Activities and events Events BHGE 10k Running Festival Affiliated Charities Find out more about how you can take part and help support one of our 10 affiliated charities. Aberdeen Cyrenians Join Team Cyrenians on Sunday 20 May 2018 at this year’s BHGE 10k run and help us to tackle homelessness in Aberdeen. We have 30 places available, it’s just £24 to register and we ask anyone taking part to aim to raise at least £50 which will support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the local community. The BHGE 10k Running Festival is a well established 10k race in Aberdeen and for many runners the highlight of their running season. The course is based around Aberdeen City Beach and Harbour area and has some spectacular views of the North Sea and the ‘famous’ Beach Ballroom on the route of the course. To sign-up contact Kate at [email protected] or call on 01224 625732. Alzheimer Scotland There are currently over 90,000 people in Scotland who are living with dementia and, if current trends continue, this figure is set to double in a generation. Dementia is simply the biggest global health issue our society faces. Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia organisation in Scotland. We campaign for the rights of people with dementia and their families and provide an extensive range of innovative and personalised support services as well as community activities, information and advice at every stage of the dementia journey. We work to achieve our mission of ensuring that nobody faces dementia alone. Our services include support from our Dementia Advisors who provide one-to-one support to people living with dementia and their families, helping them to understand dementia and plan for the future. Throughout Scotland we have a number of Dementia Resource Centres, including one in Aberdeen, where support is offered through our Dementia Advisors and groups and activities designed to keep people active and social to improve confidence and wellbeing. Our 24-hour Freephone Dementia Helpline is a vital service to many. The Dementia Helpline is a freephone Scottish service for people with dementia, carers, relatives, professionals, students and anyone concerned about dementia. Why should you run for Alzheimer Scotland? By supporting Alzheimer Scotland at the BHGE 10K, you will be helping us to ensure that we can continue to provide our vital services throughout Scotland and helping us to make sure nobody faces dementia alone. How will Alzheimer Scotland support me? Runners taking part in the BHGE 10K will receive full fundraising support from our events and fundraising team. You will receive help and advice on your fundraising efforts as well as getting a t-shirt to wear on race day. How to register? For information on how to register for a charity place at the BHGE 10K with Alzheimer Scotland, please visit our website at BHGE10K. How else you can help on the day? You don’t have to be a runner to be part of Team AlzScot at the BHGE 10K! We are looking for volunteers to help us on the day. For more information contact Clare Jamieson – Community Fundraiser at [email protected] or telephone 01224 632221. Befriend a Child We are an independent charity which has worked to benefit children and young people across Aberdeen and the Aberdeenshire area since 1975. The charity’s mission statement best summarises what it does: “we support children and young people growing up in difficult life circumstances across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to achieve their full potential and develop into confident and competent young adults.” We fulfil our mission through the provision of befriending. Befriending provides positive role models who are able to provide 1:1 attention to school aged children (aged 4.5 – 16) from troubled and disadvantaged backgrounds and introduce them to new experiences and opportunities which might not otherwise have been available. The majority of our children have one thing in common; they have been badly let down by their parents. We match them with a trained volunteer who acts as a trusted adult role model. The service allows children to experience more from life, it opens their eyes to activities and possibilities that are otherwise out of reach. This helps them to aspire to achieve more in life, break the generational cycle they may be trapped in. At the heart of the service is a simple aim to take children away from a chaotic life at home and have fun, enjoy their childhood. Many of our children are left to take on a carer’s role at home because their parents are absent or unable to look after the household. 42 different activities were identified from the Volunteer Survey and Children’s Feedback (2015-17). Activities range from walks along the beach, visits to the cinema to playing football. The favourite activity reported was swimming. Parents have reported various improvements in the wellbeing of their children such as increased confidence, appear happier, and improved self-esteem. Every year we support around 300 local children, yet we know there are around 8,000 in scope for our service so we need all the help we can get to reach out to more children in need. How will Befriend a Child support me? All of our runners will receive a Befriend a Child t-shirt to wear on the day. We do not set a minimum sponsorship target for our runners but we do expect everyone to raise something. Thanks to Deloitte we know that we transform every £1 we raise into more than £6 worth of benefits for the children we support. We will be more than happy to assist in your fundraising efforts and welcome everyone to come in for a chat at our base at Bon Accord Square. How do I register? For more information about Befriend a Child follow us on Facebook and twitter where we have regular updates on the work we are doing or visit our website www.befriendachild.org.uk. To