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FIREWALK registrations now open

Registrations for our 2018 FIREWALK on Saturday 13th January are now OPEN, and we are inviting you to save 33% on your registration fee by booking on our early bird rate.

You will learn to overcome fear and channel confidence into every part of your life before walking 15ft over coals of 800C. This unique experience is offered to you at just £10 registration fee (early bird rate) and £45 minimum sponsorship. All you have to do is complete and return the attached form, transfer your £10 registration fee by BACS, and share your fundraising with friends and family. Your supporters are welcome to watch you complete the Firewalk on the day.

The Firewalk takes place from 3pm-7pm on Saturday, January 13th at ProLife Fitness Centre in Paisley, with free parking, and close to Gilmour Street Station.

For many, the Firewalk is a life changing experience. Equally you will be raising crucial funds for local mental health services. Last year’s event was a sell out, so we recommend early booking. Please email completed forms or any queries to me, as above.

Get your New Year off to a really uniquely fresh start! We look forward to welcoming you

in January 2018.

 

please contact http://ramh.org/contacting-ramh/

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Gold IIP for RAMH

Charity bosses have congratulated their staff for helping them to achieve an Investors In People Gold Award.

 

Mental Health charity RAMH have recently been awarded the prestigious accolade following a rigorous evaluation of standards across the organisation.

 

Operations Manager Shirley McCuish said “this is a significant achievement for RAMH. We are extremely proud of the contribution that each and every member of the team makes towards providing excellent service delivery, staff support and supervision, innovative leadership and development of services. A gold award is a team effort which is really worth celebrating.”

Investors in People is an internationally recognised accreditation for improved management of people. The Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable business results. Only the top 19% of organisations achieve gold by demonstrating that they consistently perform at a high level of people management.

RAMH employs almost 200 staff and a further 50 volunteers to help provide comprehensive mental health services across the west of Scotland. Every year they support over 4,000 people who are experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or self harm. RAMH services include crisis support, housing support and a range of creative, educational, social and therapeutic groups.

If you know someone RAMH could help, and for more information about their services visit www.ramh.org or contact enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900.

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Brighter Renfrewshire Alcohol Awareness Week

Brighter Renfrewshire Alcohol Awareness Week was celebrated by RAMH with an alcohol-free BBQ attended by almost 80 guests. The rain stayed off and guests enjoyed a range of non-alcoholic drinks and healthy BBQ food including fish kebabs, grilled chicken, salads and couscous. The smoothie bike allowed guests to blend smoothies by pedaling their choice of fruit into a delicious drink.

Those in attendance included service users and staff from various agencies including alcohol support organisations, local information services such as Renfrewshire CAB, and local councillors.

The event was held in one of three of the beautiful RAMH gardens which is maintained by the Wellbeing Gardening Groups. Ecotherapy is a productive way to manage symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. Plus ecotherapy is beneficial because being outdoors, creating and nurturing plants, and being physically active boosts feelings of wellbeing.

The Wellbeing Gardening Groups are supported in 2017 by Tesco Bags Of Help who awarded three RAMH gardening groups a total of £12,000. The crucial funding means that three gardens will undergo extensive development to create spaces where people experiencing mental ill health can benefit from ecotherapy, enjoy being outdoors and seek peace and solace.

 

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RAMH exceed mental health standards across Renfrewshire & East Renfrewshire

Local mental health services provided by RAMH have exceeded required standards and smashed quality targets.

The RAMH Housing Support Service achieved the best possible scores from the Care Inspectorate who awarded them 6s (excellent) for all elements of their work.

The Care Inspectorate Report noted that RAMH excelled in “ensuring that services worked in a person centered and recovery focused way”.

Equally the organisation has recently achieved ISO9001, a quality standard certificate, for continuous improvement across all aspects of their operations.

RAMH Operations Manager, Shirley McCuish, said “we’re delighted to have achieved an excellent report from the Care Inspectorate and to have attained our ISO9001.

Shirley explained “The people who use RAMH, and their carers, can be confident that we deliver best quality services, suited to their needs, to help them recover from all mental health issues.”

She added “We are proud of our RAMH staff who continually work to review best practice, improve standards, and who passionately enjoy working with the people they support.”

RAMH promotes recovery from mental ill health, and empowers people to build independent, fulfilled lives. The charity supports a range of diagnoses including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, and their services include crisis support, housing support services, plus a range of creative, educational, social and therapeutic groups.

If you know someone RAMH could help, and for more information about their services visit www.ramh.org or contact enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900.

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Are you ready to take on a challenge in 2017 for RAMH?

Push your comfort zone, achieve something you never expected you could, meet a great bunch of new people, all while supporting local mental health services. Join us for the 2017 Canyoning Challenge on the River Tay! You’ll be jumping, swimming, and even abseiling through a beautiful gorge, and seeing sights you can only see from the river.

 

It’s on Saturday 26th August 2017 and includes return transport from Paisley or Barrhead, half day’s canyoning, pub dinner to finish and home before sunset. A fantastic, unique experience for only £15 registration fee + £75 sponsorship, all going directly to local mental health services. Book now! enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900

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RAMH annual Dinner & Quiz

Start swotting up for the RAMH annual Dinner & Quiz – this year hosted by the wonderful broadcaster & writer Vanessa Collingridge, with headline sponsors University of the West of Scotland.  It’s on Friday 19th May 2017 at the Normandy Hotel Renfrew and guests will enjoy a fizz reception, 3-course meal with coffee and 8 rounds of celeb-hosted quiz.  The sports round will be hosted by St Mirren FC legend, Tony Fitzpatrick.

 Teams of maximum 10 guests will compete to win the much coveted RAMH Quiz Trophy, sponsored by Linstone Housing. And the best bit is that the event aims to raise £15,000 for local mental health services. Tickets are just £29.95 each with the early bird discount; book before Friday 31st March and save £50 per table. Bookings after this date will be charged at £35 per person, so reserve your place now enquiries@ramh.org or 0141 847 8900.

 The evening is perfect for corporate hospitality, team building, or socialising with friends. Dress is smart/casual (no denim, no trainers). It kicks off at 7pm, the trophy is presented at midnight and the dancing finishes at 1am. It’s a terrific evening of competition and fun. All guests are warmly welcomed and furthermore, you will be supporting recovery from mental ill health with RAMH.

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Service of Dedication to remember those lost to suicide

An annual memorial service to commemorate those who have lost their lives to suicide will be held in Paisley next week.

The memorial tree

Renfrewshire support group Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) will be holding a short service open to all on Thursday 26 January.

The service will be attended by Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall, Reverend Alan Birss and Deacon Jack Gallacher and will be held in the Marriage Suite of Renfrewshire House.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall lays a remembrance wreath

Friends and relatives are invited to meet at the Marriage Suite from 3:15pm to collect a commemorative purple heart on which they can write a message to a loved one, if so desired.

At 3:30pm there will be a short set of readings followed by a procession to the memorial tree where the Provost will lay a wreath and light the tree.

The memorial tree was first dedicated in 2010 as a permanent memorial to those who have died through suicide and is believed to have been the first of its kind in Scotland.

A girl places a purple heart on the tree in remembrance

Following the service all those attending are cordially invited to join the Provost, the local SOBS support group and the Choose Life team for light refreshments in Paisley Abbey.

The service aims to provide an opportunity to remember those who have been lost while providing an arm of support to the survivors. It is an opportunity to connect with others who have faced a similar situation.

Provost Hall said: “The annual service provides those who have been affected by suicide a chance to commemorate their loved ones and also find support from others who have faced similar heartbreak.

“I would encourage anyone who feels this may benefit them to come along and join me at the service as we remember those lost too soon.”

The local support group meets on the last Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm-8:30pm, at the Wynd Centre, Paisley and new members are always welcome.

Lisa Aitken, Choose Life Resource Worker, said: “It is important that we remember those lost to suicide and also support those who have been affected by the loss of a loved one.

“The annual service provides an opportunity for people to meet others who have faced similar difficulties and all are welcome to attend.”

For more information contact the Choose Life Team on 0141 849 2200 or visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/sobs.

