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A Great Day of Golf

The Team from Locktons

The Ryder Cup may have just kicked off but AMH have had their own Golf Competition in the beautiful setting of Warrenpoint Golf Club.  Organised by the staff and clients of AMH Newry & Mourne with the help of Newry Employer’s Forum and sponsored by McKeown’s Solicitors, nearly thirty four-balls took part and there were plenty of prizes up for grabs – including a Mercedes for a hole in one!  The weather was on our side – with not a drop of rain, but the wind on the 6th proved to be too tough for the those competing for the Mercedes – better luck next time!

Greg Smyth, McKeown’s Solicitors (Main Sponsers); John Hazard, Agnew Mercedes; Bronagh McVeigh AMH and Alex Stinson AMH

Golfers were treated to a BBQ at the 9th and dinner and entertainment at the 19th!

Thanks to all those who took part, to all those who sponsored a tee box, donated prizes, gave up their time to organise and help out, to Agnew Mercedes Portadown and our sponsors McKeown’s Solicitors.

All money raised will be used to continue the work AMH New Horizons do to enhance the quality of life and employability of local people with mental health needs.



The Prize Winners:

  • 1st place: Confederation of Communities Groups; Raymond Jackson, Larry Mc Alinden, Peader Gallagher and Italo Catuila  – Prize: 4 Ball Lough Erne.
  • 2nd Place : Bellini’s; Tommy Rafferty, Anton Tighe, Derek Rocks and Gerard Mc Guigan – Prize: 4 Ball Seapoint Golf Club
  • 3rd Place : Glen Electric; Paddy O Gorman, Raymond Mc Parland, Kieran Mc Parland and Martin Bagnal – Prize: 4 Ball Barmoral Golf Club.
  • 1st Place Ladies Team : Beatrice Lawless, Kate Murphy, Pat Murray, Rita McQuaid –  Prize: 4 Ball Slieve Russell
  • Nearest the Pin Ladies : Beatrice Lawless – Prize: Wedge Golf Club
  • Nearest the Pin Gents : Paddy O Gorman – Prize: Wedge Golf Club
  • Longest Drive: Mark Brown – Prize: 12 Taylor Made Golf Balls & Towel
  • Straightest Drive Ladies:  Beatrice Lawless – Prize: 3 Bottles Wine
  • Straightest Drive Gents: Colin Loughran – Framed Picture

More Photos can be found on our facebook page – link on the homepage


AMH Opens in Belfast City Centre

David Babington CEO welcomes the Health Minister

Action Mental Health has been working with individuals with mental health needs for 50 years, and providing them with the support needed in their recovery.  Health Minister, Edwin Poots has officially opened the AMH New Horizons service in Belfast City Centre’s Fisherwick Building.

Action Mental Health Chief executive David Babington said, “AMH New Horizons helps people to overcome the effects of mental ill health and in many cases return to work.  We offer a range of recognised qualifications and provide training, personal development programmes and social and recreational activities. The Belfast service’s re-location from Duncrue Industrial Estate to the city centre, enables us to attract clients from all over Belfast, it also gives us the opportunity to promote AMH in a prime city centre location and already we have seen an increase in enquires.  The new location has helped us to source more appropriate training placements and employment opportunities for our clients”.

The AMH Staff Team in Belfast

Joanne Stroud, Service Manager, continued, “We currently have 100 clients registered and they are really enjoying being part of the Belfast “buzz”. In addition to all the courses, qualifications and placements on offer, our new location is also addressing the issue of social inclusion and independence; Clients are encouraged to visit the local cafes, shops and libraries and use the various modes of public transport nearby.”

The Minister met with staff and clients and was given a tour of the newly refurbished training facilities.

Speaking at the official opening, the Minister said: “This new facility with the latest equipment is a credit to AMH and its enthusiasm to make life better for those with mental health problems.

The Minister chats to some of the IT students

“Training for any individual seeking work is crucial and it is no less essential for people who have had mental health problems.


