Get Involved

At HUG we welcome you to become involved as much or as little as you can. As a member you can be involved in several ways.

Think-In Meetings and Creative Groups

Every second Thursday we hold a ‘Think-In’ at our offices in Lotland Street to which all members, wherever they live in the Highland area, are welcomed to join us for discussion and debate on a wide variety of subjects, be they local or topical.

A creative writing session takes place in the afternoon after the last think-in of the month, again all welcome.  These are often led by one of our members.

SPIRIT’s board of directors meet every two months and our HUG advisory group meet quarterly.

In addition to the meetings at our Lotland Street office, we hold regular branch meetings throughout our 13 branch areas.

For full details on any of our meetings please visit our What’s On page.

Volunteering

Many of our members opt to become more deeply involved in our work, and choose to use their skills and talents to take on specific tasks to help develop and support HUG. Typical roles might include:

  • Stigma Busting, Anti-Discrimination, Breaking Down Barriers
    • participating in our mental health awareness-raising training for professionals
    • offering personal testimony of lived experience
  • Partnership Working /Networking
    • representing HUG at NHS policy meetings
    • linking in with other mental health related groups and organisations
    • developing working relationships with:
      • mental health workers
      • other professionals
      • trainers
      • general public
    • media work, reporting
  • Collective Advocacy
    • presenting and representing views of people who experience mental health conditions
    • lobbying for change, campaigning
    • consulting members for their points of view, concerns and opinions of mental health services
    • collecting and collating members’ points of view
    • creative expression and voice – making films, DVDs, creative writing, painting, crafts
    • welfare rights representative
    • minority groups representative
    • local area representative
    • advisory group member
    • board member
  • Supporting Volunteers / Practical Support
    • peer mentoring
    • training and coaching others
    • transport and driving
    • IT support and training
    • administration and communication

For further information on volunteering contact our Development Worker (Volunteering) by emailing hug@spiritadvocacy.org.uk or by telephoning the office on 01463 719366