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FDAMH’s Media Group Back on the Stage

sketch  taking flightbest seat in town john law exhibitorsFDAMH’s Arts and Media Group were invited to participate in Falkirk’s newest festival — For Falkirk’s Sake. The Festival was an artist-led showcase of film makers, writers and artists from around Falkirk and the Media Group took part by performing in Behind The Wall’s Alehouse.

In front of a small, but appreciative, audience the group performed some favourite sketches, including “The Séance” and the ever resourceful “Aunt Clara”. Poetry readings were done by Steven, Jenny, Jackie, Vera and Gordon and Charlie performed an interesting twist on the parables. Donnie pleased the audience with his singing, performing old favourites “Friends” and “The Drinking Song”. The wonderful Stewart Ritchie was our MC again and was magnificent — as ever- and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his support. That’s a funny, funny man and the audience love him!

Particular congratulations must go to Gordon Brown, who performed in front of a live audience for the first time ever and was spectacularly good — even whilst wearing a pink leotard and tutu!! Well done that man. Gordon said: “It was my first performance and it was very enjoyable. I looked great — even in a pink tutu! I do feel like I’ve got a bit of my confidence back. Looking forward to more!”. We’d also like to thank our performer Bryan Deakin, who did all the rehearsals and performance in between rehearsals for the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony! Above and beyond, Bryan.

In addition to performing on the Thursday, the Media Group and FDAMH service users also participated in the Festival’s art exhibition. This one day “pop up “ art exhibition appeared in BTW’s Alehouse, nestling amongst the tables and chairs of this friendly venue. FDAMH exhibitors showed alongside local artists Ania Sawicz , Agnieszka Niciak-Marciniak and Mandy Gray. Our exhibitors were: Gordon Brown, John Law, Steven McCrystal and Jacquie Gibson. It was all hands on deck to set the exhibition up in quick time on the Saturday morning, but the resulting exhibition looked fantastic with easels, display boards and some installation art. The large colourful canvases from Ania, Agnieszka and Steven transformed the room and the photography attracted much interest too. Jacquie’s beautiful paintings were much admired and Gordon’s mixed media and sculpture sparked many discussions. We also took along some of the Women’s groups “Bonnie Buttons” jewellery and this was very popular, with a good amount of sales. Get gluing girls!

Everyone involved is keen to participate in the Festival again next year and talks of new work being done has inspired many in the group. Huge thanks go to festival organiser, Katie White, who invited us to perform and to BTW manager, Jane, and all her staff for making us so welcome and keeping us fed and watered!

Our Arts and Media Group continues to thrive thanks to all of your support and they are very appreciative of the opportunities given to them! The Group will be making a welcome appearance at our AGM on 24th September.

Pictured from top: Gordon, Vera and Jenny perform; Steven McCrystal: Taking Flight; Jacquie Gibson: Best Seat in Town; John Law exhibits his photography; Artists: Ania, Agnieszka, Steven, Julie and John.

Tag: Activities, Events
19/08/2014 at 8:18 am

FDAMH’s Media Group Take part in For Falkirk’s Sake

FDAMH Comedy Night small
FDAMH’s Media group are performing at Falkirk’s newest Arts Festival, For Falkirk’s Sake. This is a new Festival for Falkirk which is run by a variety of local Artists, film makers, writers and poets, including local film maker Katie White.

The group have been asked to perform at Behind The Wall on the afternoon of Thursday 31st July from 2.00pm — 3.30pm. The show will include comedy sketches, poetry readings and music and will include favourites such as “Aunt Clara’s Problem pages” and “The Yoga Class”. Music will be provided by our very own singer songwriter Donnie Heron and the show will be interspersed with short poetry readings, both poignant and comical.

Tickets are priced at £5.00 and can be purchased from The Steeple Box office (01324 506850)

In addition to the performance, we will also be participating in the Festivals Art exhibition, which will be shown in BTW on Saturday 2nd August. Alongside other local artists and sculptors, members of the Media group will be exhibiting paintings and photography, which will be available for sale.

