Jen’s November 2016 Post

There are now 4 workers in the Youth Health and Well-being Project. These workers are Jamie-lee Morgan, Ryan Whyte, Liam Dowdles and Jen McLean. This allows for there to be 5 youth groups which meet on a weekly basis. These youth groups are: Jammy Johnnies, Bash Street Bairns, Fearless, T-Night and Grey Lodge Gals. Many of the young people involved in the Project have been participating in a Music Project over the past 2 months. James Ritchie has been popping into Grey Lodge each week to provide drum and guitar tuition. The young people involved are really enjoying being taught by James. A team meeting has been arranged for December so that all workers on the Youth Health and Well-being Project can get to know each other better and find out more about each youth group involved.

The School Transition Project now has 3 Primary School Groups participating in it. These groups are P7s from Rosebank, P6/P7s from Our Lady’s and P7s from SS Peter and Paul’s. Tina McConnachie, Jen McLean and Alan Duncan work together in this Project. The aim of this Project is to prepare the children for their transition from primary to secondary school.

The Intergenerational Project has a team of 6 workers. These workers are Alan Duncan, Jen McLean, Jamie-lee Morgan, Ryan Whyte, Sean McGregor and Connor McDade. Jamie-lee Morgan and Ryan Whyte have started running activity afternoons with Martingale Sheltered Housing Complex on Mondays and Ann St. Sheltered Housing Complex on Tuesdays. A team meeting will take place in December to discuss progress and make some plans for the future.

Alan’s Blog

I can’t believe that I seem to be attracting a following for this technological “turn-around” from myself – the most dinosaur-like person on the planet!  However, let no-one forget that it is Ryan who pushes the buttons, prints the outputs, inputs the data, keeps the computer links alive!!

I only write the words on scrap paper!

What has the Summer of ’16 produced?  Again, another load of action, events, activities, fun and enjoyment.

*An exchange trip to Co. Leitrim, Eire (thanks Causeway and our Irish friends)

**A Summer Playscheme (thanks to Radio Tay – Cash For Kids)

***A Stirling Castle & Edinburgh Castle adventure (thanks to Historic Scotland)

****Trips to Ceres & Falkland for our Over 50’s (thanks to Age Scotland)

*****A highly successful July 30th Fun Day/Fundraiser (thanks to Jen & her army of Volunteers)

******A Menolej Group 25th Anniversary Dinner at the Queen’s Hotel (thanks to the group for the invitation)

And in the words of Jimmy Cricket (who remembers him?  Answers on a postcard to Alan!)….

Come here, And there’s more!!…..Well in my next Blog……You’ll just have to wait!!!


Alan’s Blog

Hi, Everyone

It’s Alan’s Blog again…..but don’t forget, it’s just my words….I am not “in-putting” the information into the (what do you call it – “Computer – thing”!!)

The Settlement is going very well at the moment.  We have the right  Executive Committee team, conscientious staff, terrific volunteer support and lots and lots of daily/weekly participants and groups.  Oh – the treasurer told me – “the accounts are looking good!”  Let’s keep it going….onwards and upwards.

The Jailbreak (on March 19th) was enjoyed by all.  We are grateful to all of the sponsors.  The final figure raised was approximately £4000.  We will be giving half of the amount raised to the Broughty Ferry Lifeboat very soon.

Arrangements for the Apex Hotel Fundraising Ball on Saturday 4th June are well ahead of schedule.  It looks like we will have 200 attending that night.  There are a lot of newcomers from last year’s participants, so we are very happy with that.  I am sure we will all have a great, great time……..and the Settlement will add some money to our funds.

The Summer and Autumn will have youth and community Exchange Projects to Eire, Italy and Poland.  We will tell you more in the next BLOG around June/July time……

Keep in touch, or better still, drop in to the Settlement.

Keep smiling….and smiling….and smiling!!!!


Jen’s March 2016 Blog

As we approach the last few months of the school term our School Transition Project is nearing the end of its first year. All children involved in the project have put in lots of effort to overcome challenges/obstacles and reach personal and collective goals. Happy memories have been made and self-esteem and confidence levels have increased. The first year has definitely been a successful one! Children, school staff and the Grey Lodge workforce all look forward to the future.

