Absafe are celebrating a new partnership with oil and gas company Nexen, after receiving a donation to build a new alcohol safety set at The Safe, Absafe’s HQ in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.

The crucial £19,189 funding provided by Nexen, will allow Absafe to build a new interactive workshop teaching school children about the dangers of alcohol. Alcohol is the most widely used addictive substance used by young teenagers. Young people's bodies and brains are more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol because they are still growing and developing. Drinking can cause short and long-term harm to health, as well as put young people in risky situations when drunk. 15% of all deaths in young people aged 16-24 are linked to alcohol and two thirds of young offenders were drunk at the time of their offence.

Absafe’s chief executive Emma Bellu said: “Research shows that the earlier a young person starts drinking alcohol, the more likely they are to drink in ways that can be harmful later in life. Scotland has a pro-alcohol society where it is readily available and heavily marketed. Young people see drinking as completely normal and expected behaviour.

Early intervention and education is therefore key to reducing harm and risk exposure. By working in partnership with Nexen to provide fun informative sessions, we will empower children with the resilience to say no to alcohol, ensuring they are informed of the risky situations that can arise with alcohol use, as well as the longer term harm to physical and mental health and wellbeing.”

Ray Riddoch, Nexen’s UK MD and Senior VP Europe said:

“The misuse of alcohol, especially in young people, can lead to a variety of problems. As well as having an adverse effect on personal health and wellbeing, it is also an issue that can impact safety in the workplace. We share Absafe’s belief that early intervention and education will, in the long term, create a healthier and safer society and we’re delighted to be able to sponsor their new alcohol safety education set.”

Executive Director of Step Change in Safety, and Chairman of the Absafe Board, Les Linklater said:

“By funding this new interactive workshop, Nexen will play a vital role in reducing the risk of harm to children in the North East from the dangers of alcohol. Absafe’s mission is to empower local children to make the right decisions in society and to be aware of the negative effects that drinking can have on their bodies and lives.”

Absafe encourages companies to work in partnership to support the charity in a number of ways: from sponsoring a set, a child or a smile; to allowing staff to volunteer, or joining the board to share a passion for safety and drive the organisation forward. Anyone interested should contact Absafe on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01224 823157.

Celebratory community weekend unveiled

Plans for how the North East will celebrate the opening of the most eagerly anticipated Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project have been announced today by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown.

The focal point of the campaign will be a Community Weekend of family-orientated events and activities (8th and 9th of September 2018) which is planned to take place on the new AWPR in the River Dee valley on the boundary between Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. It will be a ‘fete style’ event with attractions including a celebration of travel through the ages with vintage vehicles and future electric vehicle technology. There will also be unique opportunities for cyclists of a wide range of abilities to experience the road before strategic traffic begins using it in earnest and cyclists get to enjoy the benefits of less congested city roads.

This will be supported by the 'GoNorthEast' campaign which will underline the benefits of this transformational project and show how these will positively impact on people’s lives and the future of businesses, small and large across the North East.

More details on the event will be made available via media and social media in due course.
Cabinet Secretary, Keith Brown said: “The AWPR/B-T is a major artery that will breathe new life into the region. It is much more than a bypass, a term that simply doesn’t do justice to a scheme of this vast scale. It will enhance connectivity with the rest of Scotland, better connect local communities, improve productivity, quality of life and allow for better public transport and active travel opportunities in the city.

The AWPR/B-T will transform how people travel around the region, whether a driver, a user of public transport, a cyclist or a pedestrian. The GoNorthEast aims to communicate information on the route in the run-up to its opening and beyond.
Supported by the hashtags #GoConnect, #GoSafer, #GoGreener, the GoNorthEast campaign will highlight the key positive impacts of the route on the economy, on safety and on sustainable travel. Ambassadors for these key themes joined the Cabinet Secretary and Council Leaders today.

Russell Borthwick, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, which has long-championed the route for the benefits it will bring to the economy, said:

“A fully operational AWPR will be a huge boost to our area. Forecasts suggest the economic benefit it will bring to the regional economy is in excess of £6bn over the next three decades as well as providing a platform for the creation of 14,000 new jobs. In addition to improving the quality of life for our residents - a major factor in economic development - faster journey times and improved North to South connectivity will increase business productivity and help us to secure the next tranche of investment we need to deliver our renaissance region vision. It is also a sign of positive change here with a number of other major marquee infrastructure and regeneration projects due for completion in the next two years.”

