FEAT nominated for Co-op Local Fund support


FEAT are keen to develop the "Pole to Pole" project, having run a pilot during March and April 2017 and we've been supported by the Co-op in our quest for funding to run more of these courses.  Pole to Pole is a new approach for people with mental health problems, and those who support them such as friends, family or carers. It focuses on exploring experience of mental health difficulties and communicating this with important people in your life. Pole to Pole will be delivered over 3 sessions and a resource pack is included for each participant. The resource pack backs up the learning in the sessions and includes a map to explore how we are in different situations and mood states; a guide to identify what is important to us and provides a direction for us to travel in future; the travelog booklet contains smaller versions of the map and guide to track our moods and values over time; the itinerary is a quick reference booklet to help remind us what we've learned in the sessions.  To help us raise funds via the Co-op, visit their website, many thanks!


FEAT named as runner-up in prestigious awards


FEAT are proud to announce we've been confirmed as a runner-up in the GlaxoSmithKline Impact Awards for 2017.

The GSK IMPACT Awards have been running since 1997 and are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. They are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.

Over 400 applicants from across the UK entered this year, so it is a tremendous boost to be included in the "podium". As a runner-up, we also receive a donation of £3,000 towards our work.

Lisa Weaks, Head of Third Sector at the King's Fund, says "To have been shortlisted is our recognition of your important work in your field, and to be named a runner-up is an enormous achievement."

Go FEAT!!


New EMPLOY YOUR MIND courses are in the diary...


Our next 3 Employ your Mind courses are in the diary, if you or someone you, know wants further information, get in touch! You can download the form here


















Training: Cognitive Remediation Therapy in Mental Health 


​​Cognitive Remediation Therapy is a behavioural training based intervention that aims to improve cognitive process with the overall aim to improve functioning in everyday activities. It is a B Grade Recommended Therapy In the SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) Guidelines for Schizophrenia, and there is a growing body of evidence for it’s effectiveness in other disorders too. It is particularly effective when embedded within a wider psychosocial programme. This two day training will include; the evidence base and rationale for CRT, practical CRT sessions (using computerised programmes, paper and group), setting CogSmart Goals, how to facilitate CRT sessions, Bridging and Transferring CRT strategies to improve functioning and how to set up a CRT Service. 


Venue: Education Centre, Queen Margaret Hospital Education Centre
Date: Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd  March 2017
Time: 09.30am – 4.00pm


Flyer: Download

Booking Form: Download


For more information, please contact us



VACANCY WITHIN FIFE IPS SERVICE


We have a vacancy with the Fife IPS (Individual Placement and Support) Service and are open for applications.

The Fife IPS Partnership is seeking an Employment Specialist using the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach, working in partnership with Fife Employment Access Trust, NHS Fife, Department of Work & Pensions and Capability Scotland, and with clients with severe and enduring mental health problems across Fife.

This is an innovative project which started in April 2015 and is funded currently to 31st December 2018 by Opportunities Fife and the European Social Investment Fund.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced or newly qualified Occupational Therapist with an interest in this area of speciality.

Employment Specialist (IPS)

35 hours per week, £21,818 - 25,291 per annum (equivalent to NHS Band 5)

The successful candidate will proactively manage a caseload of individuals who have experienced mental health problems who are unemployed and/or currently off work. You will deliver the Individualised Placement and Support (IPS) approach evidence-based model of vocational rehabilitation for people with enduring mental health problems. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the individual, NHS Fife, Fife Council, GPs, employers, colleges, Job Centre Plus and Occupational Health to enable individuals to gain and retain employment.

You will be part of an enthusiastic dynamic team offering an inclusive, non-judgmental approach to support, and empower people to flourish by managing their mental health for life.

Application packs are available from by e-mail to feat@journeytowork.co.uk or telephone 01592 759371.

The closing date for all applications is 25th November at 5 pm. Interviews will be held in early December with a view to start employment on 9th January 2017.




CAST A VOTE FOR SILVERBURN


Our subsidiary, FEAT Trading, is continuing to develop plans to regenerate Silverburn Park - more information about their progress is available at their website but if you can spare a minute, they are currently shortlisted for funding of up to £25,000 towards the Park in the Aviva Community Fund - the winners are largely decided by public vote though, so they need you to cast a vote for them here thank you!


​FEAT participant shares his experiences at the Bi-Polar Scotland Association Conference


This is Fraser Gorm speaking about his experience at the

Bi-Polar Scotland Association (17/09/16). Fraser’s CPN

referred him to FEAT to take the Mindfulness Based

Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course after he was diagnosed

with Bi-Polar during his studies at Glasgow University.

He explained how he uses the techniques and attitudes

that he learned on the Mindfulness course to work with

his condition and meet the demands of his life. After a

successful career in Amateur boxing spanning from

2007-2016, he is now in the process of preparing for

his first professional fight. 




Help FEAT win a mini-bus


We are asking for your help in the Courier's competition to win a mini-bus for a community group.  We need coupons from the paper (printed from 12 September to early November 2016) to enable us to enter the draw.  Further information is available here and you can drop in any coupons you have to our main office in Hanover Court, Glenrothes or into No 3 Cottage in Silverburn Estate.  Many thanks in advance! 


Job vacancies at FEAT and FEAT Trading:  (these advertisements are now closed)


An exciting part-time position (14 hours per week) within our Employ your Mind project has become vacant and we're looking for applications now, closing date of 12 September at noon.  Details are available here and you can also download the job specification and an application form and equal opportunities form


Our subsidiary, FEAT Trading CIC, is also recruiting for an Environmental Employability Project Officer - job specification and application form and equal opportunities form all available for download.


