WMHWB Forum - Get Involved

 

Would you like to influence decision making about
mental health services in Wales?

 

If you are passionate about improving mental health for all our communities, there are currently opportunites to become a volunteer member of the Wales Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum. These opportunities are for people who have personal experience of mental health services in Wales and their carers, friends and family.

The Forum brings together individual representatives from the Local Partnership Boards across Wales, the members of the National Partnership Board and ten Service Users and Carers appointed into national roles.

The Forum particularly welcomes applications from people representing diverse communities and ranges of experience from across Wales. More information about diversity and the Forum can be found further down this page.

 

The Forum currently has vacancies for Wales Forum Members as well as National Partnership Board (NPB) Representatives. Please note that these are unpaid, voluntary roles. Find out more about these roles and which may be right for you below.

Deadline to apply: close of play on Tuesday 12 April 2022.
 

 

Wales Forum Members

This is an opportunity open to anybody with experience of mental health services in Wales in the last five years to represent the Forum, influencing policy and decision-making as the voice of lived experience.  

For full details about becoming a Wales Forum Member and to find out how to apply, please download the information pack below:


DOWNLOAD Wales Forum Member Info Pack PDF

DOWNLOAD Wales Forum Member Info Pack Word Doc

 

National Partnership Board Representatives

There are currently two opportunities to represent the Forum on the National Partnership Board (NPB). The NPB has been established by Welsh Government to oversee the delivery and implementation of Together for Mental Health – A Strategy for Mental Health and Wellbeing in Wales and its supporting Delivery Plan.

These roles require experience of committee or board work and also requires you to have been a Carer or a Mental Health Service User in the last five years.

For full details about becoming an NPB Rep and to find out how to apply, please download the information pack below:  
 

DOWNLOAD National Partnership Board Member Info Pack PDF

DOWNLOAD National Partnership Board Member Info Pack Word Doc

 

If you have any access needs and require the information packs in a different format, please conact Sian at Practice Solutions. Contact details: mhforum@practicesolutions-ltd.co.uk / phone (9am - 5pm): 01443 808060 / mobile (9am - 5pm): 07563 928694.

 

Representation, inclusion and diversity within the Forum

Since the Forum was established in 2013, it has influenced positive change in Mental Health Services and continues to respond to policy and ongoing strategy and delivery plan development. The Forum provides a perspective of the personal experiences of the members, ie those using mental health services and their carers, friends and family.

To be effective, it is important that the Forum membership represents the diversity of Wales and includes a strong voice for people who experience a range of disadvantages. We are therefore looking for people with personal experience of Mental Health Services to help support communities from across Wales and to ensure that existing networks are engaged in the work of the Forum. In particular we are looking to increase diversity by inviting service user and carer representatives from the following backgrounds: 

  • Members of minority ethnic groups
  • People with experience of specialist services e.g. Forensic Psychiatry, Eating Disorder Services, Neuropsychiatry, Personality Disorder Services
  • Members of the LGBTQA+ community
  • People who have experience of homelessness
  • Prisoners and those with experience of prison
  • People living with physical or sensory impairment or disability
  • Members of the Gypsy / Traveller community
  • People with experience of seeking asylum in Wales
  • Older People
  • Young people experiencing transition to adult mental health services
  • Expectant parents and parents of a young child / children
  • Veterans
  • People from minority religious/faith groups
  • Others who feel excluded e.g. financially or digitally

 

Practice Solutions' Role for the WMHWF

Practice Solutions supports the Forum and is managing the recruitment process on behalf of the Forum. 

Practice Solutions is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations. You can read our GDPR statement here.

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