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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Nigel Henderson: More action needed on mental health

We do not take everything with us when we leave childhood. At some point on the journey to adulthood, most of us will put away our childish things. Sadly, far too many children will take mental health issues with them and enter adulthood with debilitating problems that can, if nothing is done, blight their lives … Continued

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Student string ensemble hopes to hit high note for Edinburgh charity

A string ensemble with an unorthodox repertoire is hoping a concert at one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious venues will be a fundraising success for a local mental health charity. The Super String Companions group will take the stage at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh later this month to raise funds for Penumbra, one of … Continued

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Wellbeing Points popping up across Scotland

Penumbra has been working with colleges, community groups and support services to help people access resources designed to improve their wellbeing. Recovery Practitioner William Wright has been helping organisations to create Wellbeing Points, a publically accessible computer which can be used to search local health and wellbeing portals such as ALISS (A Local Information System … Continued

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Penumbra recieves share of £1 million social and community care funding

More than £1 million has been awarded to voluntary organisations to help support and develop social and community care services in Scotland. The allocation is part of the Section 10 grants scheme. Three mental health charities – Penumbra, Support in Mind and Freedom from Torture have received funding, accounting for £170,000 (18.8%) of the total … Continued

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New Director of Corporate Services

Joanne Mayne has been appointed as Penumbra’s new Director of Corporate Services. Joanne joined Penumbra in Spring 2017 from the children’s charity Children 1st, where she was Finance Manager. Prior to this Joanne worked for Lothian and Borders Police for 11 years, starting as Management Accountant and finishing as Head of Business Management. In her … Continued

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IPA announces Scotland Student Advertising Awards 2017 shortlist

The IPA has revealed the shortlist for the 2017 IPA Scotland Student Advertising Awards. Now in its second year, the competition’s brief centred on promoting body confidence amongst Scottish youth and was endorsed by mental health charity, Penumbra. The shortlist includes a team from Edinburgh College’s HND in Visual Communication, Hazel Pike and Beth Wilson; … Continued

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Penumbra welcomes New Mental Health Strategy

Nigel Henderson, Chief Executive of the mental health charity Penumbra and current President of Mental Health Europe, has welcomed the publication today (30 March 2017) of the Scottish Government’s new Mental Health Strategy. He said: “This is a very wide ranging strategy which covers lots of issues. With 40 key actions and many other points … Continued

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I.ROC wellbeing website launches

We help the people we work with to recover from mental ill health and to fulfil their potential. We feel it is important to know if the work we are doing is of value to those who use our services. That is why we developed I.ROC (individual recovery outcomes counter) and the HOPE framework, and … Continued

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Fundraise for charity by abseiling off the Forth Rail Bridge!

Back by popular demand, we have two Forth Rail Bridge abseils coming up! The abseils are happening on Sunday 21 May and Sunday 15 October, and we have five places left for each event. If you or someone you know would like to rappel down one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks, please get in contact! … Continued

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