Emma Bellu, Chief Executive of local safety charity Absafe, praised the project's aim to reduce road accidents by around 80 per year saying: "Communities in the North East have long-awaited improvements to the local road network that can reduce the injury toll on our roads. Using the latest in safe road design, the AWPR/B-T will improve safety and reduce accidents by taking traffic away from unsuitable rural roads and urban areas. This will make journeys safer and less stressful for drivers, and give streets back to their communities. This project can quite literally save lives, reduce injuries and improve wellbeing, and we welcome the celebration in the run up to the official opening."

Derick Murray, Director of Nestrans, the region’s transport partnership, believes that the AWPR is a major contributor towards a more sustainable transport strategy for the North-east. He said: “Nestrans has been a long-term promoter of the AWPR, particularly the role it will play in freeing up Anderson Drive and the city centre to enable smoother, faster and more reliable bus services and access to Park and Choose sites. From an environmental standpoint, nose to tail traffic creates much more pollution, whereas free-flowing traffic generates lower carbon emissions, improving our air quality in and around the city.”

Cabot donationCabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT), a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, has recently donated vital funds to build a new water safety set with safety education charity Absafe at their headquarters in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. Cabot’s Speciality Fluids business team in Aberdeen also held its internal Global Safety Day event at Absafe on April 5, 2018.

The donation will allow Absafe to build an exciting new workshop that will teach school children how to stay safe in and around water. The recent launch of the Scottish drowning prevention strategy highlights the huge local challenges with regard to water safety, with an average drowning rate double that of the rest of the United Kingdom.

Kirsty Robertson, SH&E Manager for Cabot’s Speciality Fluids segment said, “Safety is fundamental to who we are as a company, and through our relationship with Absafe we can broaden safety education to the local community. Our teams have thoroughly enjoyed the events that we have conducted with Absafe, as they have made safety education fun, engaging and interactive.”

Absafe’s chief executive Emma Bellu said, “By funding our water safety set, Cabot will play a vital part in reducing drownings in the North East and support the next generation to be safe in everyday life. We’re delighted that our partnership continues to grow from strength to strength, demonstrating the real value a great corporate social responsibility (CSR) relationship can have for both organisations.”

Dan Price Davies, Chair of the Aberdeen Water Safety Group said, “This is very welcome news, ensuring workshops for all local primary schools, and closely supporting our integrated approach with multiple agencies tackling water safety issues in Aberdeen.”

Over the last two years, Cabot and Absafe’s CSR relationship has flourished. Following the success of their crime scene investigation (CSI) team building events last year, Absafe has challenged Cabot teams in Aberdeen and Bergen, Norway to create and present a school based CSI event to teach school children about road safety.

CSR relationships are of huge importance to both companies and over the years Absafe has welcomed many Cabot employees volunteering at their safety workshops which allows staff members to build new skills, and ensure their safety knowledge is passed to the next generation.

Leading safety education charity Absafe has won £3000 thanks to a team of students at St Margaret School for Girls coming first place in the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative competition. The prize, kindly donated by the Wood Foundation, was won by Adrianna, Aya, Una, Francesca, Eabha and Neha, a team of third year students at the Aberdeen based school.

Dedicated to safety education, the award winning charity Absafe beat off tough competition, all thanks to the outstanding presentation the girls delivered to a panel of judges. The drama based presentation featured Absafe mascot ‘Harold the Heart’ to take home the top prize.

Linda Williamson, Absafe volunteer who supported the team on Absafe’s behalf said “The competition was tough but there was no doubting the girls' commitment and enthusiasm for their task. We can't thank them enough for promoting Absafe so well and raising such a significant sum on our behalf.”

Absafe’s Chief Executive Emma Bellu said: “Peer influence is such a positive way to encourage the next generation to learn about safety. We’re delighted that the girls chose to support Absafe and did such a wonderful job highlighting the important work we do as well raising vital funds to support our ongoing services.”

Absafe is dedicated to providing the region with fun and engaging safety lessons and inspiring future generations. This money will allow Absafe to be able to develop their safety lessons and facilities even further.

Member of the winning team from St Margaret School for Girls, Una said “Absafe impacts the local community because it educates children on how to keep safe which I believe is extremely important. Although they cannot count how many lives they have saved, by speaking to the children I can tell how important this charity is and how much it affects them.”