Author: Paul Beaton

Ryan needed help. Big Help. So he prayed.

Wanting to fit in at school, with friends to run around and have fun with, is a pretty normal, innocent desire for a child to have. If, however, circumstances don’t turn out – with friendships formed and acceptance found – seeds can be sown in a child’s heart that can grow and have a major […]

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Teen Challenge wins prestigious charity award

Teen Challenge North East Scotland, which helps men and women find freedom from life-destroying addictions, has won a prestigious charity award. The organisation was recognised for its mammoth Buy Benaiah campaign – which saw Teen Challenge raise money to purchase £535,000 women’s addiction recovery refuge, Benaiah – at the Celebrate Aberdeen Awards on Saturday, September […]

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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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5 essentials for a successful recovery

Gordon Cruden knows more than most when it comes to successful recovery. As a young man he battled his own alcohol addiction, until he found the path to total freedom through faith in God, while in rehab 26 years ago. Today, Gordon is Area Manager of Teen Challenge North East Scotland and has worked with […]

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Scooped up and set free

Sit and chat with George Bain today and you’ll enjoy the company of a gentle giant – a mild-mannered man, with a real heart for helping addicts. It’s hard to believe that back in the 70s, George himself was a drug-addicted drifter, consuming cocktails of substances, as he searched for the answers to life in […]

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