Through his ongoing work with various communities, committees and agencies across Aberdeen, things are actually happening daily.
"By the strength of our common endeavour, we achieve more than we achieve alone so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true and full potential, and for all of us a community in which power, wealth and opportunity are afforded and managed by the people for the people. The objective is for the individual to fulfil their potential and ambition. My role is as the enabler of this, not the controller of it, aiming not to limit that ambition or those goals, but to open up their possibility to all. This is real community, and it is not constrained by old geographical lines or monarch-style leadership."

Kaimhill Learning Centre

CommunityPosted by Rick Thu, June 15, 2017 20:30:13
I was delighted to hear about the goings-on on the grounds of the fantastic and pretty modern Kaimhill School. Having helped out at a number of their Summer School Fayres, I often wondered if it was utilised in the evenings and weekends for other events (given the facilities also include a state of the art all weather football pitch).

Myself and my wife Amy joined Cllr Douglas Lumsden as the new faces around the table at the latest HALLA (Harlaw Area Lifelong Learning Association) committee meeting. As the various activities unfolded and the vision was imparted, we sat with an element of anticipation and excitement as to how this would unfold.

Garthdee appears to be on the edge of something quite extraordinary. Inchgarth Community Centre, just a couple of streets away is light years ahead of many community centres and were recently awarded - along with the Aberdeen's Seafarers centre and Dennis Law Sport - the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. They also have plans to expand and extend their facility in the near future.

The Kaimhill school facility has the potential to compliment what is happening in Inchgarth CC, and no doubt some future conversation will be had to see what can be done. Lets not forget that we also have the Ruthrieston Community Centre, the Ski Centre, and Robert Gordon's University as part of the Garthdee community.

The future looks bright. Watch this space!!

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Posted by Paul O' Connor MBE Tue, July 18, 2017 22:56:53

Hello Rick, HALLA does not provide any form of meaningful programme for my community, sadly it was set up ONLY as a means to ensure the democratic rights and will of the people of Garthdee were never allowed to be acted upon. HALLA must change, in a monumental way, and allow the various community representatives to guide what is in effect Kaimhill community centre in another name, forward to creating a positive, large, meaningful and relevant programme that does not duplicate existing services. It lacks any form of cohesion, service delivery, planning, ability to deliver and above all else....leadership. This is not something new, it is a 3 decade long problem which represents the most outrageous waste of public monies that could be better used differently. That building now serves as an office base in part for council staff while the hall is used in the evening for private lets and certainly not community. The direction of travel to ensure it succeeds us crystal clear, obvious, simple and only that shall ensure Kaimhill community centre, known as HALLA for the last 6 years, delivers anything remotely acceptable in terms of service delivery. By all means people may paint a tinted picture of reality, may come up with wonderful ideas on paper but wholesale lack the facts and absolutely lack the drive and vision to make sure those ideas come to life. Ps.....14 additional board members to lead a new Kaimhill!

Posted by Janice Boyd Tue, June 20, 2017 21:07:52

This looks good for our community. Thank you for being involved. Janice

Posted by Mr Victor Small Tue, June 20, 2017 21:03:13

Do you get involved in the Bucksburn/Dyce Area? I will call you this week to discuss

Posted by Janice Boyd Tue, June 20, 2017 21:00:53

This looks good for our community. Thank you for being involved. Janice