Taking the opportunity to celebrate our city’s third sector

On a summer weekend each year, individuals and groups from throughout the city join together with one common aim – to Celebrate Aberdeen.

What began as a colourful parade has grown to become a two-day event with a packed programme of music and fun which attracts thousands of people.

The sun shone on this year’s Celebrate Aberdeen weekend, which burst into life with the now traditional procession running the length of Union Street on Saturday and continued on Sunday with music and entertainment in and around Union Terrace Gardens.

Morven Mackenzie, who established the event and continues to be the driving force behind Celebrate Aberdeen, deserves enormous credit along with the enthusiastic team of volunteers who organise the weekend.

The parade gives third sector organisations based in the city the opportunity to join forces in a wonderful display which always provokes an enthusiastic response from residents and visitors alike, who are never slow to show their appreciation as those involved thread their way through the heart of Aberdeen.

Whilst fun is very much the principle Celebrate Aberdeen is founded upon, there is a serious message to take from the weekend: the appreciation we all feel for the role the third sector plays in Aberdeen.

Charitable organisations of all types and sizes make a fantastic contribution day in and day out, woven into the fabric of daily life. The volunteers who are the lifeblood of these charities and groups, not to mention the tireless and committed staff, deserve enormous praise.

As a local authority we certainly don’t take that contribution to our city for granted and work closely with a wide range of charities, community groups, clubs and other organisations to provide our backing in many different ways. That ranges from financial support to the provision of venues as well as the sharing of knowledge and much more in between.

We have all in some way been touched by the excellent work our charities do and I’m sure everyone would agree when I say we are incredibly fortunate to have such a vibrant and diverse third sector. It’s both uplifting and humbling to see the work being done across our city.

It is important that our council not only shows appreciation but also continues to embrace and encourage those groups and individuals who share our vision for a bright future for Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City Council is a long-time supporter of the third sector and we are proud to join with all those who made the past weekend such a success and to celebrate that contribution4