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College staff and apprentices support Highland mental health charity Mikeysline with timely boost


By Ian Duncan

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Painting and decorating modern apprentices with Emily Stokes (Mikeysline), Mark Mitchell and Mo Turner (Painting lecturers at Inverness College UHI).
Painting and decorating modern apprentices with Emily Stokes (Mikeysline), Mark Mitchell and Mo Turner (Painting lecturers at Inverness College UHI).

STAFF at Inverness College UHI have been raising funds and awareness for a Highland mental health charity.

They raised £1000 for Mikeysline at a peak time of need.

Painting lecturer Mark Mitchell personally donated £500 from prize winnings he received as runner-up in a UK-wide mentor of the year competition. He was nominated by apprentices for his commitment to ensuring they leave college with the skills they need to be professional painters and decorators.

The college also held a Christmas raffle.The college had been working with Mikeysline to increase awareness of its text-based support service among students in the run up to Christmas.

Mr Mitchell said: “Mikeysline is a charity close to my heart. It really can be a lifeline for young people struggling with their mental health. I spoke to my apprentices about it, and they were all incredibly passionate about the work Mikeysline do in our local community and were very supportive of the donation.”

Left to right, Mark Mitchell (painting lecturer), Archie Shaw and Ross Henderson, painting and decorating modern apprentices employed by Henderson Decorators Ltd., Emily Stokes (Mikeysline), Mo Turner (painting lecturer).
Left to right, Mark Mitchell (painting lecturer), Archie Shaw and Ross Henderson, painting and decorating modern apprentices employed by Henderson Decorators Ltd., Emily Stokes (Mikeysline), Mo Turner (painting lecturer).

Lindsay Snodgrass, assistant principal, said: “We work with a range of support services to ensure students have access to support they need, particularly at this time of year, as we recognise one size doesn’t fit all.”


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