Author: Paul Beaton

Inspectors praise TC for levels of respect and care

Teen Challenge North East Scotland has been highly rated by inspectors. Monitors from the Care Inspectorate watchdog visited our Sunnybrae base in Fyvie on August 1 and have published their report. Inspectors rated it “very good” for care, support and staffing – the second best of six possible ratings. “Teen Challenge provides a holistic and […]

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New TC initiative launched to help Aberdeen addicts

Teen Challenge North East Scotland has launched a new Aberdeen initiative to help hurting men and women with life-controlling addictions. We are now in place at the city’s King’s Community Church on King Street every Tuesday, from 3pm-5pm. Teen Challenge will use the time to offer visitors advice and counsel, with the opportunity to place […]

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Youngsters win £6,000 for Benaiah

Two teams of philanthropic youngsters have helped boost our women’s recovery refuge, Benaiah. Pupils from Mintlaw Academy and Peterhead Academy both secured £3,000 for Benaiah, after choosing Teen Challenge North East Scotland to focus on for their Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) projects. The YPI challenges pupils to raise awareness, and funds, for a local charity […]

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Portsoy woman scoops iconic Triumph motorbike

A Portsoy woman has won a brand new Triumph motorbike, while helping people break free from addiction. Lindsay Thomson, from Portsoy, scooped the iconic motorbike after entering the Prize Draw, which was organised to raise funds for Teen Challenge North East Scotland. The initiative was launched in July, with Lindsay purchasing her ticket at Turriff […]

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Coming ‘home’

Stuart Swanson I think a lot of people have a misconception that all addictions are the result of broken homes and dysfunctional or abusive childhoods, but this wasn’t the case for me. I came from a great home; my Mother is a Christian and my father a hard-working man. My older brother, younger sister and […]

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Thank you

That’s me now settled back into life in the North East of Scotland after a whirlwind month riding the length and breadth of Europe for the Euro Bike Challenge. From Lisbon to Kiev and Sarajevo to Helsinki, the initiative took me on an almighty adventure throughout the continent. I just want to take this opportunity […]

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10 days, 14 countries, 4,510 miles and counting…

10 days on from riding fresh out of the city of Lisbon, Gordon is feeling the effects of clocking up the first 4,510 miles of the Euro Bike Challenge. One third of his way through, he has already had an almighty adventure, having passed through 14 of the target 47 European countries. However, the continent’s roads […]

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Walking in the fullness of freedom

With us having just celebrated our 2015 Graduation, we thought it would be nice to give an update on one of last year’s graduates, Steve Smith. A fantastic example of someone who has truly grasped his opportunity for change, Steve is now living life to the full in God. Today, he is studying at college, working […]

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Legal highs, lethal lows

The North East of Scotland, just like the rest of the UK, is experiencing an alarming rise in the use of psychoactive substances. Whereas in past years the region has been hit with waves of heroin, crack and ecstasy – which are still of course being significantly abused – the newest ‘trend’ involves people using […]

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Grateful hearts

As the sun sets on 2014, Sunnybrae residents are being encouraged to reflect back on the breakthroughs and blessings they’ve enjoyed over the last 12 months. With most of these guys having diced with death while caught up in addiction, many have commented that they’re thankful for simply still being alive. Here are a few […]

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