SUPPORT in Mind Scotland's Fife Services will mark the end of an era on Friday (26 February) when Area Manager Marjory Sprunt leaves us after 18 years working for the organisation.

Marjory is retiring and will be be swapping February in Fife for more warmer climes as she travels the globe, with China, Japan and India among the exotic locations on her itinerary.

Marjory -  a trained psychiatric nurse and qualified social worker - has been a hugely influential figure in the development of Support in Mind Scotland in recent years and has long championed the rights of people with mental ill health in Scotland, and carers. 

In 2014 Marjory helped oversee Fife Services' move into their current home at John Hunter House in Kirkcaldy. The easily accessible location in Hunter Street, was an amalgamation of three previous Fife services – The Cottage in Cupar, Fife Hearing Voices network and Fife Family Support Project, all catering for a wide variety of needs.

Support in Mind Scotland CEO Frances Simpson said: "Marjory has been with the organisation for many years and has helped to transform our services in Fife and made a huge contribution to our work nationally. She will be greatly missed but we wish her well for whatever she does in the future."

Reflecting on her time with the organisation, Marjory herself said: "In true SiMS tradition I came to the agency for three months to plan and co-ordinate the first ever Hearing Voices conference - ‘Voices in the Wilderness’ - and it would seem that I have stayed for the last 18 years!  

"The decision to leave my Fife post has not been an easy one but when I was recently given the opportunity to travel to China and India, those of you who know me will appreciate that it was impossible for me to turn this down."

“I came here for 3 months and it would seem I have stayed here for the last 18 years!

"I also feel that now is the time to think about a new challenge when I return, although what that will be, I have no idea and perhaps, that is indeed a challenge in itself!

"Throughout my time with SiMS, I have had many roles and along with those, many challenges.

"We have seen many transitions but always at the core of SiMS has been our value base; it has remained a platform from which ‘real’ social work could be practiced, one which has allowed me to work in genuine partnership with our members and stakeholders.

"It would be remiss of me to claim my time with SiMS as mine alone, there have been many people who have helped Fife Services get to where we are today and so I would like to say a final and sincere very big ‘thank you’ for your support over the years."

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