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FDAMH’s New Mosaic Unveiled

FDAMH’s latest piece of artwork was unveiled by our good friend Provost Pat Reid last week. A key feature of FDAMH’s building over the last few years has been the large mosaic of our logo, situated in the foyer. Since we have recently adopted a new logo for FDAMH, it seemed only right to update our mosaic, too.

Mosaic1One of our current students on placement, Natalie Bradley, was looking to initiate and lead a group project. Always one to take on a challenge, Natalie taught herself the basics of mosaic and rallied up a small band of keen, creative, service users: Jackie Mercer, Steven McCrystal, Gordon Brown and Carol Aird. Their first job was to approach local tiling businesses to ask if they would donate the materials needed, managing to secure enough grout to mosaic Forth Valley. Many thanks to all of the businesses that contributed: Rembrand Timber at Bankside Industrial Estate; Rubix Tiling in Stenhousemuir; and Brian Rodger at Alba Project Management, Falkirk.

Every Friday afternoon, over tea and biccies, Natalie and the team worked hard to draw the new logo design, break up the tiles, mix up the grout and carefully place the glass tiles in place. Slowly, week by week, we watched the new logo appear.

The beautiful finished piece was celebrated when Provost Pat Reid, who had been involved in the selection of our new logo, came to unveil the work. Joining the Provost in unveiling the work were local businesses that had contributed materials, as well as Natalie’s college lecturers and her class, all of whom had donated their pennies to help buy us the glass tiles needed.

Mosaic2It became clear that everyone was very impressed with the mosaic, especially the boys from Rubix, who were amazed at what the team had achieved. Natalie’s tutors from Forth Valley College were particularly impressed with her project. Natalie is able to use the experience as the basis for some of her college work, so we’re hoping she gets an A+ for her grade!

Everyone at FDAMH would like to say a huge thank you to Natalie for all her hard work, enthusiasm and creative flair that she brought to the project. We now have an eye-catching and beautiful new piece of art in our foyer that helps to bring a warm welcome to all as they come into the building. It was her first foray into mosaic and what a fantastic job she did. She also knew the first rule of group project work — GET THE BISCUITS IN!

Make sure you take time to admire our new mosaic when you’re next in!

Tag: FDAMH
20/05/2014 at 1:06 pm


Projects Report 2013/14 – Now Available!

Our Projects’ Report for 2013 to 2014 is now available. This provides detailed reporting on the valuable and extensive work that each of our projects has been doing in the past year. Once again there has been a large increase in demand for the services that we offer, however the report demonstrates that we have continued to innovate and develop new models of working, and indeed new projects, to help respond to the needs of people accessing our services. We would like to thank all of our supporters and particularly our volunteers, without whom the work we deliver would not be possible.
Download Projects’ Report

Tag: Befriending, Benefits, Counselling, Drop-In, FDAMH, Link/Social Prescribing Service, Support Groups, Volunteering
19/05/2014 at 8:03 pm


Share your FDAMH memories

Thanks to Heritage funding, Ian Scott, a local historian, is creating a book that will map the history of FDAMH. Ian would be delighted to meet any existing or previous service users who were involved with FDAMH in its earlier years or who have a fairly long connection with the organisation. This informal meeting will allow people to share their memories and experiences. The meeting takes place on Friday 23rd May at the Victoria Centre at 1pm and if you have memories to share and would like to come along please just drop by – or for more information get in touch with Stuart McCallum at FDAMH.

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14/05/2014 at 2:17 pm


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


Counselling Service Re-opens to Referrals

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting referrals for free counselling at FDAMH for all adults aged 16 and over. We had taken the decision to close our waiting list some weeks ago due to the unacceptable waiting times people were facing. Fortunately, additional funding, has meant that we have been able to continue to accept referrals for those aged 16 to 24 throughout this time. The cessation of referrals to those out with this age group has allowed us to target our resources at getting more of the people still waiting for counselling seen. With the waiting list now substantially reduced we are now able to begin accepting new referrals. Referrals should be made in the same way as before. To make a referral please visit our Counselling Page.

Tag: Counselling, FDAMH
06/05/2014 at 10:48 am