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We are Dudley Mind, part of the Mind family. We are a local mental health charity that aims to improve and promote recovery and wellbeing for people in the Dudley borough affected by poor mental health.

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We're Back - December 2018 Newsletter

It has been a while, hasn't it? We are back with a new newsletter containing lots of news from the last few months as well as news about things that will be happening in the near future.

There have been a few changes at Dudley Mind since our last newsletter. We have a new CEO, new board members and we are continuing on as strong as ever. It has been a busy year for us all at Dudley Mind and we are all working as hard as ever to deliver mental health services and offer support to people experiencing mental health difficulties living in the Dudley borough and surrounding areas.

As always, you can get in touch with us at the Dudley Mind Head Office on 01384 442938 or by emailing enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

If you would like to know what services we currently offer you can visit our website: www.dudleymind.org.uk or download our general leaflet with a list of our services here: https://u.nu/eaflet

Sandra Vaughan - Our new CEO

Sandra Vaughan (centre of the picture) joined Dudley Mind at the beginning of June this year as our previous CEO Martin Mueller left.

Prior to joining us she had spent five years delivering training in health and social care as well as mental health all over the UK after leaving the Kaleidoscope Plus Group (formerly Sandwell Mind) where she had worked for fifteen and a half years originally joining them from Birmingham Mind to promote day services on a 365 day a year basis but during her timethere she also managed one of their residential units and set up their training department.

Originally from Walsall Sandra moved to the Dudley area some years ago and since that time she has served thirty seven years as am agistrate.

With many years experience in mental health she is committed to Dudley Mind and ensuring that we promote our services both in the Dudley area but also the wider Black Country to support all age groups. Sandra believes that by working together we can build mental health literacy so that every one feels comfortable to talk openly about their mental health and receives the support they need at an early opportunity without fear of any stigma or discrimination.

Our new board of trustees

Our board of trustees has grown recently with some new faces you may recognise. Councilor Dave Tyler (also our new chair) has joined us after previously adopting us as one of his chosen charities during his term as the Mayor of Dudley.

Other recent members of our board are Adrian Keasey and Kirpal Mandair (previously Dudley Mind volunteers), Andy Walsh (a Dudley Mind service user), Damian Corfield, Alison Leeson and Fiona Lucas.

This new board along with our existing board members will continue to move Dudley Mind forward and help us to improve and grow as a charitiy to help us offer more services and support to the people who need it the most.

A year of Food for Thought

As most of you may know, we opened up our wellbeing cafe Food for Thought on Monday 11th of December 2017 in Victoria Street, Stourbridge. As this newsletter goes out, it will be just shy of a year since we first opened the doors to Food for Thought.

Over the last 12 months the cafe has grown at a steady pace serving food, coffee and cake to many new faces, the people we work with and to those who use our services. Apart from filling peoples tummies and quenching their thirst, our cafe is also host to several support groups who meet there regularly, including Mom's Mindful Hub (a group for moms experiencing mental health difficulties), New Connections and Building Bridges (anxiety and depression support groups).

We hosted our first evening event in November ( DesiNight) which went well. It was good to see so many people supporting the event. Next event which is 6th December is Pie night. Over the festive season we are busy planning our under 10’s Christmas party which will be 16th December from 11.00am till 1.30pm. Admission is £ 5.50 which includes party food, present from santa, music, games and much more. Tickets are available at Food for Thought. We will also be having a Santas grotto on 14th and 22nd December with a special visit from the man himself from 10.30 till 1.30pm.

Cafe manager Nagheena, Cook Sam, Cafe Assistant Erica and 9 volunteers continue to make Food for Thought the friendly, warm and welcoming place that it is. They have more things planned in the near future so please be sure to stop by and say hello and follow Food for Thought on social media facebook.com/FoodForThoughtDM/

If you would like to hire a room at our cafe for a support group of your own, a meeting or maybe even an event, please take a look at our pricing on the Dudley Mind website: https://bit.ly/2qLlQv2

For any general enquiries please email Nagheena: nagheena.qamar@dudleymind.org.uk

Dave Tyler - Dudley Mind's new chair

Former Police Officer and serving Borough Councillor Dave Tyler has recently taken over as Chair of Trustees at Dudley Mind. As Mayor last year Dave chose our charity to be the main beneficiary of his fundraising activities and recently handed over a cheque for £27,000.

Dave said " Support for Mental health is crucial in these modern times and having a robust charity like Dudley MIND to support service users is more important than ever. Our new Board of Trustees will be working to change and improve our provision over time, and every one of the Trustees appreciates the hard work required to be successful. We have a duty of care toall service users and staff besides our obligation to ensure the charity complies with care quality and charitable benchmarks. I believe we have theright people in position to drive Dudley MIND forward"

Dave Tyler

Chair of Trustees.

Mental Health Word Search Competition

Would you like to win a free meal and a drink at our Cafe Food for Thought in Victoria Street, Stourbridge? https://bit.ly/2L91Eit

Complete the Wordsearch above and return it to us by email, post or by dropping it off at Food for Thought. Make sure to include your name and contact number or email address so that we can contact you if you are chosen as the winner.

