A Glenrothes based mental health charity has been awarded £687,090 from the Big Lottery’s ‘Investing in Communities Fund’.
Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) will use the money to fund a unique five year project in collaboration with NHS Fife Psychiatric services. The ‘Employ Your Mind’ scheme will begin in June, identifying and assisting clients within the three main psychiatric hospitals - to start working towards supported employment opportunities before they are discharged.
Duncan Mitchell, FEAT General Manager, said: “Everyone connected with FEAT is delighted at this award.
“Numerous studies over many years have shown a consistent pattern – people with disabilities have high unemployment rates and people with serious mental illnesses have a substantially higher unemployment rate than those of any group with disabilities.
“Through our core work over the past few years, we identified a clear gap in the delivery of employability support services to inpatients and outpatients of Fife’s three psychiatric hospitals.”
The award from Big Lottery secures the future of staff, expands the charity’s work and will also see FEAT move to bigger and more suitable premises in central Glenrothes.