WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

To kick-start our social media campaign to mark this year's #WorldMentalHealthDay 2018, some of our Head Office team are sharing the things that are good for their mental health.

What is good for your mental health? Get involved!

1️⃣ Print off and fill out the poster below, detailing what is good for your mental health.

2️⃣ Get someone to take a photo 📸 of you with your poster, share your picture across your social media channels tagging Birchwood Highland and using the #WorldMentalHealthDay hashtag.

📧 You can also send your photo directly to us at info@birchwoodhighland.org.uk and we’ll share it on your behalf.

We look forward to seeing all of your pictures throughout the day!

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Recruiting for Mental Health Support Workers

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Due to our expanding services, we are currently recruiting for Full Time, Part Time and Relief Support Workers in the following areas -

Inverness Community & Housing Support

Recovery Centre in Inverness

Easter Ross Community & Housing Support

Lochaber Community & Housing Support

Salary: £17,062.50 per year / £8.75 per hour - £18,316 per year / £9.39 per hour

*Application Form

*Guidance notes

Amanda Latham Appointed as Ambassador

 Image (L-R): Emily Stokes, Chief Executive; Amanda Latham, Ambassador; Màiri Macdonald, Fundraising and Communications Manager.

Image (L-R): Emily Stokes, Chief Executive; Amanda Latham, Ambassador; Màiri Macdonald, Fundraising and Communications Manager.

We’re pleased to announce that prestigious style consultant Amanda Latham has joined us as our newest ambassador here at Birchwood Highland.

Known locally for establishing her ground-breaking business Define Style Consultancy, and through her role as the Eastgate Shopping Centre’s own in-house stylist, Amanda is set to work closely with Birchwood Highland staff and volunteers to help raise awareness of our vital services.

Amanda has been a keen supporter of our work over the last year or so, especially with the charity shop in Invergordon, as well as helping out at fundraising events. Amanda is also a great believer in building self-confidence and improving self-worth, which is an essential aspect of a person’s recovery and something we promote in our day to day work with individuals we support.

Amanda Latham said: “I’m honoured to be joining Birchwood Highland as an ambassador, especially at a time of such rapid growth and expansion for the organisation.  I’m a people person and that is completely in line with Birchwood Highland’s values, which is wonderful. Having experienced mental health issues myself, I really feel that my business ethos of improving self-confidence and trying to promote the idea that we all deserve to feel good about ourselves will translate into a treasured relationship with Birchwood Highland.”

You can read the full press release here for more information.

Success for the Ben Nevis Challengers

An enormous congratulations to everyone who took on the Ben Nevis Challenge on Saturday 8th September.  Some early sunshine provided a beautiful (if somewhat hot!) start to the climb, with a typically misty view from the top of the Ben once we arrived at the top. 

12 climbers in total took part in the event and Birchwood Highland is extremely grateful for their fundraising efforts.  Well done, everyone!

Here are a select few photos, from the start of the climb and at the top of the Ben.

 Image (top, L-R):  Lorraine, Scott and Marie from the Inverness Support Service before beginning the climb.  Image (bottom):  Glorious sunshine provided some beautiful views.

Image (top, L-R):  Lorraine, Scott and Marie from the Inverness Support Service before beginning the climb.

Image (bottom):  Glorious sunshine provided some beautiful views.

 Image:  Taking a break at the top!

Image:  Taking a break at the top!

 Image:  John Bruce, one of our Directors, takes a selfie at the top of the Ben - after cycling 68 miles from Inverness! 

Image:  John Bruce, one of our Directors, takes a selfie at the top of the Ben - after cycling 68 miles from Inverness! 

 Image:  The team from Alert Health, one of our business partners, at the top. 

Image:  The team from Alert Health, one of our business partners, at the top. 

Mikey's Line & The Hive Project Summer Ball

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Image (L-R):  Emily Stokes, Chief Executive; Annabel Mowat, Deputy Chief Executive; Màiri Macdonald, Fundraising and Communications Manager; Sarah Smith, Fundraising and Communications Assistant. 

Members of the Birchwood Highland team were delighted to attend the Mikey's Line & The Hive Project Summer Ball at the Kingsmills Hotel on Saturday 18th August.  A wonderful evening was had and Birchwood Highland are pleased to help promote mental health awareness in Highland.

Norscot Joinery Year Long Partnership

Launching a year-long charity business partnership with Norscot Joinery Ltd - a family owned business with bases in Inverness and Caithness.

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Norscot recently attended the Independent Network Members Weekend at which they chose Birchwood Highland as their nominated charity.  Prior to the event Norscot was notified that Birchwood Highland was one of the four charities chosen to be supported on the night, and money raised through a raffle and auction was split 4 ways; kickstarting the partnership with a generous £1,000 donation from the annual event.

