It’s good to be back

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!

Café reopening

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.

Annual General Meeting 2022.

The Annual General Meeting of The Living Well Project will be held on Monday 24 January at 7.30 pm. This will be held via Zoom to ensure we are compliant with the guidance surrounding Covid and to ensure the safety of all interested parties. We would love as many of you as possible to join us and hear about the project over the past year and also what the future holds. We can’t provide a cup of tea and a fine piece, but grab your own and come along if you are able.

Here is the link to join the Zoom Meeting – we’ll circulate it again on the day of the meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82205167951?pwd=eWEyRktWVmNMbGNzdS9wU3ZKT3dIUT09

Meeting ID: 822 0516 7951Passcode: Fv0jYx

It’s unlikely you’ll need the Meeting ID or the Passcode, just the long blue link which will only be active just before the meeting.

The Brimmond Challenge!

As many of you will know, our core funding was withdrawn from 31 March 2021 and we are passionate about wanting The Living Well Project to continue.  This past year has been difficult for many people but particularly those living with dementia and their carers, following the closure of all day-care support. Throughout the year we have been keeping in touch with people by different methods, we have also tried to bring some cheer into your living rooms through our capers.

 

We are continuing to seek alternative sources of funding but meanwhile Linda & Jeanette have decided to embark upon a challenge to raise funds ….. and this is where you come in.  We are planning to do a continual ‘dawn till dusk’ climb (well, 7 am till 7 pm!) up and down Brimmond Hill on Saturday 5 June and would so appreciate it if you could lend your support to this worthwhile cause.  We have set up a JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/brimmondchallenge whereby you can pledge money to The Living Well Project.  Alternatively, you can donate in cash or by cheque if that’s easier for you.  We will start our escapade from the car park along from Craibstone Golf Course at 7 am and will just keep on going up and down the hill as long as our little leggies will allow!   We are thrilled that a team of Occupational Therapists from ARI are also supporting us on the day – they are already NHS heroes and we hope they will indeed offer life support to our small, local charity. We would be delighted to see you, whether you take your flask and have a fly cup and a blether with us at the bottom of the hill or if you’re feeling energetic and want to join us on part of our antics.  There’s a bench halfway up with bonny views towards the hills of Deeside.

 

Your support would really be appreciated and would mean that The Living Well Project can continue to support the vulnerable and isolated in our local communities.  Please share this widely with family and friends so that we can raise as much funds as possible – we maybe won’t reach the dizzy heights of Captain Sir Tom but we do want to do our very best for the Project.

 

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

You are invited to The AGM of The Living Well Project which will take place on Monday 8 February at 7pm.  This meeting will be preceded by an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to approve a new constitution which will hopefully open up the charity to seek funding opportunities.

Due to the continuing Coronavirus restrictions this will be online via Zoom.  If you are interested in joining us by Zoom to hear about the work of The Living Well Project over the last twelve months and to look at the future of the Project, then please let us know and we will send you the link.

 

ALL CAFES CANCELLED MEANTIME

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.

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 www.ferryhillparishchurch.org

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!