Dates for your diary, peer support project, April Quiz!
Richmond Borough Mind
Kew Foot Road, Richmond
Surrey, TW9 2TE
Tel: 020 3513 3404

Welcome to our Spring 2017 Newsletter! 
As always there's lots going on at Carers In Mind. In this edition we will be...
  • Welcoming Clare Taylor, our new Carers in Mind Support Worker
  • Letting you know what social activities we've got coming up, including our April quiz!
  • Making you aware of new developments in the service and in the borough
  • Giving you a heads up about our new Peer Support Project. We're looking for volunteer carers who would like to work with new carers coming into the our service
  • Updating you on the ongoing Outcomes Based commissioning process and how you can get involved - one event coming up this week! 
  • Encouraging you to join us in a fundraising walk in support of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Welcome to Clare

Hello! My name is Clare and I’m delighted to have joined the Carers Project team here at Mind.
As many of you will have heard from me already, I may not need much intro. I've been working here at RB Mind as Support Worker since January and loving it!

I’ve spent a large part of my career supporting people who are experiencing difficulties in life, and mostly my role has been to support them in navigating through the systems that are there to help. I’ve got personal experience of caring for friends and family with a variety of mental health conditions, and generally seem to be the go-to agony aunt for all sorts of things!

I have a degree in Sociology and a Diploma in Art Therapy, and am a qualified yoga instructor. I love practising yoga yet also really enjoy a glass of red wine!
Carers In Mind Peer Support Project
As part of our commitment to ensure that people who belong to our community are involved in the shaping and delivery of our services at Carers In Mind, we are looking for carers who would be interested in volunteering as a carer peer mentor!

As you know, many carers in the borough offer fantastic informal support to each other through the various monthly support groups.  We'd like to take that a stage further and offer formal training and support to carers who feel able to deliver initial and ongoing advice and help to new and existing carers that we are working with. Training is anticipated to start in May/June, so please contact us to register your interest by the end of April. 

If you are interested please get in touch with either John or Clare for more details: or 0208 974 7384.
Update to Outcomes Based Commissioning and Involvement Opportunities
- 16th & 24th March 
For those of you unfamiliar to the concept of outcomes based commissioning it is a relatively new approach to commissioning health and social care services in the UK, aiming to ensure delivery of better outcomes that are important to patients and service users, whilst rewarding value for money. 

Eight organisations involved in delivering local services for people with mental health needs, have been named as potential "most capable providers" (including Richmond Borough Mind) by NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Richmond Council (the commissioners).  These providers are participating in an on-going process, which will require them to demonstrate that their improvement plans will deliver integrated mental health services across the borough of Richmond.

The aim is to enable integrated mental health and social care services that:
  • Strengthen the role of service users and carers
  • Increases prevention and early intervention
  • Promotes quick access to acute care and crisis intervention
  • Improves a multidisciplinary approach to recovery and independent living
  • Mainstreams mental health services 
 The most capable providers group will be holding a range of consultation and involvement events to ensure that the final design pathways are co-produced, through involvement with stakeholders, carers and service users. This Thursday there will be a Service User and Carer Event which is open to all, to hear about the updates on the process so far and to give carers and service users the opportunity to think about next steps together.
Lunch is provided and the Trust will pay for your attendance at the usual rate (£10) if you are signed up on the Trust involvement register (see contact details below).  Anyone can attend this event though.  It’s a chance to have your say about the type of support that you need in the borough so please do go along if possible.
Location: Richmond Royal – Conference Room, Kew Foot Road, Richmond TW9 2TE
Date & Time: Thursday 16th March from 10.30am to 1.30pm
Contact: 0203 513 5775 or e-mail
More info here:
On Friday 24th March (am), the most capable providers group will be developing their plans through their Service model design and co-production work stream.  These meetings are part of continued plans to review and redevelop how mental health support is provided throughout the borough of Richmond.  If you are keen to get involved in these working groups as part of this ongoing process, and would like to attend either this meeting or subsequent workshops, please contact our Operations Manager, Kat Moore, on, who can explore the opportunity with you more in more detail.
Dates for your Diary - March to May
We're working on getting more of our activities planned further in advance. Please be patient with us while we work towards this goal!
Support Groups
Please contact us in advance, if you would be interested in joining a regular support group. The groups listed below are well established and whilst new members are welcome, it is very helpful for the group to know a little about a new person before they arrive.

** We are looking into setting up a new group in the Twickenham area. We would particularly encourage carers whose loved one has AS (Aspergers) as well as a mental health condition to join this group. Clare will be facilitating this in due course **
East Sheen - 3rd Wednesday, 7-9pm, St Mary’s, Mortlake High Street.
Monthly support group facilitated by a local carer for those in SW14 and surrounds.

Maddison - 1st  Thursday, 6-7.45pm, Maddison Centre, Teddington. 
Support group facilitated by Kris Chokupermal from the Crisis and Home Treatment Team suitable for people supporting someone with severe psychosis. 
Personality Disorder - Garden House - 1st Monday, 6.45-7.45pm, Richmond Royal.
Group open to carers who are supporting a patient receiving treatment from the Richmond Personality Disorder Intensive Treatment Team. Please contact Andrew MacKinnon in advance:
Partners - 2nd Wednesday, 6.30-8pm, Richmond Royal. 
Support group established for people supporting a partner, facilitated by John Elkin.
Men Mind Too - 2nd Tuesday 6.30 pm onwards, The Cricketers.
Come along to The Cricketers, Richmond Green. Our male only get together giving you an opportunity to have a chat and a pint (or a soft drink).

