SCOTTISH charity, Health in Mind, urgently needs people to volunteer two hours of their time during July and August.
Health in Mind’s community fundraiser, Katherine Sellar, explained that two well-known stores had extended invitations for the charity to collect funds at their various branches in Edinburgh, Musselburgh and Haddington between 17 July and 29 August, which is when many regular volunteers are away on holiday.
“The public can be incredibly generous,” said Katherine, “and the bucket collections can be great fun to do with friends sometimes signing up together to take part on the same day for a few hours.
“No experience is necessary but a big smile and friendly manner are top requirements and in return we provide our volunteers with tabards showing our ‘rising sun’ logo with the stores giving volunteers a really warm welcome.
“The funds raised will make a difference to the various specialist services delivered by Health in Mind which help people to live the lives they want to live.”
Katherine explained how one in four people experience a mental health issue at some point in their life and how two hours volunteering for Health in Mind can produce much-needed funds which will support the charity’s trained and experienced staff to deliver a variety of services.
Services include enabling people with long-term mental health conditions to stay in their own homes; providing an unique trauma counselling service for adult survivors of childhood abuse; operating a mental health and wellbeing information resource centre; providing befriending services for older people and a suicide prevention project for young men.
The Health in Mind bucket collections will take place between 17 July and 29 August and if you are able to help, please call Katherine on 0131 225 8508 or email our team of volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For further information contact Health in Mind communications manager, Doreen Graham on 0131 243 0137 or Katherine Sellar on 0131 225 8508.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Health in Mind was set up in the 1980s and was formally known as the Edinburgh Association for Mental Health. The organisation was established with the aim of taking over flats which were then rented for ex-patients by the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Today, the organisation still provides a range of general housing management and accommodation as well as personal, emotional and practical support to enable people experiencing long term and enduring mental health difficulties to stay in their home. Other services include trauma counselling, befriending services, respite for carers, information services and community based services.
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