News – Activities

Shortlisted for Alliance Self Management Awards

Portrait of Janet

We’re really thrilled that our colleague, Janet Crawford, has been shortlisted in this year’s Alliance Self Management Awards.

Janet is one of three finalists in the Self Management Champion of the Year category. A well-known figure in the local and national spoken-word scene, Janet brings all of her experience and enthusiasm to her inspiring creative groups for people using our Social Spark service.

Janet said “For me it’s about the possibilities which the creative spark can ignite. It’s creating spaces where people feel able to try new things and allow themselves a moment for themselves. Being alongside, listening to and appreciating people for who and where they are, unconditionally… as was done for me, when I needed support.”

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament on the 8th October.

Tag: Activities, Befriending, FDAMH
27/08/2019 at 12:37 pm

Keen Gardener? Opportunity to help our High Street gardeners


FDAMH seeks a Gardening Group Volunteer to oversee and support a group of around 6-8 people within Falkirk to advise and support them in aspects of gardening, planting and maintaining a garden bed located in the High Street in Falkirk.

As well as our aim to reduce social isolation for those who attend, it is also to give people the opportunity to find a new interest, or re-engage with an old one, whilst being supported.

The group hope to meet one afternoon a week, for 2or 3 hours during the Spring and Summer, reducing to once a fortnight as Autumn moves into Winter. The group will run for 12 months, with a hope that the group is ongoing, with new members. If you are reliable with good communication skills, some gardening knowledge and able to commit to the programme we would love to hear from you.

Please get in touch with Morag Fullard at FDAMH to find out more, or you’ll find an application form on our Volunteering Page

Tag: Activities, Volunteering
02/10/2018 at 10:31 am

Pop Up Choir Event at the Kelpies!

On Wednesday 4th July, 2.30pm at The Kelpies Plaza!

Our Freedom of Mind Choir are holding this free, pop-up event to celebrate reaching the shorlist of the National Lottery Good Causes Award! We hope to see as many of you as possible along at the Kelpies. Many thanks to the team at Falkirk Community Trust for their great support for this short-notice event.

The National Lottery competition recognises our much-loved Choir and the excellent benefits it brings for those who take part – it is the only Health project to be shortlisted in Scotland! It also means the choir is in the running for a cash prize and a TV appearance – but we need your votes!

You can vote in any of these super-quick ways:

Send a Tweet or Retweet containing the hashtag #NLAFreedomofMind

Vote online by popping along to:

Phone 0844 836 9691 (Calls cost 5p but please be advised that connection charges may be applied by some networks, so please check with your provider)

Tag: Activities, FDAMH
29/06/2018 at 8:32 am

Vote Freedom of Mind Choir!

It’s so easy to vote for our choir in the National Lottery Good Causes public vote by:

  • Voting for Freedom of Mind Choir on the Lottery Good Causes Website:
  • Tweeting or retweeting a post with the hashtag #NLAFreedomofMind
  • Phoning 0844 836 9691 (Calls cost 5p but please be advised that connection charges may be applied by some networks, so please check with your provider)

The members of FDAMH’s Freedom of Mind Choir are super excited to have made it into the final round of the National Lottery’s Good Causes Public Vote! They’ve sung their socks off to make it this far – so now it’s up to you to cast your precious vote for them!

FDAMH’s Freedom of Mind Choir is all about improving the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of the people who participate. It provides a fantastic outlet for people to forget their worries, socialise in a warm and friendly group, build their self-esteem and confidence and enjoy some really positive experiences. We think it’s great and we hope you do too!

Tag: Activities
27/06/2018 at 4:53 pm

SMHAF events – have you got your tickets yet?

We’re delighted to be taking part in the Scottish Mental Health and Arts Festival (SMHAF) again, newly timed to fit in with the UK’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

Our singers and dramatists have two fantastic offerings and you can purchase tickets for both of them at FDAMH.

Words are the message

7pm on Tuesday 15th May at the Faw Kirk (Manse Place, Falkirk, FK1 1JN)

Be inspired by a series of short readings on the theme of ‘Letters to Myself’ from emerging and established writers. Interspersed with uplifting songs from FDAMH’s Freedom of Mind choir.

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A Cup o’ Kindness

7pm on Friday 18th May at the Faw Kirk (Manse Place, Falkirk, FK1 1JN)
A short play exploring loss, anxiety, realisation and revelation, all based around three duos having a good chat and a cathartic cup of tea, setting their own and the world’s problems to rights.

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All Tickets only £3 and U16’s go free.

Tag: Activities, Events
01/05/2018 at 4:18 pm

Fishing group bonanza beats record!

Group with catch

Our Fishing Group ventured out to Glenbervie Fishery on a gorgeous bright February day and managed to beat our record for number of fish caught in a morning.

The group is supported by volunteers Jim and Michelle (thanks to them both) and Michelle was particularly excited at catching her first fish ever on only her second outing!

The fishing group meet monthly and try out new fisheries, as well as visiting old favourites like Glenbervie.

As well as getting out and enjoying the wildlife and filling their lungs with good fresh air, the group support each other, with more experienced fishers teaching the newer members. The emphasis is on having fun, chatting and helping to build new friendships. Our fabulous group T-shirts are a bonus – thank you John!

Any enquiries about our Fishing Group should be directed to Julie Law at FDAMH.

Tag: Activities, Befriending
23/02/2018 at 10:46 am