Join the Summer Party at Sunnybrae

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Local charity, Teen Challenge North East Scotland, will swing open the doors of its Sunnybrae centre for a Summer Party later this month.

Teen Challenge – which offers help to people struggling with addictions – will hold the event on Saturday, August 27, from 2pm to 5pm.

Taking place at the organisation’s men’s residential centre, Sunnybrae near Fyvie, the party will be packed with fun activities for kids, food, music and inspiring life stories from those who have had their lives transformed by going through the Teen Challenge programme.

The charity has held the event every Summer since Sunnybrae opened in 2003, as a thank you to its supporters for their assistance.

The party offers people the opportunity to view the centre, which is located in the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside, at Woodhead, near Fyvie.

Set away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities, the facility offers a peaceful, rural retreat where people suffering from substance misuse can escape to and rebuild their lives.

The centre offers a real haven for men looking for help with life-controlling problems, with its team of staff and volunteers compassionately caring for all residents, as they prepare the students for new, fresh lives.

At the Sunnybrae Summer Party, guests will also hear from residents from Teen Challenge’s women’s addiction recovery home, Benaiah, which is located near Mintlaw.

Gordon Cruden, area manager of Teen Challenge North East Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to once again be holding our Summer Party at Sunnybrae, which has seen around 400 men come through its doors since opening in 2003.

“This is not a fundraiser and is very much a thank you to the people who help us to help hurting people break free from addictions.

“All are welcome so we’d encourage anyone interested in attending to come along.”

At both Sunnybrae and Benaiah, residents complete the Teen Challenge programme, which is based on Christian principles and is finely balanced between classroom studies and practical work duties, which equip students with a range of skills in, for example, cooking, gardening, domestic DIY, administration, horse livery and business entrepreneurship.

After completing the programme, graduates continue to receive support in establishing homes, career and further education opportunities, social networking and finance management.