supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering
Funded by the Scottish Government's Employability Innovation and Integration Fund, Delivering Differently (DD) commenced in October 2017 as a cross-partnership 18-month 'strategic implementation' project.
Delivering Differently worked with partners, providers and people with lived experience of mental health problems to improve employment outcomes for people in Fife with experience of mental health issues.
In April 2019 the team received continuation funding from See Me Scotland to continue the programme of work with a shift in focus to personal outcomes and challenging mental health-related stigma in key sectors.
The project was coordinated and delivered by Fife Voluntary Action and reported to both Fife Health & Social Care Partnership (H&SCP) and the Opportunities Fife Partnership (OFP).
The project vision was updated and refined in the light of the project findings between October 2017 and March 2019.
"Our vision is that people with mental health problems in Fife are supported to aspire in life and work and can easily access appropriate support as and when they are ready to make the journey (back) into work."
Over the 18 months of the programme, Delivering Differently made 36 recommendations to both OFP and H&SCP, the majority of which have been actioned. A small number remain in progress.
The final report for the Scottish Government-funded part of the programme was launched on 15 May 2019. Over 160 participants at the launch event generated further conversaation about what needs to happen next in Fife. The findings also informed the revised Fife Mental Health Strategy 2020-2024.
From Delivering Differently, the following FVA projects emerged:
Fife Mental Health Peer Support Network
the creation of the Fife Mental Health Employability Pathway and Directory of Services
the revival of the third sector mental health forum
a continued investment in growing the voice of experience in service design and delivery as implemented in No One Left Behind Fife.