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Freedom of Mind Choir with CARA in Falkirk

Our Freedom of Mind Choir are delighted to have been asked to appear with CARA as special guests at their upcoming event in Falkirk on 18th September.

Uplifting, energising and expressive, CARA (Irish for friend) tour internationally, performing innovative arrangements of material firmly rooted in the Irish and Scottish traditions alongside critically acclaimed original songs and tunes.

The event is taking place at the Falkirk Trinity Church on Tuesday 18th September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £11 adults, £8 concessions and under-16s are free!

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Tag: Events, Local News
30/08/2018 at 10:07 am



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



FDAMH’s Challenge Series 2018

Thinking about The Kiltwalk? If so you can select FDAMH as your charity to fundraise for! This year the Kiltwalk offers 3 different distances and 4 different locations – so there should be something for everyone! Get together with your pals to make a difference! Pop along to www.thekiltwalk.co.uk to sign up and select ‘Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health’ as you charity.

Please note FDAMH is an independent charity and all funds raised will support FDAMH’s activities – despite our name we are not part of SAMH and do not receive funding from them.

Tag: Events, FDAMH, Volunteering
09/01/2018 at 9:08 am



Lasting impacts from this year’s SMHAF events

We had a great response to our Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival events during October 2017! Many thanks to everyone who helped support the events and to all of the people who came along to enjoy them.

The Reclaim Exhibition at the Howgate Community Hub impressed visitors by featuring work from over 50 Forth Valley-based artists, including established artists Lesley Anne Derks, Catherine King and Karen Strang. Styles ranged from photorealism to surreal pieces and highlighted the talent and diversity of local artists, with one visitor commenting “I have been introduced to new artists, a brilliant learning experience for me”. The exhibition was opened by our very own FDAMH Freedom of Mind Choir who performed a selection of uplifting songs to celebrate World Mental Health Day. Participating artist Karen Strang said “Creative practice and sharing ideas is always a positive. As humans we need to express our lives and learn through other’s experiences and this is what art does. It instills a sense of curiosity fundamental to empathising with others in our community . Artists from all walks of life each bring something to the feast . This is about celebration but also reflection. About understanding what it is to be human. Take art and its possibilities away from people and we are left with a void of emotional and intellectual existence. Art is necessary.” A huge thank you to Jim Boyle, Linda McFarlane, Steven Mcrystal, Lynne Knox, Julie Law and Marjory Sime who helped install the exhibition.

To let people get hands on with their creativity we ran two one-off workshops int the Howgate Community Hub: Felt Making expertly led by textile artist Lynne Knox and Story Telling workshop run by local poet and writer Janet Crawford and attended by special guest Emma Mooney. These events were very well attended and comments from participants indicate they will have a lasting impact with many keen to pursue the activities further. Participants particularly enjoyed the relaxing and therapeutic qualities of felting and the opportunity for self-expression, acceptance, sharing and ‘me-time’ offered in the Story Telling event. Comments from workshop feedback include:

“I felt totally at ease, I was able to express myself in a very open way and this has boosted my confidence”
“This has been so relaxing”
“This class has helped me discover a new self-care activity”
“Everyone felt safe to pour out their inner thoughts which was very impressive”
“I felt like what I said mattered”
“Gave some nice perspectives in to how empowering it can be to write”
“I felt accepted, appreciated and heard”
“The facilitator was great! She made it really easy to write”
“I loved being part of a sharing group who learnt from others, I have thoroughly enjoyed my day!”
“I felt very comfortable, the facilitator had a wonderful presence and she gave us lots of fun activities”
“This class has helped me to be more creative – it’s been inspirational”

Our events were completed with a Film Screening at Falkirk Library. A selection of short films were created by FDAMH volunteers, in collaboration with local filmmakers and musicians. The screening showcased various aspects of FDAMH as well as some of the arts programmes including: music, spoken word and drama. These films explore a range of mental health themes and highlight how important the arts are to recovery. If you missed it you don’t have to worry as they are available to watch on the FDAMH YouTube channel.

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Tag: Events, Mental Health
05/12/2017 at 12:22 pm



Looking forward to a shiny new kitchen!

Everyone visiting Drop-In can look forward to a lovely new kitchen in the new year! Olivia, Health and Wellbeing Drop-In Manager, and her team have been wishing for a new kitchen for some years, and now support from National Lottery Awards for All has made that wish come true!

Replacing the kitchen will be a noisy and messy business, so unfortunatley we will have to close the Victoria Centre to all members of the public from Monday 22nd January for the full week, reopening for business as usual on Monday 29th January. To minimise future disruption we are also bringing in the decorators to give the whole place a fresh lick of paint while we’re closed – so we should be gleaming when you come back in!

During the closure we will respond to messages and emails as promptly as possible, however please bear in mind the whole office will be in upheaval and we are planning some staff development activities in place of normal service delivery.

If you have any questions or concerns about the closure please don’t hesitate to speak to any member of the staff team.

Tag: Events, FDAMH
14/11/2017 at 2:49 pm



Fantastic Line-up of FDAMH Events for SMHAFF

‘Reclaim’ your sense of self with FDAMH’s October events for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF).

We have a fantastic series of exhibitions, performances and workshops to inspire you and get you hands-on involved in your own reclamation work, whatever form it takes! Learn how embracing creativity and self-expression through the Arts can help us all to look after our wellbeing.

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Reclaim
Visual Arts Exhibition from Local Artists

Exhibition featuring work from over 50 Forth Valley-based artists, including established artists Lesley Anne Derks, Catherine King and Karen Strang and input from final year students at local schools. Styles range from photorealism to surreal pieces, highlighting the talent and diversity of local artists.
10–13 Oct
10am–5pm
The Howgate Community Hub, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1HG
Free | Info: 01324 671 600, emily.stewart@fdamh.org.uk

Freedom of Mind Choir
FDAMH’s Freedom of Mind Choir will perform a selection of uplifting songs to celebrate World Mental Health Day, as well as the Reclaim exhibition opening.
Tue 10 Oct
1–2pm
The Howgate Community Hub, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1HG
Free

Reclaim: Felt Workshop
Free Workshop

Led by textile artist Lynne Knox, this workshop will guide participants through basic felt techniques, helping to reclaim boring everyday items and turn them into something beautiful.
Thu 12 Oct
2–4pm
The Howgate Community Hub, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1HG
Free Tickets | Book Online

Reclaim Your Identity: Storytelling Workshop
Free Workshop

Poet Janet Crawford leads a storytelling workshop, with a focus on the theme of reclaiming your identity. Join in some fun group exercises and explore a range of creative writing techniques to create your own piece of poetry or prose.
Fri/13th Oct
2–4pm
The Howgate Community Hub, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1HG
Free Tickets | Book Online

Reclaim: Film Screenings
A selection of short films created by FDAMH, in collaboration with local filmmakers and musicians. Showcasing various aspects of the FDAMH arts programme, including music, spoken word and drama, these films explore a range of mental health themes and highlight how important the arts are to recovery.
Mon 16 Oct
10–11am, 5–6pm & 7–8pm
Falkirk Library, Hope Street, Falkirk FK1 5AU
Free | Info: 01324 671 600, emily.stewart@fdamh.org.uk

Tag: Events, Mental Health
29/08/2017 at 10:23 am