Dates for your diary, managing worry, refreshed carers strategy and more.
Richmond Borough Mind
Kew Foot Road, Richmond
Surrey, TW9 2TE
Tel: 020 3513 3404
Welcome to our new look newsletter! There are a lot of exciting new changes at Carers in Mind and our new newsletter is one of them! In this edition we will be welcoming John Elkin, our new Carers in Mind Project Manager, taking a look at the refreshed carers strategy, and sharing recent survey information. Plus we have the regular dates for your diary feature
Welcome to John Elkin
"I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to manage Carers in Mind as the project team were incredibly supportive of my wife and sister a number of years ago when my family were helping me manage my depression. Unpaid carers have an incredibly challenging job and being part of the future of this project makes me feel like I’m able to give something back to RB Mind who were there for my family carers when we needed them, it’s an invaluable service.
Most of my working life has been in the magazine publishing and media industry, firstly in advertising and then moving into publishing, online and project and account management. I also have experience of being a corporate fundraiser for Age UK and for the past two and half years I have been managing a variety of projects for the Richmond borough based user-led disability charity Ruils. It’s gratifying to be able to transfer skills developed in the private sector into the voluntary world, particularly in the borough that I’ve called home for over 20 years.”
Carers Survey Results
Carers in Mind recently conducted a brief survey to get a snapshot of the type of outcomes our carers are getting from the service. 22 carers responded and a snapshot of the findings are below.
  • 90% of people agreed or strongly agreed that Carers In Mind had helped them to connect to other carers and feel less isolated
  • 86% of people agreed or strongly agreed that Carers in Mind has helped them to support the person they care for
  • 77% of people agreed or strongly agreed that Carers In Mind has helped them to look after their own physical wellbeing
  • 86% of people agreed or strongly agreed that Carers In Mind has helped them to develop/maintain hope for the future
  • 82% of people agreed or strongly agreed that Carers in Mind has helped to make it easier for me to care
  • 86% of people agreed or strongly agreed that Carers in Mind has helped them to be informed about carer’s issues locally/ nationally
Carers Strategy Refresh
The refreshed carers strategy is out to consultation until Friday 29th July so hurry to get your comments and feedback in. The refresh builds upon the original strategy and outlines 4 Key priorities
  • Indentification and Recognition
  • Realising and Releasing Potential
  • A Life outside Caring
  • Supporting Carers to stay healthy
The strategy recognises the importance of the Acute Carers Recovery Worker & a commitment to ‘continue to fund services that support carers in decision-making about the person they care for in an acute mental health setting.’ We are delighted that the funding for this role has been extended until March 2017
The strategy also highlights that ‘Commissioners will work with providers to ensure that respite services develop transparent unit costs and are available to everyone, including self-funders, people who wish us to arrange services on their behalf and those in receipt of direct payments’. As you will be aware Carers in Mind have revised their budget so that now we now working to a fixed price per head for Christmas lunches and outing. However, please remember that there is a bursary for those who feel that the cost may prohibit them from taking part. Please speak to one of the Carers in Mind team if you would like to access the bursary
You can read the full strategy refresh here
Dates for your Diary August-October 2016
Carers Lunch & Workshop  
Fridays August 26th, September 30th and October 28th

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.

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 we will arrange for your trip to be free.
AUGUST Thursday, 18th August: Syon House and Gardens guided tour.
A guided visit to Syon House, the lavish home of the Duke of Northumberland. The 16th century house includes a great hall based on a Roman basilica and a bedroom used by Queen Victoria. The gardens are Grade I listed, were landscaped by Capability Brown and include a collection of rare trees and plants, a rose garden and circular lakeside walk. Meet at 1.30 at Richmond Royal, mini bus to Syon returning around 4.30. Please book by Tuesday 16th August. £5 pp.
SEPTEMBER (Date tbc) Art Into Life Workshop at the Tate Modern:
Discover Tate Modern, receive a warm welcome and take part in a free informal introduction to the gallery. Led by friendly and experienced staff, the workshops are a unique opportunity to explore the art world and to get involved in it. Each session is tailored to suit all interests and abilities and might involve looking, talking, simple practical activities and the use of handling objects. £5 pp
OCTOBER Saturday 22nd October Behind The Scenes At Richmond Theatre:
Richmond Theatre is one of the most beautiful of all the Frank Matcham theatres. Built in 1899 as the Theatre Royal and Opera House and refurbished in 1991, it is renowned for its wide range of quality drama, record breaking musicals, opera, dance and family entertainment productions. This tour lets us sneak a peek behind the curtains. £5pp
Men Mind Too
Male only evening - Wednesdays, August 10th September 14th October 12th  6:30pm onwards

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).
Introductory Family Workshops
Commencing in September (dates to follow) Thursday evenings, 6.30-8pm.

