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Big Help Out- Lend a Hand

Big Help Out- Lend a Hand

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Once again a group of members took part in the Big Help Out in the Trinity Centre in the city. Organised by the local charity ‘We, Too’ in conjunction with ACVO (Aberdeen City Voluntary Organisations) following a very successful campaign initiated by King Charles last year, and at the culmination of this year’s national Volunteers’ Week, a variety of organisations set up their stalls to showcase the work they do and the causes they support, providing members of the public with opportunities to become volunteers. At the end of a very busy day ‘Thank You’ Volunteer Certificates were distributed to all the volunteers present.

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS)

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS)

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Club members recently gathered to hear a talk from a representative of the charity, CHSS, which provides service and support for people living with chest, heart and stroke conditions as well as Long Covid in Scotland, through their Community Healthcare Support Team.  Their ‘NO LIFE HALF LIVED’ strategy supports anyone who needs them to live full lives. The charity also supports health professionals and carers, and their dedicated stroke nurses help patients who return home from hospital following a stroke. There is a telephone interpreting service and an air quality & weather alert service. http://www.chss.org.uk     adviceline@chss.org.uk

The Big Lunch with GWA

The Big Lunch with GWA

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A group of members were delighted to attend the Big Lunch  hosted by Grampian Women’s Aid, the specialist service to women, children and young people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who have experienced domestic abuse. The theme for the lunch was ‘Women and Work’ with guest speakers who shared information about the work and volunteering they do. The attendees were women who GWA has supported and have done the ‘Own My Life’ course, the natural progression of which is a new syllabus being developed to support women with employability hence the theme of the day.http://www.grampian-womens-aid.com

Return to Bonnymuir

Return to Bonnymuir

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 BONNYMUIR COMMUNITY TRUST GARDEN PLANT SALE On Saturday 11th May members were busy at the Bonnymuir Community Trust Garden with our annual plant sale. A range  of plants were available to buy including dianthus, foxgloves, mallow, Siberian iris and several varieties of geranium. A herb section offered borage, mints, thyme and rosemary. Also available were house plants together with ceramic pots. There was a section on companion planting with marigolds. Focus as always was on insect friendly plants. There was also a craft and card stall and a tombola. Sunflowers were gifted to children attending and there was a photograph competition for them, too. The sale was well attended raising over £800.  

Renewing the SANDS Garden

Renewing the SANDS Garden

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SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death society, first set up in 1981, is a registered charity which works to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve care for bereaved parents and to create a world where fewer babies die. http://www.sands.org.uk In the grounds of Aberdeen Maternity hospital adjacent to the Rubislaw wing a small garden which is promoted by the SANDS charity, was laid out some years ago to provide a space for families and staff members to relax in peaceful and attractive surroundings.  Over time the garden has needed considerable attention so last year a group of club members volunteered to take on the work to improve the site. Weeding, cutting, tidying, replanting and repainting was done over several weeks during the summer, and when thoroughly restored with colourful flowering plants in pots and flower beds the garden took on

We are 95!

We are 95!

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Our club has turned 95 - and we have celebrated in style! A chilly morning in beautiful Duthie Park saw members and friends handing out pots of spring bulbs in order to mark International Women's Day. Of course this was followed by coffee and chat in the warmth of the Winter Gardens. Later we attended a wonderful Civic Reception in the elegant surroundings of the Town House, where a fantastic spread was hosted by our Lord and Lady Provost, David and Hazel Cameron. It was so nice to see our own Margaret Smith's portrait from when she was Lord Provost displayed so prominently.   A wonderful Diva tribute show at the Tivoli theatre was the evening's experience, with stars such as Annie Lennox, Blondie, Adele and Madonna portrayed on stage in all their fabulousness! Impossible not to sing and dance along with the music. The
Turning Aberdeen Orange!

Turning Aberdeen Orange!

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We were delighted to see so much support for the UN "16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence" throughout Aberdeen and in particular in the Rosemount area. Shops and businesses throughout Rosemount and beyond, showed their support by displaying Orange bunting, balloons and posters to raise awareness of this important issue. Carole Baxter of the BBC's Beechgrove Garden chose her favourite display on Friday December 1st and the winner was "Wool for Ewe" who receive a £200 donation to a charity of their choice. Club members joined other Aberdeen women's organisations on 25th November, the first of the 16 Days, taking part in the annual "Reclaim the Night March". Marischal College and His Majesty's Theatre were also lit up in Orange. "We are so pleased that the people and businesses of Rosemount have risen to the occasion in supporting the challenge of ending violence
Coming soon……

Coming soon……

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Members have been exceptionally busy over the last few weeks making bunting and posters in preparation for the United Nations 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. The campaign runs from the 25th November to 10th December and uses the colour Orange, a bright and optimistic colour, to represent a world free from gender – based violence.  

Meeting students and staff at RGU

Meeting students and staff at RGU

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Members of the club had a really enjoyable visit to Robert Gordon University on Thursday 9th November to attend their volunteering event. It was lovely to speak to so many students and staff who are interested in joining us to support women and girls. Many thanks to those who have signed up to our mailing list to find out more about upcoming events such as the UN 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. We spoke to several students who live in the Rosemount area of Aberdeen. They will be looking out for the Orange displays to highlight this event in 50 Rosemount shops from 25th November. We look forward to welcoming them to our next Orange Cafe which will take place at Bonnymuir Green Community Garden from 10.30 - 12 on Saturday 25th November. Many thanks to Annabelle from RGU for organising this
Donations to Grampian Womens Aid

Donations to Grampian Womens Aid

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Following a recent request from Grampian Womens Aid in Aberdeen members collected together a number of toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant which will be donated to them this week.   Grampian Womens Aid , established in the city in 1977 provides support and safe refuge to women experiencing domestic abuse. The charity is funded through a variety of funders including the Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire Council and donations to allow it to provide the best service it can for women, children and young people who have the right to live free from abuse.http://grampian-womens-aid.com