Fresh Community Wellness SCIO
FRESH Community Wellness SCIO offers a free active befriending service for people of all ages in the Aberdeen area. We use motivational interviewing (MI) techniques to help you make positive changes to your lifestyle. This is based on a mentor styled approach. We offer 1 to 1 & small safe space group sessions, with gentle encouragement when ready to build this into our active group sessions.
MI doesn’t mean that we will tell you how you should (or shouldn’t) live your life. Nor does it mean that we will interrogate you, or judge you, about your private life. We won’t. Instead, MI offers you the opportunity to chat with us - confidentially - about any issues that you might want to discuss. You are in the driving seat. But by lending an ear and offering gentle encouragement, we hope to help you to meet the goals and make the changes that matter to you.
FRESH meets up regularly at outdoor locations throughout the city. Predominantly starting with a concentration in Seaton, Linksfield & Pittodrie areas, Aberdeen central.
Meeting outdoors gives everyone the space for some fresh air and light exercise. If you’re a sociable type, these gatherings are a great chance to meet some new people. Equally, if you’re more introverted, a spacious outdoor setting means that we have plenty of room to split up into smaller groups, for a quieter chat. We value ideas and thoughts from all, so would love to hear about you, your inspirations & hopes of how we can create that in local areas.
We also have indoor options, for crafts and in our community garden a hub/ base too.
The active sessions are all run by registered and PVG assessed volunteers. A session may just be to come out of your premises and sit outside on a bench. Perhaps a walk to local shops.
At the meetups, we can go for a relaxed walk in the area, whether that be the beach, a park, or alongside one of Aberdeen’s beautiful rivers. This is a great environment for a confidential chat if you feel like it. But if not, we also tend to focus on a particular activity at each session, such as food growing, litter picking, gardening, painting, art or on a particular discussion topic, such as cooking on a budget, wellness & wellbeing. We also offer signposting towards the “safe choices” offered by local services. And, we should mention, we always make sure that everyone who comes gets a decent snack and something hot to drink.
Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds & we have residents assisting us too.
Whatever kind of person you are, and whatever interests you, you are bound to meet someone who clicks with you.
We are proud to have volunteers and committee members with lived experience, and support some with living experience. Peer support and people helping people is at the core of our service.
But regardless of our individual background, and regardless of yours, all of us will treat you without judgement, and with empathy, kindness, and respect.
Please do understand we have to have set boundaries and are unable to share personal numbers/ details. But you can contact us through our website and social media presence, as well as coming to any of our activities – which are open to everyone.
Information for volunteers
FRESH SCIO, is a grassroots Scottish Charity. If you have a couple of hours free to spare each week and are enthusiastic about the idea of motivating others to make “safe choices” in their lifestyles, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to get in touch via the contact details below.
For our active befriending we often utilise activities from yoga, mindfulness, meditation, gardening, food growing, street art, outdoor sports, environment & litter picking/ nature, art, coffee mornings and more. If you have any of those skills they are very much needed!
We are fully inclusive and welcome anyone of any age, background or ability to assist us.
Free training is provided to everyone, following inductions you can choose which further training you would wish to pursue.
Students or those working towards other employment as a registered charity, we are happy to provide a full reference for your time with us.
You can find out more on our website. Or weekly radio show, wellness Wednesday packed lunch 11am -1pm, 99.8FM Shmu community radio, also available online. Many thanks, look forward to hearing from you.