The following were appointed at the AGM on 22nd October 2018
- Carolyn Sansom – Chair
- Nigel Bennet – Vice Chair
- Natalie Griffiths – Secretary
- Vacant – Treasurer
- Gemma Lewis
- Matthew Jeffries
- Brian Mitchell
- Phil Gillard
- Kath Jones – Observer
‘I retired from working as a nurse in NHS mental health services in 2017. Over those 38 years, I have observed many changes for the better in mental health care in Wales, especially in the range of provision of community mental health services, provided both by the NHS and non-statutory services. However, there still remain many improvements to be made, as well as the need for continued challenging of the stigma around mental health issues.
My involvement with New Horizons is one of the ways in which I feel I can work with others to improve the provision of mental health support and advice, both locally and more widely. Over the 10 years or so of my involvement with New Horizons I have come to see that one of the main strengths of New Horizons is that our work is led by our members.’
Hi my name is Nigel I am originally form Rhondda valleys and moved to Aberdare in 2002.
I started attending New Horizons in 2008 after being introduced to the service by my support worker.
Since attending New Horizons I have done courses in confidence building, mental health and well-being, understanding eating disorders, assertiveness training mental health first aid and many other courses. I originally attended courses to benefit my own mental health and then continued to educate myself so I had a better understanding of mental health issues and how to support others.
After attending the centre for a few months I became a volunteer for the men’s group and through New Horizons also started volunteering in an administrative role for The Feel Good Factory. I also got introduced to Interlink by New Horizons. I have become involved in many groups with Interlink such as Voices of Experience, Stronger in Partnership and Inform. Within these groups I have been involved in training Drs and practice staff on mental health awareness, influenced Welsh Government, been involved in recruitment training and sat in on an interview panel as part of service user Involvement
I feel strongly about service user involvement and will be a voice on the committee to represent the service users who attend New Horizons views as I attend the art and craft group, peer support sessions and the different courses New Horizons has to offer.
Seeing my story written down on paper highlights how far I have come on my Journey since attending New Horizons and I am pleased to give something back through volunteering on the committee.
I live in the Rhondda and have worked for a range of organisations. I have worked in the voluntary sector for the last 15years and am aware of the challenges this can involve. I am currently employed as a Training Manager with Chwarae Teg. I have experience of managing staff and budgets; quality assurance and compliance procedures in a project environment ; working with a range of funding agencies including local authorities and Welsh Government which I feel cold be used to support the work of the New Horizons
What made you want to volunteer with New Horizons?
I have held previously volunteer roles including PTA treasurer, school governor, and secretary of local football team. I have personal experience of supporting friends and colleagues who have experienced mental health issues and I am keen to offer support to a local organisation where my previous experiences could help the work of the organisation and service users.
Mental Health Support
Mental Health Support is a project run by New Horizons Mental Health and Emotional Well-being Resource Centre. Mental Health Support aims to provide accessible advice and information about mental health issues
New Horizons has given me back confidence and belief in myself. Through volunteering I have realised that I still have values and can help others who are struggling with mental health disorders
I look at New Horizons as my second home. It has given me the opportunities to learn new skills and do things I never thought I’d do