MSPs Visit our Services Across Scotland
During parliament recess, we took the opportunity to invite a number of MSPs to visit our services and meet the fantastic people we work with. This gives us the chance to showcase the impact of the third sector, highlight the issues we are facing and give the people we work with the chance to voice their concerns in relation to mental health in their community.
Emma Roddick MSP
Our DBI centre in Inverness had a visit from Emma Roddick MSP.
Emma spoke with our service users about stigma and assumptions made towards people experiencing a mental illness, as well as the issue of transport and lack of buses to the centre.
Emma said: “From folk saying DBI saved their life after one appointment, to a former client now working there to help others, it’s clear they’re filling a gap in crisis services I’ve shouted about for a long time.”
Colin Smyth MSP
The Life Skills Project in Dumfries had a visit from Colin Smyth MSP. We showed him around the Gift Shop, stopped by the photography group, and spoke about how creative classes can support people to develop skills to prepare them for work, education or volunteering.
Colin said: “It was invaluable to be able to chat with John and Emma, as well as some of the volunteers and service users. I also appreciated being able to learn more about some of the challenges facing the sector and what politicians can do to help.”
David Torrance MSP
David Torrance MSP visits our services in Methil.
David said: “It was good to chat with service users at a visit to Change Mental Health. They provide unique support to people with severe and enduring mental ill health. It was a pleasure to speak with the families.”
Finlay Carson MSP
Finlay Carson MSP visited our services in Wigtownshire at the Newton Stewart service.
The people we work with spoke to the MSP about their recent issues with transport and the lack of options available to visit services.
Emma Harper MSP
Emma Harper MSP visited our centre in Stranraer and spoke to the people we work with about their group outings and cooking classes.