Support us at the Co-op

You may know that we are one of the Co-op’s chosen charities for 2019/2020.  At no cost to yourself, if you link your Co-op card to The Living Well Project, we then get 1% of your spend for our funds.

If you don’t have a Co-op card, please consider getting one and link it to The Living Well Project as every little received really does help.

A big thank you to everyone who has already done this to help us carry on the invaluable work we do in local communities.


Pastoral Care in Action Conference

On Saturday 16 November we are taking part in the Pastoral Care in Action Conference at Cults Kirk Centre. The conference will look at Pastoral Care in the workplace, in young people, in support of those living with dementia, providing friendship for those isolated, in using music as therapy and in caring for those suffering bereavement and loss.

The conference runs from 9.30 am to 3 pm, the cost is £10 per person which includes lunch.

To book a place register online via

Winners at Asda at the Beach!

We are delighted to have been awarded £500 from Asda at the Beach, having saved the biggest amount of green tokens from July-September 2019.  Well done everyone – and thank you for popping them in The Living Well Cafe slot.  Great effort!  But no slacking – we’re on the Asda board at Bridge of Don until December 2019 ……….. so keeeeeeep saving!

Living Well Cafe joins in with Celebrate Aberdeen Parade

The Living Well Cafe staff and some volunteers took part in the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade on 24 August. This parade recognises and celebrates the work of volunteers across the city.

Over 130 different groups took part and the weather and the atmosphere was great. We were invited into the Citadel at the end of the parade for refreshments.

A huge Thank You to all our wonderful volunteers, you are what makes the cafes what they are.

Living Well Café on Kilimanjaro!

Congratulations, Tim – you made it!  We are so delighted to hear that Tim Laundon has reached the summit of Africa’s highest mountain.  He has been raising sponsorship for The Living Well Cafés through his incredible efforts and we are so happy to hear of his success.  He was inspired to raise funds for us after the success of his son, Jack, who was one of a group of three lads at Portlethen Academy who chose us as their charity for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative and who went on to win the final in January 2019.  Jack’s grandad lived with dementia but sadly passed away in January 2018.  Grandad would be so proud of his family.  Thank you, Tim and Jack.  The Living Well Café is well and truly global!


The Living well Cafes do not meet during July. Jeanette and Linda are not sunning themselves on a tropical beach, rather they are using this time to organise the cafes until the end of the year.

They may be out and about too delivering flyers, perhaps fitting in a visit or two and following up some recent referrals.

Our first cafe back is on 6 August at Newhills, we will post more about this nearer the time. Keep an eye on our FaceBook page as we will continue to post there throughout July.

HSBC Climb Kili in 12 Hours!

We went along last Thursday to cheer on staff from HSBC (Scotland Business Banking Team) who took on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro in 12 hours. They had treadmills in their offices and the action started before 7 am. We dropped in past on our way to the Ferryhill cafe to lend some moral support from the sidelines. We were offered a wee shottie but we really didn’t want to be late for the cafe so we had to decline (it was a good excuse anyway!). After the cafe we went in again to do our bit but unfortunately they were on the last mile and we didn’t feel we could steal their glory! The song playing as they reached the summit was ‘What have you done today to make you feel proud’ – and they should indeed be very proud of their achievement last week.

It was a big team effort and lots of camaraderie but for Tim it will be a solo effort in August as he does the real thing, having set himself this personal challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro. He is raising funds for The Living Well Cafes and if you would like to support Tim by donating then please go to:

We are so very grateful to Tim and to all his colleagues at HSBC.


Unfortunately we have had to cancel the cafe tomorrow at Ferryhill due to circumstances beyond our control. Debris and tiles have fallen from the ceiling in the hall where we meet and the safety of our visitors are of utmost importance to us.

We have a cafe on Tuesday at Newhills and any of our cafe friends are welcome to come along to that cafe if they are able to.

The problem should be fixed for next time and we will look forward to seeing you all there.