My Place Award Winner 2018

Our Leaf Room has won the 2018 Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards!

The My Place Awards are a national celebration of good local design and conservation as nominated and evaluated by local people.  Their aim is to identify projects or buildings that have had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered positive benefits to that community.  Gaby Laing, Heritage Officer at the Scottish Civic Trust said:
“The Leaf Room totally encapsulates what the My Place Awards are all about: a beautifully and sensitively designed asset loved and used by the community. Modest in its approach, the Leaf Room truly delivers far beyond its remit. In 2018, all eyes may be on Dundee for the opening of the new V&A, but the Leaf Room goes to show how much Dundee already has to be proud of in terms of civic pride and architecture.”

Congratulations to everyone involved, especially architect Jonathan Reeve (Voigt Partnership), builder Stewart Burness (S+R Developments) and The Dundee Civic Trust for nominating us.  The room was officially opened by Shona Robison in November 2017 and has become a real hub for our community – the volunteers, visitors, patients, staff, school groups and friends who meet, shelter, chat and drink lots of tea there!  The news comes in the same week that work begins to install the toilet, water and power, which will be up and running by the summer – watch this space for further news!

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A clinic with a difference

diabetes gardenDiabetes Out There (DOT) is a specialist service for children and young people with type 1 diabetes.  They are trialling an innovative new monthly garden clinic, and last month saw the inaugural workshop. The children engaged in activities focused around the effects of exercise on blood glucose, and planted up a fabulous spiral garden of sunflowers, strawberries and vegetables – yum!

The DOT.dig project has been developed in response to poor attendance at the quarterly clinics for children and young people with type 1 diabetes.

From Nicholas Conway, consultant paediatrician “Levels of blood glucose control in Tayside are poor and these young people are placed at significantly increased risk of the complications above. With this in mind, DOT Tayside have undertaken a number of initiatives in an attempt to increase patient engagement; improve knowledge and understanding; and, ultimately, to improve glucose control.

The DOT team have run a variety of workshops and events aimed at young people and their parents over recent years, where clinics have been delivered in alternative settings, including a local community centre.  The DOT.dig concept was therefore informed by these experiences, whereby a small group of children were invited to attend a workshop held within the community garden, as an alternative to attending a traditional face-to-face clinic appointment.

All of those who attended on the day (including staff) enjoyed the event.  All of the attendees were keen to attend future events and so will be reappointed to attend a DOT.dig workshop in 3 months.  In the interim, additional dates and groups of children will be identified, with the aim to establish a monthly DOT.dig workshop in the near future.”