Penumbra – One of Scotland’s largest mental health charities

Penumbra is one of Scotland’s largest mental health charities. We support around 1800 adults and young people every week and employ 450 staff across Scotland.
Founded in 1985, we work to promote mental health and wellbeing for all, prevent mental ill health for people who are ‘at risk’, and to support people with mental ill health to live fulfilling lives.
We provide a wide range of services which offer hope and practical steps towards recovery, and we campaign to increase public knowledge about mental health and to influence national and local government policy.

Our values

Four core values inform our work:
– People can and do recover from mental ill health
– People have equal human value regardless of their situation or ability and have the right to dignity, respect, privacy and choice
– People should be enabled to exercise control over their lives by means of real choice and participation and should be free from stigma and discrimination
– Penumbra’s services should provide person centred support on an ordinary and inclusive basis wherever possible.

Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Penumbra envisages a society where people with mental health problems expect recovery and are accepted, supported and have the resources to fulfil their potential. This vision is an overarching view of what we are trying to achieve through the activities and services of Penumbra.
To acheive this vision we will provide, support and influence services and activities that improve the mental health and wellbeing of people. To achieve this we shall seek creative and innovative solutions and work in partnership with agencies and people who share our vision.
Our Strategic Plan identifies five key strategic aims which describe how we will direct our activities towards achieving our vision.
Recovery | To ensure that all mental health services and activities are hopeful, personalised and recovery focused.
People | To ensure a highly valued, skilled and involved workforce.
Innovation | To develop, support and provide innovative responses that; promote recovery, social inclusion and citizenship for people with mental health problems.
Influence | To promote mental health and wellbeing in communities by influencing; policy makers, funders and others.
Improvement | To ensure quality and continuous improvement in all business processes to achieve our mission.