
and we will get back to you. producing a draft response to the
Stronger in Partnership II document,
New: and this has now been sent to the
Assembly. If you would like a copy
Copies of a summary of the main of the response, please contact Jen
points of the new Mental Health Act Pearce. Other Forum work included
are available from the resource an update from Bernard Boniface,
room, and also are online at Joint Commissioner, on training
SpeakEasy in Mons being made available for the MHA
2007, and progress with the Primary
Information packs on the Mental Care (Psychological Therapies)
Capacity Act are available in the project, and some details of
resource room – if this is an issue for Bernard‟s own move to developing a
you or your family, then these packs Low Secure unit in South Wales at
will help you. the end of November.
Details of future events were also
CD roms containing audio pods provided. The Network meeting
(talks) supplied by the Royal College which followed watched „Pillar to
of Psychiatrist can be borrowed. Post‟ – a dvd produced by Croydon
Ring or ask for details: 01291- Mind dealing with the difficulties
673728 faced by people with dual diagnosis,
Professor Thorneycroft talking about and had the opportunity for
Stigma and Discrimination makes discussion.
Others are being collected from Mental Capacity Act.
different sources for people to listen
to in their own homes. The resource library now has a copy
of the dvd (20 mins or so) produced
A dvd player can be borrowed (free) by the Office of the Public Guardian,
so you can watch dvd‟s from our MH dealing with the Mental Capacity Act.
& Carers library at home. Ring or This can be borrowed or watched in
ask for details. the resource room. Other
information on the Act is also
Mental Health Act 2007. Mind
Cymru is organising a series of To give plenty of warning, there will
events for service users and carers not be a Forum meeting in
this autumn. When details arrive we December as most people are
will publish them. overloaded with things to do at that
point. However, there will be a
Forum and Network on
Wednesday 23rd January
If you get a new diary, please write it
November Forum and Network will
be at The Sessions House Usk on
Wednesday 28 November at 1.30
pm. This is the final Forum and
network meeting of this year.
Some members of the network and forum are
unable to make the meeting on 28th November,
Forum 1.30 – 2.30
but want to acknowledge the considerable
This will be Bernard Boniface‟s last
practical support and commitment given to
Forum before moving on, and it is
service user and carer involvement by Bernard
hoped that as many as possible will
Boniface over the past two years, and to thank
try to attend. On the agenda will be:
him sincerely for that encouragement. We all
wish you well in the new challenge, Bernard,
the draft leaflet about mental
and you will be missed – but then we still have
health in Monmouthshire – for
the place mats!
your comments and suggestions.
Gwent Patient‟s Panel – some
Registered Charity No
of you volunteered to become 1113558
involved, and Rhian Lewis now Company Limited by
wants to take up those offers.
Any Other Business on the day.
Network 2.45 – 3.45
An opportunity to see a short video
(15 mins) about the Mental Capacity
Act, and for discussion. If there is
time we will also show the last two
speakers in the video “Listen to Me”
- part viewed in September.
I have attached details of a forthcoming event to which people who
use social care services are invited.
Would you please circulate this to anyone you feel may wish to
The paragraph below explains a little more about the day.
The event is hosted by Monmouthshire's M1 partnership:
Monmouthshire‟s MI training partnership believes that people
should receive social care support, which promotes their recovery
When receiving social care, individuals should have the
opportunity to exercise choice and control in relation to the
services they require.
Public, Private and Voluntary Services continue to work together in
Monmouthshire to ensure that all social care staff receive the
highest quality training.
We need to know that this makes a difference to those that use our
Service users and carers are invited to join us at this special
event to let us know what else we can do to involve service users
and carers in planning and delivering training for employees and
make Monmouthshire‟s Social Care Services the best they can be.
Health and Social Care Facilitator
Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations
Usk NP15 1HY
What Difference Does It Make?
Public, Private and Voluntary Services continue to work together in Monmouthshire to
ensure that all staff receive the highest quality training. We need to know that this makes a
difference to you? You are invited to join us at this special event to let us know what else
we can do to involve service users and carers in the planning and delivering of training for
employees and make Monmouthshire’s Social Care Services the best they can be.
Friday 7th December 2007
10.00- 1.00 Bridges Community Centre, Drybridge Park Monmouth
Opportunities for Feedback
Summary & Evaluation
Who should attend Booking your place
Anyone who is willing to offer Please fill in the booking form below and return to –
comments or suggestions about what
we can do to make sure that service
users and carers can rely on high Annabelle Arnold, Training Organiser
quality services delivered by well Training unit, Coed Glas
trained and qualified employees Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP75LE
Tel: 01873735410 Fax: 01873735447