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 that Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust has chosen us as one of their charities for their match day collections. If you are a football fan do look out for their volunteer collectors on match days
All funds raised from the collections will be split between AFCCT and the nominated charities at the end of the 2018/19 season.
You may know that we are one of the Co-op’s chosen charities for 2017/2018. 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.
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
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 DID IT! The news has come through that the Living Well Project has been given the maximum award of £4000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative during January & February. We are all very excited at this massive boost and thank each and every one of you who popped your tokens in the right slot! Together we succeeded!
There is still time to support us at Tesco. Last chance to add your tokens which have to be in by the end of the month! If you do your shopping at Tesco please do ask for tokens at the check out and think of supporting us. Every little really does help and we appreciate every token of support we receive.
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!
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.
Tesco Bags of Help has now launched! Please do vote for us at your local Tesco Store. Every little helps!