The “Giving Jar” Pat handing over cheque to Grampian Women’s Aid
In her recent talk to club members Dr Astrid Whyte, the Chief Executive of the charity Mental Health Aberdeen, gave club members an insight into the work of its highly trained counsellors and volunteers who provide support programmes for a wide range of clients including young people. She also gave advice on ways of identifying and dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our lives. The charity which has been established for seventy years and has a reach beyond Aberdeen city into the shire receives no government support and relies solely on grants and donations. A valuable local service SI Aberdeen are proud to have been supporting during this difficult year. http://www.mha.uk.net
Congratulations to our member Dorothy McKay who has been a member of SI Aberdeen for 20 years. Here she is receiving her certificate from President Janice. Dorothy is currently a member of our media group and at the moment is compiling an updated history of the club from its beginnings in 1929. Look out for this appearing on the website soon!
We have been collecting cleaning materials and toiletries for the women supported by Grampian Women’s Aid. Grampian Women’s Aid offers a free, confidential and non-judgemental, specialist service to women, children and young people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who have experienced domestic abuse. SI Aberdeen members are continuing to collect for Grampian Women’s Aid during September and October.
We have been busy tidying up and replanting the Soroptimist logo in the Duthie Park in Aberdeen. The logo was planted by the park staff in 2019 to mark our club’s 90th anniversary. This year the staff have been very busy catching up after lockdown so the club have taken over the display. We are very grateful to Chris Wardle of the National Trust who donated the beautiful pink begonias which are very striking. Pink is of course not the usual Soroptimist colour but we think it looks very attractive!