Mental health charity’s windfall delight
A WESTERN Isles mental health charity has received a welcome cash boost of £2,500.
Wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust donated the money to The Western Isles Association for Mental Health (WIAMH).
WIAMH says the money will help pay for activities at its Catch-23 drop-in service and retain three support workers. Del Gunn, WIAMH manager, said the timing of the funding was ‘fantastic’ with the end of the financial year fast approaching.
He said: ‘It gives us a level of flexibility. If we have got a new idea then we can run with it straight away instead of having to chase the money.
‘It’s an absolute godsend because we can plan now. It enables us to retain staff who are in recovery themselves from mental health issues.’
Western Isles Association for Mental Health is the largest service user group of its kind in the Outer Hebrides and recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary. The main project run by WIAMH is Catch 23, a recovery-based, drop-in that caters for people with mental health conditions and addictions. It receives around 5,500 drop-ins every year and is open six days a week, from noon till 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 11am to 3pm on Saturday.
Most of the activities organised by WIAMH take place under the banner of Catch 23. These include two arts groups, a writers’ group and an addiction support group, as well as gardening sessions and social events.
The donation to WIAMH is the first instalment of £ 5,000 a year support, depending on the profits from Point and Sandwick’s community- owned Beinn Ghrideag wind farm.
It is also part of a jigsaw of support created by Point and Sandwick Trust for vulnerable islanders, following recent donations of £15,000 each to Hebrides Alpha and Western Isles Foyer.
Angus McCormack, chairman of Point and Sandwick Trust, said: ‘ We are delighted to be able to help Western Isles Association for Mental Health and support the very important work it does.’
Point and Sandwick Trust chairman Angus McCormack, right, with Del Gunn, Western Isles Association for Mental Health manager, and Cathy MacArthur, WIAMH chairwoman.