The Harbour provides financial support to 22 local charities and good causes, with total funding amounting to approximately £120,000 each year. It is estimated that in 2018, more than 20,000 people in the city and Aberdeenshire benefitted in some way from Harbour sponsorship. Read on to find out more about the chosen charities.
Big Noise Torry equips children with resilience, confidence and increased social aspiration through the teaching of musical instruments in an intense orchestral environment. Big Noise Torry works with two partner schools, and pre-school children and families.
Balnagask Community Centre reduces social isolation for older people living in Torry by running sessions and events. AHB funding has covered transport costs for a weekly 'Music and Movement' class.
Shopmobility provides a range of convenient services for those with a mobility difficulty or impairment. AHB funding has allowed individuals to access the city centre, take trips and attend appointments with greater independence.
Aberdeen Cyrenians offers a range of services to people who are homeless. AHB funding has supported the 'Street Alternatives Project' which provides hot meals, showers and laundry facilities for people sleeping rough. Between May and october 2018, 2,656 meals have been served, 610 showers taken and 280 laundry cycles completed.
Absafe teaches schools and communities the fundamentals of safety awareness. AHB funding supported a new facility to teach the fundamentals of water safety.
The Greyhope Bay Visitor Centre aims to connect communities with the local marine environment by providing a powerful educational experience in an inconic building and destination centre. AHB funding has allowed necessary works for a feasability study for a temporary platform.
Torry Development Trust helps residents with the challenges of urban regeneration, environmental protection and the recognition of the arts, heritage and history of Torry. AHB funding has enabled the Trust to support community initiatives, including hanging baskets, Christmas lights and the publication of Torry Heritage Books.
Walker Road Dancers is a dance club for school children which hosts an annual performance for parents and pupils. AHB funding has allowed 50 children to purchase costumes for various performances around Aberdeen.
Aberdeen FC Community Trust promotes health and wellbeing through football, sport and community-based activities for young and old. AHB funding has supported programmes for school children, the deaf community, ASN pupils and adults with disabilities. Funding has also allowed continued staff training and development.
The Friends of Torry Care Home is building a sensory garden and an all-weather seating shelter for residents and their loved ones to enjoy at the home.
The Dee Catchment Partnership provides environmental improvements for the River Dee through awarenes raising, information sharing, projects and education. AHB funding has been used to produce a video to raise awareness of flooding issues, with a focus on the role of natural flood management techniques.
Cairns Counselling receives more than 900 referrals from people in need of mental health counselling. AHB funding has allowed in-house training workshops and sessions for volunteers.
The Seafarer's Centre supports crews operating through Aberdeen Harbour through internet access, recreational activities and Christmas gifts. AHB funding has allowed the Centre to have a full-time superintendent, as well as provided for other core costs.
Aberdeen Action on Disability provides support with welfare benefit applications and appeals, representation at tribunals, information on accessing health and social services, and drop-in centres to overcome isolation. AHB funding has helped the organisation to deal with the increasing amount of requests for help with access to benefits and services.
AHB funding has contributed to CLAN's provision of accomodation at its specialist accomodation unit, CLAN Haven. This has meant patients and relatives who travel to Aberdeen for treatment don't have to find their own accomodation around the city.
Dolphinwatch volunteers provide visitors with information about cetaceans in the area, while also running beach clean campaigns. AHB funding has allowed the inclusion of information about bottlenose dolphins and other species of wildlife found in Aberdeen, and conservation.
Inspire Partnership Through Life (PTL) empowers the life choices of people with learning disabilities and additional support needs in the North-east of Scotland. AHB funding allowed Inspire PTL to increase their amount of support sessions, ultimately allowing more people to socialise, learn new skills and enjoy new experiences.
The Leanne Fund provides financial, emotional, practical and social support to people living with cystic fibrosis. AHB funding has contributed to their Get Active campaign, which has helped to imrove the overall fitness and wellbeing for a number of individuals living with the condition.
Transition Extreme Sports provides indoor and outdoor sports facilities and activities. AHB funding has supported the Youth Club by providing staff costs, snacks, transport, disclosure and material costs. Young people have also taken part in the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme.
AHB funding has allowed ASV to provide accredited sports industry training to senior school pupils and young people not in education, employment or training.