PIM AUDIT 2017

At the back end of 2017, the charity conducted its annual People In Mind Audit and the results were fantastic with much improvement on last year.

A total of 84 PIM Members completed the questionnaire.

Massie thanks to Kirstie Barnes and all of our PIM Members for making our service user involvement group the success it is today!

In case you wanted to see the results, please see below:

PIM Access:

• 19% access the PIM Forum
• 21% access PIM2PIM support groups
• 21% access general PIM mentoring/support
• 55% access PIM2PIM wellbeing activity groups
• 23% volunteer/lead on groups activities
• 8% volunteer in the charity shop
• 4% volunteer in admin
• 19% attend discos, trips & social activities
• 6% volunteer in befriending

Top Scores: (over 50%)

• 62% of PIM members said they had more confidence since accessing PIM
• 59%of PIM members said they had felt more useful since accessing PIM
• 56% of PIM members said they felt more positive since accessing PIM
• 100% of PIM members had said they had made new friends since accessing PIM
• 54% of PIM members said they feel like they had achieved something since accessing PIM
• 55% of PIM members said they feel more positive in socialising since accessing PIM

Quality Scores:

• 73% of PIM members said they were very happy with PIM
• 21% of PIM members said they were fairly happy with PIM
• 5% of PIM members said they were not sure

FORMER WOLVES GOALKEEPER MATT MURRAY JOINS THE KALEIDOSCOPE PLUS GROUP IN AMBASSADOR ROLE

We have teamed up with ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers shot stopper Matt Murray to help tackle mental health head on!

The former Premier League goalkeeper has joined forces with the charity as an Ambassador, and will play a key role in helping to support the organisation in its vital community work, as well as tackling the stigma attached to mental health.

Matt, who since retiring, has made a career as a successful Sky Sports football pundit, can’t wait to play his part in supporting the charity: “I’m delighted at becoming an Ambassador of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.

“I’ve been really impressed and also extremely moved by the personal stories I’ve heard about how the charity helps some of the most vulnerable people in the community, who are struggling to cope with whatever life has thrown at them.

“This is a very special charity, tackling issues that are very close to my heart and I think they deserve all the support they can get.

“During my football career my job was to stop the ball going into net, now my goal is to stop people suffering from mental ill health in silence and making them aware that help and support is out there.

“I look forward to rolling my sleeves up and doing my upmost to raise awareness and much-needed funds to support the great work The Kaleidoscope Plus Group carries out on a day-to-day basis.”

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, CEO, Monica Shafaq said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Matt Murray has signed up to become an Ambassador for The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, as we approach our 45th anniversary of tackling mental ill health.

“Matt is recognised and respected not just for his football and TV work, but also as an extremely important supporter for many of the things that we value most deeply here at the charity.

“Having Matt as part of the team will play a huge part in raising awareness of mental health problems and the services and training we offer here at The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, so it’s great to have him on board.”

NEW SQUARE CHOOSE THE KALEIDOSCOPE PLUS GROUP TO BE ITS CHARITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR IN A BID TO TACKLE MENTAL ILL HEALTH

New Square, has announced that The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, will be its chosen charity for the next year.

The leading shopping and leisure complex, situated in the heart of West Bromwich Town Centre, will now play a pivotal role in helping to raise funds for us to ensure we can continue to provide vital support in the community, as well as tackling the stigma attached to mental health.

New Square Centre Manager, Steve Burr said: “It was clear from the Facebook competition we ran that the charity is highly thought of in and around West Bromwich.

“The charity helps some of the most vulnerable people in our community, who are struggling to cope with whatever life has thrown at them and we can’t wait to help them moving forward.

“This is a very special charity, so we’re delighted to be working with them to raise their profile and funds for the next 12 months and I know between us we have a whole host of exciting events and activities planned.”

Chief Executive at The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, Monica Shafaq said: “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured that the New Square chose us to be its charity partner of the year.

“2018 is a very special year for us as we celebrate 45th anniversary of tackling mental ill health and this partnership is an incredible way to kick it off.

“I have no doubt that by working in partnership with the New Square we will be able put mental health at the forefront of people’s minds, while raising much-needed funds along the way.”

WE’RE RECRUITING: SESSIONAL MINDFULNESS THERAPISTS, SPORTS THERAPISTS, DRAMA THERAPISTS, MUSIC THERAPISTS, ART THERAPISTS AND PSYCHOEDUCATION THERAPISTS

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group are currently seeking Sessional Mindfulness Therapists, Sports Therapists, Drama Therapists, Music Therapists, Art Therapists and Psychoeducation Therapists.

Please read the Job Description and Person Specification before applying for any of these posts.

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Deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 23rd February 2018.

