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Kristina & John set their sights high for FDAMH!


Local couple will reach the highest of heights this December for FDAMH! Why? Because they want to say thank-you!

Kristina Sefleriene and John Wells are planning a 15 day trek to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world — Mount Everest!

Kristina said, “We both used the services of FDAMH and are so grateful for all the support its people have given us. FDAMH has truly provided us with the light when we were in a dark place.
This trek signifies the end of a very hard period in our lives. It will be hard and painful but we are going to reach our summit.
Your donations will give us strength on our journey and will allow FDAMH to provide help to even more people. FDAMH provides psychological support to all and we want to say Thank You FDAMH! It will be tough but we have to do this for ourselves and for FDAMH.”

Stuart McCallum, Fundraising and Partnership Manager at FDAMH, said “It is incredible what Kristina and John are undertaking and we are thoroughly delighted they are doing it for FDAMH. I would urge everyone to visit their fundraising page and support them in their fabulous challenge. Thank you to them both and very best of luck!

You can donate to Kristina and John’s fundraising page by following the link below:

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Find out more about FDAMH and the services we can provide by visiting our website at

Tag: Events, FDAMH, Local News, Mental Health
07/07/2016 at 10:03 am

Second COSCA Counselling course set due to demand

Caroline Counselling 3

Demand is proving so high for our COSCA accredited counselling course, staff at the centre in Victoria Road, Falkirk are delighted to be delivering a second course, starting in September.

Morag Fullard, Volunteer Training & Development Coordinator, Said “We’re really overjoyed with the response to this course so far. Before we became accredited to deliver this course, people would have had to travel to Glasgow, Edinburgh or Perth and we’re delighted that we can offer it locally. With the current course now fully subscribed, it is great that we can now offer a second”

Recognised as a baseline qualification for anyone wishing to become a counsellor, the course is also for anyone looking to develop true listening and effective communication skills as well as a valuable insight with theory and hands-on practice.

Morag added, “We know there was a demand for this course. People are becoming much more aware of the importance of improving their listening skills, whether they are a parent, a carer or an employer.”
Comprising of 4 modules, the course is delivered by an experienced trainer and fully qualified counsellor in a small group setting for 3 hours per week as well as the occasional Saturday.

Wendy Nicoll, Training Facilitator, said “Although it’s a counselling course, it’s really about advanced communication. It teaches people to listen, how to approach difficult conversations, and how to recognise if there is a problem.”

The next course will start on Thursday 1st September and will run in line with the academic year. For further information including prices, please visit or contact Morag Fullard on (01324 671 600)

Find out more about this course at

Tag: Counselling, FDAMH, Local News, Mental Health, Training
21/06/2016 at 1:40 pm

Forth Valley Art Competition!

We’re inviting submissions from hobby-artists across Forth Valley for our art competition to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week in May. Vouchers for shopping at the Howgate and hands-on art tutorials with a local artist are up for grabs!

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness week is relationships. Your submission must be a flat piece of work that can be hung, no larger than 50cm by 50cm (it does not need to be in a frame). The competition is open to anyone in Forth Valley aged 15 years or over, who enjoys art as a hobby.

Art work should be submitted to FDAMH by 16th May.

Art Competition

Tag: Activities, Local News
04/04/2016 at 1:31 pm

Make it Happen!

Make It Happen, part of the Older people’s Forum in Falkirk, had their first AGM on 2nd Februaruy in Forth Valley’s Sensory Centre. We were pleased to be invited to the event, to talk about the wide variety of services we provide and the volunteering opportunities we offer.

Armed with a box of leaflets and information, staff members Julie Law, Michele Reap and Morag Fullard delivered a talk about the benefits of staying mentally healthy in today’s busy environment to an audience of around 40 Forum members and partnership organisations.

Other organisations attending the event included: Living It Up, Age Scotland, Braveheart, Outside The Box, the Later Life Information Centre and Falkirk’s Anti Social Behaviour Helpline (ASB Helpline). As always, people are staggered at the amount of help, support and training we can provide to individuals and other organisations. Such was the interest we have received a number of invitations to deliver talks to other community groups and we dealt with a whole range of enquiries ranging from our Training Academy provision to individual support needs.

FDAMH would like to thank Kay Wood, Make It Happen’s Development Officer, for the kind invitation and continued support.

You can find out more about Make it Happen on their website:

Tag: Events, FDAMH, Local News
03/02/2016 at 1:37 pm

Top Two New Years Resolutions!

Whatever your plans next year, if you’re thinking about a New Years Resolution we’d like to offer you up two fantastic opportunities that are definitely going to give 2016 that feel good factor!

1. Volunteer with FDAMH
Did you know FDAMH boasts over 100 volunteers? There are a whole host of opportunities with FDAMH and they come with the support of a full initial training programme, ongoing learning, social events and continued support from your Project Leader and our dedicated Volunteer Coordinator, Morag! We think we offer a great package, but you don’t need to just take it from us – in our volunteer survey every one of our respondents said they would recommend volunteeering with FDAMH. We’re looking for all sorts of people to help us in for example: befriending, arts projects, drama, group work, trips out, as drivers, as fundraisers and as Board Members. Not sure you’re the right fit? You can have a friendly informal chat with our Volunteer Co-ordinator Morag on 01324 671600. Or find out more on our Volunteer Page. You never know what it might lead to!

2. Join or Support No Men Nevis!
You might not have time to become a regular volunteer, but perhaps you’d like to join our first ever major fundraising event taking place in July 2016. It’s a women-only guided walk up Ben Nevis, but don’t despair if you’re a man or not enticed by the thought of walking up Britain’s highest peak! You can help out by supporting our walkers, and indeed, we may have some other volunteering opportunities coming up later to help support the event! Find out more on our No Men Nevis Page

Ring in Some Good Changes with FDAMH!

Volunteer Poster

Tag: FDAMH, Local News, Volunteering
28/12/2015 at 3:15 pm

Consultation on Health and Social Care Integration

Please take the opportunity to have your say on Integration in Falkirk.

Integration of health and social care is the Scottish Government’s programme of reform to improve services for people who use adult health and social care services. It aims to ensure that health and social care provision across Scotland is more joined-up and seamless, especially for people with long term conditions and disabilities.

Your thoughts and views are wanted on the Draft Strategic Plan which sets out how services will be delivered across the Falkirk area over the next three years.

This is your opportunity to influence the way local health and social care services are developed and delivered. We at FDAMH are keen to encourage you to take part and get your views across.

You can find out more and access the survey from Falkirk Council’s website. You may also email comments to or phone 01324 504021.

Tag: Local News, User Involvement & Consultation
02/12/2015 at 6:55 pm