News – Befriending

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

Relaxing fun with clay in Bean Row


‘Tabbers’ have been delighting in bringing out their creativity with clay at Falkirk’s Bean Row Pottery.

Our Third Age Befriending Group tried their hands at both coil and pinch pot techniques to create plates and bowls. The vast majority of the group had never tried ceramics before and were both delighted and impressed with their capabilities.

After making the work, our group glazed and decorated their pieces, which were then fired by Susan, who runs the Pottery. We’d like to thank Susan for providing the fun, relaxed and creative classes and letting some of our clients try out something entirely new, with great results.

Tying out pottery for the first time, Margaret said “I love the feel of the clay, it’s rather nice. I haven’t ever tried this before and really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see the results and how the colours look.”

Tabber Fay said ”I’ve tried this many many moons ago and I’m thrilled at trying it again. It’s really relaxing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks.”

We were so impressed with Susan’s wonderful classes and her great approach to her students, that FDAMH has booked up more sessions with The Bean Row Pottery later in the summer.

Find out more about the wonderful Bean Row Pottery on Facebook

Tag: Activities, Befriending
28/03/2017 at 12:57 pm

Feeling 10ft tall thanks to FVC students


Do you love a treat? Most people do, they’re life’s little bright moments that give us great pleasure. But for a number of reasons some people are rarely able to indulge and enjoy the life-affirming benefits a ‘treat’ brings.

We wanted to offer some real personal treats to some of our Third Age Befriending clients that don’t often treat themselves, or haven’t experienced the luxury of a small beauty treatment, like a facial. That’s where generous students at Forth Valley College’s ‘Salon at the Campus’ stepped in.

The Salon at the Campus offers a huge range of services and treatments at a massively discounted price provided by Hair and Beauty students. Eight of our clients went along on Thursday and Friday and received facials and haircuts, including a luxurious blow dry — well, all except Bill!

The group were treated like Royalty, with friendly, welcoming staff and more tea and coffee than they could drink.They thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience:

“I feel ten feet tall. That was marvellous”
“I haven’t had my hair done by a professional in over 4 years, I just never treated myself. I can’t believe how wonderful that was, the girls were so lovely and I feel a million dollars. Thank you.”

And what better accolade than repeat business? One of the group, who hadn’t been to a hairdressers in a long time, was so delighted she immediately booked herself in for her next appointment!

In addition to indulging our clients, the Salon very generously gave us all the treatments for free to support our older adults and FDAMH. We are hugely grateful for this very kind and generous gift and would like to send a very big thank you to all the wonderful staff and students, including Wendy Gentles, Heather Anderson, Tracey Copeland and Nicky McKenzie. Their kindness made a very welcome impact on our gorgeous clients.

The salon offers a fantastic range of Hair and Beauty treatments on a Thursday and Friday at all Forth Valley Campuses. Find out more

Again, our thanks to Forth Valley College Salon for making us all brighter and more beautiful, as if that was possible!

Tag: Befriending
12/12/2016 at 10:44 am

Feeling Festive, not lonely, with TAB

Fun at the Beefeater

Christmas can be a particularly hard time for people struggling with isolation and loneliness, but FDAMH’s Third Age Befriending service is busy making sure our vibrant social groups are getting plenty of enjoyment and company during the season!

This week we made a return visit to the Rosebank Beefeater Grill Steak Restaurant, which was, as always, fabulous. The welcoming staff settled us into our lovely christmassy table, complete with crackers and novelty masks, which we made good use of, as you can see!

The group had a ball and were well fed, watered and attended to by lovely friendly staff. Julie and Joan particularly enjoyed the mint matchmaker ice cream sundaes! Every one rolled out with big smiles and equally big tummies.

Many thanks to all at the Beefeater for another fabulous lunch and the extra discounts for our return in the New Year.

Now we’re all really excited for our much-anticipated trip to Glasgow Pavillion’s Panto. He’s behind you!!

Third Age Befriending offers one-to-one and group befriending for older people who are experiencing or are at risk of developing reduced mental wellbeing, often as a result of big life changes like bereavement or retiring. Find out more

Tag: Befriending
09/12/2016 at 10:29 am