Baking and Walking

Congratulations and thank you to all from the Council team who took part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday last week and in the JDRF One Walk Aberdeen on Sunday.

Sizable sums of money were raised by Council colleagues for both excellent causes. Well done to all involved, whether at the oven or on the walk or as a supporter who put money into the collection boxes.

So, what shall we do next?

Improving Children’s lives in Aberdeen

I’m delighted to be attending the City’s third annual Integrated Children’s Services Conference today.

Taking as its theme working together to improve children’s lives in Aberdeen, the event brings together colleagues and partners working in children’s services for a variety of workshops and keynote speeches. The conference follows on from the very positive report by the Care Inspectorate following their Joint Inspection of Services for Children and Young People in Aberdeen, which recognised the hard work and dedication of individuals and teams.

The conference will offer an opportunity to reflect on work well done and reaffirm the importance of the work still top be done in order to continue to impact positively on the lives of the children, the young people and the families the City’s children’s services support.

One Walk Aberdeen

Back in June I wrote about bringing together a team to participate in the JDRF sponsored walk at Drum castle on 27th September

I’m delighted to say that we now have a team in place – step forward Mark Reilly, Pete Leonard, Steven Shaw, David Leslie, Martin Wyllie, Ian Mitchell, Allison Cooper, Fiona Allardice, Sandy Scott, Fraser Bell and Tom Cowan.  There’s still time to join up, drop me a line.

In the meantime, all contributions to the cause are welcome and are very easily made.  Just follow this link and click Donate: 



Beautiful Scotland, Beautiful Aberdeen

Congratulations to all colleagues involved in bringing home to Aberdeen so many prizes from this week’s Beautiful Scotland Awards event held in Perth.

The Council itself won the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Trophy for Seaton Park.  As it happens, we all have the opportunity to admire the work there of Steven Shaw and his team this weekend as the Friends of Seaton Park hold their first Seaton ParkFest – more information at

There were also awards for Aberdeen Inspired (BID category overall winner), Growing Smarter, the Granite City (city category overall winner) and Dyce in Bloom (urban community category overall winner). 

Prizes were also won by Powis Residents Group, Cove in Bloom and Culter in Bloom.