On Monday 17 September Kirsty Blackman MP visited the project to meet with staff and volunteers from the Living Well Befriending Service and the Living Well Café. She enjoyed a short presentation and was very interested in both services. We are grateful to Kirsty for taking time out of her very busy schedule to hear our story and are appreciate her offer of support in the future.
The day dawned, the sun shone and we joined thousands of volunteers in the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade down Union Street. Thank you to the volunteers who were able to join the Living Well Cafe team. We danced our way down Union Street singing some of our cafe songs though got a bit drowned out by the thumping drums behind us!
Our enthusiasm was undeterred and we shook our tambourines and waved our flags to those watching. When we got to the Castlegate who was there to welcome us but the Lord Provost himself, Barney Crockett. A happy morning with a real sense of celebration of what Aberdeen has to offer.
We are delighted to have received a grant from the ASDA Community Fund for over £600 towards musical instruments for our cafés.
We have now bought a wide variety of percussion instruments which have proved very popular at our cafés.
Jeanette Abel, our Café Team Leader, said “We are so grateful to Middleton Park for this amazing donation. Being able to provide fun and stimulating musical entertainment at all our cafés is fantastic and always has a great response from those who attend. Donations such as these are essential to allowing us to continue the great work we do.”
We are sad to be losing Jo Mugglestone from the staff of the Living Well Project. Jo first started as a volunteer with the Cafes as they began, and then became a Cafe Coordinator as we saw the work progress and develop. Her cheery, commitment and interest in everyone was a real asset to the Cafes. We wish her well as she takes more time for herself and her family, and we pray God’s rich blessing upon her.
We are delighted to have received funding from many individuals and groups, and TSB Bucksburn have once again named the Living Well Project their Charity of the Year.