News – Befriending

Insight into Social Spark

The Social Spark Service has been growing day-by-day since our last update! We have even more social contact and activity groups on the go with more to come in the near future. Thanks must go to our great team of volunteers for helping us to achieve this!

Our fabulous groups now include…
• Monthly Cinema Group
• Creative Writing Group
• Pool Group
• Creative Women’s Group
• Fishing Group
• Young Women’s Group
• Plus Five Tea and a Blether Groups

The Social Spark are also able to offer one-to-one befriending and a buddy scheme, this service is for people who may need more input from the service to help build up confidence and can be offered for a little as one month up to at the most one year.

The evolution of Health and Wellbeing Drop-In into The Central Spark is now fully up and running. This service can be accessed by referring to Social Spark. Based at our centre on Victoria Road, the Central Spark is for people who do not have the confidence to join one of our many community-based groups and is focussed on helping people to reach a point where they are able to do this or access other groups in the wider community.

We work with all Central Spark clients on a Personal Development Plan to establish what the person would like to achieve by coming to the service and to decide on attendance times. Within Central Spark we will then work with them to help achieve their identified goal, supported by access to our psychoeducational courses including Positive Wellbeing, Self Esteem and Communication and Seasons for Growth.

As a person’s confidence builds we can then look at what groups they can access either through Social Spark or within the wider community. When the person has joined another group, the time spent in Central Spark is either reduced or will come to an end.

If you’d like to find out more about what The Social Spark has to offer pop along to our webpage from the Services menu.

Tag: Befriending
24/05/2019 at 2:22 pm



Latest Newsletter out now!

Keep up to date with a round-up of all the news from FDAMH here.

Tag: Befriending, Drop-In, Family/Carers Support, FDAMH, Link/Social Prescribing Service, Mental Health
11/03/2019 at 10:03 am



Important changes to Drop-In

FDAMH’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Drop-In Service is changing! The service, which is changing its name to Central Spark, will come under the umbrella of FDAMH’s thriving Social Spark Service so that we can offer a more beneficial range of pathways and progression for people using both services.

For those who are already familiar with Social Spark and FDAMH, you know that we are constantly monitoring and evaluating our services. We look for ways to improve service provision and adapt services to meet changing needs or demands and make best use of all our resources.

Central Spark will offer a new starting point for people who may not be ready to participate in the wide-variety of community-based social contact groups currently offered within the Social Spark service. By attending Central Spark people will be able to come into our centre for up to 4 half days each week. Each person will work closely with the Central Spark’s new Recovery Worker on their individual Personal Development Plan, ensuring that people are moving forward in their recovery and pursuing goals that they’ve identified as important to them. Whilst attending Central Spark people will have access to a range of helpful activities and psychoeducational courses and the service allows people to meet others and begin the process of getting back out there into the community with developing confidence and renewed self-esteem and self-worth.

If you have any questions about the new service, please contact Michele Reap, Social Spark Manager.

Tag: Befriending, Drop-In
11/03/2019 at 9:56 am



Vacancy at FDAMH with the Social Spark!

One of our team is moving on to develop a new role in FDAMH so we now have a vacancy with our fabulous Social Spark Service for an Assistant Coordinator to help us continue our work tackling loneliness and isolation. The role is 35 hours per week with a salary of £19,000 per annum (2 year fixed term).

The post holder will assist the Coordinator in running the service and take on the day-to-day responsibility for our social contact and specific interest groups. We’re looking for someone with excellent communication skills and a friendly attitude who enjoys working with people and has a good knowledge of mental health in relation to adults.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 6th December 2018 at 5pm. If you would like to find out more please pop along to the jobs page.

Tag: Befriending, FDAMH
09/11/2018 at 9:34 am



New! Beating loneliness with The Social Spark

You may have noticed the appearance of ‘The Social Spark’ amongst our services!

The Social Spark has brought together two long standing services at FDAMH – Befriending and Third Age Befriending.

Thanks to three years of new funding from the Big Lottery, and with help from the Integrated Care Fund, we are now able to develop our traditional befriending services to provide an enhanced range of supports to people not only in Falkirk District but also further afield in other areas of Forth Valley.

The Social Spark is aimed at people aged 16 years and over who may be experiencing loneliness and isolation due to poor mental health. The service offers activity groups, small social contact groups and inter-generational groups along with our traditional one-to-one befriending and a buddy scheme.

Information regarding the full range of services which Social Spark provides can be found on The Social Spark page of our website.

The Social Spark team consist of: Michele Reap (Temporary Manager), Olivia Wilson (Coordinator) and Angie Bell (Assistant Coordinator).

