Friday 19th April '19
Easter Weekend & our youngest Saltire Awards Achiever, Ryan Bannerman meets with Michelle from Street Friends Helping the Homeless. Aberdeen, the cause that will benefit directly from Ryan's Appeal.
Friday 12th April '19
Ryan's piece if anyone missed it.
Tues 9th April '19
Final day for our youngest volunteer & Saltire awards achiever, Ryan Bannerman at the group before heading back to school soon. Ryan was joined by his buddy Lucas Mackenzie, who both were amazing help today during what was a special busy session, a huge well done to both lads for taking time out of their school holidays to help out at the group. You both should be extremely proud of yourselves!
Tues 2nd April '19
Easter holidays, can mean only 1 thing. school holidays....
So not only is our star Saltire Awards Achiever Ryan Bannerman actively seeking your support with McDonald's Food & Drink tokens but he's also volunteering his time to support our disabled members. True true inspiration & especially wonderful to have his buddy Ryan Hammel join him for the session to learn & get involved in volunteering too. Well done to both Ryan's for taking time today in your holidays to make those most Vulnerable, smile & enjoy themselves.
Tues 26th March '19
A huge thank you to Inchgarth Community Centre for supporting our session today where we welcomed Scottish Heritage Entertainer Don Carney along to give us a good sing song. A wonderful time had by all.
Tues 12th March '19
It's always so lovely when local businesses & shops take one of our collection tins. So it's with very sincere thanks to the staff team at Bodrum Kebab shop in Northfield for helping to support our cause, £70 raised from your donations, they are continuing to support our cause which we are so so grateful for! Local business supporting a local charity, so heartwarming to see, thank you
* Bodrum Kebab House, 42 Moir Green, Aberdeen. AB16 7GS
Tuesday 12th March 2019
On behalf of Team Future Choices, I want to shine a sincere spotlight on the amazingly supportive Apache, for years they have supported Future Choices more than I could have ever imagined & recently supported or first fundraiser of our 11th year this year & have committed to continuing to support our voluntary work. You are all absolutely wonderful & your support is incredibly vital to us to continue to help others in the community. 3 cheers for Apache
Saturday 9th March 2019
Well done Ryan Bannerman, Courtesy of That's TV Scotland North.
Sunday 3rd March 2019
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
Composing this statement feeling totally overwhelmed with joy & happiness....
Our first fundraising event of 2019 being our 11th Year, with the deepest sincere thanks to the team at Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA Aberdeen) for supporting Future Choices.
A heartfelt thank you going to our Sponsors Apache Oil for kindly sponsoring our tables by donating £500!
A huge huge deep thanks to everyone that attended to make this event a sell out!!! The most amazing raffle prizes were donated.
So much great performers, a superb game of heads & tails at the beginning, then a prize draw during, teas/coffee & biscuits, lots of singing & fun being had.
Deep deep appreciation to everyone involved in making this event happen & be such a huge success....
The total amount raised was £1,800!!!!
Monday 31st December 2018
What a truly truly lovely surprise to be
given just as we're about to end the year....
A huge huge heartfelt thanks to the Echt players & everyone involved at the Echt Community Pantomime, where Future Choices was selected as one of the 3 chosen Charities. We are extremely grateful for the cheque totalling £707. Thank you so very much
Thursday 27th December 2018
This year has been an absolute pleasure to be part of Celebrating & Highlighting our contribution to The Year of Young People.
A massive congratulations & well done to Lewis & Ryan Bannerman, who are both going through their Saltire Awards, their Certificates recognises that they were nominated for a Young Scot Award for their individual voluntary work. Young people across the city & indeed the country are doing amazing things to support their local community, Lewis & Ryan are just 2 examples of that work!
Well done & a huge congratulations on behalf of Team Future Choices!
Thursday 20th December 2018
Productive morning for our Saltire Awards Achiever Lewis Bannerman, visiting the Tilly Community Flat to donate food items on behalf of Future Choices, to help those who will unfortunately struggle over the festive period. An inspirational way to conclude our way of Celebrating The Year of Young People 2018. Well done Lewis from everyone at Future Choices! A huge thanks to Fiona & Sarah for being amazing
Tuesday 18th December 2018
Great time had today at our last session of the year, even a visit from Mr Clause himself, a huge huge massive thank you to EVERYONE involved in making the Tuesday sessions happen, it really does mean the world to so many. Now it's time to put our feet up & enjoy the break.
