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The four charities nominated for the #HIPBMA2024

The Journalists’ Charity has been supporting journalists in the Highlands and across Scotland throughout its 160-year-history. In the last few years, the charity has provided a lifeline for many journalists struggling through the pandemic and more recently, the cost-of-living-crisis. Recently, it has been on hand to guide several Scottish journalists through redundancy, offering training and skills support plus

financial assistance.

The charity also recently launched the first jobs fund, a unique assistance scheme offering essential help for new starters. In the last year it supported young journalists in the Highlands with transport, equipment, and other essential work-related costs.

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CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland) provides respite and end of life care to children with life shortening conditions, and their families, across the country. The children and families we support can enjoy time making memories at Rachel House or Robin House and at home, through the support of CHAS at Home, a specialised nursing and family support team. Our aim is to ensure that no-one ever has to face the death of their child alone.  


SiMBA has a simple goal; to honour baby loss and to help gather timeless memories for grieving parents. It wasn’t so long ago that when a baby died it was taken away, no touch, no cuddles, no time together, no memories. SiMBA is all about memories. In the last 5 years, SiMBA has provided 1218 priceless Memory Boxes to Hospitals in the Highlands and Islands region, along with a further 116 gifted directly to individual families.  Inverness, Caithness and Orkney are home to our beautiful Trees of Tranquillity and the Raigmore Hospital in Inverness has one of our comforting Family Rooms.


Discovery College is the Highland’s first college dedicated to helping individuals gain a deeper understanding of wellbeing, mental health, and recovery. It offers a unique learning experience that provides individuals with the skills and knowledge to improve their overall quality of life.

The Discovery College offers a range of courses co-developed and co-delivered by a team subject experts, peer supporters, and individuals with lived experience. Its aim is to empower individuals to better manage and cope with life’s challenges, allowing them to achieve personal growth and a sense

of purpose.


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