If you are feeling suicidal, or you know someone that might be then please call one of the helpline numbers: Samaritan’s 116 123, Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87, RAMH First Crisis 0141 849 90 90 or 0500 829 093

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RAMH Firewalk Challenge

Saturday was the most extraordinary afternoon/evening for RAMH as 35 willing volunteers took part in a Firewalk in order to raise vital funds for local mental health services.

Amanda walks on fire

The Firewalk took place at ProLife Fitness Centre in Paisley in partnership with Renfrewshire Sports Charity and Active Communities, and was hosted by Headstrong’s Brian Costello.

During the afternoon people heard about overcoming fear and channeling confidence into every part of their lives. In an incredible display of bravery, participants even snapped an arrow using their throats.

And then as darkness fell, the walkers began their preparation for walking 15 feet over glowing coals reaching temperatures of over 800C.

RAMH would like to thank each and every one of the inspirational walkers who demonstrated the utmost courage and commitment to supporting mental health by completing the firewalk. They have raised, Including Gift Aid, an incredible £6,500 for RAMH services, supporting local people recovering from mental ill health.

RAMH send sincerest thanks to everyone who made the event a huge success and for everyone’s amazing support! The money raised will promote recovery from mental ill health and empower people to build independent, fulfilled lives.

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RAMH Renfrewshire Community Service opening with Cllr McMillan

Local mental health charity RAMH officially opened their new town centre premises, with health organisations, charities, service users, staff and volunteers in attendance.

The ceremony included a ribbon cutting by Cllr Iain McMillan, followed by cake and coffee and a tour of the premises.

RAMH Renfrewshire Community Service incorporates counselling, employability, financial literacy, and a range of therapeutic, social, educational and creative groups.

Community Service Team Manager Paul B Henderson said “being based in St James Street means RAMH services are even more visible and accessible to local people.”

“It’s such a pleasant environment to welcome people into, plus we hope that having a town centre presence will help us overcome some of the misconceptions around mental health.”

Cllr Iain McMillan said “I’m delighted to officially open the RAMH Renfrewshire Community Service; mental health and wellbeing services are so crucial.

He added “RAMH can continue to deliver high quality services and will now be able to offer an even more integrated package of care to everyone who needs their support.”

RAMH provides 250,000 hours of face to face support, helping over 4,000 people every year. Since 1990 the charity has provided professional care and services to those experiencing conditions such as depression, self harm, bipolar disorder and anxiety, as well as promoting community wide mental and physical wellbeing.

For more information visit www.ramh.org and to contact Renfrewshire Community Services call 0141 404 7788 or email enquiries@ramh.org.

If you wish to donate £2 per month to help RAMH maintain and develop services in 2017 please visitwww.ramh.org/fundraising and use the link provided to set up a direct debit.

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Please support RAMH

It has been another energetic year for RAMH during which they have provided services for almost 5,000 people experiencing mental ill health; empowering people to move independently towards recovery. RAMH also received the highest grading of “excellent” by the Care Inspectorate for their housing support services, plus the Silver Investors In People award.

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RAMH works hard to deliver the very highest quality services on the tightest of budgets. That’s not always easy. Would you consider supporting RAMH with a gift of £2 per month during 2017, to help us maintain and develop services? You will be making support even more accessible, and more available, to more people.

One of our service users recently said “the RAMH singing group has brought me out of myself now, it’s given me back my confidence. Self management has been rediscovering myself in a way. It’s made me believe in myself again; without RAMH I wouldn’t be here today.”

For every £1 you donate, over 80p goes directly towards supporting local people with conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self harm and others. RAMH promises not to share your information with any other organisations, nor to raise money through telephone fundraising or street fundraising. To set up your donation visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/donate/makeDonationForCharityDisplay.action?charityId=1010168&frequencyType=M

or go to www.virginmoneygiving.com, search for RAMH and set up a monthly donation by clicking on the right hand side under Support Us.

If you can, please help RAMH by donating a small amount every month during 2017. If you prefer to make a single donation use the links above and select “single” on the drop down list. Your generosity will make a lasting impact in the lives of individuals.

THANK YOU for your kind and committed support!  www.ramh.org