Support in Mind Scotland is this year celebrating 25 years of delivering mental health services in Lochaber.

A celebration will be held this Friday (22 March) in the service's base at the Nevis Centre, Fort William, featuring guest speaker Graham Morgan, local musicians and singers, a hoolie and a raffle.

It is a significant and proud milestone for the service, which was launched at its former home - the Glengarry Centre - in 1994. It was the first mental health facility of its kind in Lochaber and has supported hundreds of people in the community since it opened its doors.

The official opening of the project took place on 12 January, 1994, with Ian MacDonald of the Battlefield Band playing the pipes. The service it was officially opened by Ronnie Hughes, a local Community Psychiatric Nurse, who played a major role in the creation of the centre, and it is hoped Ronnie will be present join the celebrations on Friday, more than 25 years on.

The first manager when the centre first opened (when Support in Mind Scotland was then known as NSF Scotland) was Kristine Glen, who was succeeded by Pete Harrop.

Meena Stewart was another major driving force behind the success of the centre while Ellen Nicholson joined the team in 2001, and continues to plan an integral role to this day at the new Cothrom base at the Nevis Centre .

Senior Project worker Ellen said: "The centre has undergone many changes, but the service remains one that people value and look up to in the area. We are all very proud of this milestone and what has been achieved over the past 25 years."

The Lochaber Service was based at The Glengarry Centre until February 2017, when it moved to new premises situated within the town's Nevis Centre and was re-named 'Cothrom', Gaelic for opportunity and equality.