Eating Disorders Support Group Aberdeen

Music

Music and Art as a celebration of recovery… an update

There’s been quite a bit of interest in this project, which has been really terrific. Here is Nadine’s summary of where the project is so far…

So far for my community music project ‘Can You Hear Me?’, I have been working alongside participants to create a recovery song using art. Two sessions have already passed and I am so pleased with the effort and results from these.

Our first session resulted in mood boards being made from our favourite songs – where we all thought about the musical reasons these songs meant what they did to us. In our second and most recent session, we created lyrics using the four core aims of NEEDS, and together as a group selected phrases from our responses. Next session will be creating rhythms to our lyrics and it would be great to see some more faces! Both members and carers are welcome.

The next session will be held in Room M5 at Rosemount Community Centre in Aberdeen, on Tuesday 14th March at 7-9pm. All group members and carers welcome. You don’t need to have been before!

Community Music Project

Banchory Academy Wellbeing Fayre 2017

Banchory Academy Wellbeing Fayre 2017

Fitting in very nicely during EDAW 2017, NEEDS(Scotland) were invited by Banchory Academy to their Wellbeing Fayre on Tuesday 28th February. We spent the afternoon stamping pupil “passports” as they made their way round the various stands. This was a novel way to make sure they engaged with all the stallholders. It gave us ample opportunity to chat with the different year groups and staff, to raise awareness of eating disorders and to encourage the youngsters to talk to someone if they feel they or one of their friends or family may be at risk.

It also gave us a chance to model our newly acquired NEEDS(Scotland) hoodies……..

Music

Music and Art as a celebration of recovery

Nadine Allan is a third year music student at Aberdeen University. She visited our group on Monday 9th January 2017 to talk to group members about creating a pro-recovery song and related art work. This is a short explanation of what is involved. We hope as many group members and carers will become involved in this as possible as it is an extremely worth while project.

‘Can You Hear Me?’ is a community music project that aims to create a pro-recovery song for those who have experience with eating disorders. The project will use a multi-arts approach that will allow a positive and creative outlet through group music making. In order to create this song, we will use art as a tool to make lyrics and melodies in a sensory way. The art work created can be put on display at the end result of the project to showcase what you have accomplished – as well as recordings of the song for you to keep. This project’s main aim is to give you a voice and a platform to express yourself in a positive way. Both group members and carers of NEEDS are welcome to attend! Sessions will be held during the Art’s & Crafts group nights.

Dates and times of both the group  nights and Arts and Crafts group are on our website on this news page. Please telephone or email any queries to our administrator.

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Arts & Craft Group – 2017 Meeting Dates

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North East Eating Disorders Support (Scotland) Reg Charity no SC043640

Arts & Craft Group 2017 dates

  • January 17th
  • February 14th
  • March 14th
  • April 11th

7-9pm

Free admission, refreshments provided. All group members/carers welcome.
You can register on the night.

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Art Room M5

Rosemount Community Centre Belgrave Terrace Aberdeen AB25 2NS.
Parking available through barrier. Code to exit.

 

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Arts and Crafts group continues

Our Arts and Crafts group continues in Room M5 at the Rosemount Community Centre.

So far we have enjoyed a “free” session using the materials provided, and also a Christmas card making session using the iris folding technique. The cards were stunning, very effective!

Many thanks for Alison Lynch for sharing her time and talents with the group. The next group will be held on Tuesday 17th January 2017. All group members welcome, although you can register on the night.

Please see our flyer for more info.

Wellbeing Day 2

On Saturday October 22nd, NEEDS(Scotland) held our second Wellbeing Day at Cafe Coast, Aberdeen. The event was attended by group members from both Dundee and Aberdeen and also some former group members and carers. The workshops were on Body Image, led by Francine Dulong and Movement as Therapy part 2 led by Eveline Nicolette. Both were very well received. Francine creates workshops for school and university students for the charity BodyGossip based in London. She created a bespoke workshop for us based on responses to a questionnaire which she had sent out. The workshop was varied, interesting and certainly kept everyone engaged. We  could have spent the whole day working on the various activities which were light and non-threatening. Eveline produced a sequel workshop to her initial one which she did at the September day, working in twos or threes, again in a non threatening and relaxed way, which everyone enjoyed. Some of our taster session therapists also took part which they enjoyed too! Taster sessions available this time were reiki, reflexology, shaitsu, massage and  manicures. I can only speak for reflexology which was sublime and my beautiful bright red toenails!  There are no photos because I was enjoying myself too much and totally forgot to take any! I did notice, however, that everyone left with a smile on their faces! Many thanks to the team at Cafe Coast for providing a superb venue, and a healthy and delicious light lunch. Also many thanks to the speakers and therapists who made the day another great success.

