Despite the most atrocious weather with snow on the ground and blin’ drift at the top of the hill, we opened our doors at Newhills on Tuesday the 19th of April and offered a warm welcome back to our first Living Well Café since the start of the pandemic. Lots of fun and laughter and because of the weather we even managed to throw a few snowballs – aye, pretend indoor ones, so no cold hands!
A date for your diary. After two years’ absence, we have made the bold decision to reopen the cafés. We are starting with Newhills café and it will open on Tuesday 5 April, 1 – 3 pm. Please spread the word – a warm welcome awaits.
Further details to follow once finalised.
It is with regret and disappointment that we are faced with suspending all Living Well Cafés meantime because of COVID-19 and the latest Government advice. We had hoped not to make this decision as we realise the cafés are so important to so many people. But we must be sensible – and we have to minimise the risk to our café friends and to our volunteers. We are in uncharted territories now, none of us could have foreseen this global crisis this time last year. Please everyone, follow the guidelines, check our Facebook page for updates but most of all – keep safe. If you need to phone us here are our contact details: Jeanette 07512 141818; Linda 07927 541029.
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.
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!
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!
What a star Helen is – she completed the Baker Hughes 10K on Sunday 5 May and raised over £1,000 for the Living Well Cafe. Despite the wind in her face heading towards the Bridge of Don, and a sore leg until she reached the 9K mark when it suddenly disappeared (the pain, not her leg!) she completed the course in a very respectable 1 hour six minutes and 51 seconds. Good on ya, Helen!
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: