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2017 is our 30th Year of Providing Support!

2016 was a great year for Birchwood Highland with many achievements, including excellent grades from the Care Inspectorate, new buildings, including offices and additions to existing buildings, amazing events, inspiring projects, widespread promotion both locally and nationally of our work as well as huge strides in our delivery of support.

2017 should be even better as we launch into our 30th year, with much to celebrate and many different ways that we intend to do just that! Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2017.

We've got many people we'd like to thank for all our successes in 2016. See them here.

Birchwood Highland named Charity of the Year by Highland Business Women

In a ceremony held at Inverness Town House on the 11th of January, the charity was up against stiff opposition in the form of Creativity in Care, Children 1st and Contact The Elderly. However, it was Birchwood Highland's call for funding for mental health awareness sessions in schools which won the day. 

The aim of  Birchwood Highland's mental health awareness sessions is to arm young people with the tools they need to deal with how they feel, show them how to develop coping strategies and let them know they are not alone. 

Highland Business Women's President Victoria Leslie said, "We look forward to working closely with Birchwood Highland over the next 12 months. We had four very worthy charities to choose from last night, so we are delighted Birchwood Highland won the vote of our members."

Any schools wishing to host one of Birchwood Highland's mental health awareness sessions should email

See the press release here.

Birchwood Highland in Print

Watch out for next month's Highland Life magazine as Birchwood Highland's new monthly column begins its year-long run in the first week of February. Written by Fundraising Manager, Pauline Burnett, the column will go hand-in-hand with 2017's Year of Happiness theme. Each month she will explore just what it is that makes us happy and how physical and mental health can aid happiness. It will also examine what we can do if happiness doesn't come easily. 

The magazine is free with the Inverness Courier on the first Tuesday of the month and also with the Caithness Courier and Strathspey Herald in the first week of February. 

Birchwood Highland’s Year of Happiness

As we enter 2017, we are entering our 30th Anniversary Year. There will be a packed programme, with favourites such as Mad May Mile and Dinner With The Stars being joined by exciting new nights and fundraising events.

The fundraising theme this year is Birchwood Highland’s Year of Happiness and all year we will be exploring the link between physical health, mental health and happiness in everything we do in 2017. So whether it’s running the marathon, taking on the Himalayas, or dressing up like a bunch of grapes for the Mad May Mile, we’ll be bringing the happy to a face near you! 

As part of Birchwood Highland’s Year of Happiness, we’ve been interviewing people across the region to create a video library of ‘What makes you happy?’ films. The short films are a snapshot of what matters to the people in our community. Keep an eye on our our YouTube channel and Facebook page for these films in the near future. 

Upcoming Events

January 20th 2017 

Tune Bingo, 7pm @ The Lovat Hotel, Beauly

A night of fun and music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and all things Country at The Lovat is a fundraiser for two of Birchwood Highland’s trekkers taking on the Himalayas in April. Tune Bingo is just like normal bingo, but instead of numbers you have to mark off the songs as you go. Massive fun and usually ending in a sing-along session! Bingo cards are just £3 per person – bring a team and support the Recovery Centre’s Rosie Deverell and fellow trekker Fiona Mackenzie!

January 27th 2017 

Games Night, 7pm @ SOBAR, Castle Street, Inverness (Entry - £2.50)

Speed Games! Come along for an evening of Speed Pool, Prize Darts and Race Night - fun, games and lots of prizes all in aid of Birchwood Highland. 

Talking to Adults about Mental Health

Young people in the Highlands have helped create a new pack to make it easier to speak about mental health at home with 11,000 copies being distributed so far! The project, led by Birchwood Highland, aimed to find out the views of young people on the ways they would like adults at home to approach the subject of mental health in daily conversations and how to offer support.

Find out more and see the information pack here.

A New Sun Lounge at the Recovery Centre

Here are some photos of the Sun Lounge that has been built this year to provide additional social space for residents at the Recovery Centre. This has been made possible partly thanks to generous funding from Highland Cross. Almost completed, it will make a considerable difference to the availability of space in the recovery centre for residents to be able to relax, socialise with colleagues, friends and an additional space outside of their own room/flats where they can sit down with staff should they wish. All we need now is some sun to lounge in! 

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