Following a recent family experience with dementia, Tim’s son Jack and two of his friends took part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative. He was proud and delighted when his son’s team won the competition for their presentation supporting The Living Well Project.
Inspired by Jack and his friends’ success and passionate desire to do something to help sufferers, he decided he too wanted to do his bit to help this small and relatively unknown charity. It has long been an ambition of Tim’s to climb Kilimanjaro so he decided to take the plunge and booked the trip, with the intention of raising funds for The Living Well Project along the way. He sets off in August on the 70 km trek, summiting at over 19,000 ft, and it will take him 8 days to complete.
Not to be left out, his colleagues in the Scotland Business Banking Team of HSBC are planning to join in to support the fundraising and have taken on the challenge of “Climbing Kili in 12 Hours” between them. They are setting up treadmills in their offices in Queens Road on 30th May and will take turns climbing until they reach the “summit”.
The Living Well Project is something very close to Tim’s heart, having seen at first hand the effects and impact that dementia and other related illnesses have on those living with dementia and their families. While it is a devastating fact that many attending struggle to remember having ever been at the Living Well Cafes, it is obvious that while they are there “in the moment”, they are having a wonderful time with the volunteers and the activities laid on for them.
With your generous support, Tim hopes that The Living Well Project can continue this invaluable service to the local community and ensure many more days of happiness for those affected.
If you would like to support Tim, please follow the link below to donate:
Helen’s mum has been living with dementia for many years and she knows only too well the challenges her mum faces with confusion, frustration and upset in plentiful supply. Helen takes her mum and daughter to the Living Well Cafes every week and can see at first hand how much her mum enjoys singing, dancing, playing games and chatting to other people – all with a big smile on her face. In gratitude, Helen is running the Baker Hughes 10k on Sunday 5 May and all sponsorship raised will be in aid of the Living Well Cafes.
If you wish to help Helen reach the finish line by sponsoring her, please follow the link below:
Well done to Jack, Finlay & Sajan of Portlethen Academy who won £3000 for the Living Well Project. They came through as worthy winners of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. They were against five other groups and the competition was tough but the boys’ presentation was amazing and wowed the judges!
On Saturday 9 March, 17 volunteers and 4 members of our management team gathered for lunch at The Stables and an opportunity to meet and chat with one another. Alison Green from the management team thanked everyone for the time and commitment they give to volunteering week by week and gave an update on the future of the befriending service. It was a great event . . . thank you to everyone who came!
A big thank you to all who came along to our AGM on Monday. It was a great night with lots of really positive stories from both the cafes and befriending service.
We were delighted that staff from TSB Bucksburn came along to present us with a cheque for £433.40. Thanks to Nicola and her team for all their hard work fundraising for us over the last year.
Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Monday 28th January at Newhills Church at 7pm.
Reports will be given on the work of both the Befriending Service and the Cafés, along with an overview of where we have come in the past year as a Project and where we would hope to be travelling.
There will also be a Financial Report to indicate the condition of funding.
This is an open meeting so you would be very welcome.
Thank you to Nicola Stoddart and the team at TSB Bucksburn for holding an open day for their chosen charities. We had a great day speaking to people in the branch and spreading the word about the Living Well Project.
They also have a Christmas raffle on the go to raise funds for us over the festive season so watch this space for news of a donation in January.
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.
On Saturday 28th April, Aberdeen Presbytery hosted ‘Meet the MPs‘ event at the BB Headquarters in Aberdeen. The Living Well Project was there to promote their services and show what we do in local communities.
We met Maureen Watt, who is the Minister for Mental Health and Dementia as well as other MPs, MSPs and local councillors.
You will find more photos of the day on the livingwellcafe Facebook page
Thank you to all who came to our AGM on Monday evening. It was great to see you all.
We began with the welcome song from the cafes and then heard Committee reports from our Convener, Treasurer, and one of our Committee members followed by reports of the past year from Café Team Leader Jeanette Abel and our Befriending Co-ordinator Ruth Groves.
I think all those who attended enjoyed hearing an overview of the project and what difference both the befriending service and cafés are making for people.
We are also very grateful for your kind comments during the meeting.
A very encouraging evening!