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Vote Freedom of Mind Choir!

It’s so easy to vote for our choir in the National Lottery Good Causes public vote by:

  • Voting for Freedom of Mind Choir on the Lottery Good Causes Website: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/freedom-mind-choir
  • Tweeting or retweeting a post with the hashtag #NLAFreedomofMind
  • Phoning 0844 836 9691 (Calls cost 5p but please be advised that connection charges may be applied by some networks, so please check with your provider)

The members of FDAMH’s Freedom of Mind Choir are super excited to have made it into the final round of the National Lottery’s Good Causes Public Vote! They’ve sung their socks off to make it this far – so now it’s up to you to cast your precious vote for them!

FDAMH’s Freedom of Mind Choir is all about improving the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of the people who participate. It provides a fantastic outlet for people to forget their worries, socialise in a warm and friendly group, build their self-esteem and confidence and enjoy some really positive experiences. We think it’s great and we hope you do too!

Tag: Activities
27/06/2018 at 4:53 pm


New! Beating loneliness with The Social Spark

You may have noticed the appearance of ‘The Social Spark’ amongst our services!

The Social Spark has brought together two long standing services at FDAMH – Befriending and Third Age Befriending.

Thanks to three years of new funding from the Big Lottery, and with help from the Integrated Care Fund, we are now able to develop our traditional befriending services to provide an enhanced range of supports to people not only in Falkirk District but also further afield in other areas of Forth Valley.

The Social Spark is aimed at people aged 16 years and over who may be experiencing loneliness and isolation due to poor mental health. The service offers activity groups, small social contact groups and inter-generational groups along with our traditional one-to-one befriending and a buddy scheme.

Information regarding the full range of services which Social Spark provides can be found on The Social Spark page of our website.

The Social Spark team consist of: Michele Reap (Temporary Manager), Olivia Wilson (Coordinator) and Angie Bell (Assistant Coordinator).

The team say….
“We are very excited about our new service The Social Spark. Thanks to the funding from The Big Lottery and the Integrated Care Fund we will now be able to reach many more people who will be able to benefit from the services and hopefully become more engaged within their local community.”

If you have any questions about the changes to the Befriending and TAB services please get in touch with a member of The Social Spark team on 01324 671600.

Tag: Befriending
27/06/2018 at 4:31 pm


A year in FDAMH

If you’d like some real insight into the work of FDAMH our report on our last financial year is now available:

View ‘A year in FDAMH’

Our report includes:

  • Figures on the support we offered last year
  • People’s real experiences
  • Service updates and changes
  • Why we want to say ‘sorry’
  • Our top tips for taking care of your mental health

Annual Report Cover

Tag: FDAMH
27/06/2018 at 3:56 pm


New Beginnings with the Carers’ Education Course

“I am feeling happier and calmer. New beginnings!” was just one comment from a member of our most recent Carers Education Course which finished in May 2018.

FDAMH’s Carers Education Course has been running for many years now, helping people in vital caring roles to cope better with the daily pressures and difficulties of their role in caring for someone with a mental health issue. It delves into a range of topics to help find ways of dealing with stress and feelings of anger; cope with change; and support and communicate positively with the person they care for.

Comments from the latest course also include:

“I am returning to the old me, not hiding away, crying….there is a light at the end of the tunnel!”

“I understand how (the person I care for) is feeling, and how to help them more effectively”

“It’s powerful to hear other’s stories and share experiences.”

“People have commented on me being more relaxed.”

“I have become much more positive for the future”

View full Carers Education Course Evaluation report

Are you caring for someone? If you are interested in attending our Carers Education Course in the future please get in touch with Neil or Susan in our Family Support Service by calling 01324 671600. Our next course is likely to start in Autumn 2018.

Tag: Family/Carers Support
26/06/2018 at 11:22 am


Vacancy at FDAMH

Our super Finance Manager, Gail, is heading off to pursue her dreams! Unfortunately that leaves us with a vacancy, but maybe you’re just the right person for the job?

This fantastic opportunity is open to those with completed or partly-completed accountant qualifications. The position is full time, 35 hours per week, with a salary of £30,000 per annum. FDAMH offers excellent holidays and there may be the opportunity to do some working from home if desirable.

Our Finance Manager reports directly to the General Manager and the Board of Trustees. They will be responsible for the production of management accounts and day-to-day running of all organisational financial procedures and controls. Experience of charity accounting is essential.

The deadline for applications is Monday 2nd July.

Find out more

Tag: FDAMH
01/06/2018 at 3:25 pm