Below you'll find details of our latest projects here at the Hub!
Mental Wealth in Moray Community Research Network
The ‘Mental Wealth in Moray Community Research Network’ (CRN) will look at what works well in creating mental health and wellbeing in Moray by focusing on strong partnership and community-driven action.
By catalysing this spirit of collaboration, this Community Research Network will increase learning about the local challenges and formalising structures that may help transform mental health and wellbeing in later years.
Moray Wellbeing Hub, alongside our fellow founding partner the Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre, are therefore inviting community organisations and residents of Moray and neighbouring areas to contribute to the CRN. By joining the network, participating in setting the research agenda, and by taking part in addressing the knowledge and practice gaps, the Moray community can help focus progress on mental wellbeing and co-create solutions.
Join our Launch Event on Wednesday 26th April
Come along and enjoy lunch with us!
- Join us and a host of speakers from a range of perspectives from health to research and living experience.
- Find out about our plans for a Moray Community Research Network
- All Moray and neighbouring area based organisations & residents who are linked to any kind of mental health and wellbeing support are welcome.
- Booking is essential!
At this Launch event we hope to attract a range of potential partners from the community, research and statutory services and begin the process of first priority setting.
The event will include a range of Pecha Kucha style talks, interactive sessions, information about our Moray wide Roadshow where you can sign up to hold a space and more information about Phase 2 of the project.
This is a free event; lunch will be provided for all attendees so we ask you to join the guest list here to confirm your space. https://www.tickettailor.com/events/moraywellbeinghub/887621
Come along to The Mental Wealth Roadshow - coming to a location near you in May
Are you a community organisation? Organisations, small or large, are invited to join our mental wealth in Moray roadshow this May. Join Moray Wellbeing Hub and the Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre to reach new audiences, and explore partnerships, collaboration and funding together. We are looking to connect with any community organisation who might be interested in discussing, and even designing, the future of wellbeing and mental health in Moray.
We will get the venue, refreshments and promotion sorted – you bring your knowledge, curiosity and passion, as well as he
lp bring those you support along by promoting events. Our sessions will be open for walk-ins from the community in Forres, Lossiemouth, Elgin, Buckie, Keith, Aberlour, Dufftown, Cullen and Tomintoul as well as online.
Further information can be found in the recent press release - Networks to strengthen public’s role in research and innovation – UKRI
As networking with you as well as community members is our goal, we will have time for the public to come in and connect, as well as separate time for us to share the opportunity of the community research network to you as a potential partner.
2.5h commitment: 15-30min set up stall, 1h open to community, 15min take down and 45min discussion on how your organisation can benefit and contribute as a partner to our bid for collaboration beyond 2023.
Register your interest in attending and let us know if you want a space – could be a stall or just a seat as part of the café style conversations. We will have creative materials at different stations and welcome you to help host these or bring your own ideas.
Can’t make the roadshow dates? You are still welcome to register for the next stage of partnership working.
Are you a citizen of Moray who wants a space to share what's next for your community?
Come along, enjoy some cake and share your views with others creatively!
This May everyone is welcomed to share ideas and learn more about what is going on around mental health and wellbeing. Pop in for 5min for a nosey, take a seat and enjoy space to sit and chat over a cuppa, or even create a visual something with art materials. There will be creative spaces and knowledgeable folk on hand to signpost to resources.
We need your voice to understand what is working well and what needs to change in mental health and wellbeing in Moray. All ages and life experiences are welcomed.
Register your interest to ensure we can keep you up to date …and to ensure you get enough cake!
Funded by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the work is led by Moray Wellbeing Hub and the Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre.
- Drop-in peer-support: Forres and Elgin Mondays, Elgin and Buckie Tuesdays
- 1-2-1 support and digital wellbeing reviews
- Devices and connectivityFor local organisations and supporters:
- Bespoke training
- support to increase their confidence as Digital Champions around wellbeing.First event for supporters – October 2023!
- Mondays: Forres Medical Centre 10-12noon
Exploring what works well to support mums and dads from pregnancy through the first few years of their child’s life, this project aimed to boost the mental health of those involved, and create learning to help improve the services of the future in Moray.
Focusing on the support parents can give one another, this year-long project has seen events, groups and surveys hosted by Moray Wellbeing Hub CIC with partners Children 1st and Moray College UHI. Fronting the activity has been a group of parents supported with training and mentoring to lead the project as peer-researchers. They have heard the voices of experience including some of those seldom heard.
Parents initiated the project as part of a group of Champions, members of the social movement for change hosted by Moray Wellbeing Hub, “When I had mental illness, I felt fearful that I was letting my child down when they were born. I wanted to know things would be ok, I was terrified, and professionals could not do everything to reassure me. I wish I had the right peer-support then as I have now through being a Champion and parents groups. It can be better, and I think we can do it together.”
Mental health challenges in pregnancy and while caring for infants can be stigmatised, both for mothers and fathers, which can stop people getting the help they need to get better. This not only affects parents but their infants and their wider family. Peer-support, where those who have experienced similar challenges support others, has been shown to be successful for many people in improving their sense of connection, hope and empowerment.
Peer-Support: What's that?
Great well-being is best described as having CHIME:
Connection, Hope, Identity, Meaning, Empowerment.
The key to creating CHIME are others. Humans are social beings and we need each other. This looks like a network of support; people giving and receiving.
This is also known as peer support, where people, connect with each other through shared similar experiences (and support each other).
To understand more watch this short animation:
How can I get involved in growing peer support in Moray?
Together, since 2022, we have hosted network events to help empower and connect those offering peer-support directly. In 2023 this expanded to those who help make peer-support possible such as managers, leaders and employers. For future events check out the Moray Wellness College pages.
The events were made possible with funding support from the Moray Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund.
After 2022's success with the first ever Walk of Hope in Moray, we hope you can join us in the lead up to this year's Suicide Prevention Awareness Week 2023 at one or more of our four walks. We will walk in the early hours seeing in the dawn together and finding hope around suicide. The aim of the events is to bring people of all ages from across Moray together (under 16 accompanied by an adult) to walk into the light.
Join us for a Walk of Hope, September 2023, from 5.40am-7.10am - all welcome.
2nd Sept Elgin
3rd Sept Forres
9th Sept Fochabers
10th Sept Lossiemouth
This will be a walk to remember those people we have lost to suicide. A walk to support those living with suicidal thoughts and stand in solidarity with them. A walk of companionship and consolidation, of compassion and awareness raising.
We will gather in each of the locations (meet up point will be confirmed post booking) at 5:40am in the morning and make our way for a commemorative and reflective walk, combining the power of silence and the power of sharing.
As hosts to the gathering, Moray Wellbeing Hub will provide walk facilitators who are mental health first aid trained who will help to guide the walk and support any sharing, as well as signpost to local supports. We will also be joined by a variety of partners from the North East Suicide Prevention Working group. Together we also hope to provide refreshments post walk - TBC.
A Walk of Hope is free to attend, however the final details for those wishing to join will be made available by email to those registering online to ensure that sufficient planning can be in place.
These events have been made possible with funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, made possible by National Lottery players.
What is the Making Recover Real Partnership and why was it established?
Translating the Moray Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy (Good Mental Health for all in Moray 2016 - 2026) into action, the Making Recovery Real Partnership is designed to be a meaningful and mutual balance of lived experience and professional expertise.
The group was established in 2014/15 to co-produce the Moray Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy (Good Mental Health for all in Moray 2016 – 2026: Download Document) into action. In 2018 the Making Recovery Real Partnership and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Leadership Group made the decision to merge in recognition of the extent to which the MRRP was driving delivery of the strategy.
You can read more about how the partnership is run and it’s values in the Terms of Reference. Download Document.
Moray Wellbeing Hub have been leading a campaign around Neurodiversity in a bid to explore how we are all wired differently and the impact of the language we use around this on stigma. Autism, dyslexia and ADHD are just some of the diagnosis labels included under the term ‘Neurodiversity’, but there are many more. A neurodiverse community approach harnesses the potential to raise positive and inclusive awareness and celebrate uniqueness of people with different brain wirings.
The project began in November 2019 and has seen a number of events including walks, focus sessions, creative sessions and our very own ‘We are all Wired Differently’ t-shirt.
The neurodivergent action group has designed a strength-based leaflet to challenge misconceptions and encourage an open mind to celebrate unique qualities and strengths. Download the Leaflet
Have a look at the Neurodiversity Pathway tool that has been designed to enable people to find the support that is right for them at that time: https://discoverpathwaysmoray.org.uk/
To celebrate different brain wirings, raise awareness and give it the positive attention neurodiversity deserves, we have also produced a short film, this can be viewed on our YouTube channel: Neurodiversity Film
In its two-year run the project had already made a difference to those involved. One member of the Neurodiversity action group was happy to share their story:
“My journey in Neurodiversity (ND) started earlier this year, when I was trying to find information and support for my newly diagnosed Autistic Son. Within this journey I have discovered that my family and myself are Neurodivergent too, as like so many other families before me.
My stereotypical views prior to this year had clouded my understanding and I want to be part of breaking the stigma. It is tiring navigating the ND journey with so little people and professionals understanding and being aware of what Neurodiversity is.
Being part of the ND action group through MWH has been uplifting. Being able to give my input, hearing and learning from the other ND's in the group is enlightening. Learning about the other's and their challenges and what helps them cope has helped me understand their struggles and that we can do positive things to make ND lives easier.
Helping to produce and promote an informative and positive ND leaflet that can be shared instead of the pathological view of doom and gloom in a diagnosis. We need to celebrate our differences, not fear our futures. I am excited to have a "Leaflet" in my hand to give to others so they too can celebrate. To be able to enlighten others, who want some answers, who want to understand, who want some support, who want to be heard. I am looking forward to being a part of more Neurodiversity actions."
Families Outside in partnership with Moray Wellbeing Hub CIC conducted a piece of peer-research to explore the key question; what keeps people out of prison / prevents reoffending?
Seeking to gather information through a series of engagement methods with offenders, family members, partner organisations and the wider community, we captured the voices of those with lived experience, alongside professional and public opinion. The output of this would then be used to improve access to services and support needed for individuals at risk of offending / re-offending in Moray.
- Online survey open to the public
- Outreach in community
- Hosting a specific focus group
- 1-2-1 interviews with prisoners and family members
- Creative output to increase awareness of the issues
Summary of project success and learning:
Community justice has proven to be a sensitive subject for people with lived experience, however despite this, and the challenges of conducting research whilst the COVID pandemic continued to impact our activity, we did get data useful for ourselves as partners working to support community justice and the Community Justice Partnership in Moray who asked us to undertake this.
The survey provided a wide range of perspectives and emerging needs, the outreach increased the discussions in the community on this subject and the 1-2-1 interview process has provided meaningful in-depth insight into challenges people with lived experience face.
The learning from this project is to continue to explore mechanisms to attract and engage lived experience from this perspective, seeking a format that best suits the sensitivities of the subject to enable further engagement. The opportunity has arisen to explore providing peer support for family members of ex-offenders, which has been a very positive outcome.
Watch our short video here