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March 2019

Easter Holidays
All services at FDAMH will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday - 19th and 22nd April.


Important Changes to Drop-In

FDAMH's Mental Health and Wellbeing Drop-In Service is changing! The service, which is changing it's name to Central Spark, will come under the umbrella of FDAMH's thriving Social Spark Service so that we can offer a more beneficial range of pathways and progression for people using both services.

For those who are already familiar with Social Spark and FDAMH, you know that we are constantly monitoring and evaluating our services. We look for ways to improve service provision and adapt services to meet changing needs or demands and make best use of all our resources.
Central Spark will offer a new starting point for people who may not be ready to participate in the wide-variety of community-based social contact groups currently offered within the Social Spark service. By attending Central Spark people will be able to come into our centre for up to 4 half days each week. Each person will work closely with the Central Spark's new Recovery Worker on their individual Personal Development Plan, ensuring that people are moving forward in their recovery and pursuing goals that they've identified as important to them. Whilst attending Central Spark people will have access to a range of helpful activities and psychoeducational courses and the service allows people to meet others and begin the process of getting back out there into the community with developing confidence and renewed self-esteem and self-worth.

If you have any questions about the new service, please contact Michele Reap, Social Spark Manager.

Look Out for our High Street Allotment

In partnership with Bellsdyke Hospital, we have taken on one of Forth Enviroment Link’s "Pocket Allotments" in Falkirk High Street. Our volunteer gardeners have cleared the weeds and made initial plantings of shrubs, bulbs, primroses, pansies and lavenders. Look out for our Contorted Hazel depicting the twists and turns of life and Witch Hazel, flowering brightly in early spring, a sign of better times to come. We hope you enjoy our allotment as it grows!

New furnishing for our Activity Space

Many thanks to the Percy Bilton fund for a grant which has enabled us to replace old, worn furniture with comfy new chairs and stylish coffee tables.


Social Prescribing


Extending Support Options with Courses

As part of their role, our Mental Wellbeing Recovery Practitioners traditionally do a lot of one-to-one work with people to teach them skills to improve their wellbeing and help them cope better with their day-to-day lives.

In addition to this support we are now offering small group courses to people referred within FDAMH to cover subjects in detail and learn together in a supportive environment. Courses available are Seasons for Growth (courses to cope with loss and grief), Improving Self Esteem and Communications, Positive Wellbeing and Anxiety Management Courses.

Family Support

Carers Education Course Starts 26th March

Education Course for Relatives, Partners and Friends of those with a mental health problem
A course to help friends and family cope with what can be a confusing and stressful time, will be starting on Tuesday 26th March 2019 from 6.30-8.30pm at FDAMH. The course will cover topics such as managing stress and how best to support and communicate with someone in distress.
Anyone interested should contact the Family & Carers Project at FDAMH by calling 01324 671600 or emailing Neil Sowerby.

Concert for Caring

The ALLIANCE are organising a reception and Concert for Caring on Saturday 6th April 2019 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. This concert is specifically aimed at celebrating carers and caring.

The pre-concert reception will begin at 5pm. It will include speakers from caring organisations, as well as welcome refreshments and snacks for everyone in a attendance. This will be followed by the Concert for Caring which will kick off at 7:45pm. HIPSWAY will be headlining on the night, with support from Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5.
Please let us know if you wish to attednd via email to Please note tickets are limited and on a first come first served basis.
 Proposed Timings
  • 16.30: Guest Reception Doors Open
  • 17.00: Guest Reception
  • 17.45 – 18.15: Welcome and Thank You Speeches (Agenda Times TBC)
  • 19.00: Public Doors Open
  • 19.45 – 10.30: A Concert for Caring

Carers (Scotland) Act

Carers and young carers in Scotland provide invaluable support to the family, friends and neighbours that they care for. The Scottish Government recognises the importance of supporting carers and young carers to remain in their caring roles and to be able to lead a life alongside their caring responsibilities.

The Act is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. Measures include:
  • a duty for local authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria
  • a specific adult carer support plan (ACSP) and young carer statement (YCS) to identify carers’ needs and personal outcomes
  • a requirement for local authorities to have an information and advice service for carers which provides information and advice on, among other things, emergency and future care planning, advocacy, income maximisation and carers’ rights
  • a requirement for the responsible local authority to consider whether that support should be provided in the form of a break from caring and the desirability of breaks from caring provided on a planned basis.

Support from Carers Scotland

Carers Scotland is the Scottish office of Carers UK. It is a charity led by carers, for carers – its mission is to make life better for carers. For practical advice and information about caring, or email and

The Carers UK Forum is an online community of carers and is available to carers, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Volunteers Get Together

We had our first volunteer event of the year last month when we had a Scottish themed evening with dinner and a quiz! We think it's great for our volunteers to get together, so many thanks to all of you who joined us and made it such a lovely evening.


Please help us to keep changing and saving lives


Our volunteers play a vital role in helping us to deliver services. If you'd like to find out about current volunteering opportunities please pop along to our website.


School Students

Once again we'd like to thank School Students from across the area participating in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) for the support they've shown to FDAMH. We've been so impressed with their enthusiasm and amazing presentations and are very grateful for the donations their efforts have generated for FDAMH.

Community Events

Thank you to Linzi Gallagher for organising a very successful fundraising event at The Calendar Arms featuring our frequent supporters The Media Whores.

Envy Gowns will be celebrating their 10th Birthday with a FDAMH Charity Ball at Beancross Hotel on Friday 26th of April! Find out more on Facebook.

National Lottery

FDAMH is very pleased to have been the recipient of a National Lottery Community Fund award to help us commence work on investigating a new building for FDAMH.

Many thanks to everyone who has made donations or organised fundraising events in recent months.

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Smiling Mind

If you'd like to give Mindful Meditation a try this Australian organisation offers a completely free Mindfulness App. You can download the app from the Smiling Mind website and it includes programs designed for different age groups as young as 7 years old.
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FDAMH is known as Falkirk's Mental Health Association.
Our registered name is Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health.
Registered Scottish Charity: SC011889
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