CHIEF EXECUTIVE for TLC Social Action Charity
GENERAL COUNCIL BOARD MEMBER (Aberdeen University)
ADVISOR TO THE ENERGY SECTOR
ENGINEERING TECHNICAL AUTHORITY (PD&MS)
Aberdeen is in the middle of the biggest regeneration programme in its history. Major renovations to the Music Hall, the Art Museum, Marischal Square project, the Union Street clean-up are all part of a City Centre Masterplan with strong vision for the economic future of Aberdeen. All this together with what is happening on the outskirts of the city with the AWPR and the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre rightly take the headlines.
However, there is more. Statistics show us that the number one reason for adolescent crime is boredom, so in my community we are running youth interest groups, games nights and school breakfast clubs. As loneliness has reached its highest levels in our nation, we have concurrently developed a programme within a number of our communities to reach the socially isolated (our TLC befriending project). Now we receive referrals from Aberdeen City Council Social Services & Wellbeing and Doctors Surgeries. For those who are suffering from benefit delays and food crisis we have also opened food banks in Tullos, Torry and Garthdee. But for total transformation of our city it needs everyone involved. If you would like help to pioneer a project in your community why not drop me a line. Together we can make a real difference!
"In my 20 years of working with the people of Aberdeen, most I have met do not need continual hand outs, but simply a hand up. A hand out is good, but a hand up is better. Be in no doubt, together we can do even more!"
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