CHIEF EXECUTIVE for TLC Social Action Charity
GENERAL COUNCIL BOARD MEMBER (Aberdeen University)
GENERAL BOARD MEMBER Harlaw Lifelong Learning Association
ADVISOR TO THE ENERGY SECTOR
ENGINEERING TECHNICAL AUTHORITY
In the City for the City
Aberdeen is in the middle of the biggest regeneration programme in its history. Major renovations to the Music Hall, the Art Museum, Marischal Square project, the Union Street clean-up are all part of a City Centre Masterplan, with its strong vision for the economic future of Aberdeen. All this together with what has happening on the outskirts of the city with the AWPR and the new 'P&J Live' arena rightly take the headlines.
However, there is more. Statistics show us that the number one reason for adolescent crime is boredom. Richard has worked hard in North East communities to see youth interest groups started, games nights and school breakfast clubs initiated.
As the national figures for loneliness reach the highest levels,he has been involved with a number of programmes reaching many who are sociallyand economically vunerable and/or isolated.
For those who are suffering from benefit delays and food crisis, Richard also responded, with the help of the communities, by opening foodbanks in Tullos, Torry, Kincorth and Garthdee. But for total social and economical transformation, it needs all of us to be involved. If you would like help to pioneer a project in your community why not drop me a line. Together we may be able to make a real difference!
"In my 20 years of working with the people of Aberdeen, most I have met do not need continual hand outs, but simply a hand up. A hand out is good, but a hand up is better. Be in no doubt, we can do more together than we could ever do apart!"
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