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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You may remember reading back In August 2019, when Shirley’s Space held its inaugural open day to launch local mental health support services for Fraserburgh, Peterhead and the rest of Aberdeenshire. In the last 12 months, Shirley’s Space has achieved charity status and continues to operate in the Crimond Medical and Community Hub where it is now a well-known name amongst the locals and visitors.
Within just four short months of becoming a charity in September 2019, Shirley’s Space had assisted over 300 individuals and saved twelve lives over the previous year. This has ensured the charity is at the centre of the community and enabled individuals to receive assistance from trained volunteers and counsellors.
The charity was set up by the family of Shirley Findlay. Shirley tragically took her own life after a long struggle with mental health. Founder Cameron Findlay has seen the charity go from the initial stages of fundraising for an Aberdeenshire mental health drop-in facility, ensuring that individuals could access trained volunteers within a welcoming environment into a local lifeline that supports so many in the community.
“I am absolutely delighted at the progress Shirley’s Space has made over the last year. With numerous lives saved and a positive role within the community, I am confident the charity is a fitting legacy to my Auntie. Looking forward, we have a fantastic team to continue the hard work and I cannot wait to see where we will be this time next year.” comments Cameron.
2020 has been a very hard year for everyone and sadly there has been an increase in mental health cases in Scotland and globally since the start of the pandemic.
However, there is still a lot to be done to ensure that everyone gets as much support as possible and local charities prove essential support at this present time.
“In the twelve short, yet strenuous months we have experienced thoughts, feelings and changes that we would never have expected to experience in our lifetimes. I know people that have had to reflect and review the impact COVID is having on their lives. Shirley’s Space certainly came at the right time to help support as many people struggling with mental health. We can say that we came at the right time to do as much as we can to help our community.” Ashley Mackie, PR and Marketing Trustee
Although Shirley’s Space had several high-profile events planned for its first anniversary on the 22nd August, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a move towards hosting a series of virtual events.
Shirley’s Space has planned an online family-friendly quiz scheduled for Saturday 22nd August – details can be found on our website www.shirleysspace.com or our Facebook page.
The team will also be judging our photo entries for the 2021 calendar this month, the competition was so popular that over 150 photographs were submitted to the competition.
Throughout the day, the team aim to play a series of videos of individuals wishing Shirley’s Space a ‘happy birthday’ and sharing any personal experience they have of delivering our services.
How to enter
Post a picture to our Facebook using #SnappyHappyShirleysSpace to share your photos of the lovely views and memories that you have seen through the lens of your phone and camera – we’ll be tracking posts with this hashtag and sharing your adventures on our networks.
We may ask you to send high-resolution versions of the pics via email.
12 winners will cover the 12 months of the year in the calendar and will be awarded a copy of the calendar. The photo will be credited with their name and they will be able to order more copies for families and friends before they go on sale.
If you have any further questions, then please contact Ashley by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook photo competition – terms and conditions
- Photographs must be taken on or looking at, a site in and around the United Kingdom. Pets or silhouettes only – no faces for data protection rules.
- By submitting the photographs you are giving permission for the images to be used by the Shirley’s Space Team for their 2021 calendar in digital and print material etc.
- Consent MUST be obtained for anyone recognisable in the photographs (or parent/guardian consent for under 16s).
- Entrants can enter up to ten photographs.
- Closing date for entries is 30 July 2020. Anything submitted after 00:00 on that date will not be considered.
- By entering the competition, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.
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