Big Aberdeen Stories Return

For 10 months of 2015/16, ACVO gathered onto its website big-aberdeen/bigaberdeenstories/ real stories of individual Aberdonians supported by local Third Sector organisations.

The stories highlighted issues; invited readers to engage with the “Storyteller” organisations as referrers, volunteers, donors or partners; drew connections to the myriad services and opportunities which exist for all of those with concern for such stories – and most of all they provided a new way of communicating the amazing courage and determination of local people.

We are relaunching Big Aberdeen Stories with a story for Mental Health Awareness Week from Penumbra and inviting you to be part of the project through 2016/17. We are not looking for a specific number of stories this year. We are looking for:

  • Powerful stories of life transition of a real, current Aberdonian
  • Stories that come from Third Sector organisations which can tell us how they see this opportunity providing tangible benefits for their organisation
  • Third Sector organisations that will actively promote and interact with the story (through social media, newsletters, at volunteers events or Board training etc)

To take part please visit or contact Alison Chandler to discuss further.

Keith story tell’s us about his battle with Mental Health issues. He was born and bred in Aberdeen. He spent 14 years working his way around the world as a truck driver with Formula 1. Following ongoing problems with alcohol and anxiety, he lost his job in 2007.

For Keith’s story please click here.

Here is what some of the 10 Storytellers have told us about what they got from the project:

“The Spark has benefitted from making new connections and raising awareness to new audiences.“ – Emma Cameron, The Spark

“A definite increase in awareness of CFINE and our support and services; improving profile and awareness has been a priority for CFINE over the past few years and BIG A def helped – lot of interest generated through ‘Stephen’s Story’. For ‘Stephen’ the exercise def had a positive impact with him feeling that he mattered, that some people cared – given his dreadful experiences and situation.” – Dave Simmers, CFINE

“We / AFCCT promoted my story via our website, twitter and facebook. As an outcome of this I have been approached by people who either volunteer or know about the trust asking a bit more about my journey