We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender and ethnic group, but as members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in our organisation we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


FEAT News : August 2016


FEAT staff were on the airwaves during August, featuring on Kingdom FM's Kingdom Action slot throughout the first week of the month:  You can listen again below:














FEAT News : June 2016


We are celebrating another award following the ceremony held on 1st June for the Fife Volunteering and Voluntary Sector Awards 2016.  FEAT won the Partnership award, recognising the work of ourselves and our many partners in innovating services.  This is the 2nd time in 3 years we have won this accolade.  We were also runners-up in the Organisation of the Year award and the Equality & Diversity award.  


However, to cap off a fine night, our trading subsidiary, FEAT Trading CIC, won the award in the Green/Environmental category for our efforts in regenerating Silverburn Estate.


Huge thanks to all of our partners, staff, funders and volunteers who have made this all possible.


FEAT News : May 2016


We are recruiting for 3 positions within the Fife IPS Service. 


We have a vacancy for a Team Lead/Project Co-ordinator, an Employment Specialist and a Learning Coach (Cognitive Remediation Therapy) using the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach, working in partnership with NHS Fife, Department of Work & Pensions and Capability Scotland, and with clients with severe and enduring mental health problems across Fife.

This is an innovative project which started in April 2015 and is funded currently to 31st December 2018 by Opportunities Fife and the European Social Investment Fund.

We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender and ethnic group, but as members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in our organisation we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


Team Leader/Project Co-ordinator (IPS)

35 hours per week £31,383-37,120 per annum to 31st March 2017, reducing to 21-28 hours per week subsequently (hours subject to funding)

The successful candidate may have an Occupational Therapy, Health or related background and will ideally be NIDMAR qualified.  You will drive the project forward and proactively manage a team of five Employment Specialists whilst also managing a small caseload of individuals who have experienced mental health problems who are unemployed and/or currently off work.  You will oversee the delivery of the Individual Placement and Support approach evidence-based model of vocational rehabilitation for people with mental health problems. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the individual, NHS Fife, Fife Council, GPs, Employers, Colleges, Job Centre Plus and Occupational Health to enable individuals to gain and retain employment.

You will lead an enthusiastic dynamic team offering an inclusive, non-judgmental approach to support, and empower people to flourish by managing their mental health for life. Candidates will be required to undergo a PVG check.

Employment Specialist (IPS)

35 hours per week, £21,818-25,291 per annum 

The successful candidate will proactively manage a caseload of individuals who have experienced mental health problems who are unemployed and/or currently off work. You will deliver the Individualised Placement and Support (IPS) approach evidence-based model of vocational rehabilitation for people with enduring mental health problems. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the individual, NHS Fife, Fife Council, GPs, employers, colleges, Job Centre Plus and Occupational Health to enable individuals to gain and retain employment.

You will be part of an enthusiastic dynamic team offering an inclusive, non-judgmental approach to support, and empower people to flourish by managing their mental health for life.

Learning Coach – Cognitive Remediation Therapy (IPS)

17.5 hours per week, £21,818-25,291 per annum (pro rata)

The successful candidate should have a good understanding of cognitive remediation therapy and experience in delivering individual or group behavioural based treatment interventions to those with complex, severe and enduring mental health conditions. The successful candidate will be confident delivering elements of FEAT’s accredited employability training programme, and developing new content.  Applicants should be knowledgeable about different approaches to treating cognitive deficits, how cognitive deficits can impact everyday functioning, and the factors that influence a positive response to cognitive remediation, as well as how cognitive remediation therapy can help gain and sustain employability.  An awareness of the current evidence-base and research outcomes would be an advantage.

All successful candidates will all be based in our offices in Glenrothes, though are also expected to carry out a proportion of work in various workplace settings, occasionally in psychiatric ward settings, with patients with psychosis, on a one-to-one basis. Candidates will be required to undergo a PVG check.

Application packs are available from
Good Moves or by e-mail to feat@journeytowork.co.uk or telephone 01592 759371. 

The closing date for all applications is 6th June at 12 noon.  Interviews will be held during week commencing 13th June for the Team Lead, Employment Specialist and for the Learning Coach.


FEAT News May 2016

Recruiter Charity of the Year


FEAT are proud to have been named Recruiter Magazine's UK Charity of

the Year for 2016/2017 after an online vote against charities from across

the British Isles.  


Recruiter's annual awards ceremony is respected as the benchmark within

the recruitment industry and profession. The UK’s most prestigious honours in recruitment recognise best practice and celebrate the great work and achievements in-house, agency teams, and individuals. The Recruiter Charity of the Year is selected for work in employability practice and receives proceeds from the magazine's fundraising activities throughout the year.

Recruiter Awards is the UK’s largest event for the whole recruitment community recognising best practice from agencies, in-house teams and also use of marketing & technology to successfully achieve objectives.

All at FEAT wish to thank you all for your votes to enable us to win this award, as usual we couldn't have done it without you!


FEAT News: April 2016


Bronze for FEAT


FEAT are celebrating having received confirmation of achieving the Bronze Award in the Healthy Working Lives programme.

The Award Programme supports employers and employees to develop health promotion and safety themes in the workplace in a practical, logical way, that's beneficial to all. We've spent time as a team over the past year running a series of in-house events and awareness-raising campaigns on a variety of health topics and a special thank you is due to our former staff member, Alans Klints, who organised and co-ordinated our programme to help us gain this award.

Further information about the programme is available at
here








 

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