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SMHAF Highlands 2017  (posted 20/09/2017)

SMHAF Highlands 2017

To launch SMHAF Highland this celebratory opening evening features an art and photography exhibition, live readings, film screenings all exploring mental health, stigma and this year's theme, 'Reclaim'.

 

 

Thursday 5th October 2017

6:00-9:00pm

The Bike Shed, Merkinch, Inverness, IV3 8BN

For more information click HERE>>


Fundraising for Befrienders - Cambodia Trek 2017  (posted 16/05/2017)

Fundraising for Befrienders - Cambodia Trek 2017
One of our fantastic supporters Clare Hunter, who completed a trek through the Grand Canyon in 2015 raising over £2,500 for Befrienders Highland is now off again on another adventure. On 14th to 21st October Clare will be hiking through Cambodia on a trek to Angkor Wat raising money for Befrienders Highland.
 
Clare is hoping to raise a few thousand pounds once again and and her company 'Bibby Offshore' have very generously agreed to sponsor her fee to go on the trek and her flights so that the money she raises goes straight to Befrienders Highland.  Most recently Clare organised a Charity Car Wash raising £260.00!
 
To donate visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Clare-Hunter-Curley
 
More events to come................................. watch this space!

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EXCITING new Partnership with ActivNess & Befrienders Highland Group Timetable - September and October 2017  (posted 13/03/2017)

EXCITING new Partnership with ActivNess & Befrienders Highland Group Timetable - September and October 2017
 
In partnership with ActivNess; all members of Befrienders Highland have the opportunity to get together and try new sports and activites in a small and friendly group!  For more information click HERE.
 
 
 
 
HERE is the Group Timetable for the Activites taking place in September and October 2017 at Befrienders Highland.
 
Or get in touch with: 
Alan Duncan (Group Coordinator)
Telephone: 01463 235675 or 01667 451444

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Feel good shopping......FREE funding for Befrienders Highland when you shop online  (posted 22/02/2017)

Feel good shopping......FREE funding for Befrienders Highland when you shop online
 
 
 
 
Don’t forget to help Befrienders Highland get free donations every time you shop online.  
 
It’s so easy, all you need to remember is:
 
1. Join by going to www.easyfundraising.org.uk and register for free OR download the app via your app or paly store for use on your phone or tablet.
 
2. Download the free reminder button which is then placed on your toolbar.  
 
3. When you want to shop click on the 'e' symbol on your toolbar or your app on your phone & choose who you want to shop with.
 
4. Shop and pay as usual
 
5. You will pay no extra and the company will make a donation to Befrienders Highland every time.  smiley
 
Join, shop and raise money here:
www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/befriendershighland
 
 
Raise funds for Befrienders Highland when you compare deals too: 
  • Energy
  • Car Insurance
  • Home Insurance
  • Mobiles
  • Broadband and TV
For more information click here.
 

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ActivNess - new social enterprise launches  (posted 22/02/2017)

ActivNess - new social enterprise launches

ActivNess was founded by Malcolm MacSween.  Throughout his life, Malcolm has always had an interest in health, fitness, and nutrition, and like many people, he has also encountered periods of anxiety and depression.   These experiences have motivated him to develop an empathic service whose social mission is to assist people who experience chronic stress, anxiety disorders, or depression benefit from activity engagement.With understanding and support ActivNess aims to help people improve the health, fitness, and wellbeing of people through exercise and the participation in recreational activities.

Malcolm says “I have witnessed the many benefits a more active lifestyle can bring, but I am also aware of how difficult it can be to start this journey, and how seemingly impossible it is to stay motivated and consistent through periods of stress, anxiety, or depression.”

BHL fully supports Malcolm in the building of this great enterprise and looks forward to working with ActivNess.


Befrienders have introduced the Refocus recovery way of working  (posted 22/02/2017)

Befrienders have introduced the Refocus recovery way of working

We are now well underway with the new Refocus way of working for our friendships and a number of current friendships are happily engaged with it.   Friends and volunteers have been coached in goal setting and supporting achievement of Friends' goals and we are delighted to say it is already having a significant impact.  

All new referrals are automatically being coached in the new way of working and it has been very well received.

Final staff training takes place on 14 March and then it really will be all systems go.  BHL coordinators Sally, Alan and Alison are getting ready to get out and about to Community Mental Health Teams and other organisations soon to let them know about Refocus and how we are working with it in our friendships. 

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Refocus Recovery training underway for staff and volunteers  (posted 11/01/2017)

Refocus Recovery training underway for staff and volunteers

We heard recently that we have been awarded 5 year funding from the Big Lottery - YIPEE!  This will allow us to introduce the Refocus Recovery model of working into our befriending.  Recovery in mental health is not 'curing' someone or making them better - it is about helping and supporting someone to live well, whether they have symptoms or not.  We will use this way of working to help volunteers to support and encourage their friend towards achieving life goals they have set themselves  and to use their befriending to help them to get where they want to be.  

Training began with a fantastic all day workshop led by Professor Mike Slade, Head of Recovery and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham.  Many volunteers and staff joined together to begin the journey of understanding more about Recovery and Refocus.  Everyone left the training inspired and keen to move forwards.  

Working Practice and Coaching/Mentoring training will take place for staff and senior volunteers on 17th and 24th January following which we will begin to put it into practice.  WATCH THIS SPACE for updates. 

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High Schools once again support Befrienders  (posted 11/01/2017)

High Schools once again support Befrienders

In December 2016 Charleston Academy, Glenurquhart High School and Kinlochbervie High School all had teams of young people who chose Befrienders Highland as their charity of choice for their YPI (Youth Philanthropy Inititative) presentations.  The presentations were all fantastic and have really helped to promote and publicise the work of Befrienders and our volunteers.  Our very grateful thanks to all students for choosing us and doing such an amazing job.  We look forward to working with the schools again in 2017.

Thanks to Sam; Kian; Ryan and Lewis at Kinlochbervie HIgh School

Thanks to Rosie; Anna; Isla; Lexie and Kiera at Charleston Academy

Thanks to Alastair; Fergus; Innes; Chris and Owen  from Glenurquhart High School

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We are looking for NEW VOLUNTEERS for all of our services  (posted 03/09/2014)

We are looking for NEW VOLUNTEERS for all of our services

Due to an unprecedented increase in demand for befriending we are urgently seeing new volunteers to join our team. 

  • We need people from across the Highlands and Argyll and Bute who can offer a few minutes of their time each week for befriending by telephone, letter or email
  • We need people from Inverness and Nairn who can spare an hour or two a week to offer face to face befriending.

If you would like to have an informal chat or would like to apply then please get in touch.  The only criteria for applying are:

  • You must be aged over 18
  • You must be friendly and enjoy talking to people

If you can spare a few minutes a week to up to a couple of hours (for face to face) then please get in touch today


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