Action Mental Health learners reap rewards of their labours

Rachael Adamson, with her new OCN NI award

Hard-working clients at Action Mental Health have been rewarded for their efforts to achieve nationally recognised qualifications.

Rachael Adamson and Rosemary Traynor, who attend Action Mental Health’s New Horizons Antrim’s outreach service in Larne, have been presented with their Open College Network Awards by AMH Skills Coach, Nicola McAleese.

Rachael received a ‘highly commended’ award in the subject of OCN Healthy Lifestyles, while Rosemary came third in the Learner Voluntary Award, in the Community category.

Last March, Action Mental Health was ‘highly commended’ in the ‘provider of the year’

Category, for its delivery of OCN NI awards, like those achieved by Rachael and Rosemary.

OCN NI is a UK regulated awarding organisation and educational charity that designs and awards vocational qualifications for adults and young people across all sector areas.

It awards professional and technical qualifications, tackling educational underachievement and addressing skills gaps in Northern Ireland.

Rachael and Rosemary take part in the ‘Working it Out’ project which is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy and the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust.

Chief Executive of Action Mental Health, David Babington added: “AMH have been a longstanding provider of OCN qualifications, which have acted as a catalyst for participants to engage in other service programmes with the ultimate goal of improving their well-being and quality of life.

“We’re delighted with these inaugural awards and look forward to celebrating the achievements of our learners.  Supporting this event helps us contribute to realising our vision – a society which actively values and supports people on their journey to positive mental health,” he added. 

Read more about OCN NI at

Rosemary Traynor, displaying her new OCN NI award
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