Award Shortlist for FEAT

FEAT Journey to Work

Published: Tuesday 06 Dec 2016 by Fife Employment Access Trust

Fife Employment Access Trust have reached the final shortlist of the prestigious Glaxo Smith Kline Impact Awards.  The awards 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.

To reach the final shortlist of just 20 UK-based organisations, FEAT had to come through an application process, three rounds of shortlisting and a full-day assessment covering innovaton, management, partnership, achievement, community focus and targeting need.  We are proud to say we’re the first Fife charity to reach this stage of the awards in the full 20 years they’ve been running and are one of just 2 Scottish charities to make the final this year.  Over 400 charities entered the awards this year.

In January, a panel of judges meet to select the top 10 winners and 10 runners-up.  Each winner receives £30,000 in unrestricted funding, an intensive 3-day training and development programme and the opportunity to join the GSK Impact Awards network.  A film is made about their work and they are provided with support materials to help promote themselves.  An overall winner receives an additional £10,000.

Duncan Mitchell, FEAT’s General Manager, says, “Making the final shortlist is a real testament to the excellent and specialist work our staff do every day to help people with significant mental health conditions to better manage their conditions and reach their aspirations – whether that be employment or something else.  It truly is an honour to be recognised in this way, and whether we end up as a winner or a runner-up, this is a huge boost to everyone connected with FEAT.”

This recognition comes on the back of a year of success in 2016 for FEAT - being named Recruiter Magazine’s Charity of the Year, TSB Glenrothes’ Local Charity Partner and scooping the Fife Voluntary Sector Award for Partnership for the 2nd time in 3 years.  The charity are also celebrating recent funding awards from the Volant Trust, Barcapel Foundation, One Stop Stores and Santander towards service provision for next year.  However, Duncan warns, “Despite all the achievements this year, and in past years, we are still short of our funding targets to continue all of our existing work into next year.  The GSK award will greatly help, but in these financially challenging times, we face a constant battle for survival despite increased demand for our services.”

Amongst FEAT’s portfolio of services is the acclaimed “Employ your Mind” project, which works with people with complex, severe and enduring mental health conditions and utilises the innovative computerised cognitive remediation therapy (CRT).  CRT is an emerging therapy that helps people to overcome problems with memory, attention, concentration and problem solving using computer games.  FEAT led Scotland’s first-ever CRT conference in Fife in 2016 and were described by Dr Clare Reeder, author and researcher of CRT, as having the most well established programme of its kind in the world.

FEAT are also a partner and host of the Fife IPS Service (Individual Placement & Support) which is a job-focused programme for those with severe mental health conditions, and an ideal route for those who graduate from Employ your Mind to move into paid work.  The Fife service has been running since April 2015, but is already ranked as the No. 1 IPS provision in Scotland following an external assessment this year.  FEAT also provide mental health specialism to the Fife Employment & Training Consortium – a partnership of 7 Fife-based employability services – and continue to run mindfulness courses across the Kingdom.  FEAT have traditionally worked with adults, however also now provide services to young people accessing Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services.  In addition, the charity oversees its subsidiary company in developing plans to regenerate Silverburn Park in Leven with a combination of community and commercial activities – likely to begin with a campsite facility in the park next year.

Duncan adds, “We’ve certainly got a lot going on, none of it would be possible without the huge contribution of staff, board members and volunteers, who add so much value to our work which directly helps around 500 heavily disadvantaged people each year to flourish for the rest of their lives.”

The full shortlist is available at https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/gsk-impact-awards/shortlist-announced-2017-gsk-impact-awards

 

Duncan Mitchell
Fife Employment Access Trust
6-7 Hanover Court
North Street
Glenrothes
KY7 5SB
Tel 01592 759371
www.feat.org.uk

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