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Brent Centre completes registration in Scotland, expands mental health support

Date published: 27.02.2023

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has now officially registered the Brent Centre for Young People as a cross-border charity (Reg No. SCO52246). For the first time, the Centre is registered to work across England, Wales, and Scotland, significantly expanding its reach to support young people.

The new project is called Brent Centre Highlands, which can now start actively fundraising and working in a region with a notable gap in mental health service provision. The charity’s registration is the culmination of three years’ work by Sarah Fielding, Specialist Mental Health Worker for the Brent Centre based in Inverness, who over the past few years has pushed for a new service for young people.

“I’m delighted to have secured this registration, and to begin working with young people in Scotland,” said Sarah. “In my nearly fifteen years at the Brent Centre, I’ve realised the vital importance of mental health services specifically geared towards adolescents, and can’t wait to start offering local mental health support here”.

Sarah is also a Trustee at Highlands mental health charity, Mikeysline, and works collaboratively with them to better understand the needs of local young people, alongside other charities in the Scottish third sector. 

Brent Centre Highlands is building a free service that offers psychotherapy and practical support to young people, aged 14-21. The plan is to create a hub in Inverness, and develop other services in rural areas tailored to local needs. The charity will soon begin recruiting specialist psychotherapists and mental health workers to develop the services. For fundraising, alongside grants applications, Brent Centre Highlands will be launching a Crowdfunder, and is proud to have two amazing runners participating on its behalf in the London Marathon.

“This expansion north is a huge development in the history of the Brent Centre,” said Maxim de Sauma, Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director. “I’m very excited for us to start offering long-term services in a new region to young people that desperately need our support”.

Are you interested in learning more about Brent Centre Highlands? Please follow the project on Twitter, and feel free to contact Sarah directly at Highlands@brentcentre.org.uk.