SUPPORT in Mind Scotland is delighted to announce that Kathleen Peter-Tennant, below, has been appointed to the new post of Area Manager of Fife and Tayside.

There are incredible teams in Fife and Tayside, the projects are providing fantastic support and opportunities for the people we with work with and for

Kathleen has been working with us as an Interim Manager in Tayside developing a service for young people with mental health problems - CU Thru Dundee and Angus - and in the short time with us has already made a significant impact.

Support in Mind Scotland's CEO Frances Simpson said: "Kathleen continues the excellent work started by staff who have now moved on from Support in Mind Scotland.

"Charlene Kenny and Meg Marr in Tayside and Marjory Sprunt from Fife have all been part of helping us to come through some very uncertain times and I am extremely grateful to all of them for all of their hard work and dedication.

"Kathleen brings with her to Support in Mind Scotland many years experience working within the voluntary sector, supporting both young people and adults, as well as infectious enthusiasm and energy for everything that she does."

This is a homecoming for Kathleen, who officially took up her post on 30 May. Born in Dundee, brought up in Fife and now after living and working away for nearly 20 years in other parts of Scotland, she’s back!

Kathleen started working with Support In Mind Scotland, C U Thru Dundee & Angus, in September last year, then was the interim Involvement  manager for Tayside Carer Support Project, from March. So there have been a lot of changes in a short space of time for Kathleen.

With experiences living and working in the Orkney Islands, the Borders, South Ayrshire and in a national post based in Edinburgh and living in East Lothian…Kathleen, as she would say herself, “has been around, in the nicest possible way!”

“It’s good to be back home," said Kathleen. "I was so excited about the C U Thru post with Support in Mind Scotland but I’m even more excited about the Fife and Tayside Area Managers post."

"There are incredible teams in Fife and Tayside, the projects are providing fantastic support and opportunities for the people we with work with and for. Long may that continue and together we can seek out other areas for growth. Lynda Sloan in Fife is already sharing her ideas and filling my head with so many aspirations for the Fife and Tayside services.

"I’m looking forward to getting to know the teams and the folks who are accessing our services and projects. I’ve already had the opportunity of meeting with some of our carers and their families/friends at the Musical evening in Perth on the 6 June (pictured above) to celebrate the start of Carers' week. It was a brilliant night."

The main photo accompanying this article was taken by Kathleen from Wormit Bay, Fife looking over to Tayside. "Another reason why it’s good to be back," she said. "I have missed these incredible sunsets. Always inspiring and forever taking my breath away. Hoping that this new adventure with Support in Mind Scotland, Fife & Tayside is as colourful and vibrant!”