SUPPORT in Mind Scotland's 'Highland Gathering' in Inverness this week helped strengthen existing relationships and forge new ones between members, staff, volunteers and people who use our services.

Our team from National Office headed north to the Highland capital to meet with a healthy turn-out of members and people who attend and work in our Highland projects - Solas, Companas Cottage in Alness, the Gatehouse in Golspie and the Glengarry Centre in Fort William. 

The event in a modern and welcoming venue at the city's Inshes Church began with a welcome from Support in Mind Scotland's Area Manager for the Highlands, Bruce Armstrong, and closed with Chief Executive Frances Simpson thanking everyone for their attendance and input.

The morning session of a highly productive day saw people split into groups and take part in 1-to-1 interviews to discuss '5 ways to wellbeing' before we were treated to a compelling short animated film 'Hope and Dreams', which Support in Mind Scotland helped to produce in partnership with other Highland organisations.

After lunch, the National team split into sub-groups and talked about their roles at the National Office in Edinburgh, and invited feedback on how they can work closer and more effectively with people across the organisation. 

Fundraisers Colin Leslie and Iain Mitchell then gave a short talk on the forthcoming 1 in 100 Campaign, explaining how people can get involved in this nationwide effort, and Alan Bithell from the Gatehouse told us about Support in Mind Scotland's Peer Work Research Project which recently got underway across the country.

People dispersed north, south, east and west at the end of an enjoyable day, which produced a lot of positive feedback and helped strengthen links across our organisation.