Kincardine and Deeside Mental Health Association has been gifted £1,200 by John Lewis Partnership (Aberdeen) after the charity was chosen to be represented in its ‘Community Matters’ scheme’.
The Aberdeen branch chooses three community groups/charities that provide a valuable service within their communities.
John Lewis Partnership staff and customers then become involved by choosing one of the three charities by putting a token into the appropriate box.
A share of £3,000 is then divided between the charities depending on the percentage of tokens.
Senior community co-rdinator Sam McBain said that John Lewis had been ‘very supportive’ of the work that the charity does.
“Following a successful application to the John LewisPartnership’s ‘The Golden Jubilee Trust’ scheme, we were delighted to have Steve Forbes (Systems Ssupport) volunteer his time to deliver some beginners IT workshops for some of ourmembers.
“Steve is also in the process of developing a website for our charity.
“K&D Mental Health Association is a small ‘service user led’ charity providing support within the Deeside area for individuals with mental health issues to achieve their personal outcomes by delivering recovery focused groups and activities.
“We are supported by Aberdeenshire Council and receive a small annual grant.
“We also fundraise by selling crafts, and chutneys and, jams (using produce grown from our allotment) where possible, allowing the charity to continue and develop.
“We have been very fortunate in the support we have received from some local businesses.
“The Royal British Llegion (Scotland) in Banchory is currently providing us with a room and access to its ‘Wifi’ so we can deliver a weekly IT workshop.
“Craigendarroch (Hilton Grand vacations) in Ballater has agreed to complimentary access to its pool so we can provide weekly swimming sessions, which is beneficial for both physical and mental wellbeing.
“Linda at ‘Reprografix’ was particularly helpful last year when we were designing a new logo and devising new information leaflets.
“Continuous support from colleagues in the ‘community mental health team’, the local community and the commitment of the charity members has enabled us to continue with the positive impact we are having on the individuals who currently access our services.”