Events and training opportunities

Find out more about upcoming events and the latest training opportunities.

Events 

National Awareness Day - World Mental Health Day 

Date:    10 October 2019

Purpose - A day to show our support for anyone who has had or is currently experiencing mental health problems. This year's national theme is 'suicide prevention'.

We will be raising awareness of the support available in Buckinghamshire through our social media channels as well as sharing some useful tips to help recover from some of the symptoms of stress or anxiety.

 

Local Events

Mindful Walk

Date: 23 September 2019

Time: 12pm-1pm

Venue: Green Park, Stablebridge Road, Aston Clinton HP22 5NE

Purpose - This event, being held by LEAP,  is part of National Mind’s #MindfulMonday campaign, which focuses on how physical activity can be beneficial for mental wellbeing.

The walk will take place at the beautiful Green Park location in Aston Clinton; it is a free event available for all staff, volunteers and service users.

I’m hoping to organise a Time to Change Bucks cohort to participate in the event. If you are interested, please send Lorna an email at lorna.collins@bucksmind.org.uk. It would be great to see you there.

 

Time to Change Champions meeting

Date: 1 October 2019

Time: 12pm-2pm

Venue: Bucks Mind, 260 Desborough Road, High Wycombe HP11 2QR (you can park in the Lidl car park opposite)

Purpose: Drop in for part or all of this meeting. It is a good opportunity for people to find out what Time to Change does and meet fellow Champions (or sign up to become a Champion). We will discuss what support TTC offers to Champions, organisations and members of the public in Buckinghamshire, and think about how we can open new conversations about mental health.

What can we do together, how can we support each other? The meeting will involve active discussions and brainstorming: how can we make the world a better place, an easier place to live in?

Please email Lorna at lorna.collins@bucksmind.org.uk if you would like to come.

You are welcome to bring friends and/or family members whom you think would be interested. I look forward to welcoming you, working with you.

 

Time to Change Champions meeting

Date: 13 October 2019

Time: 12pm-2pm

Venue: Bucks Mind, 260 Desborough Road, High Wycombe HP11 2QR

Purpose - This meeting is arranged for those of you who can’t get off work on a weekday. The Bucks Mind office in High Wycombe is a nice space and it’s easy to get to – you can park in the Lidl car park opposite.

We will be providing tea and cakes! Please bring yourselves and anyone you know who might enjoy attending. You are welcome to come to this meeting and/or the other. Please email Lorna at lorna.collins@bucksmind.org.uk if you would like to come.

 

Minds@Work

Date: 11 November 2019

Time: 11am-2pm

Venue: Bucks New University, High Wycombe Campus, High Wycombe HP11 2JZ

Purpose - ‘Minds@Work’ Careers and Volunteering Fair is an event designed specifically to connect students in psychology-based programmes with organisations who are looking for volunteers, interns or employees with these specific skills and training.

The main aims are to encourage students to get involved in volunteering and find work experience placements for them to gain experience in areas of work they wish to pursue after graduation, whilst at the same time providing a great opportunity for organisations to find volunteers, interns or employees.

Time to Change Bucks is having a stand. We need Champions to join and represent us so please contact Lorna Collins if you are interested in helping out lorna.collins@bucksmind.org.uk

 

Emotional Wellbeing Conference

Date: 13 November 2019

Time: 9am-4pm

Venue: AVDC, The Gateway, Aylesbury HP19 8FF

Purpose - The Emotional Wellbeing conference is a popular annual event that is organised by Public Health, with partner agencies, for schools across Bucks.

Usually a theme on young people’s mental health is chosen and the day aims to raise awareness of mental health initiatives/strategies/programmes that will be relevant for schools, provides an opportunity for networking for school staff and also through the workshops enhances skills of school staff for use in schools.

We need Champions to join and represent us so if you are interested send Lorna me an email at lorna.collins@bucksmind.org.uk. It would be great to see you there!

 

Training  

Social contact training for Bucks Time to Change Champions

Date/Venue:        TBC - New dates and locations currently being organised so please                                 keep checking back.

If you are a registered Time to Change Champion, then this training is for you! 

Purpose - Increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in opening up a conversation with the general public at an event or activity, or with your friends, family and colleagues.

Aims/Objectives - By the end of the session you will have: 

  • An understanding of what social contact is and where to find relevant resources
  • Been given tips on using aspects of an event or activity to start conversations with the public
  • An introduction to challenging stereotypes and stigma you may encounter
  • An introduction to different strategies to start, end and record conversations
  • Identified some ways of keeping yourself safe while doing Social Contact

If you want to get involved but are not already registered as a Champion please email us at champions@bucksmind.org.uk to register your interest in becoming a Champion.

 

In the meantime

Take a look at the tempting recipes in the Time to Talk Day 2019 Recipe Book

 

 

Are you a registered Time to Change Champion and interested in getting involved in activities? Or perhaps you have ideas for something you would like to see or set up?

Email champions@bucksmind.org.uk to register your interest. Please include brief details of any particular activities you may be interested in.

 

Champions Funding is also available for events

If you are interested in setting up your own event, this can be anything from a ‘coffee morning’ to a sports day, please email champions@bucksmind.org.uk with your ideas and the Bucks Time to Change Coordinator can contact you to discuss this further.

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