Blooming Big Aberdeen
- encourage self-expression
- promote use and celebration of the city’s green spaces
- promote cultural activity
- reach out to people in need
- support local third sector organisations/social enterprises
- provide new opportunities for volunteering and corporate social responsibility.
Blooming Big Aberdeen, includes:
- The Blooming Big Aberdeen photo competition, sponsored by Photoghost, in partnership with Aberdeen Youth Council, Aberdeen Inspired, Graeme Macdonald photography and ACC Environmental Services gave 16-25 year olds the opportunity to celebrate and express their Aberdeen. See their City in the Big Aberdeen Gallery here. This project arose from The Big Creative Picture event in June 2015.Blooming Big Photo Exhibition was created by the Finalists in the photography competition and allows organisations to get involved with the project. Your organisation or business can use the exhibition as a catalyst for all sorts of conversation and activity – about the ideas of young people, about clean and green activities, about challenges for Aberdeen, about relationships, environment, beauty, team-building, regeneration …. whatever! Find out more here.
- Keep your Blooming Big Aberdeen eyes out in Aberdeen’s parks, greenspaces, school playgrounds, playpark over the next few months and see the Big Aberdeen Gallery here. This project arose from The Big Creative Picture event in June 2015. To find out more about the Bench opportunity – More Information/Apply. A trail of over 40 Big Aberdeen benches are coming. Friendly Benches are designed and painted by individual organisations with help from Aberdeen City Council. The brightly coloured City benches each with a unique design will help groups reach out to new clients, volunteers and donors. The launch of each bench is a promotional opportunity. Plaques being provided by Recognition Express North East, provide the website of the individual organisations so visitors can get more information. 10 Buddy Benches are coming to school playgrounds made of recycled wood from the City’s parks to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground and at the same time offering offenders the chance to make reparation for their offences by undertaking unpaid work for the benefit of the community.
- And 3 Good Causes Benches are coming play parks across the city to give families somewhere to sit while children burn off energy. These will promote the work of a range of organisations involved in Good Causes Day Aberdeen FC Community Trust, Glencraft, Me Too Magazine, Diabetes UK, Gathimba Edwards, The Archie Foundation.
- Your group, team or school can become Glitter Pickers by using the Big Aberdeen Glitter Pic Frame for selfies and social media. Collect one from the ACC Kittybrewster depot or make your own! Contact Environmental Services on 01224 489273
Following the Big Aberdeen Litter and Leadership Breakfast in November with Thor Holt http://www.thorholt.com/ , Big Aberdeen network members have been working closely with Head Teachers and Airyhall Primary and Hazlehead Primary are now fully signed up to working with business leaders and Hanover Primary, Kittybrewster Primary, Riverbank Primary, Bridge of Don Academy and Oldmachar Academy want to be involved. Information has gone out to all primary schools and a list is being kept of those who want to engage more with the campaign. To find out more see Clean Green attachment and contact STEVENS@aberdeencity.gov.uk
There are lots of opportunities within Blooming Big Aberdeen for arts practitioners, businesses with an interest in CSR and community benefit, volunteering groups etc.
Clean Green Aberdeen
Big Aberdeen got behind the launch of Clean Up Aberdeen 2015 on March 27th . Since then, Big Aberdeen Action Network member Steven Shaw.
Environmental Manager of Aberdeen City Council reports that:
Through Big Aberdeen Action Network, Streetsport now has their own clean up equipment which they use with kids before and after sessions. Streetsport are actively encouraging the kids to act responsibly towards litter which is fantastic.
Big Aberdeen Action Network member, Langstane Press met with the Clean Up Aberdeen team and is looking to support the Clean Up Aberdeen project through community involvement ie beach litter picking.
Action Network member, David Fryer of Old Torry Community Centre has been on walkabout with City Council Environmental services to identify some issues that need attention. This has led to Steven making contact with Aberdeen Foyer and the Non Paid Works team about small projects they could become involved in .
Kay Diack of Northfield Total Place, Big Aberdeen Action Network member, also met Steven and identified projects there.