A big thank-you to Ellie Tait for selling her homemade wax melts for us. She did so well that she raised a huge £500 for us!
“I chose Shirley’s Space because of the importance of mental health. in these trying times, everyone’s mental health has deteriorated and it’s important to know that help is there if you need it”. Ellie comments.
Ellie is in the process of setting up a new Facebook page dedicated to selling her wax melts – watch this space!
Inverurie businessman and musician Robbie Garden, Managing Director and co-owner at JB Well Solutions writes and sings on a very special song entitled ‘Shepherd’. The beautiful melody is inspired by the love of a young groom’s wedding day vow to his wife and it will also resonate with many following a year that has left many deflated.
Robbie has written and recorded music since he was xx and says “I love sharing my music with others and working on new projects, I have really found it a great solace over the last year, if I can help others through song, then that is a mission accomplished for me”.
“This song is truly beautiful and will strike a chord with all who hear it. We are so overwhelmed that Robbie would donate the royalties of this song to Shirley’s Space. I hope that those that are feeling low at this time of year will listen to the lyrics and melody and know that they are not alone.” says Trustee Ashley Mackie.
“Music therapy is known for helping reduce depressive symptoms and anxiety and helps to improve overall functioning. This is a wonderful token from Robbie to think of us as the charity to support”. Concludes Ashley.
The song ‘Shepard’ is now released on all major streaming platforms – Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music. All royalties will go to help support the mental health services at Shirley’s Space.
Over 100 children and their parents joined us for three socially distanced sittings at the Ban-Car Hotel in Lonmay on Saturday 19 December 2020.
“It was an amazing day and the children were all as good as gold and adhered to the rules very well. It was wonderful to give something back to the community after the year that saw us adapt considerably and miss out on events”. Says Ashley Mackie, Trustee.
“We hope events like these will happen next year, the faces of the children were wonderful”.
Santa and Mrs Calus with (left to right) Logan, Kayla, Layton, Kamryn & Ella from a family.
A man who founded a north-east charity to help people struggling with mental health issues in honour of his aunt has stepped down.
Shirley’s Space was created in 2019 by the family of Shirley Findlay, a 37-year-old nursery teacher who took her own life after a long struggle.
It has now established itself as an essential base in Aberdeenshire, offering vulnerable individuals suffering from mental health issues the opportunity to speak to someone when they need it most.
The walk-in centre within the Crimond Medical and Community Hub offers a discreet route to potential help while a text messaging service is also available.
Charity founder Cameron Findlay, Ms Findlay’s nephew, says the charity has helped more than 300 people and saved 17 lives.
He is now standing down to focus on his final year of accountancy and finance studies at Glasgow University.
Mr Findlay said: “It was a difficult decision but the team in charge are doing a wonderful job and I am confident that my aunt’s legacy is safe in their hands.”
Though no longer a trustee, he will continue to contribute and advise on the present and future of Shirley’s Space as an ongoing member.
Charity trustee Ashley Mackie added: “Cameron has paved the way and Shirley’s Space will continue to grow and evolve.
“For someone still in full-time education to have accomplished this and supported so many vulnerable people in Aberdeenshire is truly inspirational.”
The newly-elected trustee board features chairwoman and manager Fiona Weir, secretary and fundraising manager Ashleigh Ritchie, treasurer and administration manager Jacky Allan, marketing manager Ashley Mackie and services trustee Lynne Arthur.
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