News – Local Services

New Service from Forth Valley Advocacy – Support through PIP & ESA

Forth Valley Advocacy have launched a new service offering advocacy support to people going through the PIP and ESA assessment processes. Ian Dunsmore is the new worker taking on this role and here he explains what his post is about:

“I am a benefits assessment advocacy worker. I am part of an independent and free service that works for vulnerable people. Essentially, my job is to attend disability benefit assessments with clients, while making sure that they are educated on the assessment and are supported throughout the process. As an advocacy worker, I can also speak during assessments when required, to make sure clients are treated as fairly as possible, and can also prompt them to speak if they have forgotten to mention any details of their condition.

I hope to make the often degrading process of benefits assessments as painless as possible for people with mental health issues, learning difficulties or persons aged 65 and over, and will ultimately attempt to help people receive the benefits they deserve.

If you think that you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please don’t hesitate to contact me, as I want to help as many people as I can!”

Many thanks to Ian for popping out to FDAMH to explain his role to our staff. If you feel Ian could be of assistance, you can contact Ian on his mobile — 07812 666413 (text or call) or by calling the Forth Valley Advocacy Office on 01324 574301.

Tag: Benefits, Local Services
01/07/2015 at 11:49 am

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

A fabulous time Branching Out

A group of service users have been enthusiastically connecting with the natural world in a series of outdoor activities in the woodland surrounding Forth Valley Royal thanks to the Branching Out programme. From bushcrafts to tai chi, the group have enjoyed getting active, learning lots of new skills and having an awful lot of fun! Congratulations to everyone who attended – they all received a John Muir Award too! And many thanks to Gordon Harper, project leader for giving everyone such a positive experience. Gordon will be running another group shortly. These groups are aimed at people who use mental health services and if you are interested in joining in please speak to Robert at FDAMH or you can find out more about Branching out here

Tag: Drop-In, Local Services
29/07/2014 at 8:05 am

Carefree This Summer

Carefree is a course specially developed for young carers to give them skills that will help them cope with their role. Please get in touch with Falkirk Foundation or Neil Sowerby at FDAMH to find out more.

carefree flyer 2014


Tag: Local Services
27/06/2014 at 9:53 am

Get in touch if you’d like to Branch Out

A group of service users are currently taking part in the Branching Out programme in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital, enjoying guided woodland activities for people with experience of mental health problems. Such has been the success of the project and the very positive response of those taking part, that we are looking for people currently using services at FDAMH who would be interested in signing up for another Branching Out programme.

The ‘Branching Out’ programme offers regular activities in a woodland setting, including nature conservation, art, exercise and relaxation, over a twelve-week period for three hours per week. This can improve mental well-being and physical health, offer new skills and provide opportunities for socialising.

The programme is delivered in Forth Valley by Forestry Commission Scotland and NHS Forth Valley, with support from Forth Valley College. If you would be interested in joining in please ask to speak to Robert or Susan (our Drop-In team). Susan has been attending with the current group (and loving every minute) and will be able to tell you all about it!

Tag: Activities, Drop-In, Events, FDAMH, Local News, Local Services, Mental Health
12/05/2014 at 9:56 am