The Secretary for Scotland has praised the efforts of a local mental health charity, which carries out much of its work in Levenmouth.
Alistair Carmichael MP met with representatives from Fife Employment Access Trust to find out about the vital work the group is doing to improve mental health and well-being across the whole of Fife.
He was keen to learn about the range of innovative work the charity has developed to support people with mental health conditions to improve and maintain their health and progress towards and into sustained employment.
During his visit, he heard directly from two of the service users, Marek Zieleniec - who now volunteers with FEAT - and Elaine Wilson, who takes up work as a Mindfulness Tutor next month.
Mr Carmichael said: “I was very pleased to visit FEAT. Through their schemes such as the ‘Journey to Work’ programme it is clear that they have been a strong voice and are playing a key role in raising awareness of mental health issues in the workplace.
“FEAT has benefited from European Structural Funds to aid their excellent work. These funds play an important role in boosting enterprise, innovation, entrepreneurship and skills to strengthen local economies and promote long term growth in Scotland. As part of the UK, Scotland will receive funding of £740m in European Structural Funds from 2014-2020 to help many more projects in Fife and across the rest of Scotland.”
Duncan Mitchell, manager at FEAT, added: “Whatever your politics are it is always an honour to have your work recognised by influential people and it was clear that Mr Carmichael took a great deal of learning away about techniques and strategies we use to support people with mental health conditions.”
After being awarded exclusivity to develop plans to turn around Silverburn Park, FEAT will now present all of its ideas to Levenmouth councillors at the local area committee meeting at the end of May. As noted last month, the team has been working hard over the winter to develop the plans, which include completely refurbishing the former Flax Mill into a hub for eco-tourism, with a cafe, hostel, meeting spaces, growing space and camping outside.