Nexen volunteers and pupils from Albyn School take a break for a group photo.

June 24, 2015

Employees from Aberdeen’s Turnaround and Maintenance and Reliability teams have been offering some much needed support to Rape and Abuse Support Aberdeen (RAS) as part of Nexen’s ReachOut programme.

The team of 23 volunteers visited the local charity over the past month to help create a garden area that would provide a safe and peaceful outdoor environment for users of the charity’s services.

RAS provides support and advocacy to survivors of rape and sexual violence and challenges attitudes towards violence against women and men. They also offer information to families and friends to enable them to support the survivor.

The garden had become overgrown and unusable and required a significant amount of work to restore it to former glory.

The team started by clearing the overgrown foliage and laying new turf. They made a vegetable and herb plot to grow a range of seasonal produce to be used in the charity’s regular cooking classes, and also created an outdoor seating area which could be used as a calm place to enjoy hobbies, read or simply sit and relax.

The Nexen volunteers also used their skills to renovate the charity’s shed and fit custom-decking that overlooks the garden. Pupils from Albyn School in the city also joined in one session to help plant a range of flowers.

Martyn Campbell, Nexen’s Turnaround Manager said: “RAS provides a vital service to survivors of sexual violence in Aberdeen and we wanted to offer support wherever we could. What was needed most was the time and man-power to help them transform their garden into a tranquil space for those who have sought assistance from the charity. We hope that people will benefit from the refreshed surroundings and that it offers a safe and comfortable space for them to use.”

The official opening of the garden took place on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 with a barbeque celebration.