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Drumming Up Support for Scotland’s First ‘Hope Hub’

A Dundee charity is drumming up support for Scotland’s first ‘Hope Hub’, to be launched on World Mental Health Day (Thursday 10 October 2019).

Front Lounge is holding a free, celebratory event in the city’s Blend Coffee Lounge, marking the culmination of a six-week mental health project.

The charity is now actively fundraising to kickstart Hope Hubs across the country, as well as a Hope Forum which will bring together a group of young people to help shape and inform future policy on mental health services throughout Tayside.

Leigh Addis and Michael Elliott from Foolish Optimism, discussing Thursday’s World Mental Health Day celebrations in Blend Coffee Lounge, Dundee.

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Empowerment – From the Bottom Up!

Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee Case Study

Ask any entrepreneur how they got to where they are today and they’ll tell you how it all began, the journey and the obstacles.

For Deborah (Debz) Breen of Dundee, poor mental and physical health, coupled with a spell of homelessness, did not dissuade her from pursuing her business goal – making colourful and ethical underwear for all genders and sizes.

As a child, a self-confessed ‘tomboy’ and ‘wild child’, Debz was extremely creative, at her happiest tinkering away with her Dad, an upholsterer, and her very own tool box.

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10th Dundee Science Festival Gets Underway

The programme for the 10th Dundee Science Festival was officially launched today (Wednesday 2 October 2019).

The celebration of science will run from Saturday 5 October through to Sunday 20 October 2019, with over 30 events designed to entertain, inspire and fascinate, most of which are free of charge.

Lewis Fitzsimmons of Dundee Science Festival


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Food for Thought as Accountants Claw Back ‘Untapped’ Tax Savings

Leading Scottish tax and business advisory specialists, EQ Accountants LLP, are urging food and drink businesses to explore potentially significant tax savings often associated with manufacturing or scientific companies.

The firm, which has offices in Dundee, Forfar, Cupar and Glenrothes, has claimed over £0.5M Research and Development (R&D) tax credits for 13 food and drink clients within the last year, ranging from food producers and food packaging companies to companies involved in designing and manufacturing equipment for the food and drink industry.

Sandi Drummond, EQ; David Morrison, EQ; Scot Kelly, Foodmek.
Pic – Alan Richardson,


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Big Boys Don’t Cry: Men Gear up for Daily Battle

A film exploring the mental health struggles facing men has been launched by a group of burly airsoft ‘soldiers’ in a Dundee park today (Monday 16 September 2019).

‘Daily Battle’ is one of six films being released by local charity Front Lounge on the run-up to World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019.

Pic – Alan Richardson,
Michael Elliott from Foolish Optimism: Hope in Action, alongside Airsoft players from Viperstrike who took part in the film.

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