These 5 weekly workshops offer an introduction to different key topics specifically for families and friends supporting someone with mental health problems. Following feedback from carers who have attended the workshops we recommend attending all 5 workshops. We will look at responding to difficult behavior symptoms, the Recovery Approach, common communication barriers, moving on again after a crisis and the mental health maze. Contact us for more information and/or to book.
Venue: Wellbeing Centre, Richmond Royal. Please use back entrance on Kew Foot Road.
Support Groups
Please contact us if you would be interested in joining a regular support group.
East Sheen Support Group, 3rd Wednesday, 7-9pm
Monthly support group facilitated by a local carer for those in SW14 and surrounds. Venue: St Mary’s, Mortlake High Street.
Maddison  Support  Group,  1st  Thursday, 6-7.45pm
Support group facilitated by Kris Chokupermal from the Crisis and Home Treatment Team suitable for people supporting someone with severe psychosis. Venue: Maddison Centre, Teddington.
Personality Disorder - Garden House Group, 1st Monday, 6.45-7.45pm
Monthly group open to anyone who is supporting someone with a personality disorder facilitated by the Consultant Psychiatrist for the Personality Disorder Intensive Treatment Team. Venue: Richmond Royal.
Partners Support Group, 2nd Wednesday, 6.30-8pm
One of our newer support groups set up for people supporting a partner, facilitated by Agnes Ratajewska. Venue: Richmond Royal.
Forensic Services Family Group, 6pm
Support group for people supporting someone in forensic services facilitated by Simon Wells. Venue: Springfield Hospital. Meeting details available on request.
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
June Carers' Lunch Workshop Recap - Managing Worry
The presentation in June that followed the carers' Lunch was on worry. Emily Gardner from the Richmond Wellbeing Service, spoke about distinguishing worry into two types: practical worries and hypothetical worries.
To help make the distinction between the types of worry you can ask yourself;
  • Has the worry happened yet?
  • Is there a practical solution right now?
  • Would other people act on this worry?
Emily suggested creating your own ‘worry time’. This is a set time, place, and length of time to do all of your worrying. She then introduced the ‘worry plan’ below:
The Richmond Wellbeing Service offers a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support to help you feel better. To find out more visit
RB Mind Fundraising Dinner - Flavours of India and Pakistan

Last chance to buy tickets for RB Mind's Fundraising Dinner!

Join us for a taste of Indian and Pakistani cuisine, prepared by West End chef Martin George (The Savoy Hotel, Tramshed, Cannizaro House), who has created a unique menu to showcase his favourite dishes.

Saturday 30th July

St Mary's Parish Hall, Langham Road, Teddington, TW11 9HF

Doors open at 6:00pm; meal is served at 7:00pm.  

After the meal enjoy drinks and music until we finish at 10:15pm.

Tickets £30 to include a delicious three course meal and a complimentary drink on arrival.  .

There will be DJ sets, live acoustic guitar performance and an original poetry reading.

For more information, including the menu, please visit  Tickets must be bought in advance and can be purchased via cash or cheque. Please contact Emma on or 07557 669143. Ticket sales will close on Monday 25th July at 12noon.

RB Mind Jazz Afternoon with Senior Street Sextet raises over £1600!

RB Mind's Jazz Afternoon with Senior Street Sextet on Sunday 22nd May was an incredible success and raised over £1600 for RB Mind. There was a fantastic turnout for the event and the afternoon was enjoyable for all. A massive thank you to everyone involved, especially all of the band members of Senior Street Sextet. This is an amazing amount to raise and will help us to continue to run our much needed servies.

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.

RACC Courses Opportunities

Richmond Adult Community College are continuing to offer their programme of free and low cost courses to help people with their wellbeing. People experiencing anxiety, low mood or difficultly sleeping receive 100% concession and a  50% concession if you are a carers with a Household income of less than £27,000. Please speak to John or Agnes for a referral. A selection of forthcoming courses are below:

Sleep Management
S00941-161701 10:00 - 12:00 | 30/09/2016 | Fri | 1 wk | Fee: £0.00
5 Ways to Wellbeing
S00918-161702 19:00 - 21:00 | 30/09/2016 | Fri | 1 wk | Fee: £66.00
Building Confidence & Self Esteem
B01073-161701 09:30 - 12:00 | 04/10/2016 | Tue | 3 wks | Fee: £56.25
5 Ways to Wellbeing
S00918-161701 12:30 - 15:30 | 07/10/2016 | Fri | 3 wks | Fee: £66.00
Build Your Self Confidence
S00308-161701 10:00 - 12:00 | 04/11/2016 | Fri | 1 wk | Fee: £0.00
Managing Stress at Work
S00430-161701 18:30 - 20:30 | 15/11/2016 | Tue | 1 wk | Fee: £0.00
Dealing with Christmas
S00914-161701 13:30 - 16:30 | 16/12/2016 | Fri | 1 wk | Fee: £22.00
Keeping on Top of Stress
S00916-161701 13:30 - 16:30 | 13/01/2017 | Fri | 1 wk | Fee: £0.0
Getting a Good Night's Sleep
S00917-161701 13:30 - 16:30 | 24/01/2017 | Tue | 2 wks | Fee: £44.00
Get involved with the transformation of mental health services in the borough

NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Richmond Council are looking for people to get involved in an "experts by experience group" as part of the commissioning of mental health services. The role will include reviewing information and asking questions of the organisations involved, possibly listening to a presentation, and asking questions of the organisations. The group will be also involved in developing a model of care for the new way of working. Volunteers would be asked to be available on several dates between September and December and full training will be provided.

As a thank you for your involvement in the experts by experience group and to cover travelling expenses retail vouchers from will be offered.
To get involved please contact John Elkin on or Caroline O’Neill on caroline.o’ for an application form by 31 July 2016.

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