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Greyhope Bay: Clean Beach Happy People
Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund | Volunteers Week 2022
Greyhope Bay, a charitable organisation based in Aberdeen, not only offer dolphin watching from their café and community space at Torry Battery, but also provide the opportunity for volunteers to come together to clean the coasts with their ‘Clean Beach Happy People’ project.
Working in partnership with East Grampian Coastal Partnership – Turning the Plastic Tide, members of the public are invited to spend a couple of hours together clearing litter from the coastline that surrounds the Greyhope Bay Centre with a special focus on enjoying the positive effects of time well spent in the great outdoors.
The beach cleaning programme received support from the Scottish Government’s Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund which was distributed in Aberdeen by ACVO. As well as bringing benefit to the natural environment, Turning the Plastic Tide has done extensive evaluations of supported beach cleaning and have concluded that one of the top take-aways from the experience of beach cleaning as a group is a sense of wellbeing and positive mental outlook from purposeful activity and community connection.
As part of our Volunteers’ Week 2022 campaign, the ACVO team joined volunteers and organisers to experience Clean Beach Happy People first hand, to breathe some fresh coastal air and to see the huge positive impact the project is making on the Torry area and on the wellbeing of those who take part. Find out more in our Volunteers’ Week 2022 film!
The Greyhope Bay Centre which opened in April 2022 is an “off-grid” eco-facility built by converting shipping containers and forms part of 5-year plan to establish Torry Battery as a vibrant destination in Aberdeen.
More information about the organisation and details about taking part in the next beach clean can be found at greyhopebay.com