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‘Dawns Gaeaf y De Sefydliad DPJ
Ymunwch â ni am ginio tri chwrs a digon o ddawnsio i ddathlu fod elusen y DPJ, sy’n gweithio’n agos gyda ffermwyr Cymru i wella iechyd meddwl a lles, wedi ei sefydlu ers pum mlynedd. Bydd raffl yn cael ei chynnal ar y noson a darperir adloniant gan y band rhagorol ‘Jukebox Tonic’. Ticedi yn £45 YMA.
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HOPEWALK: Ymunwch â ni
Mae HOPEWALK yn ymgyrch flynyddol sy’n cael ei rhedeg gan Papyrus i godi ymwybyddiaeth ac amlygu’r cymorth a’r gefnogaeth sydd ar gael i gefnogi unigolion a theuluoedd sydd wedi’u heffeithio gan hunanladdiad. Eleni rydym yn cynnal ein cyfres ein hunain o HOPEWALKs a rydym yn eich gwahodd i ymuno â ni. Darganfod mwy…
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Become a Trustee
Since being founded in 2016, the DPJ Foundation has successfully raised the profile of health and well-being issues in the agricultural community and introduced innovative services such as “Share the Load” and Agriculture-focused Mental Health Awareness Training. We are now looking for new trustees to join us and lead the next stage of its development.
What we are looking for
We are looking for strategically minded people to join our Board as trustees. We are at an exciting time of our development as we look to deepen the impact of our work and reach more farmers across the whole of Wales.
We are looking for people who are:
1. Aged 18 or over
2. Passionate about improving mental health services in Wales
3. Keen to support the farming community in Wales
4. Familiar with good practice in Charity Governance
5. Able to meet 2 (or more) of the following criteria:
· Personal experience of poor mental health (ideally within agriculture) to ensure the voices of people with experience are heard at Board level;
· An understanding of charity financial management with an ability and willingness to take on the role of Treasurer;
· Experience in managing and developing health and social care services to support how we develop our offer;
· Experience in generating income e.g. via grant applications, social enterprise or tenders etc to enable financial stability and sustainability; or
· Experience in business and strategic planning.
6. Able to commit to up to 1.5 hours per month for meetings in addition to a further 1.5 days per year for strategic planning and training. Trustees currently meet once a month via Zoom with papers being sent out in advance with meetings on a Monday evening at 6pm. There will occasionally be some email correspondence between meetings.
We would particularly welcome applications from fluent Welsh speakers and from those living or working in North Wales.
What you get in return
A fantastic opportunity not just to make a difference in an area that matters to you, but also to develop your skills and build your network. We will be able to fund some training and will provide reimbursements for any travel and expenses that you incur whilst volunteering.
How to find out more information
To find out more about who we are at The DPJ Foundation, browse our website or join us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn). To apply, please send us a copy of your CV and a covering letter which includes how you fit the criteria outlined above and why you are applying for the role to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required before undertaking this role. Having a criminal record will not necessarily preclude you from volunteering as we consider each case individually. However, if you have any concerns, please contact us before applying.
If you would like an informal chat our Charity Manager, Kate Miles, can be contacted on 07984 169652 or email@example.com for any questions you may have.
Understanding Bereavement & Grief – free training session
It’s inevitable that bereavement and grief will affect us all at some
point during our lives and it can sometimes be difficult to know what to say to those
who have lost a loved one, especially those bereaved by an unexpected death, like
an accident or suicide.
Here at The DPJ Foundation we have developed new training to help understand grief and
bereavement. This free short course which is funded by the Welsh Government’s Bereavement Support Fund is available to anyone in Wales to help develop understanding of grief and bereavement in a farming context.
Kay, our Training Manager who also delivers the training, alongside some of our volunteers, shares:
“Bereavement is something that will affect us all at some point during our lives. It’s a sad fact that sudden death, from traumatic events, like suicide or an accident, affect farming families in Wales much
too often, with the impact rippling out far into the surrounding community. How we experience grief will be different for everyone, but it can affect our emotions, our behaviours, and our thoughts. Without the right support, it may lead to a longer-term decline in our mental health and wellbeing. There is no road map or timetable to grief, some people can grieve for months, others for years. Being supported by
family, friends and the wider community can be a huge factor in enabling bereaved people to grow their life around the sadness and pain of their loss.”
This new training course will help people understand more about bereavement and grief: how it affects people; the additional worries and pressures linked to sudden and traumatic death; what are the right things to say and the best ways to support people who have experienced a loss. It will also cover details of the support offered by us here at The DPJ Foundation and other charities and agencies specialising in
Kay also shared:
“When someone dies, we want to be there for those who are grieving, but don’t always know the best way to support them. We might worry about what to say, what help and support to offer those who are suffering. We might think, particularly where someone has taken their own life, that it’s easier to avoid the family, not to say anything for fear of upsetting them, or feel awkward finding the right words. When someone dies, whatever the circumstances, we should always offer our condolences and offer practical support where we can. This is especially the case in farming, where animals need to be fed, milking may need to be done, or the paperwork still needs to be completed. This training will help provide the
confidence to offer that support.”
We are keen to offer this course to agricultural communities in Wales free of charge. To book your place please head over to our training page.
Or to check out the upcoming dates for the ‘Understanding Bereavement and Grief’ course, head over to our Eventbrite page. We will be adding more dates throughout 2023.
Don’t forget our Share the Load helpline service is here 24/7 to help with anything you want to talk about. Our professional counsellors are experienced in helping people who have been bereaved and who are dealing with grief and loss. If you have been bereaved and would like to speak to someone who will listen and who can help, please get in contact us so we can support you or help you support those who might be struggling.