NS winners2Safety education charity Absafe has scooped the Outstanding Contribution to Society Award at this year’s Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce’s Northern Star Business Awards.

As the only charity in the north-east of Scotland dedicated to safety education and risk awareness, Absafe beat off stiff competition from Aberdeen Sports Village, HorseBack UK and the Bon Accord Centre to take home the coveted award.

Absafe’s marketing and corporate relations manager Laura McIntyre said: “Being nominated for an award of this calibre is a huge achievement for us, but to win is brilliant.

“Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for its continued support, to the Absafe team and our dedicated volunteers, who blow us away with their commitment to our cause.

“We’re dedicated to providing the region with fun and engaging safety lessons that teach essential knowledge - this award is testament to our hard work and we look forward to an exciting chapter ahead.”

SAFETY hero Harold the Heart has been revealed as our newest team member, to help us spread the word about being safe.

In June of this year, we challenged budding artists across Aberdeen city and shire to design Absafe’s safety-themed mascot.

The contest, sponsored by Richard Irvin Energy Solutions, proved to be popular among schoolchildren in the region, with hundreds of entries making their way to our judging panel.

Charlie Locke from Mill O’Forest Primary School was the selected as the winner of the competition. His ‘Harold The Heart’ entry has been transformed into our new character and will be joining the us at events and school visits.  

Laura McIntyre, Absafe’s Marketing and Corporate Relations Manager said: “We received lots of entries all at a very good standard but there was something about Charlie’s entry that really stood out to us.  We make learning about being safe a fun and engaging experience – Harold the Heart’s big smile and twinkle in his eye pretty much sums us up.”

Kim Woolner HR and Corporate Service Director said: ‘We’re delighted to have sponsored Absafe’s Mascot competition and look forward to seeing Harold the Heart in action. A huge congratulations and well done to Charlie, from everyone at Richard Irvin.’


SAFETY education charity Absafe has secured more than £67,000 of funding from Aberdeen City Council, allowing it to continue to provide safety sessions to schools in the local area.

Absafe is the north-east of Scotland’s only charity dedicated to safety education and awareness delivering informative and engaging sessions to adults and children. The charity received £67,720 from the local authority, and the funding will be used to facilitate school visits for primary pupils throughout the city. 

In the last year, Absafe has delivered educational safety sessions to more than 3000 children across 50 schools.

Absafe has announced new additions to its board of trustees, with Les Linklater, Executive Director of Step Change in Safety, elected as Chairman. 

Duncan Peter, Business Development Manager for fellow charity Inspire, joins as Vice Chairman.   

Absafe provides interactive safety-led sessions to schools, corporates and the wider community delivered in an engaging and informative style. Absafe is the only charity of its kind in the North east of Scotland promoting and delivering interactive safety education and accident prevention awareness.

Also joining the board is media consultant and freelance journalist Kirstin Gove, and Wayne Henderson, Managing Director of business improvement consultancy Kaizah.