New board members appointed at AGM

Mental health charity Penumbra has appointed three new board members at its AGM last night (20 September 2017). The new trustees have a board range or skills and experience covering strategic planning in health and social care, human resources, and finance. The new board members are:   Colin Briggs Colin’s professional career to date has … Continued

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£1300 raised for Edinburgh Crisis Centre

A specialist mental health service in the capital has received a cash boost following a fundraising event held last month. Staff, former service users, and supporters packed out the Ex-Serviceman’s Club in Leith to raise money for the vital mental health service. The Edinburgh Crisis Centre is one of only a handful of mental health … Continued

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Bench unveiled at Botanic Gardens to mark Suicide Prevention Week

A bench has been unveiled by suicide prevention campaigners in Edinburgh. Representatives from Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) and Choose Life unveiled the bench at the Royal Botanic Gardens on Thursday (7 September), ahead of Suicide Prevention Week (10-16 September). The campaigners hope the bench, which is inscribed “I loved you at your darkest … Continued

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Parcelforce deliver mega cheque to support mental health in Glasgow

Parcelforce staff in Glasgow have presented a local mental health charity with a massive cheque following a marathon fundraising effort. The cheque was handed over to Alison Garrow (pictured front second from right) from the mental health charity Penumbra at the Parcelforce depot in Cambuslang. Staff at the depot decided to fundraise for mental health … Continued

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Mindframe: art exhibition and fashion show

The Scottish Design Exchange presents Mindframe, a fashion show and art exhibition in aid of Penumbra, one of Scotland’s leading mental health charities. The event will take place on Thursday 5 October from 7pm at Custom Lane, in Leith, Edinburgh. The event will include a showcase of innovative fashion from Scottish designers, a drinks reception … Continued

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Edinburgh MP visits Penumbra Milestone

Today (15 August 2017) Edinburgh South West MP Joanna Cherry visited Penumbra Milestone, a service which provides support to people with a diagnosis of Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD). ARBD (Alcohol Related Brain Damage) is the term that is used to describe a range of symptoms which occur following a prolonged period of heavy drinking, … Continued

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Green-fingered volunteers transform allotment for mental health group

The New Shoots Gardening Group in Aberdeen welcomed a team of volunteers to their allotment day earlier this month. New Shoots is made up of people supported by Papermill Gardens, a mental health service which supports people living in individual tenancies provided by Langstane Housing Association. The gardening group encourages people to get active and … Continued

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Rosemount Terrace recognised for providing ‘Excellent’ care

An Aberdeen Supported Accommodation service has been awarded the highest quality grades possible by the Scottish social care watchdog. The Care Inspectorate made an unannounced visit to the Rosemount Terrace Supported Accommodation service at the beginning of June to assess the care and support it provides. The Inspectorate published its findings today (13 July 2017) … Continued

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Bad weather doesn’t stop Bank of Scotland volunteers giving back to community

Employees from Bank of Scotland have been giving back to the local community by volunteering for Penumbra. On Friday (30 June) staff from branches in Aberdeen travelled to Papermill Gardens, a housing support service for people with mental health difficulties. The eight-strong volunteer team had planned to help at the service’s allotment, but bad weather … Continued

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Penumbra in running to bag a share of bag charge fund

Penumbra is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative in the Scottish Borders. Tesco’s community funding scheme sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to … Continued

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Penumbra is Recognised for Excellence

On Wednesday (21 June) Penumbra joined organisations from across the third, public and private sectors for the 2017 Scottish Awards for Business Excellence. The annual event, organised by Quality Scotland, recognises commitment to Organisational Excellence, Continuous Improvement and Quality. The high profile awards ceremony was attended by over 300 professionals, including senior decision makers and … Continued

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‘What Matters to You?’ Day 2017 [video]

‘What Matters to You?’ Day (6 June 2017) aims to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social care and the people, families and carers who receive health and social care. On or around 6 June everyone is encouraged to have a ‘What Matters to You?’ conversation with people they … Continued

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Penumbra to feature at Edinburgh International Film Festival

A film featuring people supported by Penumbra is to premiere at one of Europe’s most prestigious film festivals next month (23 June). In Place explores the mechanisms we use to cope, questioning the line between the positive and the negative. The three people that the film follows: a young skateboarder, a university student and a … Continued

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Father and daughter complete Edinburgh 10k to raise funds for Penumbra

Dav and Priya completed the Edinburgh 10k race last weekend to raised money for mental health charity Penumbra. They joined 30,000 runners who took to the capital’s streets as part of various Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) events. Starting near the EMF Hub at Dynamic Earth, the scenic 10k route took the pair around Holyrood Park and into the heart of … Continued

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Penumbra speak about mental health to teenagers in Edinburgh and Fife

Penumbra staff from the Borders Youth Project and Plan2Change visited one of Scotland’s leading independent boarding and day schools yesterday (18 May 2017) to raise awareness of mental health. Recovery Practitioner Lynsay Laird and Manager Kelly Brown (Borders Youth Project), and Sandra Spanikova (Plan 2 Change), spoke to 120 pupils at Fettes College in Edinburgh … Continued

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Interactive art exhibition set to take place in Aberdeen later this month

An Aberdeen based art collective is set to host a new exhibition this month (24 May – 3 June 2017). Penumbra Art was set up by mental health charity Penumbra to help people explore creativity as one way of overcoming mental health challenges. The artwork produced for the From small seeds grow… exhibition showcases work inspired by … Continued

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New Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre launches

People in Elgin who are concerned about their mental health are being urged to contact a new service which launches today (Wednesday 26 April 2017). The new Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre can be used to access a range of adult services designed to promote positive mental health and support people to recover from … Continued

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Radio Borders: dust off your superhero outfit for Penumbra

People in the Borders are being asked to be a Superhero this May to make a difference to local children. Pupils, students, and employees are being encouraged to dust off their superhero outfits and join in with charity fundraising organised by local radio station Radio Borders. Every year the station organises a Superhero Day to … Continued

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