EYM is a practical and flexible course that helps individuals think about their future goals and provides the opportunity to:
The Fife IPS project is a proven way of helping people, who have a complex mental health condition and want to work, find and sustain employment.
Aimed at people with severe and enduring mental health conditions who genuinely want to gain paid employment. Dedicated 1-1 support from an Employment Specialist enables participants to focus on applying for work in roles that they are interested in - rather than just finding any job.
Journey to Work is available to anyone with a mental health issue and comprises a range of courses with some 1-1 support to help people better self-manage their mental health and focus on gaining work. Participants don't need to take part in all of the elements of the programme, a plan will be created for each individual at the initial registration meeting, and reviewed regularly.
A range of volunteering opportunities exist with our programmes at Silverburn Park, Leven.
Whilst our long-term aim is to regenerate the whole Park and the former flax mill on site, in the lead-up to this we have established a successful cafe and campsite and we are seeking volunteers to assist with a growing project, general estate maintenance and organising and running events. Structured supported volunteering programme also available for adults with mental health conditions.
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If you have a mental health problem it can often affect your memory. It may also influence your ability to think clearly, especially when it comes to performing everyday tasks. Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) is designed to improve memory and boost thinking power, which can give you back your confidence so that you can be more active. This could take the form of returning or starting work, whether it’s paid or unpaid. Or you may want to embark on further education or simply become more independent in your daily routine.
We deliver a range of bespoke mental health related training and consultancy to employers across the world. As well as Fife-based employers, we have delivered training as far afield as Australia in the past year - contact us to learn more.
CRT training is available to health and employability organisations interested in embedding this into their work - get in touch to discuss your requirements.
With Covid19 restrictions hampering our delivery during much of 2020-21, we have adapted the "Employ your Mind" programme to be run fully outdoors and piloting the new provision with veterans from 2021.
Base camp for the new initiative will be Silverburn Park and thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust we will run a total of 4 groups over an 18-month period.
We're working in partnership with Veterans F1rst Point in Fife who will refer veterans into the service. Needless to say, being based outdoors means the activities will include horticulture and conservation, however we will embed cognitive remediation therapy and other key elements of the Employ your Mind framework.
Support from the Veterans' Foundation has enabled the programme to run through to the end of 2022.
We are also looking at other opportunities to run the programme for civilians as well, so watch this space if you're interested in getting involved
in the future!
Starting in March 2022 we will be offering a series of mindfulness-based stress resilience 6-week courses.
The programme is a combination of short informal talks and practical exercises in a group setting supported by an experienced mindfulness teacher. Upon completion of the programme participants will have a greater understanding of the effects of stress on mind and body & have experience of exercises that will enable them to become more resilient. Topics include:
• What stress is and its effects on the mind and body
• Why our minds are always busy
• How we can settle the mind
: • Awareness of how our minds work
• How our emotions are regulated
• Checking out nourishing & depleting activities in our lives
• How we can be kinder to others and ourselves
• Looking at pleasant and unpleasant events
• How our thoughts, emotions, sensations & behaviour interact with one another
Courses will run in March, June, August & October 2022
We have contracted the team from Falling UP to deliver a weekly programme of team-building and creativity skills from our base in Silverburn Park, starting March 2022.
The programme involves participants working together to build sculptures from natural materials found around Silverburn Park. The adjacent Fife Coastal Path also provides a rich source of sand, flotsam and jetsam, driftwood and seashells.
The primary communal activity will lead to the construction of life-sized animal and figure sculptures using found materials in an ecologically respectful working process. The secondary activity will engage groups as individual participants in traditional art workshops within both environments.
The educational framework for these workshops is the art & design process model, in which participants will be informally tutored in ideas development, creativity skills and art techniques within each of the above activity types.
The team also have an indoor base in West Fife that is available to participants.
Silverburn Flax Mill, established by the Russell family in the 1850’s, is set to become a hub of the community. The Multi-million pound renovation will offer a café and restaurant, arts and crafts studios, gift shop, event spaces, backpackers’ hostel and more.
The Activity Plan sits alongside the redevelopment and sets out how we will involve the local community in the restoration & redevelopment of the Mill.
Activities will include mini-builders sessions for young families, college placements, hard hat tours of the Mill and STEM workshops for schools amongst many others. We will see the development of a flax group who will grow and process flax at Silverburn for the first time in over 100 years, recapturing the Mill’s rich history and bringing it to life.
The aims for the activities are to place the community at the heart of the project, actively engaging with people in the most deprived areas of Levenmouth, young people and those people experiencing mental health issues.
FEAT began a partnership with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to deliver a series of community and environmental improvements to Kincardine and the surrounding area in January 2020.
A Project Leader headed up a team of Community Maintenance Assistants who were focused on sprucing up Kincardine, whilst also engaging a wide range of accredited training to support their ongoing employment prospects. The project was only anticipated to run as a 12-month pilot, however with service delivery affected by Covid-19, an extension was granted through to March 2022, thanks to ongoing support from Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
By January 2022, all six of the community maintenance assistants had secured long-term employment elsewhere thanks to their new skills and qualifications and the project is now closed. However, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust are replicating this programme elsewhere in Scotland based on the positive experiences of the FEAT pilot.
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WINNER: AYANAY PSYCHOLOGICAL ACCREDITATION Ethical & Psychological 20:20 Vision Awards
WINNER: FIFE BUSINESS DIVERSITY AWARDS 2021
WINNER: SME NEWS UK ENTERPRISE AWARDS : Most Dedicated Mental Health Employment Services Charity 2020
WINNER: the Centre for Social Justice Awards 2019 in the Work Category
FINALIST IN THE 2021 SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SCOTLAND AWARDS
FINALIST in the scottish charity awards terrific trustee (Brian robertson) category 2020
Finalist in the 2019 Fife Business Awards in the Excellence in Creativity and Innovation Category
Finalist in Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards 2018 for Best Community Group & IN 2021 IN THE MARY LEISHMAN AWARD CATEGORY
Recruiter Magazine UK Charity of the Year 2016 : Fife Voluntary Sector Award Winner for Partnerships 2014 & 2016;
Runner-up Herald Society Awards 2014; Runner-up GlaxoSmithKline Impact Awards 2017
Healthy Working Lives : Bronze Medal Holders
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