Local charity Birchwood Highland is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in style with not one but two major wins at this year’s Highland Business Women awards.
The region's leading mental health charity not only won Third Sector Organisation of the Year for the second year in a row, but also scooped the coveted Team of the Year gong.
This meant beating off stiff competition from fabulous charities such as Contact The Elderly, Creativity In Care, Children 1st and Gateway. The team award was hotly contested by last year's winners Macleod & MacCallum and Dolphin Spirit. What great company to keep in both categories!
Birchwood Highland’s Chief Executive, Emily Stokes, said: “We are proud to be celebrating our 30th year delivering support to people across the region, and hugely grateful to Highland Business Women’s organisers and judges for choosing us as winners in this our special year.
"Obviously we are chuffed to bits with both awards, but Team of the Year is particularly special as the entry focused on exactly who makes up our team: the staff, volunteers and people who use our service. All are equally important in believing that recovery from mental illness is possible and all make up the Team of the Year.”
On the night £4,000 was raised from Highland Business Women’s fabulous raffle and the hugely raucous ‘Hit or Miss’ game supported by the lovely people at Belladrum. All of the cash raised on the night will go to fund Birchwood Highland’s mental health awareness sessions in schools.
The success in award ceremonies comes hot on the heels of the charity’s inspection by The Care Inspectorate, the body which regulates, inspects and supports the improvement of care, social work and services for the benefit of the people who use them.
Birchwood Highland’s community services and its Recovery Centre service all achieved ‘Excellent’ 6 scores, for the third year in a row. Birchwood Highland is one of only three organisations in Scotland to achieve ‘Excellent’ grades for all of its services.