Pembrokeshire Pod Project (originally Frame of Mind, Pembrokeshire Frame)


Project Description:

Pembrokeshire Frame currently own a 3000 square metre steel frame building located in the car park of their Merlin’s Bridge showroom & training site. The building had originally been intended to be a warehouse. Mind Pembrokeshire have started to outgrow their current building in Haverfordwest, which is no longer fit for purpose. Mind approached FRAME to see if the building could be converted. The two charities therefore plan to come together as partners to raise funds to transform the current building in the car park into an environmentally friendly, sustainable, state of the art new well-being centre. Mind will rent the building from FRAME and apply their proven working model to new circumstances at the FRAME site. FRAME is leading this project.

Project Achievements:

The new well-being centre will be a hub of activity, delivering a range of services, hobby centred courses, projects, workshops, training & exercise classes to encourage participation, engagement & social interaction.
The new facility will deliver:
 Volunteer sessions
 Healthy eating & lifestyle courses
 Yoga and other exercise classes
 Counselling
 Men only sessions
 Women only sessions
 Mental Health awareness sessions
 Social and emotional crisis support
 Art, film, music and photography courses
 Low level advocacy

 Mood master sessions
 Mindfulness courses
 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy & Talking Therapies
 Basic Literacy & numeracy courses
 Financial Literacy/debt advice
 Fuel Poverty Advice
 Computer Awareness Courses
 Opportunities for local groups to rent space for meetings, events, conferences etc.
 Housing services
 Music Group
Vision for the building External and internal design of the new building is fundamental to the project. We propose to create a visitor/user experience that encapsulates tranquillity and calm from point of enquiry (by telephone/website/social media), to ease of arrival at site, through to using our services and seamlessly moving on to the next stage of recovery. We want to make use of as much glass as possible around the building to create the effect of bringing the outside in. The building inside will be spacious, fresh, airy and uncluttered, with an uplifting colour scheme. Works of art will be a key feature as these are known to have therapeutic benefits that calm, relax and positively engage service users. The building will house a welcome point, offices, meeting areas, a resource centre area, a kitchen, a café and accessible toilets. The entire site will be transformed into a village style setting with attractive outdoor spaces including a landscaped sensory garden to encourage connection with the outdoors to benefit health and well-being. The project will be user focused and we propose to deliver an open and accessible consultation process with opportunity for public involvement and engagement.

Project Beneficiaries:

The new project idea ’encourages a culture of entrepreneurship and utilises and builds local skills’. The partnership between Mind and FRAME will further encourage entrepreneurship for some employees. FRAME will be the next step for many of the users of the new Well- Being Centre after they have received Mind’s services. 60% of FRAME’s current employees have a disability which has previously disadvantaged them in the employment market in one way or another. New services will be possible with the opening of the new building along with the sharing of services with FRAME. The new Well Being Centre will be ‘innovative’ as it brings together two charities in Pembrokeshire that plan to introduce new improved services and new innovative ways of reaching out to service users.

Sian Ranahan

07966 022991