Sign up now for the next Carers Education Course

Our popular Education Course for relatives, partners and friends of those with a mental health problem will run again in September.

The course aims to help friends and family cope with what can be a confusing and stressful time. It will start on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 from 6.30-8.30pm at FDAMH and run weekly for 7 weeks.

The course will cover topics such as managing stress and how best to support and communicate with someone in distress.

The lastest course evaluation provides real insight into what benefits people achieve by taking part.

Anyone interested should contact the Family & Carers Support Service at FDAMH by calling 01324 671600 or emailing Neil Sowerby.

Course Poster

Tag: Family/Carers Support
31/05/2019 at 3:18 pm

Welcome Cafe

Have you seen our Welcome Cafe campaign? The campaign is aimed at reducing isolation and loneliness by providing a table top sign at cafes that can be placed on the table if a person is happy to have someone join them.

We are thrilled with the amount of local cafes and companies who have signed up to take part and hope that many more will participate and encourage people to have a friendly blether.

So next time you’re out on your own why not look for a ‘Welcome Cafe’? And if you’re a cafe owner then just get in touch with Jim Thompson at FDAMH to find out more!

31/05/2019 at 3:03 pm

Insight into Social Spark

The Social Spark Service has been growing day-by-day since our last update! We have even more social contact and activity groups on the go with more to come in the near future. Thanks must go to our great team of volunteers for helping us to achieve this!

Our fabulous groups now include…
• Monthly Cinema Group
• Creative Writing Group
• Pool Group
• Creative Women’s Group
• Fishing Group
• Young Women’s Group
• Plus Five Tea and a Blether Groups

The Social Spark are also able to offer one-to-one befriending and a buddy scheme, this service is for people who may need more input from the service to help build up confidence and can be offered for a little as one month up to at the most one year.

The evolution of Health and Wellbeing Drop-In into The Central Spark is now fully up and running. This service can be accessed by referring to Social Spark. Based at our centre on Victoria Road, the Central Spark is for people who do not have the confidence to join one of our many community-based groups and is focussed on helping people to reach a point where they are able to do this or access other groups in the wider community.

We work with all Central Spark clients on a Personal Development Plan to establish what the person would like to achieve by coming to the service and to decide on attendance times. Within Central Spark we will then work with them to help achieve their identified goal, supported by access to our psychoeducational courses including Positive Wellbeing, Self Esteem and Communication and Seasons for Growth.

As a person’s confidence builds we can then look at what groups they can access either through Social Spark or within the wider community. When the person has joined another group, the time spent in Central Spark is either reduced or will come to an end.

If you’d like to find out more about what The Social Spark has to offer pop along to our webpage from the Services menu.

Tag: Befriending
24/05/2019 at 2:22 pm

Update on the Freedom of Mind Choir

The Freedom of Mind Choir started life as one of FDAMH’s activity groups. It has been so loved and successful that it has now spread its wings to become a fully fledged, independent Community Choir! This means the Choir is now open to any adults in the Community, so if you’re interested in finding your voice you can get a taster at their upcoming open day on Sunday 2nd June, 2-4pm at Tamfourhill Community Hub. Just pop along or get in touch with the Choir Manager, Emily Simpson, by emailing
Freedom of Mind Open Day Poster

Tag: Local Services
24/05/2019 at 9:02 am

Join our Family Support Team

We’re delighted to be looking for an Adult Carer Support Officer to expand our Family and Carers Support team! Find out more by visiting our jobs page.
Applications close on 30th May 2019.

Tag: Family/Carers Support, FDAMH
15/05/2019 at 11:33 am