Please send CV and covering letter detailing your ability to meet the needs of the person specification (no more than 2 sides of A4) to: Kirstie.Barnes@Kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

Post will be subject to Enhanced DBS and satisfactory references.

If you would like to discuss these opportunities in further detail please call 0121 565 5605 and ask to speak to Kirstie Barnes.

LIZ WEBSTER NOMINATED FOR AWARD

Community Wellbeing’s Liz Webster was nominated alongside Jo Payne and Gerald Collins for the Twitter Extraordinaire Award 2018 by the Tesco National Charity Partnership for her significant work across social media in regards to the Make, Move and Munch clubs programme across Sandwell.

Her tweets highlighted her dedication to healthy lifestyles and self-care, and getting those messages out into the community. This ties hand in hand with the award as it recognises individuals who have used Twitter in an original way to engage their followers in what they are doing for the National Charity Partnership.

Liz was slightly disappointed not to win but was to glad to have been nominated.

She said: “It was unfortunate not to win the award however it was great to receive acknowledgement for the engaging content I have been putting out across social media as well as being invited to the awards evening at the Park Plaza Embankment in London.”

PR, Marketing and Communications Officer, Anil Patel manages the social media platforms at The Kaleidoscope Plus Group and believes Liz was very deserving of her nomination.

He said: “Liz is a real advocate and pioneer of social media and takes full advantage of the platform.

“She consistently creates engaging content for both the Make, Move and Munch clubs and The Kaleidoscope Plus Group and it is no surprise that she was shortlisted for such a prestigious award.”

WE’RE RECRUITING: PRIMARY MENTAL HEALTH WORKER

We are offering an exciting opportunity within an established Primary Mental Health Worker Service, suitable for a mental health professional looking for their next move.

As a result we are looking for:

• A Full Time Primary Mental Health Worker £26,041 per annum – 37.5 hour week.

Please read the Job Description and Person Specification thoroughly before applying for this post.

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Deadline for applications is Friday 9th February 2018 however the charity reserve the right to close the position early based on the number of responses received.

Please send CV and covering letter detailing your ability to meet the needs of the job description and person specification (no more than 2 sides of A4) to: Malcolm.Clayton@Kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

Post will be subject to Enhanced DBS and satisfactory references.

If you would like to discuss these opportunities in further detail please call 0121 565 5605 and ask to speak to Malcolm Clayton.

MINDFULNESS – WEDNESBURY

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Join Community Wellbeing’s Gail Jones for our Mindfulness Wellbeing Group in Wednesbury every Tuesday from 12:00pm!

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and
surrounding environment.

When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

When: Tuesday’s
Time: 12:00pm -1:00pm
Location: Wednesbury Art Gallery
Cost: FREE
Facilitator: Gail Jones
Contact: 07983 477498

WE’RE RECRUITING: EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING THERAPIST

An exciting opportunity has arisen for The Kaleidoscope Plus Group to be able to recruit an Emotional Health and Wellbeing Therapist to be based in Sandwell.

As a result we are looking for:

• A Full Time Emotional Health and Wellbeing Therapist £26,041 per annum – 37.5 hour week.

Please read the Person Specification thoroughly before applying for this post.

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Deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 5th February 2018.

Please send CV and covering letter detailing your ability to meet the needs of the job description and person specification (no more than 2 sides of A4) to: Sue.Vincent@Kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

Post will be subject to Enhanced DBS and satisfactory references.

If you would like to discuss these opportunities in further detail please call 0121 565 5605 and ask to speak to Sue Vincent.

HOARDING SUPPORT GROUPS IN FEBRUARY

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The Kaleidoscope Plus Group will be hosting hoarding support groups on following dates:

1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, B66 1BB

For more information, please contact Mary Hannibal on 0121 565 5605.

BLACK COUNTRY WOMEN’S AID: CHRISTMAS APPEAL 2017

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have been awarded a certificate of appreciation from Black Country Women’s Aid due to the kind donation of presents and toiletries for women and children in refuge during the Christmas period.

Black Country Women’s Aid (formerly known as Sandwell Women’s Aid) supports over 9,000 people every year affected by domestic abuse, sexual violence, exploitation and human trafficking in the Black Country.

They offer refuge, community support and counselling as well as sensitive and holistic support services which each year help thousands of victims of abuse to escape from violence, cope with trauma and rebuild their lives.

Black Country Women’s Aid Fundraising Officer, Deborah Slater was thankful for the support offered by The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.

She said: “On behalf of all the women and children living in Black Country Women’s Aid refuges, we would like to thank you and your staff for your donations.

“Knowing that people care means a lot to the women and children and helps them to get back on their feet.

“We believe that no-one should have to live in fear of violence and abuse and we’re glad that you do too.”