Carers Lunch & Workshop
Fridays March 31st, April 28th and May 26th

Join us for our popular monthly lunches, a chance to meet other carers, relax and enjoy a meal cooked for you. Our lunches are followed by a workshop. Booking is essential please so we can cater accurately. We have some interesting and fun workshops coming up for you!  March will be a mindfulness session and April is likely to be lead by a psychologist in training. We are also looking into setting up a session with a pharmacist about medication, and  are even organising a creative needlework session - to be lead by one of our highly talented carers! 
Social outings and activities
It’s important for you to look after yourself and enjoy some time out.
You will need to book directly with us at Carers in Mind by phone, text or email. You will receive confirmation of your place by text, email or phone. All trips are £5 per person. If you are experiencing any financial difficulties please speak to a member of the team in confidence and may be able to support you with this. 
MARCH Sunday 26th 
Kilmorey Mausoleum

Kilmorey Mausoleum is a grade II listed building, built in an Egyptian style.
A mausoleum is defined - perhaps rather grimly - as "a stately or impressive building housing a tomb or group of tombs"!
Kilmorey is a local and rather fine example of a mausoleum, and wonderful Richmond charity - The Environment Trust - are holding a free open day for visitors to explore it. The open day runs from 12noon until 3pm, so depending on interest and numbers we can either meet there at 12, or meet elsewhere and go in a minibus. Please contact Clare for more details. For more event details see the Environment Trust website.
APRIL Wednesday 12th 
Tour of Twickenham Fine Ales Factory

Twickenham Fine Ales is London’s oldest micro-brewery. Founded by Steve Brown in 2004, Twickenham has been at the forefront of the resurgence of breweries in London.  Using global hops from an early stage, and only the purest of ingredients, Twickenham produces a fine range of well hopped, award winning beers. They currently brew around 50,000 pints per week, the tour takes us through the brewing process, ingredients Twickenham Fine Ales history and development and, of course, tasting!
APRIL Thursday 13th 
Ham House & Gardens Tour

Ham House is a wonderful stately 17th century home with a historic collection of textiles, furniture and paintings dating back over 400 years. A minibus will depart from Richmond Royal at 11.30am for Ham House. There'll be ample time to take in the house, stop for a browse in the shop and have a bite in the cafe, and join the garden tour at 2.30pm. At 3.30pm the minibus will return to pick us up, and take us back to the hospital. You have the option to make your own travel arrangements too - just let us know in advance.
APRIL Friday 21st
Quiz and Fish n' Chips Supper
6.30-10pm at St Luke’s in The Avenue, Kew, Richmond, TW9 2AJ. Tickets cost £15 and include a delicious fish & chip supper, the quiz and games, after dinner refreshments and live music! There will be a bar selling beer, wine and soft drinks. Early booking is recommended as tickets are selling fast. Book together with a group of friends or buy a single ticket and be allocated to a quiz team on the night!
 There is also a raffle which will be drawn on the night. First prize is a one week summer/winter stay for up to 6-8 guests in the French Alps. Raffle tickets £1 per strip, and can be bought in advance or on the night.
MAY Tuesday 23rd
River trip to Hampton Court Palace

A round trip by boat to the splendour of Hampton Court Palace and back. Departure likely to be from Richmond, and include an hour at the Palace (trip does not include entry to the building itself). Bring a packed lunch! Contact Clare for more details and to register interest, and more details will be announced nearer the time.
To book for any events, workshops or groups, or if you would like to find out more information please contact us.

Call: 020 8940 7384 | Text: 07801 200 450 
Walking Out of Darkness –
Mental Health Awareness Week 2017
Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week by taking part in Walking Out of Darkness, a 10 mile walk around Battersea Park to raise awareness of mental health and stand together with those that have been affected by mental ill-health. 

The walk takes place on Saturday 13th May at 10am and is open to all ages and promises to be a wonderful way to celebrate mental health while raising money.  The event costs £10 to enter which will go to CLASP (Counselling, Life Advice, Suicide Prevention) Charity and then you are free to set up a fundraising page and raise money for RB Mind. 

RB Mind will be on hand to help you with fundraising resources and ideas, and a free RB Mind t-shirt is included once you raise a certain amount! We would love to have a team of RB Mind supporters walking on the day so please invite family and friends.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact Emma Reeves on or 07557 669143, or visit the Clasp Charity Walking Out of Darkness Event page to find out more about the event and to register today!
Yoga for Carers

Yoga for Carers is being launched in May!

If you've not been in touch, please register your interest today by contacting Clare.

There has never been more evidence for yoga being of enormous benefit to health and wellbeing, and what better time to start than in the spring and early summer!

Classes will take place in four week blocks, with a break (self practice) in the fifth week. Each block will follow a particular theme or focus, and aim to build resilience and emotional strength, through developing an inner powerhouse of calm.

We have found a wonderful venue for the classes - the Richmond and Putney Unitarian church ('RPUC'). This is not your average church! Have a look at the website to see what we mean. RPUC do not preach any particular dogma or ask you to 'believe' in anything in particular. All you need is an open heart and inquiring mind. It's more a philosophical school than a church.
What do you think of our new newsletter?

If you have any comments or would like to contribute an article to the newsletter please get in touch. This new electronic form will save the project a considerable amount of money which can be directed to other areas of the project. However, we want everyone to have access to the newsletter, so if you would prefer a paper version please let one of the team know.

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