2010 Management with Birchwood Highland are launching an innovative project to promote mental health.

Hannah Finlayson playing a recent fundraiser for Birchwood Highland at Mad Hatters.
Hannah Finlayson playing a recent fundraiser for Birchwood Highland at Mad Hatters.

The project is giving people with a background of mental ill health the opportunity to organise a night of live music with local bands at Hootananny on the 30th of October as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

With the support of  2010 Management, participants of the project will organise every part of a night of live music including booking bands, promotion, and working with sound engineers and graphic designers.

The concept is described as an excellent opportunity for people of all ages with experience of mental ill health , including participants of Birchwood Highland, HUG  and Aspire 2 Be,  to come together and work with creative people in the community and engage with the music community in Inverness and beyond in a positive way.

“We’re very appreciative of the learning opportunities and experiences that this project will provide to the individuals taking part.” said  Emily Stokes-Reid (Chief Executive, Birchwood Highland) adding that ” It will be fantastic to see the end result and we hope the local community will support the event and show their interest in mental health awareness.”

More details about Birchwood can be found via the Birchwood Highland website, further details of the gig itself will be announced nearer the time.

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A lifelong passion for music matched with a geeky fascination for social media and websites resulted in the creation of Inverness Gigs back in 2010. The aim of the site is to help promote, support and generally raise awareness of the local music scene.In fairness fifteen years of being a psychiatric nurse never prepared me for the experiences that we have had over the last few years and the evolution of Inverness Gigs has certainly been a steep learning curve.I currently write (less and less), edit and co-ordinate most of the Inverness Gigs activities.Occasionally seen on Twitter, and  LinkedIn, if you want get in touch you can contact me direct at chris@igi.gs