Experience – Drop-In

Volunteering in Health & Wellbeing Drop-In

I look forward to volunteering each week and for me it has allowed me to meet new people, and further develop my skills, it has also enabled me to become more aware of mental health problems and develop a better understanding. The service users have told me how they feel less isolated, supported and more confident in building relationships.

Tags: Drop-In, Volunteering
15/09/2016 at 2:08 pm

The importance of feeling comfortable & welcomed

Joe accessed the Immediate Help Service and the worker encouraged him to start attending Drop-In. Joe says:

Jane was the main reason I came back, she was very nice and went out of her way to check I was ok. I would not have come back (to attend Drop-In) if Jane hadn’t been there for me.

Tags: Drop-In, Immediate Help Service
15/09/2016 at 2:03 pm

Projects helping to provide much needed respite for families

After years of suffering enduring mental Heath problems my Dad was referred to FDAMH over a year ago with a hope to be granted a befriender. Within a few months he received a letter from Stuart to say he would visit him at home with a colleague. I met with Stuart at my dad’s on this date and we discussed my dad’s needs ensuring he was given choices at every step of the way. Stuart spoke about the service FDAMH provide and through talking, my Dad agreed to join one of the social groups within the service. Since this time my dad has faithfully attended the group which he really enjoys.This enables him to interact with others with the same problems and also gives him something to look forward too.My dad was then introduced to his befriender who he meets up with once a fortnight.My dad has shared he enjoys the one-to-one interaction. As a carer to my dad for the last 30 years I feel FDAMH has given me some respite and has encouraged my dad to have a purpose in life.

On behalf of myself and my dad I can’t thank you enough.

Provided: April 2014

Tags: Befriending, Drop-In, Isolation and Loneliness
26/05/2014 at 7:11 pm

Our garden

I am 67 years old and have attended Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health since 1982. I was a member when it was at another location and for all them years we have just had a concrete outside area with no flowers or anything. I have always enjoyed gardening and did forestry and farming when I was younger so it was great to be able to take part in making our wonderful garden area. I was able to plant flowers in our raised beds and look after them over the summer. It brightens up the building and gives me something to take pride in and look after. I have also put bird feeders up in the garden now and fill them up every few days as well and it is now lovely to see the garden filled with wildlife and flowers. It is a pleasure to maintain now and I think all members feel the same about it.

Tags: Activity Groups, Drop-In
26/11/2013 at 9:27 pm

A recovery journey with FDAMH

I was recently asked this question what does FDAMH mean to you my answer is so totally simple – everything.

Several years ago I was made redundant after serving 40 years in various junior and senior management positions. The effect this had on my life was indescribable I just went into total emotional melt down, I spent the first two years isolating myself in my own home not wanting to speak or see anyone, I never even went beyond my front own door. I could never put into words how black life felt for me at that time.

I was eventually persuaded by my family to see my local GP, he in turn referred me to my local hospital psychiatric department for treatment and after receiving over two years of intense counselling I slowly started to get my life back together. It was decided by the hospital consultants it was time for me to try to get back into a more out door social environment.

My hospital consultant made contact for me with a local help centre called FDAHM this was the first time in more than 4 years I had ventured out into the public domain. On my first day I was welcomed with open arms by the very friendly staff and volunteer members at the FDAHM centre they were so good to me. I was very gently introduced to other members of the drop in group.

One of the first things I noticed about the FDAMH centre and at that time it was so very important to me was I was never made to feel I had to stay there or partake in any group activities. It was so important and reassuring to me at that time knowing that I could come and go and join in as and when I pleased. After the first few weeks of attending the day centre and mainly due to the kind and understanding staff members I slowly started to get my confidence back and started joining in with the many group activities spending a little longer with each time I was there.

After attending the day centre for a short while I asked a member of staff would it be possible for me to receive one to one counselling has I was still finding it hard to deal with my worries and feelings of anxiety and panic attacks. Over a two years period at the FDAHM centre I received two twelve weekly therapy sessions, each of these sessions were of a tremendous help to me giving me both the strength expand my new found confidence and also helping me to feel that I could go on to put my past broken life back on track.

I have always felt even from my early days at the day centre how can I help to repay their kindness. I owe so much to FDAMH and its fabulous full time and most generous volunteering staff, for with their help and understanding they have helped me to turn my life around.

Last year I was asked at the centre if I would like to consider taking part in a short volunteer training course at the centre, I said that I would be very happy to attend. I was thinking that maybe this could be a way of not only helping myself getting back some of my own self-belief but I could also in some little way give help and support to the other day centre drop in group members.I completed this excellent training course which I found to be most interesting and informative.

I have now for several months been running a weekly family history and genealogy group within FDAMH. The members of my group love talking about the old times, it’s a great way to get them communicating to each other, they also love finding old family photos and genealogical records and sharing family history details with each other. I have also found that my family research group is a great way to getting older group members interested in using computers some for the first time, they may find it slow going at first, put are quickly delighted when they find some interesting family details via the Google search engine system.

FDAMH thank you so much for helping me to find my own self confidence and self-belief.


Tags: Activity Groups, Anxiety, Counselling, Drop-In, FDAMH Training, Isolation and Loneliness, Panic, Volunteering
26/11/2013 at 9:12 pm