To download the wordsearch on your PC go to https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/436897

The competition will run from December to the end of January. One entry will be picked at random.

Free meal and a drink is valid for one person only until the end December 2019.

To enter by email, send the completed word search along with your name to: enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

To enter by post, send the completed word search along with your name and contact details to

Dudley Mind

221 Hagley Road



To enter by dropping the completed word search off to Food for Though, simply drop by the cafe and leave your completed word search and contact details with a member of staff.

Food for Thought

Victoria Street



Thank you Sonya!!

Earlier this year, Sonya contacted Dudley Mind to say that she had booked a skydive through GoSkyDive.com https://bit.ly/2DDZrsb and that she wanted to raise funds for us as part of it.

After overcoming her own mental health difficulties, Sonya now works with young people and children, helping them overcome their own mental health difficulties in the context of experiencing childhood trauma.

As a way of keeping her own mental health balanced, Sonya enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going for walks in nature with her two dogs, Toby (toy poodle) and Maisey (Cavapoo) – Toby is Maisey’s dad) as well as taking photos of nature.

Sonya had originally booked her skydive for August 12th, but due to bad weather she had to re-schedule for the 15th of September. Thankfully, the weather was good on that day and Sonya took part in a 13000ft skydive and managed to raise £490 for Dudley Mind!!

“I can honestly say this was one of the best experiences of my life to date! I smiled from beginning to end and I managed to raise £490 in the process!!”

Are you thinking of taking part in a skydive fundraiser of your own? Dudley Mind have a fundraising page on GoSkyDive.com https://bit.ly/2DDZrsb where people can signup for a skydive and create a fundraising page of their own.

Mountain walking, quizes, singing and beer

This month, Katie Fitzgeralds in Stourbridge held two fundraising events for Dudley Mind. The first event was a quiz night which took place on Tuesday the 16th, followed by live performances from local bands The Spacehoppers and Eclectic Fence on Friday the 18th.

As well as the two fundraising events above, Katie Fitzgeralds co-owner Eddy Morton climbed the heights of Pen yr Ole Wen and the Carneddau ridge to celebrate his birthday and to raise funds for Dudley Mind. The total amount raised from all of the above was £200. However there is more to add as Katie Fitzgeralds kindly offered to donate 10% of the bar takings from the quiz and band nights.

We would like to thank everyone who attended both events and most of all Katie Fitzgeralds for hosting them and Eddy for literally climbing mountains for us.

Higgs & Sons Annual quiz raises record amount for Dudley Mind

"Higgs charity quiz night has raised more than £4,500 for charity – smashing last year’s fundraising total.

The annual event was held at the Black Country Living Museum where 35 teams from across the Midlands raised funds for Dudley Mind, the firm’s charity of the year, and the Higgs & Sons Charitable Trust, which gives grants to small local organisations. The funds will be split 50/50.

Teams made up of Higgs' clients, professional contacts, suppliers and colleagues gathered at the Workers’ Institute at the museum to test their general knowledge. The evening’s host and quizmaster, Black Country Museum character John Homer was sponsored by Leonard Curtis Business Solutions group.

Winners on the night were Griffiths & Pegg’s team Skarravad, with Lloyds Bank team Black Horse Down the runners up.

Tim Jones, Partner and Head of the Corporate Social Responsibility programme at Higgs said: “The annual Higgs Quiz is becoming a real calendar highlight for the local business community, and yet again we had a wonderful turn out and fantastic support.

“Last year we raised just shy of £4,000, so to be able to hand over more than £4,500 to local charities was particularly pleasing.”

Guests took part in a silent auction for Wolves match day tickets and a Ryan Bennett home shirt while a hugely successful raffle raised more than £750 with prizes including a case of Enville Ales, a Fortnum & Mason hamper, John Lewis vouchers and Grand Theatre tickets.

Mike Ball from Dudley Mind said: “Thank you so much to Higgs & Sons for their continued support, and for hosting such a fantastic and well-attended quiz - we hope everyone had a brilliant time.

“Dudley Mind is a local mental health charity that aims to improve and promote recovery and wellbeing for people in the Dudley borough affected by poor mental health.”

Higgs & Sons' extensive CSR programme supports a range of projects throughout the region each year. As well as selecting a dedicated charity, Higgs employees also provide hands on support to many other organisations, committing time and resources in support of the work they do within the Black Country and the wider West Midlands.

Pictured from left: David O’Mara, Higgs Events Manager; Tim Jones, Partner and Head of Higgs CSR; and quizmaster John Homer, Black Country Living Museum."

Source: https://www.higgsandsons.co.uk/latest/2018/10/24/annual-quiz-raises-record-amount/

Every Mind Matters

On World Mental Health Day 2018 Public Health England launched their new Every Mind Matters website. The website contains lots of helpful information regarding various common mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress and OCD.

You can also find interactive videos, an online action plan to help you manage your mental health condition and achieve your goals as well as exclusive offeres such as money off Slimming World membership.

Please visit the Every Mind Matters Website for more information: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/