A Big Thank You

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A big thank you to Bannermans Colour Studio in Perth for donating two tins of paint for making Horners Plot lovely – a very kind gesture indeed.
Also to John and the Community Payback team. During the last few weeks they have been tremendously helpful in making Horners Plot look absolutely lovely with putting a fresh coat of paint on almost everything.
What a difference! Thank you

SHOUT – New Text Service for those feeling suicidal


A new text service for people who are feeling suicidal or facing a mental health crisis has been launched. SHOUT, provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text. It’s the first free 24/7 texting service in the UK for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere via the medium people already use and trust.
Text SHOUT to 85258 from anywhere in the UK, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Volunteer receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The Crisis Volunteer will help you move from a hot moment to a cool calm one.

Please click here for more information

WRAP Training

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PLUS organised a Wellness Recovery Action Plan(WRAP) workshop with fourteen Perth college tutors for two days at the end of termIt went excellently.
Feedback we got said things like:“Love WRAP and will push for our service to change to incorporate it”  “As a result of the training I realised I can do things that improve my own mental wellbeing, that’s so significant”“That doing simple things for myself can be very effective and have huge benefits”.“Bonding with others and relaxing, remembering to look after myself are things to take away from the sessions”

The training reinforces the message that everyone has mental health and there is indeed ways we can protect and improve our own mental wellbeing. 

Susan Scott, manager of PLUS said;PLUS has been an enthusiastic promoter of WRAP since it was first used in Scotland around 12 years ago. We would like to continue organising workshops for those feeling they need something to ensure their resilience, especially for helpful in relationships with those who are struggling emotionally.

Scottish Open Volleyball

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The PLUS volleyball team took part in the Scottish Open Volleyball Tournament over the last weekend. We got to the semi final in our section and had a very happy time in doing so – despite the rain!!  We fought close matches and had good opportunities to discuss and improve our own mental wellbeing. PLUS Perth has been using sport to raise awareness of mental health issues for 15 year now.

Trellis Conference

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Tofer and I attended the Trellis Conference at the Bield, Blackruthven,
on the fifth of March. This was my first visit; I found its olde-world
house set in woodlands an enchanting place.
After registration and coffee, there was the first presentation. This
was by Stuart Pomfret, of HMP Dumfries, who works to make prison a
restorative place for offenders. He explained to us how gardening can
assist this aim, with the help of the community.
Then Elizabeth Pilgrem told of the Social and Therapeutic Horticultural
movement. This uses gardening to positive effect in palliative care.
People in hospices work with plants and flowers in various ways;
growing miniature gardens; making planters, flower baskets and
pot-pourri. These activities increase patient well-being, and bring
freedom from pain and distress; families and carers also benefit.
Kenneth Cox, who talked about Scotland’s fruit and vegetables, gave
our first workshop; potatoes, apples and pears as well as soft fruits are
the ones most commonly produced.
After lunch and a look at the stalls – RHS and Greenspace Scotland
among them –there was a talk given by Jim McColl, horticulturist
and TV personality. Jim gave a lively account of his own career, and
answered audience questions.
Then to the last, a talk by Anthony McCluskey, Conservation Officer for
Butterfly Conservation. Anthony gave interesting info on butterflies
and bees, and what plants to grow to help our insect friends. Tofer
said we have all the flowers mentioned growing in Horner’s Plot!
Then it was onto the Shuttle Bus again, and home, after an informative
day, meeting interesting and kindly people.
Frances Fairweather