Each year we hold a Members Day, where we invite our members along for a day of celebrating past successes, thinking ahead to the future, approving our annual accounts, and last but not least, saying thank you for all your ongoing vital support.

This year we had a great turnout at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh, where we started off with talks on two exciting new pieces of work - Bloom, teaching young people about resilience, and Highlands and Islands Connections, a project aiming to connect people in more remote places. 

Then, we played a video celebrating and saying thank you to our diverse range of volunteers within our organisation. Thank you to all those who took part and took the time to share their story so openly.

We then moved on to some roundtable discussions where we asked everyone to discuss what should be prioritised in our next strategy. The room buzzed with enthusiasm during this activity, and the passion our supporters have for mental health and what we do really shone through.

The final part of the day was a little award ceremony, where we announced the winners of our 100 Streets Challenge Awards. Everyone who takes part in the challenge is a winner in our eyes of course, but these were given to those we felt had gone above and beyond in some way.

Best use of social media: Emily Watkinson, Tom Hodgkiss and Will Carmichael. 

This intrepid trio took to cycling the streets of Durham for their challenge, and made sure to keep everyone following them on social media in the loop. They digitally mapped their route, and updated all social channels regularly with pictures and check-ins during their well-deserved rest stops. As an aside, Emily had months before badly injured her knee, leading to some dark times she has spoken openly about. The 100 Streets Challenge was a great way to test herself in an enjoyable way without pushing herself too far and potentially compromising her recovery.

Most creative route: Kevin Ferguson

    

Kevin took his challenge on the road, and we're not sure he stopped at 100 Streets! Places visited include; Sheffield, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, York, Dorking, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and Alnwick. So we thought he would be a very deserving winner in this category having taken in all the scenery these destinations have to offer - from the Oor Wullie statues to the Train Museum in York!

Star Fundraiser: Iain Stirling

Iain joined in with the group effort organised by Jenny Hastings in October, and very quickly and quietly raised over £800! Fundraising Manager Colin Leslie mentioned at the event how, while we're very proud to be able to offer the challenge to people without asking for a participation fee, or a minimum fundraising target to be reached, it is vital that people like Iain get involved and actively raise money.

Best team effort: Leigh, Amy & The Colinton Inn

Leigh co-ordinated an extensive challenge around the scenic area of Colinton in Edinburgh, and found much support in the local community. Despite taking place on a particularly dreich day, the spirits of the 24 participants, not to mention the 5 dogs who took part, could not be dampened. They raised over £1000 and Mike, one of our Stafford Centre DJs, was delighted to join Leigh to accept the award.  

Best Newcomer: Eilidh Robertson Cumming

    

We couldn't let the awards ceremony pass without a mention for little Eilidh, who learned of the challenge through her mum (and our Volunteer Manager) Alexis, and couldn't wait to get involved! Eilidh recorded a video for us talking about the challenge which really tugged on people's heart strings on social media, and is one of our highest reaching posts to date! Not only that, she spoke highly of the charity to everyone she came into contact with and along with her mum raised well over £600! A wonderful ambassador for Support in Mind Scotland, and hugely deserving of her award. 

You can find out more about the 100 Streets Challenge here. We'd love to have you join us for 2020!

Special Recognition 

We also gave an honorary award to On A Roll, a cafe next to our National Office. The team and customers there have been our dedicated supporters for several years now, tirelessly fundraising and spreading the word of what we do to. Their fundraising efforts have taken many forms, but even from their shop collection tins alone they have raised over £936. 

Here's Jan and Kimberley from On A Roll accepting the award.

They have even decorated their shop door in our unique mental health tartan! If that isn't dedication, we don't know what is! So we felt a bit for-lorne about having not yet shown our appreciation officially, and presented them with this special award last week!

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Members Day, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! And to our Members who couldn't make it along this time - thank you for all your support, and we hope to see you next time.

If you'd like to become a member of Support in Mind Scotland, signing up is free and easy. You'll be the first to know of any upcoming events, surveys and important news about our organisation. Find out more about membership here.