Experience – Activity Groups

Women’s Group was starting point for everything else

When I first started with the group I only came down once in a while, I couldn’t come down every week as this was just too much or me. Too many people, too busy. Just too much.

But Michelle said that I should persevere and I did, and I am so glad.

I have made more new friends than I could ever have imagined, I not only go along now every time to the Women’s Group, but I meet up with some of the women and go for lunch or out for dinner when it is someone birthday. I also go out to the bingo once in a while.

If I hadn’t joined the group I would just be sitting in the house not getting out and feeling really fed up.

I now attend Forth Valley College on a jewellery course, I now attend the course as a helper, showing others how to make things. I have also taken part in a creative writing group and art group within FDAMH.

The Women’s Group was the starting point for everything else to fall into place, I feel happier now I have made friends, joined groups and made a difference to not only myself but to others.

Tags: Activity Groups
15/09/2016 at 1:56 pm


Arts Activities – A massive confidence boost!

I thought I wouldn’t be any good at the painting class but I was determined to enjoy it. I found that I was much better than I thought I would be and have now taken up painting as a hobby. I also tapped in to the creative writing class and a sign language class and I am doing very well at both. Doing these activities has given me such a massive confidence boost that now I feel that I can do anything! It’s even given me the confidence to learn to drive. I hope I do as well in that as I have done in my other endeavours.

Tags: Activity Groups
15/09/2016 at 1:38 pm


Finding the artist inside with FDAMH

I am an artist on the inside. I see the world in a different light. In times of stress I turn to painting for comfort and for confidence.

Before I came to FDAMH life was hard as I don’t have any family here. Two years ago I lost my home at Christmas time and wasn’t able to see my family anymore.

I first when I came to FDAMH I was nervous but as I got to know all the people I began to feel comfortable and tried to help newcomers feel at ease.

Last Christmas I saw some drawings in the FDAMH gallery and it inspired me to try something new. I wanted to learn how to draw and paint so when a class came up I joined up. I started to find that when I did my Art I felt comfortable on the inside and that made me feel like I could do good and help others on the outside. I feel positive about the future now, I feel like things are getting easier for me and I’m looking forward to doing more painting.

Tags: Activity Groups
15/09/2016 at 1:36 pm


“Talking it out” through Art

On taking part in FDAMH’s Painting Class:

I have suffered from mental ill health since I was a child but was diagnosed with post natal depression after my eldest daughter was born. Unfortunately I have suffered on and off with mental health issues since.

I first found art therapy within Dunrowan Day Hospital. I loved it. It gave me a release, a way to communicate my feelings without speaking. It gave me a sense of achievement and helped me through some very traumatic times. In darker days I could look at my work and remember the joy I had while making it.

My art is not only pencil and paint; I also make jewellery, crochet, and papercut, sew, and recycle “rubbish” into something beautiful and useable.

Art is freeing, constructive, therapeutic, calming, colourful, expressive and fun! It can be done anywhere, alone or with friends or as a group. Art is not perfect and neither am I! No boundaries, no rules, do what you like and like what you do. I am creative, it is part of who I am, but it is not the only part. Art helps me convey, to anyone who cares to look, the other parts of me that I cannot verbalise. There is emotion in every piece of work. Sometimes it is calm within a pencil drawing. Sometimes happy and energetic, full of colour and life in a splash of paint “Jackson Pollock” style. Sometimes it is sad and black and menacing, in charcoal/pastels. Whatever the emotion or feeling there is a style, time, method that will help you to “talk” it out. I love ART.

Tags: Activity Groups, Perinatal Depression
15/09/2016 at 1:33 pm


Taking part in Arts activities at FDAMH

This art group was a breath of fresh air to me and felt quite rewarding. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the group and enjoyed meeting new artists. The group did well considering we only had a limited number of sessions in which to plan and complete our paintings. A big thank you to Emily (organiser) and Noona (Art teacher).

I will continue drawing and painting on my own and look forward to a new Art group in the near future. Hopefully as a group we had a varied view on our Art and diversity which was fulfilling. The class bonded and hopefully we all take something from this. I certainly did. Thanks.

Tags: Activity Groups
15/09/2016 at 1:29 pm


Volunteering – My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner

After graduating with a psychology degree in 2013, I thought employment would naturally follow suit. However, I soon learned that having a good degree on its own was not enough for many employers and what they really valued was experience. I decided the best course of action for me to take in order to obtain this experience was to look into volunteering with local organisations. I was familiar with the services FDAMH provided and thought it would be the ideal place for me to gain practical experience of working with those with mental health problems.

Every volunteer FDAMH takes on is put through a training programme which is an excellent way of preparing you for what your role as a volunteer will entail. After completing the training, I started volunteering at the organisation’s card making group. It is a small and quiet group that focuses on the principles of mindfulness. For me, it was a lovely way to spend some time being creative and help others gain confidence through an activity which they enjoyed. Volunteering, in turn, also gave me confidence and a real sense of purpose. It is so refreshing to feel part of the team at FDAMH too; they really do value their volunteers and offer many beneficial training courses that I ordinarily wouldn’t have had access to.

After just a few short months of volunteering, I was offered a job in FDAMH’S drop-in service as a Health and Wellbeing Support Worker. I am thrilled to be taken on as a member of staff and owe it to my time volunteering in which I gained invaluable experience. To anyone who is considering volunteering, I can’t recommend it highly enough. There are a range of opportunities available at FDAMH to suit whichever area it is you are interested in and the wonderful Morag is on hand to help with any queries you may have. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!

Tags: Activity Groups, Volunteering
12/01/2016 at 2:19 pm