Tomorrow is Time to Talk Day and RB Mind will be joining the national conversation. We are holding three events on the day to encourage everyone to put a few minutes aside to talk about mental health and wellbeing.
We will be holding a stall at Richmond upon Thames College, Egerton Road, TW2 7SJ with information about our services for staff and students from 11am-2pm.
We will have a one-hour event at Richmond Reference Library, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP from 2.15-3.15pm after our Mind Readers peer group. It will be an opportunity for anyone to pop in for a chat about our services or just to talk about wellbeing in general.
Our Wellbeing Centre team will also be holding a special Time to Talk event at their new home at 32 Hampton Road, Twickenham, TW2 5QR from 2- 4pm.
If you would like to run your own event on Time to Talk Day you can find resources to help you here.
RB Mind Annual Public Meeting
Richmond Borough Mind's Annual Public Meeting is taking place on Thursday, 22 February, 7.15-9.00pm, at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1DH. Speakers to be confirmed. We hope you can join us!
You can keep up-to-date with all the activities going on throughout our services including our Peer Group Network, Carers service, Wellbeing Centre, Counselling service and Youth Wellbeing projects by downloading the February/March issue of Richmond Borough Mind's newsletter, What's On, here.
What's On, which is produced bi-monthly, gives service users, family and friends and professionals an overview of current activity taking place across the organisation. For more information or to receive a printed copy of What's On, please contact 020 8948 7652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer Group Network News
Our Peer Group Network is made up of groups run by and for people experiencing mental health issues. ‘Peer Volunteers’ receive training and ongoing support to help them run the groups, which aim to improve confidence and reduce isolation.
Chatty Minds: our informal discussion group will now be twice a week. In addition to our usual Friday meeting, there will be a new weekly session on Tuesday evenings starting on 13 March. This is a chance to share experiences and coping strategies within a friendly, non-judgmental environment.
Walking Group: our new walking group is going from strength to strength with two new walks scheduled:
15 February: 10.30am-12.30pm. Duke of Northumberland’s River walk. Twickenham to Isleworth. Meet at Twickenham Pavilion. Linear Walk.
8 March: 10.30am-12pm. Thames Towpath walk, Richmond side. Meet at Richmond Bridge beside statue of Bernando O’Higgins. Circular Walk.
You will find dates and venues for all our peer groups here.
Carers in Mind activities
Our Carers in Mind project supports families and friends supporting someone over 18, including people over 65, who are experiencing functional mental health problems. We provide support groups, social activities, one-to-one advice and guidance, information and training to assist carers to be more effective and feel more confident in their role.
Carers monthly lunches: 23 February and 30 March (12.30-3.30pm) at 32 Hampton Road, off Twickenham Green. Workshops to be confirmed.
Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens: 16 February. Meet at the main entrance of Kew Gardens at 11am. Mary Singham will guide us around the Orchid Festival. The theme this year is India. Please book by 7 February. £5. Comedy night at Twickenham Fine Ales: 24 March, 7.30pm (comedy begins at 8pm). Please book by 15 March. £5. Annual Carers Quiz: 20 April at St Luke’s Church. Gather a team together to support our main fundraising event of the year. A bar will be open and fish and chips (or veggie option) will be on the menu. Tickets: £15.
Wellbeing Centre Groups and Sessions
We have recently updated the activities we offer in our Wellbeing Centre.
Please click our Groups and Sessions Guide (right) to find out about all the new groups available and the days and times of the sessions.
Digital Mental Health Survey - have your say!
Have you accessed digital support for your mental health? Maybe you received support via email or using a smartphone app. If so, National Mind is interested in hearing about your experiences.
An increasing number of mental health services are offering people digital support options. Mind would like to find out what experiences people have had of digital support, whether positive or negative. The information will be used anonymously and it should only take 10 minutes to complete. You can complete the survey here.
MindLine Trans+ national helpline
MindLine Trans+ is a new emotional and mental health national helpline and signposting service for people who identify as Trans, Agender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary and their friends and families. It is open every Monday and Friday 8pm-midnight.
It is a safe place to talk about your feelings confidentially. MindLine Trans+ do not record calls nor ask for any personal details. They will try to understand the multitude of feelings and concerns that may be going on for you and to listen and offer support.
Find out more and visit TranzWiki, a comprehensive directory of the groups campaigning for, supporting or assisting trans and gender non-conforming individuals on our website here.
Give a voice to local service users
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust is keen to expand the involvement of service users and carers in the governance of their services.
The opportunity has arisen for three new representatives - one service user and two carers - to join the Trust’s Quality Safety and Assurance Committee (QSAC). They will work alongside the current Service User representative to provide a fuller voice for the people who use the Trust's services and for those who support them. QSAC is a key subcommittee of the Trust's board which provides a quality assurance function on behalf of the board.
The representatives will need to be able to commit to a regular monthly meeting and also preparation time – there is usually an extensive agenda, with a lot of documents to be read in advance. The representatives will be expected to provide a service user and carer perspective upon quality and safety issues, and to be able to represent a diverse range of views. Training and support will be available.
Duration: This will initially be for two years.
Frequency: Committee meetings are held monthly on every first Tuesday of the month from 9.30am-12pm at Trust HQ, Springfield Hospital, Tooting.
Payment: There will be a payment for attendance at the standard Trust rate of £10 p/h. There will also be a payment for reading documents prior to the meetings; travel expenses will not be reimbursed.
To apply please submit an Expression of Interest to help us to identify the best people for this demanding role. All expressions will be submitted to the Committee’s Chair and Executive Lead and a shortlist of applicants will be invited to a structured conversation that will last no more than 20 minutes.
For your Expression of Interest please use the questions below to support your application and send it to email@example.com by the end of the day on Monday, 5 February.
Why you are interested in this opportunity?
What skills/expertise are you offering to the group?
What experience do you have of committees or other governance groups?
How will taking part support your well-being?
How will you ensure that you are representing the views of the broader service user or carer community?
We are currently looking for a Volunteer Film Maker. This role involves creating and producing promotional videos of our services for use on our website, YouTube channel and other social media.The hours are on an ad hoc basis.
We are also seeking a Photography Volunteer on an ad hoc basis. This role involves photographing the activities taking place across our services and events, and assisting us in building a portfolio of images of our service users, volunteers and staff for us to use in publications and across our social media and website.
You can find out more about these volunteer roles and download the full role descriptions here.
If you are interested in applying for these roles, please contact Yvonne Lentge, Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 07545 933 156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all our supporters
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and raised money for us. Every penny raised goes towards our projects and services which aim to help people in Richmond with mental health problems.
There are so many ways you can fundraise for us from organising your own event to taking part in one of our challenge events. You can find more information about fundraising for Richmond Borough Mind here.
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