Role Reversal for Dundee Community Group’s Oor Wullie Project!

A Dundee charity, whose members have previously enjoyed Dundee Science Centre events, reversed roles recently, by evolving from the participants to the experts!

Karen McAulay, Ashley Wallace (Advocating Together Dundee) and Paul Strachan (DSC) with the model Oor Wullie that is taking a trip to the edges of space in a weather balloon. Credit: D C Thomson.

Karen McAulay, Ashley Wallace (Advocating Together Dundee) and Paul Strachan (DSC) with the model Oor Wullie that is taking a trip to the edges of space in a weather balloon. Credit: D C Thomson.



‘Advocating Together Dundee’, who were involved in the planning of this and last year’s Dundee Science Festival through a number of focus groups, took part in the ‘Out of this World!’ event at Menzieshill Community Centre on 2 November.

They delivered a session on their High Altitude Balloon project – a mission, which they have worked closely with Dundee Science Centre on, to send a high altitude balloon to the edge of the atmosphere with a mini Oor Wullie on board. Nearly 100 members of the public attended the event at Menzieshill Community Centre.

Through its Community Engagement Programme, Dundee Science Centre offers bespoke learning experiences for the community, offering tailored activities, outreach visits and projects to suit community groups’ interests – from fun science for children’s groups, to adult learning activities.

Thanking Advocating Together Dundee for their contribution to the festival today (Tuesday 14 November 2017), Paul Strachan, Festivals and Community Engagement Officer, Dundee Science Centre said, “Our work with partner organisations is incredibly important and is at the core of the development of Dundee Science Festival. The festival is a part of the local community and, as a result, we want to make sure that those communities are represented in the festival but also play a crucial role in delivering activities – as Advocating Together Dundee did. We hope to expand this work in the future by working closely with other community groups – not only will they be able to attend but also be part of the festival development and contribute to its wider representation of the local area.”

Advocating Together Dundee has been running as an Independent Advocacy Organisation for over 20 years. The charity aims to defend and safeguard people with learning disabilities, Autistic spectrum disorders and complex communication needs, providing them with a stronger voice to access the most suitable information they need to make real choices and have as much control as possible over their own lives.

Karen McAulay, Self-Advocacy Capacity Builder at Advocating Together Dundee said, “Our members have benefitted greatly from their involvement with Dundee Science Festival and Dundee Science Centre. This close working relationship has allowed our self-advocates to learn and understand more about space and science in general, in a safe, fun and interactive environment. Over the course of the past year, self-advocates have developed the skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to participate in the events as well as deliver sessions as experts to other groups and members of the public. Self-advocates have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to working on other exciting projects with Dundee Science Centre in the future.”

Now in its eighth year, Dundee Science Festival ran from Saturday 28 October through to Sunday 12 November 2017, with over 30 events designed to entertain, inspire and fascinate, most of which were free of charge. Dundee Science Festival is brought to you by Dundee Science Centre, an independent charity.

For more information about Advocating Together Dundee, visit

For more information about Dundee Science Centre’s Community Engagement programme, visit


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