The Media groups members performing and exhibiting in the Festival are:
Jackie Mercer
Jenny Gilmour
Gordon Brown
Steven McCrystal
Maria Robertson
Vera Deakin
Bryan Deakin
Charlie Penn
Donnie Heron

Well worth a look, the full program for this new and eclectic Festival can be seen at:

Please do come along to support the group and get yourself a belly full of laughs!

Tag: Activities, Local News
28/07/2014 at 12:30 pm

Final Total from the Gingerbread Cafe Fundraiser!

140619 Cheque from Gingerbread CafeOur gratitude goes out to everyone at Polmont’s Gingerbread Cafe (purveyors of fine gingerbread and many other delicious treats) and all those who attended their terrific fundraiser event last month. The event raised funds for three different groups and we are delighted to have received a cheque for £122, presented by Anya to members of our Women’s Group (pictured). Our Women’s Group took part in the day and also raised funds by selling their Bonnie Buttons and hosting a raffle, altogether this brings our total for the day to £235! This money will be used to support the Women’s Group.

Tag: Activities, Events
19/06/2014 at 2:33 pm

Health Checks at FDAMH – Is it time you had an MOT?

Thanks to the NHS’s Keep Well Project, FDAMH has been providing free health checks for clients and volunteers on Wednesday afternoons. The health checks are entirely private and confidential and are provided by Claire, one of the project’s nurses. The check includes looking at your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight and life style issues. These checks are open to ANY of our service users or volunteers. Having helped to identify one participant’s dangerously high blood pressure, the benefits of the checks are clear to see! Please just speak to any member of staff if you’d like to book a slot, and remember these checks are open to ALL FDAMH’s service users and volunteers, including those of you who are not based at the Victoria Centre e.g. befrienders and befriendees.

Tag: Activities, Befriending, Benefits, Counselling, Drop-In, Link/Social Prescribing Service, Support Groups, Volunteering
05/06/2014 at 10:16 am

Drop-In has another great day out in Glasgow

Inside the Riverside MuseumLast week a group from Drop-In enjoyed another fabulous day out in Glasgow. Stopping first at the Riverside Museum, there was lots to attract everyone’s interest. Happily, free admission to the Tall Ship that day, allowed some Kate Winslet wannabes to act out everyone’s favourite Titanic scene. Then it was onwards to the soothing beauty of the Botanic Gardens. Being a warm day the greenhouses became tropical, fortunately the group found a great way to cool down though!  This was another great trip offering the chance for people to explore new places with a group of friends.
On the Tall ShipIce Cream at the Botanic Gardens








Tag: Activities, Drop-In
22/05/2014 at 8:34 am

Football and Tackling Recovery

Are you interested in keeping fit, football and tackling recovery?

Tackling Recovery is a six week pilot programme aimed at helping people aged 18 and over with their recovery from mental ill health. It is delivered by Stenhousemuir Football Club in partnership with Tryst Community Sports Club and Falkirk Association for Health (FDAMH).

The 6 week pilot programme will be delivered by Stenhousemuir Football Club coaches. The project will have exclusive use of Ochilview Park at all delivery times and the pilot programme will be delivered as follows:

Week 1: Welcome to the club and Tackling Recovery. Physical fitness and health and wellbeing benchmark measurements and small sided games
Week 2: Coaching
Week 3: Coaching session themed on shooting/finishing and then small sided games and workshop delivery — Adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Week 4: Coaching session themed on dribbling and 1v1s. Workshop delivery — Goal Setting
Week 5: Participant choice of coaching session theme and/or small sided games
Week 6: Small sided games tournament and re-measurement of outcomes. Feedback to/from the group and what next?.

If you are interested in joining in with this enjoyable keep fit activity please contact Susan or Neil at FDAMH on 01324 671600. You can also email Neil at FDAMH or Jamie Kirk at Stenhousemuir FC 

Tag: Activities, Local News, Mental Health, Training
20/05/2014 at 1:20 pm