Welcome to Birchwood Highland's December 2015 Newsletter
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Season's Greetings!
Merry Christmas from everyone at Birchwood Highland! We'd like to thank everyone for their kind support and interest this year and we're looking forward to announcing many exciting plans for 2016! Have a read below to find out what we've been up to lately to promote mental health recovery in the Highlands. 

If you haven't sorted out your Christmas cards yet for this year you can support Birchwood Highland buy picking some up from us. Send us a message on Facebook or email
Christmas Windfall for Birchwood Highland's Easter Ross Service
Birchwood Highland's Easter Ross service has received a special Christmas windfall of £1000, thanks to the generosity of the Highland’s Caring and Sharing charity shops. Set up by Izzie MacDonald and run by volunteers, the Caring and Sharing shops in Inverness and Invergordon have been supporting local causes by selling a range of goods, including clothing, books, music, furniture and antiques, for almost six years. This generous Caring and Sharing donation will go towards the service user fund, making all sorts of fun days out and activities possible. 

“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile cause. It gives us great pleasure to be able to make a difference to service users’ lives by enabling them to take part in activities they might not have otherwise had the opportunity to do. We’d like to wish everyone at Birchwood Highland a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.” - Izzie MacDonald (pictured above with Team Manager, Lynn Keith). 

Events in 2016

We've got an action packed year coming up in 2016 with many exciting fundraising events, including our Mad May Mile in Inverness, where you're invited to travel a mile in the maddest way possible to raise funds and awareness for Birchwood Highland and mental health! 

Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with all the events in 2016. 

Christmas at Birchwood Highland

We've been getting into the Christmas spirit here at Birchwood Highland with Christmas parties, lunches, and our stall at Charleston Academy staffed by members of Head Office. There's been crackers, awful jokes, amazing food and good times! We hope you're enjoying the run up to Christmas and aren't finding it too stressful. If you end up over indulging and want to embrace a health kick in January, keep an eye on our social media channels for lots of information about food & fitness for better mental health in 2016.  

John Muir Award

A green fingered team of five Birchwood Highland service users have picked up a John Muir Award for their participation in a training project with Dunain Community Woodland! The trainee conservationists received the award on Tuesday 15th December from Councillor Alex Graham during a ceremony at the Anam Cara retreat centre in Inverness. 

The award acknowledges the team’s efforts as part of the Growing Ahead project, which was funded by the Forestry Commission and supported by Earth for Life, who provided instruction and leadership.

The project’s aim was to support recovery through engagement with the great outdoors. During the project, participants learned useful conservation skills such as seed collection, woodland maintenance, including developing pathways, tree felling, building shelters and keeping safe. 

Congratulations to the team!
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