Published: 05/12/2017 06:00 - Updated: 05/12/2017 06:08

Invergordon trailblazer as mental health charity paves way for new shop


Emily Stokes believes the new opening will provide a real boost to invergordon and service users.
Emily Stokes believes the new opening will provide a real boost to invergordon and service users.
AN award-winning charity acclaimed for its mental health work is to open its first shop in Easter Ross.


Birchwood Highland says the not-for-profit project in the heart of Invergordon will help meet the increased demand for its services in the area.

The pioneering venture on Invergordon’s High Street will operate as a social enterprise, providing meaningful activity for people the charity supports through work and volunteering.

Set to open early next year, the charity shop will sell second-hand goods including clothing, jewellery and accessories and small items of furniture and household goods.

Birchwood Highland supports people to build self-confidence and adopt lifestyles that improve their health and wellbeing.

It believes the social enterprise will promote this ethos among people it supports and give a significant boost to the Invergordon economy.

Emily Stokes, chief executive of Birchwood Highland, said: “I’m really pleased to announce our new social enterprise project in Invergordon, something which we’ve been keen to do for quite some time.

"Our purchase of the unit on the High Street reflects our commitment to investing in the Easter Ross area and our enthusiasm to integrate with the local community as far as possible.

“We look forward to working alongside other local businesses and organisations to maximise opportunities within the social enterprise; developing skills and providing profound experiences for people we support.”

The charity shop, to be located at 70 High Street, will rely on donations from members of the public and local businesses. Items can be donated locally at Birchwood Highland’s office at 108 High Street, Invergordon.

Supervisors and volunteer shop assistants will also be needed to run the new shop.

Ms Stokes said: “Volunteering can be an extremely rewarding experience, so if you have time to spare, and would like to help support a Highland charity – as well as helping to tackle mental health stigma and make a real difference to your local community – we’d love to hear from you.”

To find out more, call 01463 236 507 or email

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