Set to make a real difference to the local community by supporting our work to tackle mental health stigma, the year-long partnership will provide opportunities for Norscot’s staff and management team to take part in and organise fundraising events as well as the opportunity to get involved in volunteering initiatives on behalf of the charity.

We are also set to deliver a series of mental wellbeing ‘Toolbox Talks’ to every member of Norscot’s team of over 50 staff.  Our Toolbox Talks continue to be hugely popular amongst local business, with Norscot fully committed to delivering greater awareness of mental health issues amongst its own staff.

You can read the full press release here.

Carer Positive Employer Award

We are marking the end of Carers Week with celebrations after being recognised as a Carer Positive employer.

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Carers Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges that carers face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

The Carer Positive award is presented to employers in Scotland who demonstrate a working environment where carers are valued and supported.  This includes providing flexible working policies or simple practical measures which can make a significant difference to carers.  In return, employees benefit from supporting working carers in their workplace by retaining experienced employees, reducing staff absences and making huge savings on recruitment costs.

The award was presented this week by Sue McLintock from Carers Scotland, along with Roisin Connolly from Connecting Carers, and David Stewart.  Commenting on receiving the award, Emily Stokes, Chief Executive said:

“Birchwood Highland has demonstrated genuine commitment as well as practical action to support staff and service users and we’re thrilled to have been recognised as a Carer Positive employer.  We are delighted to be presented with this award and hope that it may inspire other organisations in the Highlands and Islands, particularly in the third sector, to join the growing number of Carer Positive organisations across Scotland.”

Celebrating a Year of Partnership Working with Morrison Construction

Birchwood Highland, and leading local contractor, Morrison Construction, are celebrating a year since the beginning of their formal charity business partnership.

As part of an increase in the firm’s corporate social responsibility efforts, staff and management at Morrison Construction chose to support a charity in the area for the 2017-18 financial year, with Birchwood Highland chosen from a shortlist of charities.

Morrison Construction`s Harbour Road staff also received Birchwood Highland’s Mental Wellbeing Toolbox Talks at the beginning of the partnership, something which has since gained momentum and is now being delivered company-wide.

In addition to the extensive delivery of these ‘Toolbox Talks’ to Morrison Construction, staff of the construction firm have held fundraising events throughout the year to support Birchwood Highland’s vital work – culminating in ‘Fundraising Friday’ which was held on Friday 11th May to raise additional funds for the charity.

‘Fundraising Friday’ was held at Morrison Construction’s Head Office in Inverness and featured a fundraising car wash, breakfast rolls and bake sale. The day was rounded off with a wonderful charity quiz night at the British Legion in Inverness, hosted by STV News’ own Nicola McAlley – all in aid of Birchwood Highland In total, the day raised £1,652.68 and adds to the amount already raised throughout the year by Morrison Construction staff.

(L-R): Mairi Macdonald, Birchwood Highland’s Fundraising and Communications Manager; Emily Stokes, Birchwood Highland’s Chief Executive; Sally Cooper, Morrison Construction’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager.

As part of the partnership, Morrison Construction staff received Birchwood Highland's 'Toolbox Talks', a 30 minute session which provide an introduction to mental well-being in the workplace.

Watch an interview with Emily Stokes, Chief Executive, on the benefits of working with Morrison Construction here:

Health and Well-being Awareness Event with Scottish Natural Heritage

Linda Birnie, our Training & Development Manager, attended a Health and Well-being awareness event on Monday with Scottish Natural Heritage at Great Glen House as part of Mental Health Awareness week. Excellent Opportunity to highlight our mental health awareness raising Toolbox Talks and Laughter workshops.

A survey by Mental Health Foundation found that over the past year 74% of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. See www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/stress-are-we-coping for further information or to find out more about our Toolbox Talks that we can offer to businesses here.

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Celebrating Fifty Years of Dedicated Service

During the last month we celebrated two huge milestones for the staff of Birchwood Highland. Liz Edgar and Wendy Wemyss, along with a number of staff and service users, marked the fantastic milestone early this week in the form of an 80s and 90s themed party – the two decades in which Liz and Wendy joined Birchwood Highland.

Both Liz and Wendy were presented with flowers by Birchwood Highland service users, as well as receiving a small gift from Birchwood Highland as a gesture of thanks for their hard work over the years. 

To read the full press release click here.

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Dinner with the Stars

We had a spectacular evening with our Dinner with the Stars event on Friday 20th April. Guest Chef Hardeep Singh Kohli, Cafe Artysans and Miele's Gelateria provided the wonderful food for everyone and we enjoyed entertainment by Bruce McGregor and the Tartan Paint Band. Thank you to everyone involved and to the all the staff at our venue, Bogbain Farm.

With help from attendees, this event raised around £5000! See a few photos of the night below.