The end of September heralds the start of the new university term, and a new stage in life for first year students. Freshers’ Fairs provide a hub from which they can explore what’s available and what they could possibly help with. Having stands at these events raises awareness of eating disorders, and also allows staff and students to see what support is available locally. The stands have also brought us volunteers, and encouraged people to come along to meetings. Networking with other stallholders also gets NEEDS(Scotland) known in the wider community. We attended the Fairs at both The Robert Gordon and Aberdeen Universities.
NEEDS(Scotland) also took a stand this year at The Big Aberdeen Event held at Pittodrie Stadium on the September Holiday Monday. This was the first time we had done this, raising awareness of our group in a much wider audience. From this we were able to make contact with community radio stations, other welfare agencies in the community, and also possible sources of funding. We are delighted to say that our charity has been chosen to be one of the recipients of the Aberdeen Student Charities Campaign in 2015, so do please support them by attending one of their events and giving generously.
The presentation entitled”What is Recovery?” took place on the October Group Night. It highlighted the views of both the professional and the patient. The road to recovery can be challenging at times and hearing about someone’s personal journey was quite harrowing to hear. However, presentations like this do show that recovery IS possible and give real hope to those currently on their own journey, their friends and families. We would like to say a huge thank you to both Dr Jane Morris for introducing and talking us through the DVD featuring her conversation with our own Lori Noble.