The team say….
“We are very excited about our new service The Social Spark. Thanks to the funding from The Big Lottery and the Integrated Care Fund we will now be able to reach many more people who will be able to benefit from the services and hopefully become more engaged within their local community.”

If you have any questions about the changes to the Befriending and TAB services please get in touch with a member of The Social Spark team on 01324 671600.

Tag: Befriending
27/06/2018 at 4:31 pm



Social Connectedness benefits from new Lottery funding!

[caption id=”attachment_14314″ align=”alignnone” width=”500″]Befriending Team FDAMH’s Befriending Team – Sandra, Julie and Michele[/caption]

FDAMH is delighted to announce new 3-year funding from BIG Lottery, through their Improving Lives Funding. The generous award of £264,363 in total will allow us to build on our existing Befriending services and expand our Social Connectedness work throughout Falkirk and Forth Valley. Top up funding has also been provided for this year by the Integrated Care Fund, for which we are also very grateful.

This funding will help us tackle the negative impact of isolation and loneliness through providing a range of social contact groups and activity groups along with one-to-one work with adults of all ages who are experiencing reduced mental wellbeing or recovering from mental ill health.

These activities allow people to reconnect with their interests and their community. It helps them to find their feet again by improving confidence and reducing anxiety.

We would like to thank our BIG funding officer, Michael Phillip, and all the staff at BIG for their ongoing support and generous award. This multi-year funding has secured the future of this valued service over the next 3 years ensuring we can continue to deliver high quality services to local people.

We would also like to thank all the people that regularly buy Lottery tickets. It’s great to know that their ticket money is helping people within their own community.

Tag: Befriending, FDAMH
23/02/2018 at 12:46 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



Reminder of Closure

From 22nd Jan FDAMH will close for one week for refurbishment. All services will be unavailable while our staff use the time for training and development work (in between moving furniture!). FDAMH re-opens on Monday 29th January with a shiny new Drop-In kitchen and a fresh coat of paint throughout! We are sorry for the disruption but hope you will all appreciate having our lovely centre looking at its best.

Other sources of support when FDAMH is closed:

In crisis? You can contact:
Your GP if open
NHS24 by calling 111
Accident and Emergency Department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert (Tel: 01324 566 100)

Need to talk? You can speak to someone at:
Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87 (opens at 6pm til 2am or til 6am at weekends)
Samaritans 116 123 (24 hours)

Tag: Befriending, Counselling, Drop-In, Family/Carers Support, FDAMH, Link/Social Prescribing Service, Support Groups, Volunteering
09/01/2018 at 8:56 am



Last catch of the year

Trout fishing at Glenbervie

As November drew to a close, our Fishing Group enjoyed a beautiful day out at Glenbervie for the final fishing meet of 2017. Some new younger members gave the “oldies” a run for their money and caught the first fish of the day. This is a great little group, with the older more experienced fishers passing on their knowledge to the younger ones that are new to fishing. They even persuaded volunteer Michelle to cast a line out for the first time. Michelle cast over the bait pond, straight into the fly pond! That’s some right arm, Michelle.

The trips out are a good opportunity for socialising, picking up new skills and getting a good lungful of crisp fresh air. You just can’t beat it! The ever expanding group will be meeting in January to plan the itinerary for 2018. Thanks to volunteers Jim, Ivo, Michelle and Dan for their help and support throughout 2017.

If you’d like to find out more about our Fishing Group please contact Julie at FDAMH.

Tag: Activities, Befriending, Volunteering
01/12/2017 at 11:01 am



A great catch and a generous gift

TAB Fishing Group

Our Third Age Befriending Fishing Group allows people who used to fish to return to a loved hobby and we also have people trying it out for the first time. Our latest member has returned to fishing after a twenty year break! Offering glorious days by the water, we’ve recently enjoyed watching not only our floats, but the numerous frogs, damselflies and swifts that surrounded us.

The group can look forward to new support from expert fisher Jim, who has just completed his volunteer training with FDAMH. We’re delighted that Jim thoroughly enjoyed his first day with the group and the group members are pleased as punch with his lovely nature and top class fishing advice, a great catch for the group indeed. Jim joins our other terrific volunteers Ivo and Dan in supporting our merry band of fishers.

In addition, the fishing group would very much like to extend our sincere thanks to Gordon Brown and his family for their very kind donation of fishing rods, reels and equipment. Gordon’s father John recently passed away and the family wanted to see the substantial fishing equipment going to good use and very kindly donated it to FDAMH. We are very grateful and would like all the Brown family to know that it is being well used. We promise to pass on the first trout we catch with the rods!

Tag: Befriending
14/07/2017 at 3:11 pm