PLUS is a member-led mental health charity and social movement in Perth and Kinross. The organisation’s work is based on values of trust, honesty, equality, justice, community spirit, partnership working, love and compassion.
Membership of PLUS is currently over 300, and is led by people with lived experience of mental health issues. To ensure it is an inclusive and progressive organisation, PLUS has a Friends of PLUS membership enabling anyone who agrees with its values and principles to join. Projects are identified by our members – members decide on the most important priorities aligned to our vision and mission. They include a lunch club, a city centre garden, greenspace project, a drop-in service, festivals and events, Emotional CPR (ECPR) and a wellbeing café. PLUS offers volunteering opportunities to members who want to give something back to their peers and communities. The organisation has five members of staff and 26 volunteers.
PLUS Perth’s awareness raising of recovery and wellbeing and community arts projects such as ‘One Leaf- One Link’ have been commended and used in other parts of the UK.