CIC or CIO (no. 12671293)

Parent+ Support Hub

"Supporting mental health caregivers. Workshops & peer support with professional input."

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

I set up Parental Minds CIC  in September 2019 and we had our first Parent+ Support Hub meeting in February 2020.  I have supported friends and family with mental health issues throughout my life.  As a mental health Caregiver I have knowledge of CAMHS, Children’s inpatient units, Adult Mental Health Units, the Community Mental Health Team, the Personality Disorder Service, PALS, the new 111 system and Private Practice.  I have also supported people through their experience of CBT, drama therapy, DBT, Trauma therapy,  and Mental Health Assessments; supporting them with self-harm, personality disorder, bi-polar, psychosis, suicidal thoughts and depression & anxiety.

Being a mental health caregiver can be exhausting, confusing, overwhelming, isolating and lonely. My vision was to set up Parental Minds to support and empower those who are supporting friends, family & colleagues through mental health issues.

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Our Services Are

Free Low Cost Donation Appreciated

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What We Do

The Parent+ Support Hub is for Caregivers who support family, friends or colleagues with mental health issues.

Everyone who volunteers at Parent+ has lived experience, we have all supported family members who become overwhelmed by their emotions. We also have an advisory board of professionals and work closely with local and national mental health services and networks.

Regular Support for Mental Health Caregivers

We run a peer support group that is somewhere to be ‘heard’ over a cuppa & cake.

  • Support calls
  • Whatsapp
  • Emails
  • Text
  • Facebook
  • Post Covid-19 cafe-style meetings

Parent+ also provide information to support families who are interested in learning more about mental health and early intervention.

At the meetings we have a large number of volunteer members, so when you come to the group, you can never be too sure who is there for support and who is there to support. The reasoning behind this is that you can speak as much or as little as you like and for those who are nervous about ‘being seen’ at the group, could well be there as a volunteer member.

The Parent+ Support Hub is somewhere we can support each other and share information, allowing us to grow in strength and knowledge; so that we are all better equipped to give the best possible support to our families and take care of ourselves.

If you require more support, you can register with us and we will develop a bespoke support plan for you, which we will then work through with you on a regular basis. You can sign up for the support hub today.

Bespoke Support Plans for Mental Health Caregivers

As part of our bespoke support services, we offer:

  • Emotional support for parents/care givers
  • Information on mental health issues
  • Educational needs
  • Financial needs
  • Resources

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Volunteer

Thank you for expressing an interest in our admin volunteer role.  The roles will vary according to the applicant’s skill set.  Our priority is for volunteers to write thank you letters to donators, create Facebook posts and use Publisher or Canva to help create resources for meetings & newsletters and keep volunteers records.  We envisage this will be spread between several volunteers.

We set up in 2019, opened our doors in February 2020 and we already have 70 families that we support (Jan 2020).  I am snowed under with administration, so being able to pass this to someone would free me to pursue funding opportunities, complete our resources and strengthen our working partnerships within our Network.

Parental Mindsbelieve that the parental voice is vital when families are living with mental health issues; this under pins all our work: -

 

Resources – developed through lived experience with professional input and the voices of family members.

 

Sharing Parental Voicesin research and development of local and national services; with a particular interest in those who use risky behaviour to tolerate distress.

 

Mental Health Support Networks;nationally and locally focussing on Parental Peer support along with education and wellbeing of young people.

 

Parent+ Support Hub  is run by Parental Minds CIC.

 

Parent+ Support Hub  for Caregivers who support family, friends or colleagues with mental health issues.

 

The majority of our volunteers at Parent+ have lived experience, having supported family members who become overwhelmed by their emotions.  We also have an advisory board of professionals and work closely with local and national mental health services and networks.

We run a peer support group that is somewhere to be ‘heard’ over a cuppa & cake.

Parent+ also provide information to support families who are interested in learning more about mental health and early intervention. 

At the meetings we have a large number of volunteer members, so when you come to the group, you can never be too sure who is there for support and who is there to support.  The reasoning behind this is that you can speak as much or as little as you like and for those who are nervous about ‘being seen’ at the group, could well be there as a volunteer member.

The Parent+ Support Hub is somewhere we can support eachother and share information, allowing us to grow in strength and knowledge; so that we are all better equipped to give the best possible support to our families and take care of ourselves.

Why Volunteer for Parent+?

We are a new organisation and part of the campaign to make Honiton a mental health friendly town through Honiton Health Matters.  As a volunteer with us you will be helping to support adults who are caring for someone with mental ill-health.  You could be using your existing skills or learning new ones.   You will not be expected to be a trained counsellor/mental health worker or to give counselling to the people you are supporting.  Your main role is to be a listening ear and to collate information from the person you are supporting so that we can signpost them in the right direction.

 

What age do I have to be?

All volunteers must be over the age of 18.  There is no upper age limit!

 

Where can I volunteer?

This will depend om your role.  If you are supporting by telephone you will be able to do this from home.  If you would like to volunteer at the Support Hub Meetings you will need to attend a venue in Honiton Town Centre

 

How much time would I need to give?

This will depend on your volunteer role:

Peer support meetings are held fortnightly and last 1 ½ hours – you should add half hour before and after for briefings.

Administration roles can be flexible and worked around the amount of time you have to offer.

Support Calls require a minimum of 90 mins per week

 

What training will I be given?

You will be given instruction one your role from one of our Directors and will be provided with guidance notes and a volunteer handbook with training opportunities.

 

What is a Support Hub Meeting?

These meetings exist to provide a safe space where experience-based support between adults in a caring role can be offered and received.  They meet on a regular basis so that adults in a caring role can share challenges and successes with others.    They offer:

 

·        Adults in a caring role, who are trying to cope with the frustrations and difficulties of caring for a young person with a mental ill health the opportunity to express themselves in the company of people who understand.

·        Regular talks and workshops on relevant topics. 

·        Provide information and signposting to any local services, support or resources

·        Provide a drop-in service to support care-givers through their journey

·        Listen to any concerns in relation to statutory health services and to support parents and carers to raise any issues to the healthcare providers as appropriate. This is dependent on us being able to fund a mental health professional to attend the meetings.

·        An opportunity to gather together the collective experiences of families to share with professionals to improve their understanding and help influence the delivery and development of local services

·        In time the group may hope to lobby and influence service improvement.

 

There is a group agreement at these sessions which we would ask you to sign once you become a volunteer.

 

What if I have a criminal record?

We won’t unfairly discriminate against anyone because of any criminal convictions they may have. We'll review applications from those with convictions on a case-by-case basis.

 

What Happens next?

Please register your details here Register Here  and we will be in touch as soon as possible for an informal discussion to find out more about you and, hopefully, sign you up!  You may be required to undertake a DBS check.

 

 

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Additional Info

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