“The wide range of NVQ’s available in retail, business and administration, catering and customer services, along with other IT qualifications give clients the choice that best meets each of their requirements and interests, and this in turn will hopefully lead them to improved future employment prospects and build better futures for themselves and their families.”

 Highlighting the role of volunteers, the Minister concluded: “I commend AMH for their appreciation of the valuable contribution volunteers make to the work of their organisation, which last year totalled almost 5,000 hours.”


Premier Inn at AMH

Paul O Hagan Pathways, Christine Irwin Pathways, Cathy Hopkins Premier Inn, Mickie Harkin AMH & Edyth Dunlop NIUSE

A recruitment drive for Derry’s newest hotel is underway.  Premier Inn is creating 60 jobs at its hotel and restaurant at Crescent Link.  The hotel and Brewers Fayre family pub restaurant is expected to open in December.

AMH New Horizons Foyle recently hosted a Premier Inn Information Session for the disability sector. Approximately 60 people attended the session which last 1.5 hours. It was facilitated by Edyth Dunlop NIUSE with guest speaker Cathy Hopkins, Cluster General Manager for Premier Inn, who gave a presentation on the background to Premier Inn, the types of jobs available and qualities they are looking for in their staff for the new hotel/restaurant.

The information session was aimed at potential applicants to hear at first hand what career opportunities are available at Premier Inn and to ask any questions.

Cathy explained that Premier Inn was committed to getting the right person for the job and encouraged all who attended to consider applying to become a member of the team :

Premier Inn have made the following adjustments to ensure that applicants with disabilities are given the best opportunities at the interview stage i.e

  • Allocation of additional time for interviews if required
  • A Support worker can attend interviews if the applicant wants them too
  • Interviewers will be briefed beforehand on asking question using plain language

for more information on Premier Inn , or for jobs available in the new hotel



Provoking Thought with Health in Mind

How do you think about mental health? What are your opinions? Our Provoking Thought course has been specially created to challenge the preconceived  thoughts and beliefs on mental health and to equip you with the tools and understanding to think about mental health in a more positive and healthy light.

AMH Works in conjunction with Health in Mind will be running our excellent Provoking Thought courses in Derry Central Library, Derry on October 17th from 12:00 – 15:00, and in Tullycarnet Library, East Belfast on October 18th from 10:00 – 13:00.  Attendance is free so if you wish to attend please contact Gary Kane on 02894 428081 or by e-mail at

Mental Health Awareness Open Course (Enniskillen)

In today’s hectic world more and more people are suffering from mental health problems and this is having an impact in all aspects of our lives. AMH Works is running a half day mental health awareness training workshop in our Belfast office for anyone to attend. Our mental health awareness course is designed to help improve your mental by giving you a comprehensive understanding of the main mental illnesses out there at the moment along with the tools to help you spot theses conditions within yourself and others to ensure you can look after the mental health of yourself and others.

Location: AMH New Horizons, Drumcoo, Enniskillen

Date: December 14th 2012

Time: 10:00 – 13:00

Cost: £40 per person*

To book click here

*all courses are subject to a minimum of 10 participants

Mindful Manager Open Training Course (Ards)

In the current economic climate being a manager means so much more than it used to. You are the people sometimes caught between the rock and the hard place and as work adapts and grows we are all being asked to do more with less than ever before. Our Mindful Manager course is excellent in giving managers the tools to deal with mental health in the workplace. For example, having the difficult conversation with staff members about mental health. This course is also excellent in laying out the legal standpoint of employers around mental health and helps take the fear out of dealing with mental health in work. Statistics show that organisations who are proactive and have management with knowledge, understanding and empathy for mental health have happier more productive workforces and this is what Mindful Manager is designed to do.

Location: AMH New Horizons, 27 Jubilee Road, Newtownards

Date: November 30th 2012

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Cost: £60 per person*

Click here to book

*all courses are subject to a minimum of 10 participants