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Welcome to Birchwood Highland's November 2015 Newsletter
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A New Fundraising Manager

Pauline Burnett, previously Editor of Highland Life Magazine, has joined Birchwood Highland at Head Office as our new Fundraising Manager. We'd like to welcome Pauline to her new position and look forward to announcing a calendar of fun events next year that will raise funds for the charity and awareness about the issue of mental health and the vital work we do in the Highlands.

In the meantime, you can support Birchwood Highland by picking up some Christmas cards for this year! Just send us a message on Facebook or email info@birchwoodhighland.org.uk
Going Mobile with Birchwood Highland
 
We are currently working plans for an app to promote mental health and wellbeing in the Highlands and around the world with 2010 Management's Steve Robertson, who is also one of Birchwood Highland's Ambassadors. 

We plan to roll the app out in stages next year and collaborate with many local people on its content. This will be a brand new venture for the charity and we're looking forward to developing the app and furthering the positive impact we can make. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for upcoming announcements. 

Fundraising

With Christmas coming up, we'd like to highlight easyfundraising.org.uk as a way to raise funds for Birchwood Highland while you shop online. Easy Fundraising is a free service which lets you raise funds for us whenever you buy anything online, from your weekly shop to your Christmas shopping.  There are nearly 3000 retailers singed up with Easy Fundraising including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, TheTrainline, and Sainsbury’s, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to us to say thank you for shopping with them.  

It's really simple to set up and doesn’t cost you anything.

All you have to do is:

1. Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/birchwoodhighland

2. Sign up for free 

3. Get shopping - your donations will be collected by Easy Fundraising and automatically sent to us. It couldn't be easier!

There are no catches or hidden charges and we will be really grateful for your donations. Or if you'd simply like to to donate directly to us to support the work we do in the Highland supporting people with mental ill health, just click the donate button at the top of this page!

Let's Do Lunch!

Our Chief Executive, Emily Stokes, was recently in an interview with Ambassador Nicola McAlley for Highland Life Magazine on the subject of mental health, stigma and recovery. Have a read of the digital edition to read the full interview on pages 52 & 53. You may also have seen On Our Doorstep, a feature in the Inverness Courier with Birchwood Highland John Palmer in the last couple of weeks.

Eat Well This Christmas

Everyone knows that food is a big part of our culture's festive celebrations, but did you know how you eat can have a big affect on your mental health? With more and more research exploring healthy eating and what it can do for your mental and physical wellbeing, we are going to be doing a campaign on social media that promotes eating for mental health that will feature recipes, safe cooking methods, and interesting research into the subject of food and health. Please follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter and let's start to consider food as a key approach in mental wellbeing, health and recovery. 
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