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Welcome to Birchwood Highland's October 2015 Newsletter
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Halloween Mad Hatter's Tea Party

This Halloween we're looking for families, friends, workplaces, groups, and people from all walks of life who are interested in hosting their own event to have fun, raise funds, and raise awareness about mental health! 


If you're interested in hosting a Tea Party this Halloween and supporting us this Halloween, please get in touch for a fundraising pack full of ideas, recipes, topics of discussion and ways other ways to support Birchwood Highland. Email us at info@birchwoodhighland.org.uk

Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival
 
This year at SMHAFF we premiered our documentary about Birchwood Highland, which was filmed and edited by intern James Williams (pictured above with one of our Ambassadors, Nicola McAlley) and features Birchwood Highland staff and service users. We wanted to tell our story and get the word out about who we are, what we do, and how we improve people's lives who have a history of mental ill health. See a clip of the film below, or click here.  
 

Fundraising


Our charity runners are appreciated every year and we'd like to thank everyone who ran for us in the Loch Ness Marathon & Baxters Festival of Running this year. The funds they raised will help us carry out vital work to help people along the way to recovery from mental ill health. If you'd like to run for us in next year's marathon in September, the half marathon in March, or any other runs you are planning on doing, please send us an email!
We'd also like to thank everyone who came along to our pub quiz on the 2nd of October which raised over £400! Here's Ritsons (2) who were the winning team. 
Following from last year's Music is Life project, which involved service users at Birchwood Highland and 2010 Management working together to organise a night of live music featuring local bands to raise funds and awareness for mental health, there will be a 2015 gig in the coming weeks! Please keep an eye on our social media sites and website for details. In the meantime here's a short video of last year's gig. 

Work With Us!

We are seeking new members to join our Board of Directors at Birchwood Highland. Becoming a voluntary Director can be a rewarding way to put your skills, interests, and experience into developing a charity organisation that helps to improve people's lives who have experienced mental ill health. People from all walks of life are welcome to apply and we are especially interested in increasing the number of female Directors. Click here to apply.

“I find being a Director at Birchwood Highland hugely enjoyable. Being part of an experienced board has allowed me to develop my skills and contribute towards a local charity. My employer was impressed that someone of my age wanted to join the board, and I feel it has helped me professionally”
— Steven Gregg, Birchwood Highland Board Member

 

Service User AGM

Here are Birchwood Highland staff and service users enjoying this year's AGM at Duncansburgh Church Hall in Fort William with live music, quizzes, and discussions about everything that's been going on over the past year. Thanks to Joe Gillies who led some community singing!
 
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