Due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus, Home-Start Deeside, Alford & Strathdon have made the difficult decision to temporarily close both the Alford & Aboyne charity shops with immediate effect. The health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and customers is our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor government advice and guidance and keep everyone updated.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
For more information during this time please contact the office on 01330 824443.
17th March 2020
Do You Fancy Becoming a Volunteer?
We are due to start holding our next family visiting volunteer prep course on Wednesday 22nd April and the following three Wednesdays up to and including Wednesday 13th May.
Our course will be held in the Mid Deeside Church, Torphins and will take place once a week between the hours of 9.30am – 2.30pm and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
If you would like to note your interest or just want to find out more then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Two New Groups
Bits n Bobs
Hill of Banchory Family centre,
Bits n Bobs
Aboyne Bits n Bobs,
Aboyne, Thursday afternoon from 1-3pm
Our New Alford Shop
We are excited to announce that our Alford Shop is due to open on Friday 14th February. From 11am until 3pm. We will have cake and refreshments available.
Please note that our Aboyne Shop will be closed on this day to allow our Volunteers to come over and support the opening.
The Alford shops opening hours will be Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 3pm
You will find the new Home-Start Deeside, Alford & Strathdon Charity Shop at 59 Main Street, Alford, AB33 8PX, 01975 562398, email: email@example.com
We look forward to welcoming you in to have a look around.
Thank you to Baldarroch Chapel and Crematorium
We were delighted to receive a cheque from Baldarroch Chapel and Crematorium yesterday for the amount of £1654.25. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Angela Smith and Moira Garden from Baldarroch, for coming along to find out more about what we do and to present us with the cheque. We were also very interested to hear about how these monies came about which you can read about below. Pictured from left to right are, Irene Malone and Leah Bruce (Home-Start Deeside, Alford & Strathdon) and Moira Garden with Angela Smith (Baldarroch Chapel and Crematorium)
In accordance with the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA) policy, any metal (ie. Orthopaedic implants, jewellery, nails and pins used in the construction of the coffin) that is left after cremation is removed and is sent for recycling. In the case of Baldarroch Chapel and Crematorium, they use a company called OrthoMetals who are based in the Netherlands. OrthoMetals re-coup the current market value of each type of metal and keep 20% to cover the cost of transportation, sorting and smelting costs etc. The remaining 80% is returned to Baldarroch where they donate the money to charity.
Thank you to Morrisons, Banchory
This is one of our board members receiving donated items from Morrisons comprising of tea, coffee, biscuits, toiletries, etc for us to use at our groups and give to families.
Pictured is Julie Williams, Home-Start trustee and Joanne Burt, Community champion for Morrisons Banchory.
Thank you to Stella's Voice, Peterhead
We would like to send a massive thank you to Andy and the volunteers at Stella’s Voice, Peterhead for their very generous donation of furniture to kit out our new Alford shop, all your help and kindness was very much appreciated.
Thank you to Duncans of Banchory
We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Graham Duncan, Duncans of Banchory, for donating a shop counter and several other items for use in our new charity shop opening soon in Alford.
Pictured is Julie Cooper, Business admin and Graham Duncan
New Shop in Alford
We are so excited to announce that we will be opening a new charity shop in Alford.
We received the keys this week and from left, to right it is Iain Mackenzie, Home-Start Deeside Chair, Julie, Leah, Alex Anderson, Home-Start Deeside Trustee, Donna Keen, Shop manager, and Alan Grant.
We are now recruiting for shop volunteers.
We are looking to open the shop early February and anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should contact the office via phone 01330 824 443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We received this cheque from the Humpty Dumpty committee this morning. We were completely overwhelmed as you can imagine and it will go a long way towards helping local families.
You are welcome to join us
Funday 7th July 2019
We would like to thank those who helped make our Family Funday on Sunday the 7th July a success.
We would like to say a special thanks to Deesidedly Tasty for who provided the tasty BBQ service. Deeside Inflatables who provided us with a magical bouncy castle. And Morag McBeath, Secretary for the Aboyne Highland Games for loaning us some of their tressel tables.
And of course to all the families who came along to spend the time with us.
Without your support, we would be unable to hold events like this and raise awareness and funds for our Charity which provides support to families within the local area.
Here is Leah from the office accepting a very generous donation of £3000 from the John Watson Guild.
The gentlemen from left to right are John Aitken, Rod Dallas, and Reg Christie.
All the money from this donation will go directly towards supporting local families within the area.
Thank you again.
Our Shops 10th Birthday
We would like to thank all of those who purchased raffle tickets to celebrate our shops 10th birthday, on the 14th February 2019.
We managed to raise £500 altogether. Which will go back into our work helping local families within the area.
You can still help us by either donating items to our shop or coming in and purchasing some of the generous items that people have passed to us to sell.
Our shop in Aboyne is open Monday – Saturday, 10h00 until 16h00 every week.
Thank you for your continued support.