What we do


We provide a range of information

  • Local Directories of Mental Health Services
  • Themed information booklets, e.g., for counselling services, young people
  • We also distribute information through our networks, newsletters, padlet, ebulletins and podcasts


We provide a range of training including

  • A programme of annual training for voluntary groups.
  • Training co-produced with people with lived mental health experience
  • A menu of trainers and agencies providing training


We offer development support and funding information for voluntary sector and community groups through our info services and in response to requests.

We have also for example,  co-ordinated the Dementia Friendly Communities Small Grants Fund on behalf of the Cardiff and Vale Regional Partnership Board, to enable community groups to embed local initiatives, and the Winter Wellbeing Small Grants Fund to support peer led group initiatives.

We have co-ordinated the Dementia Friendly Communities Small Grants Fund on behalf of the Cardiff and Vale Regional Partnership Board, to enable community groups to embed local initiatives.

We liaise with voluntary groups, service users and carers and other stakeholders through networks and conference events to

  • identify needs and gaps in services,
  • support and build partnerships
  • support the development of mental health initiatives.
For example, In collaboration and consultation with service users and carers,  Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Councils, we coproduced the Cardiff and Vale Charter for Mental Health,

Connecting people- facilitating networks and joint working

cavamh supports groups and individuals to connect and participate in the co-production of local services

Operating through networks and interest groups we

  • Share information,
  • Debate best practice
  • Identify unmet needs and local priorities
  • Co-ordinate collective communication with statutory agencies
  • Offer mutual support


We facilitate networks for voluntary sector groups, people with mental health lived experience and carers through:

Influencing Change

We support people and groups to influence change by

  •  Promoting consultations and co-ordinating responses
  • Undertaking surveys and focus groups
  • Facilitating discussions and dialogue
Feedback Fortnight co-ordinated perspectives on what is going well, barriers and what would make a difference in mental health services through local community focus groups and a survey, producing a ‘top tips’ tool for organising focus groups

Promoting mental health awareness

We raise awareness of positive mental health and wellbeing by:

  • Communicating positive messages through a range of media.
  • Sharing wellbeing resources
  • Co-ordinating mental health awareness training
  • Co-ordinating activities for World Mental Health Day and other initiatives.


  • We work with Vale of Glamorgan Council and Cardiff City Council to develop and provide Co-production Training and consultancy to both Local Authorities to support them to develop, implement and evaluate services with citizens.


This is what people who have worked with us have to say about the work we have done and what it means to them.
“An excellent hub for finding out about or accessing mental health support in Cardiff and the Vale, the ‘go to’ place to start.”
“Nice to be able to raise awareness of mental health with the people providing the services we use. Being able to speak up for service users.”
“Since attending forums and meetings I have made contacts within other services that I would not have had the opportunity to meet. Have found the information at networking events, meetings and forums not only informative but able to access training in specialised areas that impact on people’s mental health e.g. Hoarding.”
“Champions and sueg made me try to expand what I am doing and helps me to help myself. It’s non-judgemental everyone is equal it helps me to stretch myself more and gives me satisfaction that I am doing something important. Its somewhere that makes me feel like I belong. I feel connected.”
“Monthly zoom meetings have really helped with my mental health, gave me a purpose and helped me to feel less isolated.”
“The advice and support hasn’t stopped. Ideas/innovations have continued in spite of covid.”
“Thank you for your invaluable work and the resource you have been to support the Welsh Ambulance Service along its journey of understanding regarding Mental Health.”
“It was a useful and friendly point of contact when I needed support.”
“I can’t explain exactly how it works as such but I do know that it DOES work and that I wouldn’t want to NOT be a part of it. I would miss it if it wasn’t there in so many ways.”
“Talking with Helen from time to time has been of enormous use – both on the information front and also as an easy way of ‘filing’ my random thoughts and queries.”
“Due to attending a forum and a follow-up meeting; arrangements were made for our organisation to hold a weekly drop-in at our local mental health clinic which proved to be beneficial to clients accessing both our services. this gave the team an insight to the varying levels in regard to peoples mental health.”
“The counsellor who works for my service was new to the area at the start of April 2020. Cavamh’s team have provided him with a great deal of helpful and important information, advice and support over the past year.”
“It takes me out of myself in so many different ways, it helps me to get up in the morning and feel like I have something useful and purposeful to do. It stretches me and helps me to feel part of something meaningful. It’s hard to put it all into words but it has made a very big difference in a positive way to my mental health.”
“Matthew has helped me develop as chair of the Veterans Group & which also supports my chairing of meetings for the V50+SF Transport Group.”
“You do really good important work, you struck me as being very professional right from the start.”
May I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support, enthusiasm, encouragement, belief, hope and great work over the years. The project has made great changes to breaking down barriers between the ‘them and us’ issue. For us to be paid is a great achievement that other trusts are yet to achieve.  We have had an input in recruiting staff and representing other mental health users. We have attended training courses and delivered workshops for professional mental health workers (to list a few of your achievements) I realise there is still a long way to go but I hope you have laid the foundations that will continue to grow. I hope you feel proud of all you have done for us, moving towards equality and giving us a valid voice. Thank you, good luck and my very best wishes.

Annual reports

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