welcome

Chief Executive, Emily Stokes

 

Hello all

 (L-R) Jill Sharp, President of Highland Business Women and Emily Stokes, Chief Executive of Birchwood Highland.

(L-R) Jill Sharp, President of Highland Business Women and Emily Stokes, Chief Executive of Birchwood Highland.

Dinner with the Stars update
Chamber member of the week
Wendy anniversary

Best wishes,
Emily


Company News

Updates and developments

New Charity Business Partnership

 Image (L-R):  Mairi Macdonald, Fundraising and Communications Manager; Amy MacRae, Managing Director at Alert Health. 

Image (L-R):  Mairi Macdonald, Fundraising and Communications Manager; Amy MacRae, Managing Director at Alert Health. 

Birchwood Highland and occupational health service provider Alert Health have announced a formal charity business partnership to help raise awareness of mental health in the workplace.

As of April 2018, the year-long partnership will see both organisations collaborating to help fulfil each other’s strategic aims and objectives, including working with local companies to help address the stigma and management of mental ill health within Highland workplaces.

Alert Health’s clinicians and administrators, based in Inverness, work with businesses across Highlands & Islands and Moray to support all health matters relating to the workforce.  In seeking out a new charity business partner as part of their corporate social responsibility agenda, Birchwood Highland seemed the natural choice and aligned with Alert Health’s commitment to protect, improve and promote physical and mental wellbeing in the workplace.

We look forward to working alongside Amy and her team over the coming year!

Read the full press release here.

Dinner with the Stars

 Image (L-R): Host, Nicola McAlley, with guest chef & speaker, Hardeep Singh Kohli. 

Image (L-R): Host, Nicola McAlley, with guest chef & speaker, Hardeep Singh Kohli. 

 

Year of Young People

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If you're aged 16-25, or if you started working for Birchwood Highland whilst you were in this age bracket, we'd love to hear from you at the next Young People's Forum on Wednesday 9th May between 11am - 2pm at Head Office. 

For more information on the Young People's Forum, please contact Head Office.

 

Ben Nevis Challenge - August 2018

 Image: Some of those who took part in the Ben Nevis Challenge in 2014.

Image: Some of those who took part in the Ben Nevis Challenge in 2014.

Did you know that it's nearly 4 years since the Ben Nevis Challenge?!  We're keen to do it again in 2018, and exploring potential dates at the moment.  If you think it's something you might be interested in, please contact Màiri at Head Office.



Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy

The latest from  HiMRA

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 (L-R):  Dr Clare Daly, Project Manager; Tiffany Bottomley, Community Development Worker; Franci Hutchison, Advocacy Worker. 

(L-R):  Dr Clare Daly, Project Manager; Tiffany Bottomley, Community Development Worker; Franci Hutchison, Advocacy Worker. 


60 Second Interview

Quick fire questions

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Name:  Karen Mackay

Job Title:  Charity Shop Manager

Joined Birchwood Highland:  Feburary 2018

Based at:  70 High Street, Invergordon

Q. What was your previous role? 
A. I've worked in support for over 10 years but most recently I was working at the Post Office in Invergordon.  I also have previous retail experience, having been the manager at Farmfoods in Invergordon.  

Q. Are you originally from the Highlands?
A. No, I'm originally from Glasgow although I moved here 42 years ago - I think I'm classed as a local now!  

Q. If you were stuck in a lift, who would you like to be stuck with?
A. A lift engineer!  I wouldn't like to be the other person who is stuck with me because I'm really claustrophobic. 

Q. What’s your favourite song from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s?
A. 

60s - Hey Jude - The Beatles
70s - Sailing - Rod Stewart
80s - I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats
90s - Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
00s - Get the Party Started - Pink
10s - Dancing On My Own -  Callum Scott


Service updates

The latest from Birchwood Highland's services

Recovery Centre

Residents at the Recovery Centre have been enjoying the latest round of nature walks, despite the chilly weather!  Photos above are from the duck pond at Craig Dunain and from the Caledonian Canal. 

 

EASTER ROSS

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Warm wishes to James in Easter Ross who turned 65 this month and celebrated with a cake and some well deserved presents! Happy Birthday, James, we hope you have a great year. 
 

Head Office

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Linda Birnie, Training and Development Manager, has been busy delivering Toolbox Talks across the Highlands as well as some additional training for DWP in Inverness and Invergordon. 

Top:  The Morrison Construction site team at Ardross engaging in their Toolbox Talk session.

Below:  A team of solicitors from Innes & Mackay at a more in-depth 2 hour 'Introduction to Mental Health' Toolbox Talk. 

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Read All About It!

Birchwood Highland in the media

 Check out the BBC Alba footage of the Recovery Centre's 10th anniversary celebrations below.

Check out the BBC Alba footage of the Recovery Centre's 10th anniversary celebrations below.

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Mental health charity marks decade of work

Press & Journal

10/03/2018

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New project to prevent loneliness in migrants

Inverness Courier

13/03/2018

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Dinner with the Stars

Press & Journal

March 2018


Events

Fundraising  //  Activities  //  Workshops

Morrison Construction Quiz Night

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Spice Masterclass with Hardeep Singh Kohli

Stir your senses at this spice masterclass at the Royal Highland Hotel. 

In conversation with spice maestro Hardeep Singh Kohli, you can touch, taste and smell your way through the principles of cooking with Indian herbs and spices, and delve into new depths of flavour.

Tickets £25pp and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Private Dining Experience with Hardeep Singh Kohli

Get up close and personal with Hardeep Singh Kohli (and just 15 other foodies!) at this intimate dining experience. Includes 7 course menu with wine, at a top-secret location in a Highland home. 

Tickets £135pp, including return transport from Inverness city centre. 


HR UPDATES

Employee bulletin

Childcare Vouchers

Breaking news
The Government has agreed a six-month extension of the workplace childcare voucher system so the scheme will NOT be closing in April as expected.  Following a Commons debate, Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, said:  “I have heard the concerns raised about this, and about the timing, and I can confirm we will be able to keep the voucher scheme open for a further six months to new entrants following representations that she (referring to DUP MP Emma Pengelly) has made.”

Since it was announced that the childcare voucher scheme would be closing, there has been much debate over the merits of the scheme in comparison to the replacement scheme, Tax Free Childcare. Many working parents, particularly those with school age children, and those who do not satisfy the Government’s criteria over working hours and earnings for Tax Free Childcare, have argued that childcare vouchers are a far more beneficial and flexible option to help with childcare costs. We therefore see the delay to the scheme closure as a positive development, and one that will keep options open for parents who pay for childcare in the coming months. 

To review all options regarding Government help with childcare costs please visit:  

 

Policy Updates

Staff are reminded to familiarise themselves with the most recent policies approved by the Board: 

- Mobile Phone Policy
- Data Protection
- Debriefing
- Duty of Candour
- Restraint

The new policy list has also been reviewed and you can view it here.

 

Starters and Leavers

A warm welcome to those who've recently joined us:

Ben Miller, Support Worker – CSS

Helen Heath, Relief Support Worker – BHRC

Owen Hope, Relief Support Worker  – BHRC

Karen Mackay – Shop Manager

Chloe George, Support Worker – ERSS

 

And a fond farewell to the following:

Callum Macadam

 

Training

Everyday Challenges (Highland Autism Support) – 4th April

Basic Alcohol and Drugs Awareness Training – 19th April

Understanding Autism – 24th April

Social Stories (Highland Autism Support) – 25th April

 

Further details on all training can be found on the Training Calendar on SharePoint.