Ferryhill Café Reopening

A date for your diary.  After almost two and a half years’ absence and following the success of opening at Newhills, we have decided to reopen the café at Ferryhill.  The Café will be open on Thursday 18 August, 1 – 3 pm.  Please spread the word – a warm welcome awaits.


The Living Well Project

Pastoral Care Service

If you need some support or practical help over the next few weeks – or know someone in that situation, please contact us

Linda – 07927 541029
Jeanette – 07512 141818
Jonny – 01224 712549 (Minister of Newhills church)

We can offer help with shopping, prescription collection, top up utility cards or whatever you need – or just a supportive chat on the phone.
We will of course be respecting social distancing to protect you and ourselves.

We hope to be able to connect with and support many who use the cafes but also in Bucksburn as part of the pastoral care of Newhills Church.

We also have limited supplies of various Fareshare goods, so if there is anything you need, please ask and if we have it we will get it too you.

If you are in other areas where the Living Well Café operates, you can still contact us, if we can help we will, or we will pass your request onto the relevant church pastoral team in your local area.

Please do not struggle, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone, we are here and ready to listen.

Please do not struggle, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone. We are here to help and support each other get through this difficult but necessary time of lockdown.

Stay in your house and get in touch!

Annual General Meeting

The AGM is next Monday, 27 January at 7 pm in Newhills church. We will be joined by Tim Laundon, who climbed Kilimanjaro last summer and was sponsored to raise funds for the Living well Cafes, he raised nearly £7000! Do come along and hear his story, there will also be the boring bits, the achievements and challenges of the past year and the plan for the year ahead.
Refreshments will be served. Do come along and support this invaluable work in local communities.

Happy New Year!

Like many people we are back at work today, it was hard to get out of bed this morning! Some people have looked at the website and taken 2019 dates as 2020 dates, that is our fault as we didn’t put anything on the website when we left on the 19th December.

We do apologise for any confusion caused by this omission. Our first cafe of the year is tomorrow (7 January 2020) and it is at Newhills. We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Living Well Cafe joins in with Celebrate Aberdeen Parade

The Living Well Cafe staff and some volunteers took part in the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade on 24 August. This parade recognises and celebrates the work of volunteers across the city.

Over 130 different groups took part and the weather and the atmosphere was great. We were invited into the Citadel at the end of the parade for refreshments.

A huge Thank You to all our wonderful volunteers, you are what makes the cafes what they are.

Summer Café Break

The Living Well Cafés do not meet during July. Jeanette and Linda are not sunning themselves on a tropical beach, rather they are using this time to organise the cafes until the end of the year.

They may be out and about too delivering flyers, perhaps fitting in a visit or two and following up some recent referrals.

Our first café back is on 6 August at Newhills, we will post more about this nearer the time. Keep an eye on our FaceBook page as we will continue to post there throughout July.

HSBC Climb Kili in 12 Hours!

We went along last Thursday to cheer on staff from HSBC (Scotland Business Banking Team) who took on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro in 12 hours. They had treadmills in their offices and the action started before 7 am. We dropped in past on our way to the Ferryhill cafe to lend some moral support from the sidelines. We were offered a wee shottie but we really didn’t want to be late for the cafe so we had to decline (it was a good excuse anyway!). After the cafe we went in again to do our bit but unfortunately they were on the last mile and we didn’t feel we could steal their glory! The song playing as they reached the summit was ‘What have you done today to make you feel proud’ – and they should indeed be very proud of their achievement last week.

It was a big team effort and lots of camaraderie but for Tim it will be a solo effort in August as he does the real thing, having set himself this personal challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro. He is raising funds for The Living Well Cafes and if you would like to support Tim by donating then please go to:


We are so very grateful to Tim and to all his colleagues at HSBC.


Unfortunately we have had to cancel the cafe tomorrow at Ferryhill due to circumstances beyond our control. Debris and tiles have fallen from the ceiling in the hall where we meet and the safety of our visitors are of utmost importance to us.

We have a cafe on Tuesday at Newhills and any of our cafe friends are welcome to come along to that cafe if they are able to.

The problem should be fixed for next time and we will look forward to seeing you all there.