Arbroath support group honoured

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AN ARBROATH-based mental health support group has been recognised in a national care awards ceremony.

At the National Care Accolades Awards in Perth on June 22, support group Penumbra were announced winners of the ‘Personalisation’ award for their work in the Nova Project.

The project opened in Arbroath last year as a follow up to their success in Dundee, and was aimed at providing support to adults suffering from mental health problems in Angus.

Service user Robin Ross said: “I’ve been using Penumbra since the very beginning, about a year and a half ago.

“It’s really practical help. What Penumbra offers users is practical solutions and it helps answer all the questions we have for everyday life.

“Mandy puts in so much work, she works so hard for the project and the rest of the staff are fantastic, just the best people you can imagine.”

Sharlaine Walker, adult mental health services planning manager for NHS Tayside, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to see what’s happened.

“It’s been a great piece of partnership working between the NHS, Angus Council and the private sector.

“The strength of Penumbra is to push the boundaries and try new things and new approaches and it’s been a pleasure to work with them because they’ve been so willing to take on board ideas and run with them.”

Mandy McLernon, manager of Penumbra added: “For me as manager it’s just really an honour that the hard work and dedication of the team and the staff has been recognised, I’m really proud of them for being announced as winners.

“Everybody’s got something to bring, we all have ideas but we realise that part of their growth is that they are involved.

“I would definitely say that’s a strength. We do think that everybody has something to bring and something valuable to add.”