EYM is an innovative project run in partnership between Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) and Fife Health & Social Care Mental Health Services.
The programme aims to assist people who have a severe and enduring mental health condition and who have experienced long term psychiatric care to consider their long term future outside this environment.
We prepare students, over a period of 6-months, with a combination of psychiatric, cognitive and soft skills to be better placed to make informed choices within the support frameworks available to them.
EYM has 4 phases of 6-weeks and is delivered at FEAT's offices in Glenrothes, but also in community venues across Fife. By the end of EYM successful students enter new horizons linked to their future wellbeing including leisure, volunteering and work related activities. Our wide range of funders contribute towards Employ your Mind for adults (18+) with severe and enduring mental health conditions and young people aged 15-18 who may have uncertainty about their diagnosis, however are experiencing severe mental health issues.
The programme has attracted international interest and WISE Employment in Melbourne, Australia, have replicated EYM down under, with our training and support. A key component of the success of the programme has been embedding cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) within each phase, an evidence-based therapy that uses games as a way of developing strategies to overcome daily challenges and difficulties.
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.
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.
IPS gets people into competitive employment first with training and support once in the job. The service is assessed externally each year and given a rating against a recognised "Fidelity Scale" for IPS and we are proud to be currently rated as "exemplary" - despite having just been established in April 2015. The European Social Fund contributes 45% of the total funding for the service.
As well as programmes for people considering employment, FEAT also deliver Relax Kids and mindfulness-based activities within nurseries, primary and secondary schools across Fife - giving young people the opportunity to learn a strategy to cope with future life events and challenges, be more resilient and look after their mental health and wellbeing.
Our programme is part of a wider "Our Minds Matter" framework in Fife education services, promoting better wellbeing for students, staff and parents.
FEAT are piloting a Peer Support programme - recognising the voice of lived experience can be a great benefit to others. Participants tend to be former FEAT service users, undergoing training in peer support and then gaining opportunities to volunteer and support our staff team deliver the range of programmes above. Unfortunately, this programme is currently time-limited due to funding and we are not taking referrals at present.
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 are seeking volunteers to assist with a growing project and general estate maintenance.
Visit the dedicated website for further information.
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 in Dorset and Melbourne 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.
We also provide mindfulness tasters and/or 8-week courses to organisations which has proved to be increasingly popular - contact us for further details.
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WINNER: the Centre for Social Justice Awards 2019 in the Work Category
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
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