The 2020 Highlands and Islands Press Ball raised £3,200 from
various fundraising activities. This money has been distributed
to our nominated charities for that year. Four new charities will be nominated for 2022.
Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia charity in Scotland. With fundraised income we are able to offer support through our 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline, Dementia Resource Centres, Dementia Advisors, Community Activity Organisers, Volunteer Coordinators, invest in research and much more to help people live well and make sure nobody faces dementia alone.
Since 2005, DAY1 has been providing a lifeline to children and young people in the Highlands. Our year-long award-winning mentoring programme has been helping disengaged youngsters build resilience to manage the social pressures of modern life. Struggling to make good choices, these kids are often exposed to social hardships within the family such as alcoholism, poverty, unemployment and poor mental health. Concentrating our efforts on difficult transition phases, outcomes include securing employment or training and sustainable progression to the next level of education. To date over 400 vulnerable children and young people from our community have benefitted from our programme.
Birchwood Highland was founded in 1987 and has since maintained a position at the leading edge of mental health recovery. We work with people over the age of 16 who experience mental ill-health. We work within the recovery ethos, which means supporting people to live productive lives even if symptoms persist. We have a 23 bed Recovery Centre in Inverness that provides support to service users in 12 self- contained apartments. The Recovery Centre is the only facility of this kind in Scotland. In the community, we provide services in the Inverness, Easter Ross, Caithness and Lochaber areas.
Children's Hospices Across Scotland
CHAS is the only provider of respite and end of life care to children in Scotland with a life shortening condition and their families. We run Scotland’s only two hospices - Robin House and Rachel House - as well as CHAS at Home, which operates throughout the country and specifically in the Highlands and Islands.
At the moment, CHAS can reach only one in three of the families who need our support. With more than 15,000 children in Scotland living with a life shortening condition, many of them in the Highlands, we are determined to reach them all. Last year the charity supported 420 families across Scotland, but so many more need help.