In January Ryan Whyte began his Titanic Project at St John’s. Each Monday morning Ryan and I have been working with S1 – S4 pupils in the Supported Education Department of the school. The plan is that we will continue doing this until at least summertime. We are forming good relationships with everyone there and the pupils, in particular, are enjoying the project Ryan has prepared for them. Well done Ryan!

We continue to learn and share laughter at our Monday Night Intergenerational Social Evenings. Since the start of 2016 we have celebrated several group members’ birthdays. Ryan’s 21st, Sean’s 21st and my 30th. The next birthday celebration will be Nancy’s 90th this month! We can’t wait!

Our newest youth group, YOLO Squad are participating in an Outdoor Project. Our first outdoor activity was a jog, in Baxter Park, led by Dean and Aidan.

T-Night Youth Group recently helped to deliver a Bingo Night for residents at Perth’s Canal Street Sheltered Housing Complex for which there was a fantastic turnout – A full house!

Fearless Youth Group have several projects up and running at the moment. These include: a Skills Project, a Talent Project, a Music Project and a Health Project. Plenty of productivity!

Thank you to Nick, Jamie-Lee and Sean for volunteering each week and helping the Youth Health and Well-being Project to continue to run smoothly.

Alan’s Blog – November 2015

Well, 3 months have passed, since Alan’s last Blog……and he still remembers what a Blog is!!  He refuses – as yet – to record his thoughts on the site “”!!

So what has been happening?

Our Irish Dancing Group – The McCann School of Irish Dance – had a brilliant, successful adventure in Dublin and China.

Our Ever Alerts Group visited The Kelpies at Falkirk.

We had four very successful October Playscheme Away Days – well done Liam, Kasia, Nicole and Callum!

Alan visited our Community Project Partners in Ceparana, near Pisa….and confirmed the second stage of our Intergenerational Group Exchange Project for September 2016.

The Enable Scotland Youth Employability Group ran a wonderful Party Day for Older People on Wednesday 28 October.

We had a Staff Team Night Out on Friday 6 November, which was thoroughly enjoyable, such a happy atmosphere and the company was a pleasure to be with…as we looked forward to future happinesses and happenings.

It’s fundraising time now – Puddings, Hats, Snowmen, Robins, Bells, Stockings – a great Settlement effort.  Thanks and well done to everyone.

Keep Smiling……


Youth Health And Well-Being Project – November 2015

Monday night Intergenerational Social Evenings continue to be a great success. Mina, Nancy, Jean, Margaret, Ryan, Nicole and myself continue to meet on a weekly basis to share conversation, play games and enjoy tea and biscuits.

T-Night youth Group enjoyed a summer day trip to Cadona’s Amusement Park. Ryan Whyte (former 1 Group member) gave a presentation to T-Night and a couple of things have happened as a result of this:

1) Connor and Brian from T-Night have now also stepped up to the challenge and both have recently given their first presentations at Grey Lodge. Both boys did amazingly well and have said they would like to give more presentations in the future which is fantastic news.

2) Shannon and Rachel (also members of T-Night) informed us that their teachers at school like to invite guest speakers into their classes so Ryan has now met with the teachers to discuss the possibility of beginning to give presentations at their school.

Fearless Youth Group is in the midst of preparing a Fearless Youth Group Presentation and have recently participated in One World Centre’s Global Citizen Art Project. They went on a day trip to Edinburgh together where they visited Camera Obscura.

In the summer, 1 Group took part in an Area Presentation/Debate which was a lot of fun. 1 Group has finished meeting now as Sean has started work, Ayman has started college and Ryan’s work and college hours have changed. Jordan and David from the group have recently completed a Graffiti Project (please see attached photo) with professional graffiti artist, “Ads”.

The young people from the Youth Health and Well-being Project who participated in the Mind EUR Mental Health Youth Exchange in Ireland (Robbie, Brian, Keir, Ryan, Sean and Andrew) all had a fantastic time with the French and Irish participants. Many friendships were made while they explored aspects of Mental Health.

