News – Local News

Welcome Cafe scheme embraced by communities

You may have read a previous story about FDAMH’s Welcome Café scheme. Inspired by a project in Manchester, we’re working to encourage simple everyday connections in our community with the help of enthusiastic local cafés and restaurants. If you’d like to find out more, including which cafés have joined the scheme, click the Welcome Café icon on our front page!

We’re also keen to develop volunteers to support this community-based project. If you like the sound of dropping in on local cafés in the scheme to keep them up-to-date with materials, ideas and a bit of encouragement then please get in touch!

The Falkirk Welcome Community Café project now has 28 cafés and coffee shops on board and they’re all listed on our Welcome Café pages.

We also have a pilot exercise in Stirling with the following cafés involved: Waitrose, Burgh Coffee shop, Stirling University, Recyke-a-bike Causewayhead. Look out for a launch at Waitrose in the next few weeks! And in Alloa we’re delighted to welcome on board ASDA and Ladybird Café.

Our small team of volunteers are vital to the project, they…
• Visit participating cafes, ensure they have enough literature, i.e. cards, posters etc. to promote the service
• Speak to staff and managers and note how the project is going
• Observe in cafés and see how it effective the service is
• Provide regular feedback of comments/suggestions
Visit our volunteering pages to find out more.

Feedback from the public would be greatly appreciated! Have you used the card at a table, been involved in a conversation? You can feedback by getting in touch with Jim…

To find out more or let us know what you think contact Jim Thompson 07889809878 or email

Tag: FDAMH, Local News, Volunteering
02/12/2019 at 11:03 am

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!

Get Tickets

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

Tightrope Music Video Released

Members of FDAMH’s Freedom of Mind Choir feature in Kim Edgar’s brand new music video, filmed at the Kelpies this spring. We are delighted to have Kim as our choir leader, and choir members were thrilled at this opportunity to take part in the music video.

Kim is a full time musician, singer and songwriter, performing her own work and also touring with European group, CARA. ‘Tightrope’ is a single from her new album ‘Stories Untold’.

Kim is using her video to encourage people to donate to FDAMH to support the work we do. You can donate here.
Discover more about Kim and her music on Kim Edgar’s website

Tag: FDAMH, Local News
24/07/2017 at 2:04 pm

This is an M&S sponsorship…

Falkirk M&S

FDAMH is thrilled to be Marks & Spencer’s Falkirk High Street Branch’s charity of the year!

FDAMH’s Business & Community Engagement Officer, Jim Stewart, said “We are delighted to be chosen as the charity of the year by such an iconic brand. We’re looking forward to working closely with M&S Community Champion, Amy Cowan, on taking this partnership forward.”

The partnership will see various in store fundraising events throughout the year, as well as M&S staff taking part in FDAMH organised events, and volunteering for the charity.

FDAMH will also benefit by receiving funds from the Carrier Bag charge.

Keep an eye out for details of our events in store.

Tag: FDAMH, Local News
21/03/2017 at 1:45 pm

Tommy is Pride of Forth Valley

We’re very happy to let you know that Tommy Hamilton, the brains and energy behind our spectacular No Men Nevis fundraiser, recently won the 2016 Pride of Forth Valley Award for Contribution to Charity! We think Tommy is a very well deserved winner and are very glad the judging panel thought so too.


Tommy’s efforts and incredible skill at encouraging so many people in the community to take part and support FDAMH has raised over £67,000. But added to that, the event has done fantastic work in terms of raising awareness of mental health and FDAMH’s presence in the community.

Tommy says “Thanks – tho it’s kinda an award for us all. I’m hopeful others will be nominated next year for helping FDAMH. I’m hopeful that more people can help keep FDAMH in the press by going out and raising money…. Also thanks to everyone who helped run the event, took part or even sponsored someone.”

So, the challenge has been made! If you want to help fundraise for FDAMH in 2017 please get in touch with our Community Fundraising Officer, Jim Stewart.

Tag: FDAMH, Local News, Volunteering
28/11/2016 at 3:45 pm

Singer? We want YOU!

Raise your voice for wellbeing

We’re extending a warm invitation to singers from across Forth Valley and beyond to join us for our Big Sing event at Forth Valley Royal Hospital this October!

The event takes place on 5th October to highlight the great health and social benefits of singing together and to celebrate the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) 2016!

Our own Freedom of Mind Choir is hard at work rehearsing for the event but we would love other singers and choir members from across the community to come together and sing with us in the true spirit of the event.

We are holding rehearsals on the 14th September in the Forth Valley Royal Lecture Theatre from 6pm to 9pm and on the 5th October 2-4pm and 5-7pm, just prior to the performance at 7pm. To help you rehearse we can provide sound files and copies of the music.

Please get in touch with Emily Stewart at FDAMH if you think you could join us. You can also phone Emily on 01324 671600.

Tag: Activities, Events, Local News
22/08/2016 at 10:26 am