Eating Disorders Support Group Aberdeen

2020 Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Looking forward…….

All the volunteers at NEEDS(Scotland) both in Dundee and in Aberdeen hope that everyone had a peaceful and relaxed festive season. We are now in a new year, and also a new decade. Many people make resolutions, look back and look forward, some with confidence, some with anxiety. For those of you who are following the road to recovery from an eating disorder, or supporting someone who is, here are some inspiring quotes to help you look forward to your personal goal.

  • “You need to be content with small steps. That’s all life is. Small steps that you take every day, so when you look back down the road it all adds up and you know you covered some distance.” Katie Kacvinsky
  • “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent van Gogh
  • ” Each step you take reveals a new horizon. you have taken the first step today. Now I challenge you to take another.” Dan Poynter
  • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier
  • “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” Chinese Proverb
  • “Take small steps every day and one day you will get there. ” Unknown
  • “One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.” John Wanamaker
Bruno from Therapets- Relaxing on the floor

Therapets become regular visitors at group sessions

We recently initiated quarterly 30 minute visits from Therapets. There have been three so far, providing a welcome distraction from any anxieties before our sharing sessions begin. Our “regulars” are Bruno, the German Shepherd and Dougal, the American Doodle. Bruno is very laid back, comes in and instantly relaxes on the carpet. Dougal is much more inquisitive and wants to meet everyone individually, wagging his tail continuously.

This month we had two new visitors, Jazz a Golden Doodle, and Ellie, a working cocker spaniel. Once again both dogs proved to be a welcome distraction, and conversation starter.

NEEDS(Scotland) recognises the part animals can play in lifting our moods and offering unconditional love without any judgement. We are very grateful to the Therapet owners who give their time to support us by sharing their pets with us.

Wellbeing Day 2

NEEDS Wellbeing Day 24th August 2019

Wellbeing class – Build your confidence with this beginner’s class at Aberdeen Sports Village each Tuesday afternoon.

Wellbeing Day 2

Body and Mind Wellbeing Class

Wellbeing class – Build your confidence with this beginner’s class at Aberdeen Sports Village each Tuesday afternoon.

Body and Mind Well-being Classes

  • Venue

    Aberdeen Sports Village, Linksfield Rd, Aberdeen AB24 5RU

  • Date and time

    Every Tuesday 3PM – 4PM


Aberdeen Sports Village is now running a Body and Mind Well-being Class every Tuesday between 3PM and 4PM. Cost is £3 per class per person.

For more information, contact reception on 01224 438900.

Aberdeen Body and Mind Well-being classes

Music

Collectively written poem from Wellbeing Day 2018

Love …..Respect………”I am”

Life is ultimately personal, human

Mind, body, soul, freedom.

Freedom is golden, freedom is difficult

The body needs nurtured: this will lead

to self-acceptance.

Helping, connected, unexpected light

Being comfortable with outside silence

Grounded, change,

Communication is music, should be honest.

This poem was created collectively by the group attending the Wellbeing Day on Saturday April 28th 2018. The group consisted of some of our group members past and present, some of our volunteers and some of our carer members. The task was led by Francine Dulong of BodyGossip.

Youth and Philamthropy Initiative Scotland logo

YPI 2018 Final Winners

We have been very fortunate recently to have enjoyed some success through the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.

One of Peterhead Academy’s S5 teams were runners up in their school’s competition and one of our volunteers, Alison Lynch met with the team and collected a £200 donation for our charity.

Following that success, a team of S2’s from Meldrum Academy secured their school’s winning spot, and presented us with a cheque of £3000.

All the presentations were of a very high standard, so they did very well indeed.

Alison Lynch had visited the team, answering their questions and giving them details of what NEEDS(Scotland) does, and also, very importantly, how we would spend the money.

Unfortunately, Alison was unable to attend the final, so Mel Stevenson and Heather Cassie went along. They took the opportunity to model our stylish NEEDS(Scotland) hoodies, which are great for promoting our charity when we attend any awareness raising events.

We cannot thank all the schools involved and also the Youth Philanthropy Initiative for their work in this area, which not only has given us the chance to win the prize money, but also allows us to raise awareness of eating disorders in the school community and also amongst the parents of pupils.

Many thanks to all concerned, but especially the pupils.

Peterhead Academy’s S5 YPI 2018 team

Peterhead Academy’s S5 YPI 2018 team

 

Meldrum Academy's S2 YPI 2018 team

Meldrum Academy’s S2 YPI 2018 team

Mindfulness

Wellbeing Day 3 success

Here are some photos from our recent Wellbeing Day held at the Inspire Building on the Beach Boulevard.

Workshops were Bodytalk with Francine Dulong from BodyGossip and Laughter Yoga with Helen Spence. Claire from me2you nails created some very stylish nails. Taster complementary therapies were also available including, Shiatsu, massage, reflexology, and reiki.

This was a free event, the result of Albyn School’s winning presentation in their YPI competition resulting in a £3000 donation to NEEDS(Scotland).

The photos include some of the group mimes of situations which help us read, and situations where we feel stressed and uncomfortable.

There are also photos of the timeline we created together of happy and sad events in our lives.

You can also see photos of Helen Spence leading the Laughter Yoga session and an example of Claire’s nail painting skills.

It was a great day, which left everyone very relaxed, chilled and looking forward to the next Wellbeing Day!

Mindfulness

Wellbeing Day Saturday 28th April 2018

  • Venue

    Café Coast, Beach Boulevard AB24 5HP

  • Date

    Sat 28th April 9.30-4pm

  • Arrival time

    Please Arrive at 9.15 to sign in

  • Registration deadline

    Monday 23rd April 2018

Join us for a day of positivity, relaxation & pampering.

This is a free event open to all NEEDS & Bridging the Gap members, past or present, Friends, family & carers. Everyone is Welcome.

Mindfulness

Wellbeing Day……save the date!

After the success of our two previous Wellbeing Days, we are holding a third on Saturday 28th April 2018 at Cafe Coast, in Aberdeen. We welcome all group members and their carers, to this event, which includes workshops featuring Body Image and Laughing Yoga, a light lunch and taster sessions of various complimentary therapies. Some “me” time for everyone!

 

More details coming soon………..