Guest speaker – Neil Gibson 7th Nov 2016

North East Eating Disorder Support Group

Would like to welcome

Neil Gibson

As a Guest speaker on Monday 7 th November 2016

Neil Gibson is senior lecturer and course leader for the BA (Hons) Social Work course at Robert Gordon University. He has been researching the therapeutic use of photography in social care settings as part of his PhD submission. His social work experience includes working in residential childcare, substance use, criminal justice, care management and adult protection.

*sharing time will go ahead as usual after the presentation

“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” – Bruno Barbey

“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” – Bruno Barbey

Arts and Crafts

Arts & Craft Group Tuesday 11th October 2016

NEEDS

Arts & Craft Group

  • Tuesday 11th October
  • 7-9pm
  • Free Admission
  • All group members and carers welcome

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Art Room M5

Rosemount Community Centre Belgrave Terrace Aberdeen AB25 2NS

Wellbeing Day 2

Wellbeing Day 2 Saturday 22nd October 2016

Sat 22nd October 9.45 – 4pm
Please Arrive at 9.30 to Register

 

Positive Body Image Creative Workshop

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Francine Dulong is an interdisciplinary performing artist who hails from Nova Scotia, Canada. She recently completed  an MA with distinction in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, holds a Double Major in Theatre and French from the University of British Columbia, and has a background in physical theatre and art education (International School of Jacques Lecoq). Francine is passionate about the exploration of positive body image and gender equality in our current society. Working with Body Gossip and all the young people involved with the Performance Project is both a daily source of inspiration and a life changing opportunity. When she is not facilitating and designing educative adventures for Body Gossip, she is working for her participatory environmental theatre company, Blooming Ludus.  You can see her portfolio here: francinedulong.weebly.com

 

 

The Feel Good Factor

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Eveline Nicolette is a Body Oriented Psychotherapist who integrates body-mind approaches to creatively help people step into their lives more fully. In this work, she draws on trainings in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, trauma treatment models, meditation, the arts, and her personal life experience. Currently, her practice includes individual and group work with children, young people, adults and families.

Eveline has a particular interest in working with people with eating issues. An important aspect of this is collaborating with a person to find the body-mind tools that help make a positive difference to how they feel and cope with life.

In The Feel Good Factor taster session, Eveline’s warm and easy-going manner will invite you to get creative with others and have fun through movement, music and art. Come and play with possibilities and discover what the Feel Good Factor is for you!

 

Complementary Therapy Taster Sessions

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  • This is a free event  with a light lunch & refreshments included.
  • Cafe Coast, Inspire Building, Beach Blvd, Aberdeen AB24 5HP
  • Parking Available
  • Please click here for the downloadable programme.

Youth and Philamthropy Initiative Scotland logo Generously funded by Robert Gordon YPI

Settling in for an introduction to yoga

Wellbeing Day Saturday 3rd September 2016

This was a new venture for us suggested by one of our volunteers, and brought into life with funding awards from Aberdeen University Raising and Giving Campaign and also the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. It was held at Cafe Coast, which is a super venue for such an event, with a bright and airy room for both presentations and workshops.

The day began with a Mindfulness session where Louise Martin introduced the concept and led us through some exercises to focus our thoughts. The key is to accept that the mind will wander, but that you can bring it back to focus at any time.

After a short coffee break Morgan Windram introduced us to yoga and some exercises which could be done at any level. The focus was again on breathing which followed on from our Mindfulness session. The stretches were easily adaptable and felt very good. By this point we were all feeling totally relaxed and enjoyed a light lunch and chat with the speakers and also the 5 therapists who were joining us for the afternoon.

Using two extra rooms at Cafe Coast, we were able to offer 30 minute sessions of various complimentary therapies and also a file and polish. Among therapies offered were aromatherapy massage, deep tissue massage, reiki, shiatsu, reflexology, hand/foot massage and indian head massage.

Alongside these treatments were two taster sessions of Movement as Therapy, which was a new concept to us all. Eveline Nicolette gave us all a short introduction to the concept and then we experienced it for ourselves. The workshop was called The Feel Good Factor, and I definitely think it gave us exactly that, judging by the smiles at the end of the day!

The event has been hailed a great success and we hope to make them a regular event if we can secure sufficient funding. The next one is already booked for Saturday 22nd October 2016, so get the date in your diary.

The main presenter will be Francine Dulong from BodyGossip, a charity who take workshops on body image round schools and universities. We are also hoping to have a session on music as therapy and our complimentary therapies available once more. Watch this website for more details!

Many thanks to all involved for an extremely refreshing, informative and most importantly, fun day!
Apologies for only three photos…. too busy chilling out…….!!

Settling in for an introduction to yoga

Settling in for an introduction to yoga

The Yoga session was pitched well for all levels, floor based and chair based.

The session was pitched well for all levels, floor based and chair based.

Finlaying watching on

Finlay decided just to spectate! He’ll maybe do it next time!