Carers’ Creative Breaks set to continue

Carers at FDAMH have been enjoying valuable time out on Mindfulness courses, Art workshops, Alternative Therapy courses and our Carers Education course thanks to funding from Shared Care Scotland’s Creative Breaks Fund.

We are very pleased to announce that Creative Breaks have now awarded further funding so that this excellent and very well-received programme can continue.

The courses provide a wide range of benefits, from helping to develop coping and self-care skills and mental health knowledge, to providing opportunities for respite through the creative arts.

Coming Up Next:

Alternative Therapies Course
This 6 week course will begin on 8th September, offering respite for carers and the opportunity to learn about Alternative Therapies. There will be demonstration tasters on a range of treatments that help aid relaxation, helping participants to develop skills in self care and relaxation that could be used with friends and families. This exciting opportunity will be led by a local business woman Heather La Marquand.
For more information or to attend contact Susan Burns on 01324 671600 or email

Education Course
Our Carers Education Course is long-established and can deliver great results for carers. Names are now being taken for our next run of the course. As well as teaching people about mental health it also helps them to learn ways to cope with stress and other feelings and can improve communications and relationships between the carer and the person they care for. Feedback from participants always highlights that hearing and meeting other carers is a massive benefit to the wellbeing of participants who often feel stressed and isolated.

On our latest course the benefits highlighted by participants included: “finding out I am not alone”, “I felt so good and happy sharing things and learning from other people”, “I think I’ve learned to be a better listener, easier to talk to and more sympathetic”, “I feel I am more confident now”. Our latest group were keen to keep in touch with each other and have made arrangements to meet up regularly out with FDAMH, demonstrating perhaps that one of the course’s biggest assets is that it offers a safe and comfortable space for people to come together, learn and develop friendships and supports that are important to them.

If you think you’d like to find out more or put your name down for the next course please contact Neil Sowerby on 01324 671608 or email

Tag:Family/Carers Support, Mental Health, Support Groups
30/08/2016 at 9:20 am