Wellbeing class – Build your confidence with this beginner’s class at Aberdeen Sports Village each Tuesday afternoon.
Due to the amazing generosity and drive of the charities group at Robert Gordon’s College, NEEDS(Scotland) received a donation of £2500. It was decided that this money should be used to promote wellbeing amongst our group members, carers and volunteers, as we have had so much success with our Wellbeing Days. There are a limited amount of £50 gift vouchers available, one per group member, to be used at The Rosemount Centre in Aberdeen, which has a number of complementary therapies available, such as Reiki, reflexology, massage and Shiatsu.
If you have not requested a voucher yet, please email Irene at [email protected] Vouchers will be available for collection on Monday 5th November and Monday 3rd December. No more vouchers will be available after this date.
Many thanks once again to all those at Robert Gordon’s College who contributed to this fantastic total.
Prior to our sharing session at the September meeting, Sandra Philip-Rafferty, Highly Specialist Physiotherapist with the Adult Outpatient Service in Aberdeen, came along and gave us a very interesting insight on the physiotherapist’s role within the multi-disciplinary team. She highlighted the different ways physiotherapy could be used, such as for relaxation, tension management and breathing, the unity between body and mind, posture correction, exercise management, and the improvement of body image. Body size estimation can also be improved. Sandra took us through what happens when you eat, how food travels physically through the body, and also how food can sometimes affect the brain with fears causing tension. She also explained topics discussed in groups on body awareness which promote body acceptance, using relaxation, touch/massage, mirrors, mindfulness and enjoying exercise again at an acceptable level. Sandra then discussed the different stages of change when someone is affected by an eating disorder and how service users can be supported through these stages. There was an excellent attendance for Sandra’s presentation which was very informative and well received by everyone. We really appreciate Sandra giving up her free time to come along and speak to us.
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!
NEEDS(Scotland) is a self help group. It has been around for 22 years now in one form or another supporting those affected by eating disorders and also carers, friends and families. Many group members have come and gone and appreciated the support they have had.
Over the past few months I have witnessed our group working at its very best with volunteer facilitators, members at all stages of these horrible illnesses and carers too, really showing how self help works. I commend everyone involved for their empathy, their compassion and willingness to help those in need.
Living with an eating disorder is a constant struggle. Our group members understand that more than anyone. Recovery IS possible!
NEEDS(Scotland) have now held two very successful Coffee Care and Share sessions within the Young Peoples’ Department at Royal Cornhill Hospital.
Two volunteer facilitators led the groups, one held in the morning, and one in the evening, to gauge interest in developing a self help group specifically for those caring for youngsters affected by eating disorders. Both groups were very well attended and had very positive dynamics. Everyone contributed in some way, and supported each other.
We hope to repeat these sessions in 2018, and hopefully recruit a couple of carers to lead the sessions along with us. We do understand how scary and difficult it is to cope with a young person challenged by these horrible illnesses, but we also see the benefits of coming together in a safe setting to share and support others in similar situations. If you think you can help, please get in touch with our administrator via our contact form.
Initially we would hope to run Coffee Care and Share sessions, perhaps quarterly, depending on interest and availability of volunteers. Each session lasts for 90 minutes, and is basically an informal coffee and chat. However, we must stress the importance of confidentiality as always. Watch this space for our first 2018 date!
North East Eating Disorders Support (Scotland) Reg Charity no SC043640
Arts & Craft Group 2017 dates
- January 17th
- February 14th
- March 14th
- April 11th
Free admission, refreshments provided. All group members/carers welcome.
You can register on the night.
Art Room M5
Rosemount Community Centre Belgrave Terrace Aberdeen AB25 2NS.
Parking available through barrier. Code to exit.
Sat 22nd October 9.45 – 4pm
Please Arrive at 9.30 to Register
Positive Body Image Creative Workshop
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
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
- 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.