Singing from the same Hymnsheet?

The Report on the Pan-Gwent Mental Health Service User Involvement event – held in Newport on 20th July 2006 – is now available to anyone who attended, or who would like to read the findings and summary.   Reports on the Workshops, involving delegates from Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen are included as are summaries of the Presentations.   If you would like an electronic or paper copy please e-mail: – who will be pleased to send you one. 


One Response to “Singing from the same Hymnsheet?”

  1. Andrew Pugh Says:

    I would just like to say that I was extremely pleased with the turn-out at the ‘Singing from the same hymn sheet?’ event.

    I feel that the event was a success, and was pleased with the high level of participation from delegates.

    I would like to publicly apologise for the disability access problems, which were due to the venue changing the room that we had booked at the last minute. GAVO have written to the Directors of the King’s Hotel, advising them of our concerns and referring them to the Disability Discrimination Act and Disability Rights Commission so they can make the necessary improvements.

    There was also a lot of positive feedback from other voluntary sector organisations who attended the day.

    The report on the ‘Singing from the same hymnsheet?’ has now been sent to the Chairs of the Adult Mental Health Strategic Planning Groups in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen. I hope that they take the time to read this report, walk in the shoes of people who have used mental health services and reflect on how these services can be improved.

    There was also excellent ideas for raising the awareness of mental health issues within the community, positive recognition of the importance of user-led support groups, the Torfaen User-Focused Monitoring project, discussions around creating a Peer Advocacy Service in Monmouthshire, and work done on the Newport Mental Health & Wellbeing Directory.

    Once again thanks to Mr. John Davies for his excellent Creative Poetry workshop.

    I would welcome any comments on the event.

    Kind regards,

    Andrew Pugh
    Senior Mental Health Development Officer, GAVO.

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