We support new and existing user led groups, these could be for example a mental health action group; a self support group; a user run drop-in; a social group or a peer advocacy group, or it could be something like a running group aimed at improving mental health through physical activity.

The groups are run by and for their members. They might invite others in to assist but the membership retains control over what happens and how.

We don’t set up or run the groups; instead we help service users to do this in the following ways.

Setting up a new group:

  • Setting up a constitution.
  • Forming a committee and working out how you want to work together
  • Helping to get the word out to potential members
  • Helping to produce publicity
  • Assisting you in finding venues and bookings
  • Helping you set up financial records and petty cash procedures
  • Helping you to set up your first budget
  • Helping you to look for funding and to think about ways you can raise money as a group
  • Supporting you in setting up a bank account and considering what insurance is needed
  • Helping to run the group’s first committee meetings and in setting an agenda

The MHE team also supports Positive Action for Mental Health.

PAMHPositive Action for Mental Health (PAMH) is a group set up to influence and improve mental health services in Wolverhampton.

We give our wider members the opportunity to come together a couple times a year at membership events to have your say on Mental Health services, and how you think they can be improved.

There is also a Steering Group who represent the voice of the wider membership at meetings across Wolverhampton on a regular basis.

We are looking for new steering group members for PAMH:

  • Are you interested in influencing and improving mental health services within Wolverhampton?
  • Do you believe that service users should play an integral part in the development of mental health services?
  • Have you experienced a mental health issue?
  • Do you have experience of using mental health services in Wolverhampton in the past three years (this includes those who have used GP services)?
  • Are you able to commit to attending the monthly meetings that are held on a Tuesday?
  • Do you feel you will be able to represent other service users’ views?
  • Are you able to commit to an equal opportunities and confidentiality agreement?
  • Can you work as part of a team?
  • And are you interested in learning and developing new skills?

To join PAMH or to talk about about volunteering for the PAMH steering group –   Please contact Gem Millar whose details can be found below.

Click Here for PAMH’s Twitter and here for PAMH’s Facebook

You can contact the team directly:

Amanda WilliamsMental Health Self Support Co-ordinator01902 328978awilliams@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk
Gem MillarMental Health Empowerment and Influence Support Worker Worker
01902 328978gmillar@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk

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