A new youth group is in the process of being set up. A group of 17/18 year old boys and girls from Dundee College will be sitting down together next week to plan an activity programme and choose a name for their group. 12036551_1770969686463638_9112984671032989800_n

Alan’s Blog (August/September 2015)

Well, the last few months have been positive. The settlement is more settled! There is much more happiness around the building!! Previous bad times are being left behind – slowly but surely. Commitment, loyalty and sincerity does prevail. The future is indeed, brighter!!

The Italian/Scottish intergenerational  project between the 6th and 15th August was a huge success, the weather was kind, the program was enjoyed, the groups got on well….and the final freuchie ceilidh was tremendous fun. We thank the Irish dancers, the Highland dancers, Ian McCallum (accordion), Robbie Houston (bagpipe player) and Sandra Doig (help with buffet) – for making it such a great night. We now start the planning for an outward trip to Italy in 2016.

The Summer holidays are over now and the Autumn/Winter programmes are on the go. Our Children’s Work has seen a welcome, and overdue, change for the better, our Schools’ Partnership programme is making a difference, participant numbers have been higher these past months………there is so much to be positive about, that being settled is THE WAY TO GO>>>>>>>>> Keep smiling………next BLOG soon!!


Alan’s Blog (June ’15)

Well June has, so far, been eventful and exciting!  The Ever Alerts Group dodged the rain, as they made it up and down Kinnoull Hill….with Grant J. leading the way.

Our Transition Group Project has gone from strength to strength.  It is so reassuring to have such a competent and trustworthy team of adult staff.

Our Youth/Intergenerational work is going ever so well.  Ryan and Andrew really are “producing” the goods.

W. L. Gore employees (Maria G. plus 3) paid us a very welcome visit, handing over a £500 cheque too (always appreciated).

Our Charity Fundraising Ball went brilliantly on Saturday 6 June at the Apex Hotel.  So many people enjoyed themselves, and have asked for tickets for next year.  This is encouraging.  Do you want to go?  If you do – phone Alan at 01382-223943.  This would prove someone, somewhere reads this “BLOG COMPUTER STUFF” !!!

Till the next time……keep smiling.



Alan’s Blog Update (April 2015)

April 2015 – well it was when I wrote this short article!

The past few months have been hectic, stressful, enjoyable, incredible, unusual, busy……to use just a few descriptors!!

Good plans are in place for the future, thanks to the efforts, patience and inputs from staff, group members and other supportive agencies.  I thank you most sincerely for all of that.

Now we look forward with improving enthusiasm.  I will tell you more…….in my next Blog.

Best Wishes,


Grey Lodge Settlement, Dundee.

Youth Health and Wellbeing (April 2015 Post)

The first three months of this year have been FABULOUS!

Monday nights have become Intergenerational Nights as Andrew and Ryan, from the project, have been delivering presentations to a local sheltered housing complex.  Young and elderly are having fun and learning together, in mutually comfortable situations.

T- Night Youth Group have completed a 1-hour Sponsored Silence in which they managed to raise over £600, which will go towards funding group trips and activities.  A very BIG WELL DONE to all T-Nighters!!  Jenny and I are extremely impressed with your effort!!

1 Group have begun a Public Speaking Project which is becoming increasingly popular.  So far presentations have been delivered by Ryan, Ayman, JL and Andrew and in total thirty-two people have attended the four presentations they have given to date.  Over the next few months David, Sean and Jordan will also begin presenting to audiences.  Progress is being made.  This project is definitely a challenge for some of the guys, but they are focused and determined to succeed.  Watch this space!

A new youth group has been running on Thursday afternoons.  The first three months of the group have been fun with activities such as: Battlefield Live, Art Tie Dye, Go-Karting, Ten Pin Bowling and playing dominoes with the elderly.  All is good.  Everybody is relaxed and happy.

Last, but not least, in April Sean (1 Group) and I are going on an Advanced Planning Visit to Southern Ireland.  This is in connection with a Mind EUR Mental Health Youth Exchange Project which will be taking place at the end of June.  Jenny (volunteer), myself and six youths (one or two from each group) will be participating in the exchange.  It will be held in an Outdoor Education Centre and the other countries involved will be Ireland and France.  Let the fun commence!

Jen McLean

Youth Worker at The Settlement