Fife Employment Access Trust
Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) was established in 1994 and has a wealth of experience in supporting individuals with mental health problems to take up work as well as working closely with employers across Fife to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace.
In 2007, FEAT were awarded Big Lottery funding to develop a 5-year programme "Journey to Work"
We are a registered charity offering a unique employment service aiming to assist people with mental health problems to achieve what most of us take for granted - a job.
With a wealth of experience in supporting people with mental health problems, and promoting well-being in the workplace, FEAT:
- Create individual support packages for people with mental health problems who wish to return to work.
- Help employers maintain a motivated and confident workforce, and significantly reduce staff absence.
We do this by offering people who have experienced mental health problems following services:
- Motivational and skill based workshops lasting between two hours and six days in venues throughout Fife.
One-to-one support and work placements to enable people to complete their Journey to Work.
FEAT work closely with employers across Fife to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace. We offer organisations free information and exhibition displays, as well as a wide range of training courses on all aspects of mental health – which can be tailored to suit the needs of any particular organisation.
A company that promotes well-being can support and manage an employee through any mental health problem, such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Our Journey to Work programme is designed to help maintain confident and motivated employees and significantly reduce staff absence.
Wide-ranging research shows that stress related illness accounts for 30-40% of all staff absences each year, an average of 29 days absence per person and around 91 million working days each year across the UK.
One third of employees will have a mental health problem in any one year, and the total costs estimated to the UK economy each year of job-generated stress is over £5 billion.
Therefore, the business case to provide practical support to enable employers to deal with mental health issues, and get valuable, talented and experienced people back to work after mental illness, is clearly apparent.
Through our range of services, employers in Fife can benefit from:
Mental Health and Well-being at Work Roadshow
An in-house information display providing a wealth of free information and advice to employers and employees alike. Stress audits and analysis also available.
Mental Health Awareness Training Courses
A wide range of courses on mental health at work, which can be tailored to the needs of each organisation. Sessions available from 1 hour to 2 days in duration, aimed at both managers and supervisors of staff with skills and knowledge to develop healthy workplaces.
Courses are also aimed at ensuring staff have the skills and confidence to make their service accessible to people experiencing mental ill health.
We also offer STEPS and STARS personal development courses – aimed at any employee, and particularly appropriate for those wishing to develop on a personal level.