Alan’s Blog Update (November)

Well, this is my first chance to create a “write-up” since September.


There have been quite a few things happened since then, but many of them don’t deserve space…or indeed wasted space at that!


More importantly, our youth work has gone from strength to strength.  The 4 x AAAA’s Project has been immense – the young people’s participation, school input and, of course, Iain Glass’s constant hard work and effort.  It is a shame that future changes are coming.


The evening youth groups have had a varied, challenging and very worthwhile programme.  There is more to come in December, and in 2015.


The Slovenia Youth Project was most interesting in October.  I’m sure others will talk about that!


The Settlement is coping, despite some small drawbacks.  The present is busy……….but the future is exciting.  Let us all feel like that!!

Youth Health and Wellbeing (November Post)

On September 29th Monday Night Youth Group visited Dundee University to listen to ‘In Conversation with Brian Cox’.  Andrew has been a fantastic Quiz Master at our social evenings at Martingale Sheltered Housing Complex and the boys are involved in a short film making project.


Several new members have joined T-Night and Jenny and I are very impressed with the way everybody continues to work together and support each other to achieve different things every week.  Well Done to all T-Nighters!


Since our trip to Slovenia each member of 1 Group has been very busy. David our newest member is settling in well and Ryan has been concentrating on a Titanic Presentation which he will deliver to several Grey Lodge members this Wednesday (26th).  As well as this, Ayman has finished painting a canvas which we will display outside the office and Sean has managed to get a job.


All is good!!



Alan’s Blog Update (September)

It is certainly a long time since I last asked one of the Settlement staff to put on an update on to our BLOG site!


But don’t despair

It’s now fair

I’ve added some

Not too dumb!

Hope you enjoy

From the ‘Older Boy’!!


In July, the second leg of our Dundee-Ceparana (Italy) Exchange took place over in Italy……..and it was a huge success.  Both sets of young people were terrific ambassadors for their respective agencies.  The youth workers were certainly proud of them all….especially at the Country Dancing Workshops in Bolano on the 26th/27th July.


Then, in August, we had a hosting Exchange leg with the Hive Youth Club, from Bornacoola in Co. Leitrim.  Again, this was terrific and a whole lot of fun, enjoyment, learning and togetherness happened.  These are the positive aspects of all youth group work.  Long may we all have such results.


Now we look forward to the Autumn months……and my next Blog!!



Youth Health and Well Being (September Post)

G.W.N.N’s ‘Youth Volunteering – Into Action’ Exchange trip in Italy was a great success.  We visited many different parts of the country including: Cinque Terre, Portovenere and Pisa.  We volunteered at the Summer Festival in a small community called Bolano.  We helped out with Children’s Workshops, helped to set up dining areas and performed, and taught, Scottish Country Dancing to the locals.  The youths participated enthusiastically in the Exchange Programme activities and fully immersed themselves in the Italian culture.  A great time was had by both Scots and Italians!

T-Night have enjoyed a lunch trip to Jimmy Chungs (Yum Yum!) and have been taught some DJ-ing skills from Connor during ‘Music Night’.  Well done Connor…..or should I say DJ Connor?!

1 Group  have begun to plan for the ‘Destination- Healthier Future’ Exchange in Slovenia (3/10/14 to 10/10/14).  We are looking forward to meeting the youths and leaders from the other participating countries – Ireland, Finland, Czech Republic and Slovenia.  Our excitement is growing!

Youth Health and Well Being (July Post)

June was a month of fundraising for all the youths involved in the project.  G.W.N.N raised funds by doing hair braiding, nail art, a treasure hunt and a ‘Lucky Key’ activity at the Grey Lodge Summer Fete and T-Night and 1 Group participated in Fancy Dress Sponsored Walks across the Tay Road Bridge.  All money raised will go towards youth group activities.  Well done to everybody for your commitment, hard work and effort.


In other news…G.W.N.N will be heading to Italy on July 22nd for the second part of our ‘Youth Volunteering – Into Action’ Exchange Project, T-Night enjoyed a day trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park and 1 Group spent a day in St Andrews together.


The two boys (Ayman and Ryan) who participated in the Tall Ships Challenge arrived home on Sunday.  They spent a week learning how to sail and race Challenger Yachts in the Channel Islands.  Ryan summed up his experience as follows…’The Tall Ships Challenge was simply an eye opener for myself.  It was a great adventure and I enjoyed it.  I’ve now met a few new people and we are staying in contact.  I would recommend Tall Ships Challenge to anyone and I think I’ll try again next year!!’

Ayman's Tall Ship AwardRyan's Tall Ship Award

Aboard the yachtChallenger Yacht

Alan’s June Post!

It may be nearing the end of June, but there is still a lot more to happen this month. Earlier, in the month, our Exchange Youth Group- very ably led by Iain Glass- returned from Armenia, tired but happy. Many new friendships were made…. and are still being maintained through the wonders of social media sites.

Then our fundraising Ball at the Apex on the 7th June. A fantastic evening – a huge success – a whole lot of fun for all those who were there. Yes, there is another one planned for 2015.

The A.G.M. happened on the 17th, with an attendance approaching 40 people. Thanks, everyone.

Then the Ever Alerts Group trip to Turriff between the 19th and Sunday 22nd. Wonderful! And the month finishes with a fundraising Fete at The Settlement on Saturday 28th June………

Yes, an ultra-busy month- but July is even busier!! Wait for Alan’s next blog.

Over 50s

Every Thursday some of our women go out on the Open Door Bus. We go on trips to different towns, where they collect their weekly shopping. yet it is also a companionship meeting, too.

Recently we were invited by the Rotary Club to the Queens Hotel. Pensioners from other groups were included. We were treated to a lovely buffet, Tea, Coffee and a glass of Sherry. After finishing off our food we were treated to a film about Dundee.

A great time was had by all!

Thanks to all members of the Rotary Club.

Youth Health and Well Being (May Post)

A few good things have happened since March….

G.W.N.N’s Summer Exchange trip to Italy has been booked and I am pleased to say that all 8 members of the group will be going.

T-Night spent Easter weekend at Jock Neish Scout Centre.  From trying out the assault course and making a campfire to having an Easter Egg Hunt and visiting Brechin Castle there was never a dull moment.

The 1-Group have started a ‘Water Project’ which will run until the end of the year.  The plan is to take part in one water related activity each month.  Two of the group have booked up to go sailing, for a week at the start of July, on The Rank Regatta Challenger Yachts and last week the group went fishing at ‘Forbes of Kingennie’.