Friday 14th December 2018
Courtesy of Pirate Panda Films
Future Choices celebrated it's 10th anniversary at the Palm Court Hotel on Saturday 13th October. The event was very special for everyone involved making it so special to be part of such an amazing achievement. The charity is completely voluntary led, supporting Physically Disabled Adults gain vital social inclusion in Aberdeen. An amazing £500 was raised on the night!
This video highlights the various acts and emotions that were displayed on the night. Thank you once again David Forbes for working with us again.
Monday 10th December 2018
** BREAKING NEWS **
Chairman & Treasurer accepted an absolutely amazing cheque donation from the team at Elvis-Aberdeen, The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club for £1,000. A huge heartfelt thanks to the management committee for this wonderful donation from everyone at Future Choices
Thursday 6th December 2018
What an absolutely wonderful time had, so many laughs! A superb way to end what has been an incredible year of celebrating our 10th Anniversary! Thank you to everyone who made it so special.
Monday 3rd December 2018
With thanks to That's TV Scotland North
Tuesday 27th November 2018
What an absolutely wonderful way to celebrate our official 10th Anniversary session. With music & games & a lovely buffet!
A huge thank you to Alison from Scottish Disability Sport who came along to show
us Boccia Bingo, went down a treat!!!
And a sincere thanks to David Hood, Singer & Guitarist who was on hand to give us a few few songs.
A true joy to be marking our big milestone & seeing smiles on everyone's faces.
Happy Birthday Future Choices, hip hip hooray!!!! ️️
Some of Team Future Choices attended The Prestigious Awards International (6th Edition) last night & the awards were as follows:
David Forbes: Inspirational Man of the Year & Community Champion of the Year.
Lewis Bannerman: Community Role Model of the Year.
Ryan Bannerman: Young Achiever of the Year.
A massive thanks to Wobia Entertainment House for putting on a wonderful show.
(Photo credit: Michael Redrobo)
Thursday 15th November 2018
We are always constantly Fundraising to keep our group going. As we soon enter the new year in our 11th Year, the fundraising will continue, can you help us or know someone that can, who would be happy to take a collection tin? Please get in touch if you can help support us. Thank you
Wednesday 14th November 2018
Such a wonderful write up
Wednesday 31st October 2018
Happy Halloween everyone.....
Tonight some of Team Future Choices attended Fernielea Fright Night Halloween Display, simply amazing display, cannot thank Claire & Scott enough for putting the event together, the people's joy when they arrived to see the display was what it was all about and to see them donate was so so lovely. Raising a wonderful total of £338.21
Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Such a lovely visit from Kirsty Blackman MP at today's group, meeting with everyone & congratulated our young team of volunteers on their Saltire Awards & also as it's Year of Young People. Kirsty also wished Team Future Choices a very Happy 10th Birthday.
Friday 21st September 2018
Thursday 13th September 2018
Thank you very much to Ross Thomson MP for mentioning us in the House of Commons about our 10th Anniversary Year & about the vital voluntary work we do for the most vulnerable.
Wednesday 29th August 2018
Tuesday 28th August 2018
Such a magical day had today, with entertainer David Hood coming along to perform for us.
Wednesday 8th August 2018
A super morning had with a lovely visit to STV with Lewis Bannerman.
Wednesday 1st August 2018
Great show today with both Bannerman brothers, Lewis & Ryan promoting all what's great about being a young Volunteer.
Monday 2nd July 2018
* SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT *
Ladies & Gents!
It's been a long & incredible journey for Lewis Bannerman - but his documentary is finally here. Please share across all social media platforms!
Saturday 30th June 2018
Last night was one very special evening for Team Future Choices, especially with it being in our 10th Anniversary Year. Receiving a Spirit of the Community Award for all the voluntary work we do. It is the biggest most privileged feeling to be leading such an amazing dedicated team. Emotional beyond words.
