I'm leaving my position as Editor of Highland Life to become Fundraising Manager for Birchwood Highland - help me hit the ground running!

I'm leaving my position as Editor of Highland Life to take on a new challenge... as Fundraising Manager for Birchwood Highland.

I would be chuffed to bits if you would donate a little (or a lot!) and help me hit the ground running with a sum of money I can arrive at the charity with on my first day. Call me a girly swot!

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health issue at some point in our lives.

Take a look at the video to find out just how Birchwood Highland help people across the Highlands. The charity depends on fundraising and sponsorship to develop and improve their mental health services. This means helping people build better lives for themselves, maintain independence and enjoy acceptance within their communities. Funds raised for the charity are used for various projects and activities, from days out and art projects for service users to creating a garden to grow fruit and vegetables.

Birchwood Highland believes that individuals with mental ill health can recover. By ‘recovery’ they mean being able to move on from a position where a person’s mental ill health can dictate their quality of life and their dependency upon the services that support them, to living independently with the confidence in themselves and the networks around them to make choices about the type of life they wish to lead. Their choices could include further education, training, employment opportunities, participating in and contributing to their local communities.

Birchwood Highland provides Care at Home services in the Inverness area, Easter Ross and Lochaber and has a Recovery Centre in Inverness.