register for BHGE 10K follow the link https://www.entryhub.co.uk/bhge-10k-2018 and select Befriend a Child as your chosen charity. How else can I support Befriend a Child? If you don't think you have 10k in your legs then you can still help us by acting as a marshal on the day. Please get in touch for further details or if you need any more information. Telephone: 01224 210060 Email: [email protected] Cash for Kids Northsound Cash for Kids is one of the North East’s leading children’s charities supporting thousands of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children every year. All the money that is raised locally is spent locally and goes to individuals or groups for essential items such as beds, clothes, sensory equipment, specialist trikes and wheelchairs as well as much more. In the last 12 months Northsound Cash for Kids have: - Provided warm winter clothes for over 880 children - Refurbished Grampian Autistic Society’s sensory room - Provided beds, bedding, bedroom carpets and furniture for children who are living in poverty - Given sensory and developmental toys to children with autism and learning difficulties - Funded several group projects such as school holiday outings, ‘Street Play’ sessions, after school literacy & numeracy clubs and lunch clubs In order to meet demand from applicants we are constantly fundraising and rely on the public and corporate supporters to help us achieve our financial targets. If you run the BHGE 10k for Cash for Kids you can be assured that your donations will make a real difference to children’s lives in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. For more information and to receive your Cash for Kids t-shirt please contact [email protected] Together, we can make a difference. Charlie House Charlie House are a locally based children’s charity which supports children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions, and their families, in the North-East of Scotland. We do this through our: Activities Club Our Activity Club is all about having fun for the whole family, meeting others, making friends, trying new activities and doing things that the children and families love, providing them with invaluable support and the opportunity to build precious memories. Sibling Club The Siblings Club is an activity club for any able-bodied sibling supported by Charlie House. During these clubs, brothers and sisters of children with complex care needs and/or life-limiting conditions get to meet other children in similar family situations. Activity Short Break to Kielder Forest Park A short break where the children get to experience zip slides, the big swing, climbing wall and other exhilarating activities which would normally be impossible for them. Short breaks like this empower the parent carers, siblings and children to feel more confident, feel less isolated and come away from the short break with new friends and having shared a lot of their experiences. Charlie House Community Team This team currently consists of a Community Nurse and Child & Family Support Manager, the Community Team provide practical and emotional support to children with a life-limiting condition from diagnosis, help them transition home from a long hospital stay and support the child and their family on their life journey. Our Vision at Charlie House has always been to have a purpose-built facility in Aberdeen which will provide short breaks, palliative and end of life care for children and young people in the North-East of Scotland. We are in the first phase of planning and fundraising of this project. For further information please visit www.charliehouse.org.uk Get your trainers on, challenge yourself with the BHGE 10K and show your support for Charlie House to help them continue the invaluable work they do. Please contact [email protected] to book your space. Children 1st Information coming soon. CLAN CLAN Cancer Support is an independent, local charity which provides emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer, their family, supporters and friends. Services are freely offered to all from pre-diagnosis and diagnosis through treatment and beyond. CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness. CLAN Haven in Aberdeen provides purpose-built bed and breakfast accommodation in a ‘home from home’ environment for people travelling to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment, and their families. A similar facility provides accommodation in Orkney for those traveling from outer island communities to the mainland or Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall. CLAN’s dedicated Children and Families Service team supports children and teenagers with cancer, children affected by a cancer diagnosis in their family, and their families and carers through CLAN’s wellbeing and support centres in Aberdeen, Elgin, Inverurie and Shetland. Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland through a network of 12 community based wellbeing and support centres. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Buckie, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick. Why should you run for CLAN? Last year nearly 130 people ran for CLAN and raised over £12,000. Sponsorship ranged from £30 to £2,000 - we really do appreciate any sponsorship you can raise for CLAN as it goes a long way in supporting those affected by cancer. How will CLAN support me? In return for taking a charity place we will provide you with a branded fundraising CLAN technical t-shirt to wear on the day. You'll also receive a sponsorship form along with optional assistance on how you can maximise your fundraising efforts. What will my support help with? Your support will help us continue to support thousands of people in their communities on a daily basis. It currently costs over £2.5 million every year to ensure our free support services are widely available. We rely on the generous support of individuals, families and companies to ensure this continues. How can I register? / Contact details It's simple! For a charity place contact Ruth in our fundraising team at [email protected] or call up on 01224647000. If you'd prefer to buy your own place for the event, you can do so by visiting this page and choosing CLAN as your charity from the drop-down list when registering. We ask for £24 to cover the registration fee. This should be paid after you have been in touch to register for your charity place. Once we have received your payment we will email you further details. There is no minimum sponsorship, all we ask is you try to raise as much as possible for CLAN, your local cancer support charity. How else can I help on the day? CLAN also need the help of volunteers at the BHGE 10k. If you would like to volunteer with us on the day, please contact Moureen on 01224 651028 or email her at [email protected]. Friends of Anchor Friends of ANCHOR is committed to making a difference in the lives of cancer and haematology patients in the North-east through; Medical equipment Investing in the latest technology, over and above what NHSG provides, to continually develop and improve cancer diagnosis and treatment. Patient wellbeing services and provision Offering additional care, comfort and support to patients during their time in the ANCHOR Unit. Leading cancer research Funding ground-breaking clinicians’ research at the University of Aberdeen to push the boundaries in the fight against cancer. The clinics and wards of the ANCHOR (Aberdeen and North-east Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy) Unit operate within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to treat patients with all forms of cancer, leukaemia and benign blood disorders. Importantly, every penny raised goes directly to the cause as all our running and administration costs are fully covered by our key sponsor, Balmoral Group. We’d love to have you pull on your trainers for Friends of ANCHOR, please email [email protected] or call 01224 859016 to book your place today. Home-Start Home-Start Aberdeen has been supporting families in the city since 1987. Our trained home visiting volunteers spend 2-3 hours per week with a local family, providing them with emotional and practical support in their own home environment. Families – who are mainly referred to Home-Start via health visitors and social workers – may be facing a variety of challenges. These include, but are not restricted to, physical or mental health issues, disability, domestic violence or substance misuse. Home-Start Aberdeen works with families to help them: gain access to relevant health and welfare services manage family budgets and nutrition engage with their communities enjoy family life again. Home-Start Aberdeen is affiliated to Home-Start UK, the country’s leading family support organisation. The Aberdeen scheme, like all other Home-Start initiatives, is responsible for raising its own funds and is currently one of the largest in the UK. Each year, Home-Start Aberdeen provides over 220 local families, including 360 children, with up to 27, 500 hours of support. How do I register? Thinking of running for us? Email [email protected] for more information and support with signing up. How will Home-Start Aberdeen support me? If you can share your training stories and photographs with us, we’ll use them across our busy social media channels to help promote your efforts. We can advise on some great free training seminars for BHGE 10K runners and we’ll also provide a supportive presence on race day! How much sponsorship am I expected to raise? We’re asking Home-Start Aberdeen runners to raise £100; your race registration fee is waived as an affiliated charity runner. Not a runner but keen to get involved? We are also looking for volunteers to marshal at the event on Sunday, 20 May. Email [email protected] if you’d like to add your name to the list. Further information You can find out more about what we do and who we support by visiting www.homestartaberdeen.org.uk or by calling 01224 693545. You can also follow us on Facebook (@homestartaberdeen), Twitter (@homestartabdn) and LinkedIn. Inspire Inspire is a leading charity supporting people with learning disabilities and additional support needs. We support over 320 people in 42 services located across North-east Scotland. In all we do we strive to empower people to make their own life choices, enable lifestyles that are both safe and fulfilled, and give support through life transitions. We are proud of our strong reputation - built over almost 30 years - and we work hard to maintain and enhance this. How do I register? To register to run for Inspire please contact Andrew Reid at [email protected] or call 01224 280005. Alternatively, you can register online by following the link https://www.entryhub.co.uk/bhge-10k-2018 and selecting Inspire from the charity drop-down list! What will my support provide for Inspire? All money raised will directly empower the life choices of the people we support. We believe everyone is entitled to lead full and empowering lives and in order to do this, we provide extra-curricular activities for the people we support so they can grow in confidence and enjoy a social life. An example of this is our monthly Supper Clubs, hosted at our social enterprise Café Coast, which are an opportunity for people we support to get together and enjoy a tasty two-course meal served by volunteers, for free! As well as that, it has quickly become a tradition at Supper Club to have a game of bingo which is always lively and is enjoyed by all. Other ways to support Inspire If you don’t fancy running you can still support us by volunteering on the day as a Race Marshal. Contact [email protected] or call 01224 280005 to find out more.