Thursday 14th June 2018
A very very special day today for team Lewis Bannerman, a trip to the Scottish Parliament to be presented with his 200 hours of his Saltire Awards, by Kevin Stewart MSP & The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon
8th June 2018
** SPECIAL RECOGNITION **
Ladies & Gents, with this being Volunteers Week and the National Year of Young People, it gives me emense joy to announce that our 2 youngest Saltire Awards Achievers have been recognised for going above & beyond Volunteering by being recognised by the First Minister of Scotland....
Lewis Bannerman (16) for contribution to the theme of Education, through his upcoming Documentary.
Ryan Bannerman (12) for contribution to the theme of community Participation, following his food & drink token appeal to support the homeless community.
This is absolutely incredible recognition, 3 cheers for both Bannerman boys.
Tuesday 25th July
Tues 11th July
Well that's the summer holidays started and what a shining example of what young people are doing with their time - volunteering to help others. Our Saltire Award achieverLewis Bannerman is now on course to achieve his next stage of volunteering, 25 hours certificate, with more exciting challenges coming soon for our young lad. Lewis's journey is being documented and will be made into a very special video which will no doubt inspire others. Lewis efforts were even given a special thank you when I contacted the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Angela Constance who's brief covers volunteering & the Saltire Awards to inform her of his progress and she asked that I gave him her congratulations of what he's achieving.#Saltire #Volunteering #Community
Saturday 27th May
* SALTIRE AWARD *
Our Saltire award achiever, Lewis Bannerman has successfully completed his first 10 hours of voluntary work with Future Choices & was presented with his certificate by Charity Vice Chairman Devon Thompson & ACVO's Mike Melvin. Lewis is now working towards his 25 hours, & we wish him all the very best of luck.
Monday 15th May
Shop online, support Future Choices, at no extra cost to you, check out the link to see how it works.
Tues 2nd May
Super day today with various activities going on. Making his first volunteering debut at the gathering was our Saltire awards achiever Lewis Bannerman, he's already reached his 10 hours and is now next on course to reach his 25 hours, therefore very very proud to announce that Lewis will be leading Future Choices down union st on the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade in August. Lewis is an absolute shining example of what can be achieved by our young people when given the opportunity & support.
Thurs 23rd March 2017
The Chairman & Vice Chairman challenged City Councillors to experience
getting around the city in a wheelchair, and boy did they realise how difficult it was. I want to thank all the participants for taking on the challenge, Marie Boulton, Stephen Flynn, Steve Delaney,
Len Ironside & Douglas Lumsden.
David & Devon want to say a huge massive thanks to the helpers, cause without them, we couldn't have done today, Gayle Kaufmann, Jackalynn Luisa Walker, Tracy Gaitens, Luke McLeod, Ruth Anna, Ean Watt. I want to say also a big thanks to Shopmobility Aberdeen
You can check the full video out here:
Wed 22nd March
This is the absolutely amazing achievements that volunteering your time to help the local community can bring. Lewis Bannerman being recognised at his School for taking the lead role (in our new charity video) on promoting young people to volunteer. A true shining example & Inspiration to us all.
Tuesday 21st March
** BRAND NEW CHARITY VIDEO **
Thursday 9th March
Statement from Pirate Panda Films
On Saturday 1st October 2016 Future Choices, a local voluntary led charity that supports disabled adults, held it's 8th Anniversary birthday at the Copthorne Hotel with the help of Aberdeen Fashion Week director Lydia Kemunto. The event was full of live entertainment and raised £1,500. The event was enjoyed by all that attended. This is a short video we filmed and edited highlighting the various young dancers, singers, models and dresses that were showcased that evening.
We hope to work with this charity again in the future. We hope you enjoy!!!!
** BREAKING NEWS **
Maureen Watt MSP
I have nominated David Forbes as the Local Hero to represent Aberdeen South and North Kincardine at the opening of The Scottish Parliament on July 2nd.
David is the volunteer chairman of Future Choices. I have chosen him because of his dedication to volunteering and care, giving up much of his time to Future Choices over the past 8 years. The charity provides a social setting for people with physical disabilities and supports inclusion by providing transport to a supportive environment, meeting every Tuesday in Inchgarth Community Centre.
By happy coincidence, my nomination of David has come this week during Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of challenges carers face, and to recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the country.
Carer’s Week runs from 6-12 June: www.carersweek.org/
For information on the Opening Ceremony of The Scottish Parliament:www.parliament.scot/99637.aspx
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