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Register Now to Attend Carers Scotland’s Summit in Stirling this October!

Carers Scotland are inviting registrations for their annual summit which will be held at The Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling on 31st October. This year’s title is “Carers at the heart of change”. The summit is free and takes place throughout the day, commencing 10.30 for 11am. Carers, professionals and representatives from organisations are all invited. We’d like to encourage carers to think about going along. There will be a group attending from FDAMH if you’d like the reassurance of some company and there is the added benefit that this year the event really is on our doorstep! So, if you’ve not attended anything like this before, this is a great opportunity to dip your toe in the water and get involved! If you would like to attend or find out more, please speak to Linda, Neil or Fay at FDAMH.

Tag: Events, Local News
26/08/2014 at 12:42 pm

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

Plenty to get involved in at the See Me Roadshow

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the see me roadshow on Friday 4th July 2014 in Stirling. Our Service User and Carer Involvement Co-ordinator, Linda McGonigle, was delighted by the number of people who came along from FDAMH to take part.

See me kicked off with an update on the re-founded programme and their event in June – Movement for Change. Participants had the opportunity to take part in workshops on Change Networks or Community Champions, after which people from the local areas got together to look at their priorities for tackling stigma. This was an excellent activity which generated much discussion about the different areas of life where stigma is experienced. Feedback was largely positive, with participants feeling listened to and involved.

The event raised awareness of the see me programme and the grants that will be available to help tackle stigma. One idea will be to dust off FDAMH’s play on stigma ‘We are All Bobby’ and take a re-invigorated production out and about. If anyone has any other ideas for projects to tackle stigma in Falkirk plehere and for copies of the report on this event in Stirling please contact Linda at FDAMH.

Tag: Events, Local News
18/08/2014 at 1:29 pm

Hilarity Guaranteed at Media Group’s Fundraiser!!

(UPDATE: Wow, you raised £516 from this event – thanks so much to everyone!!)

Friday 8th August at the British Legion Grangemouth.
Something for everyone: live music, comedy, Irish bingo, raffle, disco and more!
TICKETS ONLY £5 – Available from FDAMH
7.30pm to Late

Our Arts and Media Group have had great successes with a wide variety of projects including art work, photography, poetry and creative writing, art works, drama and comedy! Proceeds from the night, organised by Media Group members, will help all group members to continue on their journey of recovery through art!

Tag: Events
31/07/2014 at 1:06 pm

Forum for the Over 50s

Are you over 50? Would like to be more involved in what goes on in your local community?

The Forum is an independent organisation that gives people a collective voice. It is a place where groups and individuals can raise local issues and increase the impact that older people have. Offering a great opportunity to socialise and make new like-minded friends, the hub will also help members share information and resources!

The forum is open to anyone in the community who is over 50. Our Involvement Worker, Linda McGonigle, is very keen to get people involved – please get in touch with Linda at FDAMH if you’d like to find out more.

Come along to a meeting near you! The next ones are:
Monday 18th August – 1.30 – 3.30 at Dawson Centre, Langlees
Monday 25th August – 10.30 – 12.30 – Municipal Chambers, Grangemouth
Monday 1st Sept – 10.30 – 12.30 – Bonnybridge Community Centre
Monday 22nd Sept – 1.30 – 3.30 – Braes venue to be confirmed

Tag: Events, Local Services
31/07/2014 at 8:09 am

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