Employ your Mind Fife Employment Access Trust

Fife Employment Access Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC022263

We support people with mental health conditions to better self-manage their conditions to enable participation in purposeful activities including employment. FEAT's vision is to enable and support individuals to reach their full positive mental wellbeing in a culture where there is no stigma.

Employing an inclusive, non-judgemental approach to prepare, support and empower people to flourish by managing their mental health for life - whatever life does, by:
• Working with others to eliminate the stigma on mental health in the workplace and communities
• Providing service users with strategies and tools to improve their resilience and employability
• Creating safe, nurturing, supportive and compassionate environments to encourage personal growth
• Developing strategic partnerships with complementary and diverse organisations that share our vision
• Supporting the welfare and continuous professional development of staff and volunteers so they may continue to provide exceptional services

  • From 3rd April 2017 to 30th March 2018
  • Award: £7,317 via Call 4
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Project plan

Project description

They wish to improve their digital skills training and support with a view to embedding this approach within their existing "Employ your Mind" programme. The wider programme is partnership employability service between FEAT and NHS Fife mental health occupational therapy and psychology services. The service involves a combination of psychiatric treatment, core skills training, employability training and cognitive remediation therapy (CRT). The students also get the opportunity to complete a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level three Steps to Work. They wish to deliver additional sessions and drop-ins to particularly focus on improving digital skills for those participants that are lacking the basics, and proving to be another barrier in addition to their mental health illnesses to overcoming challenges in their daily lives. They also wish to develop a digital training resource guide that can be used by other staff across all of FEAT's projects. The project will be delivered in Glenrothes.

Project milestones

Phase 1

03/04/2017 Learning Coach appointed to lead programme

Phase 2

31/03/2018 40 weekly sessions delivered and evaluated

Phase 3

31/03/2018 40 drop-in sessions delivered and evaluated

Phase 4

31/10/2017 Wider staff team trained in specific delivery of digital skills upskilling programme

Evaluation

Updates

A Learning Coach has been assigned to the role and we have looked at how we develop and implement the digital skills framework within the Employ Your Mind Project. We have successfully been delivering digital sessions in keeping with the five digital skills area; focussing on improving our students' skills, as well as upskilling staff.

We have also examined how we are going to track our progress and have developed some internal systems for monitoring, tracking and sharing our progress.

FEAT are continuing to develop and enhance our students digital skills through a variety of computer exercises e.g. web search, exploring further education, creating CVs, completing application forms, exploring different job opportunities and others. We have worked with over 25 students in almost 200 sessions. As an organisation we are always trying to improve our own digital skills through exploring new software and joining a variety of online courses.

FEAT are continuing to upskill our student's digital skills through our employability and personal development projects. We have supported over 40 students in 230 sessions and have been building on basic digital skills such as using search engines and creating and using emails and learning how to store information. As an organisation we are now fully operating with Microsoft Cloud and using new online software to re-create marketing materials for our organisation and promotional events.

Employ your Mind is a self-management/employability course for people with severe and enduring mental health conditions. The course is delivered in partnership with NHS Fife clinicians over 6 months. The course is split in 4 phases and each phase concentrates on different aspects of personal development and employability. Participants work towards a recognised Scottish Vocational Qualification.
All of our students have experienced difficulties with their mental health, and most students have low levels of confidence and motivation. Some of the students have no basic digital skills, while others wish to improve theirs.
We delivered numerous group session around improving students digital skills in various ways, some of the activities involved:

  • Researching online information
  • Typing files in different format: word, power point, excel, publisher and others
  • Creating fliers/ leaflets/posters using online platforms
  • Creating CV and cover letters
  • Completing application forms
  • Using online software to improve on thinking skills, such as memory, concentration, attention, problem solving and others.
  • Others

Our digital work is delivered in partnership with: