BURNS SUPPER EVENT                                11 JANUARY 2017 NEWS



                                            

UNITED for ALL will be celebrating volunteerism in Dundee by holding a Burns Supper on Wednesday 1st February 2017 thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

After successfully applying to the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme UNITED for ALL has been awarded £4,250 which will be used to host a one-day event at 7pm on Wednesday 1st February 2017 at The Hegarty Suite, Tannadice Park, Tannadice Street, Dundee, DD3 7JW.

On the day all corners of the community are invited to come together to celebrate volunteerism and community cohesion through a Traditional Burns Supper event. Volunteerism is an important part of the local area because there is so much good work that goes on in the communities across Dundee thanks to the effort and commitment of volunteering and its important to recognise and reward this.

Jamie Kirk, Community Trust Manager at UNITED for ALL, had this to say about the event

It’s fantastic to be able to give something back to the local community, especially those who give so much to others during the course of their everyday lives.  There are many services in this City which simply could not exist without the help of dedicated and passionate volunteers and this event is a massive big thank you from everyone at UNITED for ALL and everyone across the City.  The nominations process involved bringing together so many partners within the City – all of whom are delighted to be able to reward those who give up their time.  I hope everyone who attends has a fantastic night.”

The Big Lottery Fund found that more than half (63%) of people asked reported that they have never or cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their local neighbourhood. If given the chance, more than 40% would like to celebrate their local history, and more than two fifths (43%) of those aged 16 to 24 would celebrate their local culture, art or music.  

In response to these findings the Big Lottery Fund asked for local groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes to apply for funding, to hold events or activities that would bring people together and celebrate what makes their local community special.

The Celebrate programme is the perfect opportunity for people to showcase and enjoy something important to their community, be it an iconic building, a precious landscape, a unique service or a community hero. There is £5 million available in total across the UK.

There are still some spaces for more recommendations so if you have anyone in mind please don’t hesitate to submit your nominations using the contact details below.  We are also keen to have some support in delivering the event and anyone interested would be more than welcome, there are a number of tasks required on the day and beforehand.

If you’d like to get involved with the UNITED for ALL Burns Supper Celebrate event please contact: Jamie Kirk on 07824 776 063 or manager@unitedforall.co.uk

For more information about the Celebrate programme please visit: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/celebrate


WALKING FOOTBALL PARTNERSHIP                       9 DEC. 2016 NEWS

             

United for All, the official Charity partner of Dundee United Football Club, is delighted to announce that we will now be working in partnership with Dryburgh Athletic Community Club in delivering Walking Football to the over 50's.  The partnership will use the strength of both organisations to engage the local community in this exciting form of physical activity for those over 50.  Walking Football is just like the beautiful game we all know and love with one main exception – it’s a foul to run.

Jamie Kirk, Community Trust Manager at United for All, had this to say about the new partnership: “It’s a fantastic way for us to link with a really successful local grassroots club.  They’ve been involved in football in the local area for a number of years and this partnership will only strengthen the reach we can achieve and the quality of the project.”

Dryburgh Athletic Community Club were equally enthused with Club Chairman Ronnie McCabe adding: “We are delighted to be further enhancing our links with Dundee United following our recent girl’s football pathway and hope to encourage those not so young in the local community to participate in sport.”

Our sessions take place at St John’s RC High School every Wednesday from 7pm – 8pm and are currently free of charge thanks to generous funding the Postcode Community Trust. For more information please contact projects@unitedforall.co.uk or call or text Lauren on 07581 889 346.

FOOTBALL MEMORIES                                            6 DEC. 2016 NEWS





WALKING FOOTBALL                                              1 DEC. 2016 NEWS



PRESENTATION TO DAVE MULHOLLAND             1 NOV. 2016 NEWS


Due to work commitments David Mulholland has recently stepped down from his role as chairman with UNITED for AlLL charity after eight years service on the charity's board. He is also leaving the board of ArabTRUST after eleven years where he was also chairman between 2007-2008. 



He will be sadly missed  by all those who worked along side him. To acknowledge his sterling efforts for both organisations, David was a boardroom guest of the club along with his family for last week's home match against Falkirk. 

Pictured with David on Tannadice are David Dorward, the new UfA chairman and Gavin Muir, ArabTRUST chairman.


DUWFC CELEBRATE DOUBLE SUCCESS            24 Oct. 2016 NEWS


Yesterday saw scenes of celebration at GE Arena as DUWFC celebrated winning the SWFL2 East League in their first season, and what a first season it has been. Since being formed from scratch last summer the team have won both the SWFL2 (Scottish Women's Football League Division 2) Cup and now the SWFL2 East League title. During their first league campaign the team have won every competitive league game. Promotion means that DUWFC will be playing in the SWFL Division 1 next season and their ambition is to win this league to gain access to the Scottish Women's Premier League. The ladies were presented with the League trophy by Dundee United "Hall of Famers", Hamish McAlpine and Sean Dillon.


David Dorward, Chair said “We are proud to support DUWFC and congratulate everyone involved who have worked so hard behind the scenes to make the first season such a success. UNITED for ALL see supporting DUWFC as a key part of our community objectives and of course we will be supporting the team again next season.”

Justine Mitchell, Chair of DUWFC and UfA Trustee, added "Women's football is the fastest growing sport in the world and it was the natural progression for Dundee United to have a Women's Team. lt was also important to me that the community have this women's team, which is why DUWFC has been formed as part of the Community Trust, UNITED for ALL.

As part of DUWFC's desire to build and promote women's football in Dundee they are now setting up a Development Team with trials for this due to take place in November. The Development Team will play in the League DUWFC have just won, the SWFL2 East League. ln addition, DUWFC have been in discussions with other local clubs with a view to creating partnerships, again to develop and promote girls and women's football in the area.

DUWFC believe creating partnerships with local grassroots clubs in the area is the best way to support the grovrrth of the game. These partnerships will provide a structured development model for everyone involved which in turn will create a "win win" situation for clubs, coaches and most importantly the players, we flrmly believe that a football Club should be at the heart of the community and vice versa. We are at a very exciting time in women's football with the sport growing so fast. We have the National Team havlng qualified for the Women's Euros 2017 for the first time and Glasgow City and Hibernian Ladies playing in the Champions League. lt is a great time to be part of this."

Credit must of course go to the players who have performed fantastically well in their inaugural season, as well as the Coaches and the backroom staff, lt has been an amazing team effort in their first season. Head Coach, Gavin Beith said: "l'm delighted that in our first season we have secured the League and Cup double. All players, coaches and committee members have worked so hard to make this happen. The commitment shown from all has been outstanding. This season has given the Club a great foundation to build upon."

Justine Mitchell wanted to express gratitude to all involved, "l just want to thank everyone, the players, the Coaches and Lorna Moffat, our Club Secretary, who have all worked very hard to make this happen. lt has been a joy to get to know the girls and see them grow as players. A huge thanks also has to go to our Sponsors who helped to make this happen. DUWFC is self sufficient and this sponsorship assisted us to buy our kit. Thank you to Dr Noodles, ArabTRUST, DUDA and Paint-tec. Last but not least, a massive thank you to everyone who has backed the team this season. The whole of DUWFC appreciate your support."


WALKING SPORTS CLUB                 16 OCTOBER 2016 NEWS

United for All has received £6,700 from the Awards For All funding programme to help provide opportunities for more men and women over 50 to take part in regular physical activity as part of a “Walking Sports Club” project.  The project will see weekly sessions set up in Dundee for walking football, walking netball and walking basketball – with the intention to add two more new sports in 2017.  

Jamie Kirk, Community Trust Manager at the charity had this to say about the project, “Walking Football has achieved fantastic success across the country and we want to use the buzz around this and extend it to capture even more people using other sports as the catalyst.  The benefits of regular physical activity are there for all to see in terms of improved physical and mental health and its never too late to get started again.  We delivered Walking Football and Netball at the recent Dundee Together event at City Square and the uptake was really encouraging on the day”.

              

More information will be available soon regarding the times and dates of the sessions.  If you’d like to get involved in any of our sessions, please get in touch with Lauren Dickson either by email at projects@unitedforall.co.uk or by telephone on 07581 889 346.


WALKING FOOTBALL AND NETBALL      29 SEPT. 2016 NEWS



We are delighted to be supporting the Dundee Together Celebrating Diversity event at City Square on Saturday 1st October. The event is part of the wider “UN Day of the Older Person” and we are looking forward to delivering Walking Football and Walking Netball on the day.  Our plan for the day is:


                                           

                                                          Walking Football Tournament 10:00am – 11:30am

Walking Netball Matches 11:45pm – 1:45pm

Walking Football Matches 2pm – 3:30pm


Its open to men and women over 50 and we are still looking for players for both football and netball to take part on the day, its free of charge.  

To get involved please email manager@unitedforall.co.uk or call Jamie on 07824 776 063.


NEW CHAIRMAN APPOINTED                        24 SEPT. 2016 NEWS


 

The charity has reluctantly accepted the resignation of Chairman David Mulholland.  David has sadly decided to stand down as Chair/Trustee because of personal reasons after 8 years excellent service. 

"I have thought long and hard over the summer about my position as Chairman of UNITED for ALL and have decided that I will be standing down as both the Chair and a Trustee. I have not taken this decision lightly and have made it due to personal and work related issues. I have been a trustee since the charity was formed and it's now time for a much needed break". 

This is undoubtedly a big loss for the charity but we can only respect David's decision and wish him all the best of success in future challengesWe acknowledge David's time, efforts, dedication, unconditional commitment and sincerely thank him for his voluntary contribution throughout the years.

However, we are delighted to announce that David Dorward has now been appointed as our new Chairman. 


David is a former Chief Executive, Dundee City Council and also a former original Trustee in 2009. He was recently re-appointed following a nomination by Dundee United FC.

David brings a wealth of experience to the role. He served in local government in various high-profile financial capacities for 43 years, the last five of them in charge of Dundee City Council. David brings a skill set which will help to strengthen and improve the charity. A keen Arab, he is also a member of ArabTRUST 

HOME WIN WITH MCEWAN FRASER LEGAL            23 SEPT. 2016 NEWS



DUNDEE UNITED’S main club sponsor McEwan Fraser Legal have teamed up with the club’s official charity, United for All to offer tickets for every home league game. The new initiative, “Home Win” will see the solicitors and estate agents provide a pair of tickets from its allocation to every league game at Tannadice. United for All will gift tickets to Arabs engaged in positive community activity, via a nomination process.

McEwan Fraser Legal chief executive Ken McEwan explained a desire to support the renewed work of the charity in and around the City of Discovery. "We are absolutely delighted to be able to support United for All by providing tickets to every home game,” he said. "The charity has a really clear focus to engage across the city of Dundee and we're supportive of their ambitious to widen accessibility to sport and participation in sport."

Jamie Kirk, Community Trust Manager at United for All is delighted to see the new initiative underway at Tannadice, stressing the opportunity to reward those giving of their time, help, and services to others in need. “We are really grateful to McEwan Fraser Legal for their generous donation of two match tickets for home matches at Tannadice. This really is a home win,” he explained. “It gives us the chance to give something back to members of the local community who are giving up their own time to help others”.

The initiative will work on a nomination basis. Members of the local community can nominate people they believe should be rewarded by email to projects@unitedforall.co.uk or writing to Jamie Kirk, United for All, Tannadice Park, Tannadice Street, Dundee, DD3 7JW. 

The application should give a brief description of the person being nominated and some examples of why they should receive tickets. 


Funding boost                          22 SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWS

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE received £800 FROM players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The funding boost from Postcode Community Trust will enable United for All to deliver walking football sessions for over 50's in the Dundee area.  The project is open to men and women over the age of 50 and provides a low impact way of keeping fit with like-minded people.  It’s the beautiful game at its finest with one main rule change – it’s a foul to run. 

Jamie Kirk, Community Trust Manager at United for All said: “Walking Football is growing all the time in Scotland and we are very grateful to have the opportunity to extend this with further sessions in Dundee thanks to the support of Postcode Community Trust.  No matter how long it’s been since you’ve played, if you love the game then this is definitely for you.  More details regarding the sessions are coming soon and if you would like to be among the first to know get in touch using projects@unitedforall.co.uk or calling us on 07824 776 063.

When you sign up to play People’s Postcode Lottery, your postcode is your ticket. A minimum of 30% goes directly to charities across Great Britain and internationally. It costs £10 for 10 draws paid monthly in advance. 


UNITED FOR KIDS SEASON 2016/17                             2 August 2016 NEWS



We have launched a new JustGiving Campaign because we want more kids to be able to see the people's team in the city - Dundee United. Please donate HERE.

Football will yet again be available free to disadvantaged young people across Dundee this season thanks to the generosity of DUFC and its fans. For over a decade DUFC, its supporters, UNITED for ALL and Dundee City Council have joined forces to give away free season tickets for Tannadice.

This year, younger supporters also have the chance to sign up for free to Dundee United Business Club’s ‘Young Arabs’ supporters’ club as part of the initiative.

Chairman Stephen Thompson, Associate Director Colin Stewart, the Management and playing squad were joined at the stadium today by Lord Provost Bob Duncan, and Children and Families Senior Officers, Audrey White and Nicky Maccrimmon, to hand over 400 season tickets and memberships.

Lord Provost Bob Duncan said: “In Dundee we are committed to getting it right for every child and their families. This means no matter your background or circumstances, children, young people and families should have the same opportunities and chances as anyone.

“We have had excellent feedback from children and parents who attended last year.

“Improving the health and wellbeing of our children and young people is a priority. With so many tickets going to a wide variety of agencies working with children and family services across the city, it creates an opportunity for them to regularly enjoy going out together as a family and supporting a local football team, which brings a range of health and wellbeing benefits.”

The United for Kids appeal was originally suggested by exiled fan Dr Andy Holt who is living in Canada and was launched at the end of June 2005, with DUFC pledging to match every penny donated to the appeal by fans. Since then it has grown steadily each season and is now administered by a registered charity, UNITED for ALL.

David Mulholland, on behalf of UNITED for ALL said: “This initiative is so worthwhile and we are proud to continue to support it. Creating opportunities for these youngsters is only possible with the continued generosity of the United fans.”

Dundee United Associate Director Colin Stewart said: “The Club is delighted to continue to support the project and play its part in supporting children in the local community. The team made a point of training at Tannadice today so that the kids would be able to meet the players and management whilst collecting their season tickets.”

Dundee United Chairman Stephen Thompson said: “When Andy Holt came to the Club ten years ago with this concept, I do not think anyone could have envisaged it being the success it continues to be.

“Dundee United are proud of our strong community ties and the United for Kids campaign is an integral part of that. Working closely with Dundee City Council, UNITED for ALL and our fans, we continue to allow disadvantaged youngsters the opportunity to come along to Tannadice.”

Please donate HERE

WELCOME TO OUR NEW EMPLOYEE                                9  MAY 2016 NEWS



We are delighted to confirm that UfA working in partnership with ArabTRUST, Dundee United FC and Dundee United Development Association have appointed Jamie Kirk as our Community Trust Manager/Fundraiser. Jamie formerly worked as Community Development Director for Warriors in the Community at Stenhousemuir and brings a wealth of experience to this role.


DUWFC ANNOUNCE SPONSORS                          15 FEbruary 2016 News

The Dundee United Women’s Team today announced it has secured four main sponsors ahead of the kick-off of its inaugural season on Sunday, 6 March. The sponsors (Dr Noodles, ArabTRUST, Paint-tec and D.U.D.A.) were all present today alongside representatives of the DUWFC team as the UNITED for ALL Community Trust launched its first project within the new partnership agreement with Dundee United FC.


Dundee United board member and UfA Trustee Justine Mitchell said, “I want to thank each of the sponsors who have offered their backing to the team. This support has ensured that the team remains totally self sufficient, and that is a vital ingredient in the project becoming a success. It was important to me that, as part of our community structure at the Club, we have a women’s team with a professional set-up and this has been achieved with the financial support of sponsors and some good old-fashioned hard work.

“It is a very exciting day today. Seeing the fixture list really brings home the reality of the hard work that has been put into getting to this stage and it is now coming to fruition. Through the efforts of Head Coach Gavin Beith, his backroom team and other volunteers, we now have a squad of players who can make a real impact in the league.

“The hard work of the various volunteers, from the head coach to administration staff, has added so much energy to the pace at which we have got things ready for the season. We have a fantastic set-up in place and I look forward to supporting the team over the course of the season and watching them become a success. This will be the first step in the vision of providing footballing opportunities for females of all ages.”

Head Coach Gavin Beith said, “Everything is now in place and seeing the fixtures on paper means we can now build up to the start of the season. The players have all been excellent so far in their efforts to get to the standard we want to be at. A big area of being part of Dundee United is ensuring we install the standards of the Club within the women’s team and getting the official kit and team wear makes the squad feel part of the set up. It is now about doing as well as we can on the park and I am sure the players we have will deliver performances to be proud of.”

Stuart Crighton of Dr Noodles said, “Dr Noodles have a strong relationship with Dundee United and I am proud to be the shirt sponsor of the women’s team. I have no doubt that this team will be a success and I look forward to watching them with our company logo emblazoned on the front of the official shirts.

Grant McKenzie, ArabTRUST Chairman and UfA Trustee, said:  “ArabTRUST is delighted to be one of the first sponsors of Dundee United WFC. The Trust strongly believes that by sponsoring and supporting this new venture we can play our part in helping deliver a pathway for female football participation in Dundee and the surrounding areas.

“Supporting community projects is one of the core principles on which ArabTRUST is built upon and we are very excited to work with the Club, UNITED for ALL and the wider Dundee United family to back the women’s team.”

Stuart Campbell, MD of Paint-tec said, “As life-long supporters of Dundee United and proud sponsors of the Club, we are delighted to support DUWFC and the Community Trust as official short sponsors. Paint-tec have many customers in the Dundee area and helping such an important resource as the Community Trust is our way of giving something back locally.”

Colin Stewart, Chairman of DUDA and UfA Trustee, said, “DUDA are thrilled to be involved in supporting the Dundee United Women’s Team with a donation from the United Futures Lottery and 50/50 match day draw proceeds.

“DUDA feel that this will help in the development of our aims and objectives and we look forward to continuing to support the project in the coming years. Dundee United have a large amount of female supporters and having a women’s team associated with the Club will be of great benefit.”

Speaking on behalf of UNITED for ALL, Secretary Mike Barile said, “UNITED for ALL is delighted to be involved at the start of this fantastic initiative because an integral part of our aims is to offer hundreds of local women and girls the opportunity to enhance their sporting and footballing skills with new and exciting coaching programmes.

“Today is just the start of an ambitious project designed to inspire our female community.  A successful DUWFC will definitely lead to more participation and encourage women of all ages and abilities to be involved.  The players will become very visible role models.”

Details of the playing squad, upcoming fixtures, results and news can be found on this website before the beginning of the SWFL season.


2 February 2016 News

Community Trust Manager/Fundraiser

• Salary £25,000 per annum (4 day week)
• Location Dundee, Scotland
• Job Type Two year initial appointment
• Job Reference : UfA/001/2016

Job Description:

Assist the trustees of the UfA Charity to raise funding and manage the development of community opportunities in and around the Dundee area that encourage participation in sport, education and health and wellbeing activities.

About us: The UfA Community Trust supports community sports, education, health and charitable activities in conjunction with Dundee United Football Co. Ltd. This objective is deliberately relatively wide in order that the Trust can take every available opportunity to deliver activities and services within the local Dundee communities.

The Trust aims to identify opportunities to deliver community services, match these objectives with any grant funding that is known to be available, apply and successfully achieve the grant aid, then implement and monitor the delivery of the service. 

The UfA Community Trust will seek grant aid from other charities both local and national, including national funding bodies such as Big Lottery Fund.

 Your role: As a fundraiser you will be responsible for attracting funding from a range of sources to develop a variety of community projects that uses the Dundee United brand. The aim will be to motivate and encourage a wide range of participation from the city’s community and its surrounding areas.

What you’ll need: You must have the skill set to successfully fundraise, deliver and develop a programme of community projects that encourage participation by all in sport, education, health and well being activities.

You must have the ability to build and manage effective relationships with all partners, including the UfA trustees and representatives of Dundee United.

You will also manage and motivate individuals who will assist with the delivery of these events.  You will be educated to degree level or equivalent level of experience and have a good understanding of the principles of excellent customer care, relationship management and the accountabilities of a charity to its donors, supporters and volunteers.

A good understanding of fundraising, business development, project planning and management techniques are also required in addition to excellent budgeting, numeracy and planning skills.  The successful applicant will be highly motivated, have excellent attention to detail with a creative and pro-active approach.

Essential attributes include:

·       A self-starter with a pro-active approach to fundraising and project management

·       Experience of motivating and managing others

·       Well organised with the ability to plan and prioritise a busy workload

·       Full Driving Licence and access to a car

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·       Excellent presentation skills

·       Competent use of IT

·       Excellent numeracy and budgeting skills

To apply, email chairman@unitedforall.co.uk quoting ref. above and attach a recent CV.

 

Closing date extended: Friday 4th March 2016





22 October 2015 News

The UfA Trustees are delighted to announce that Dundee United Football Company Limited have now nominated three new Trustees to join our charity with an option to add one more as agreed in our amended constitution of May 2014. We enthusiastically welcome these additions to our Board and look forward to developing plans and strategies to help disadvantaged folk in Dundee and Tayside areas to make positive changes in their lives. We are all passionate about making a difference.

   

Justine Mitchell

         
                                                             

                                                                              David Doward




Derek Robertson


Justine Mitchell co-owner DUFC, Derek Robertson former Director DUFC, and David Dorward former Chief Executive, Dundee City Council, all attended our meeting tonight.

David Dorward and Derek Robertson of course were previously involved as Trustees and all three nominees bring a wide range of talents and experience gained within professional sport, business, legal, finance and local authority sectors.


6 August 2015 News

We are launching a new initiative today in partnership with DUFC to raise £30,000 funds to enable us to recruit a full time Coordinator/Fundraiser and are very pleased to report that DUFC have agreed to donate £15,000 to kickstart the campaign. We are now actively seeking partners and individuals to help reach the remaining 50% needed. This can all easily be done via the following JustGiving site      https://www.justgiving.com/ufatrust/

More information is available on that site and our Trustees firmly believe this method is the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity. It also has the huge advantage of allowing taxpayers to donate 25% more cash via Gift Aid.


15 June 2015 News

We were pleased to read this Courier article about our very successful Football Memories dementia project at St. Aiden's in Broughty Ferry that we run with our partners from Alzheimer Scotland. Pictured below with some volunteers is Davie Sturrock who played for Dundee United in the 50's.





17 March 2015 News


                     

We were delighted to receive another generous donation last week from Dundee United FC at the launch of the GA Engineering Arena formerly known as Gussie Park.
 
Guests attending the launch were randomly drawn and selected to take a penalty kick competition against young DUFC keeper Marc McCallum on the new surface. Host Paul Reid announced that each successful kick would be rewarded with a £100 donation from the Club going to the charity. Although a couple were saved, the Club agreed to round off the overall donation to a whopping £1,000.
 
UfA Trustees have since agreed to use this donation to purchase Astroturf footwear on a free hire basis for those youngsters who arrive at the new facility for coaching courses without the necessary boots.
 
UfA Secretary Mike Barile said “We thought it was a good idea to re-invest the cash into this project as it is a WIN WIN solution all round. Disadvantaged kids will not be turned away because they don’t have correct footwear but standards will be maintained to protect the fantastic new pitch. A perfect example of the Club and community working together.” 



11 March 2015 News

Frank’s Law – 3rd Minute Applause

We have recently agreed to join Amanda Kopel's campaign to call for the Scottish Government to adopt Frank’s Law, named in memory of her late husband Frank a Dundee United F. C. Hall of Fame legend. Frank Kopel sadly died in April 2014 having been diagnosed with dementia six years ago, when he was aged just 59. 

It is appropriate that UfA Trustees will unfurl a banner on Sunday at Hampden Park before the League Cup Final urging action from the Scottish Government. We also hope to encourage ALL supporters at the match to join in with a resounding round of applause during the 3rd minute of the big game. Frank Kopel played a major part wearing the number 3 jersey when Dundee United won national silverware for the first time ever in the 1979 Scottish League Cup Final.

Amanda has also recently gained local support from The Courier, Angus Council and Dundee City Council. The campaign is looking for another well known Arab, Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport to now deliver free personal care to all under 65's with debilitating illnesses, provided they are assessed as needing it. 

The Kopels had to give up their jobs and were left relying on Amanda’s small pension and a daily £3.81 carer’s allowance while paying hundreds of pounds a month for essential care services which were free to over 65’s. Of the 85,807 dementia sufferers in Scotland, 3,201 are under the age of 65 and therefore not entitled to the help.

This issue is a question of equality, fairness and an end to age discrimination of younger dementia sufferers and highlights the fact that in this life it could be you or me in this predicament. Sex, class, creed, race or age is no barrier to a disease that has no boundaries. It also has a profound emotional impact on those family Carers like Amanda.

Jenny Marra MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport recently summed up the feeling of many when she said,

“When I went to visit them. Amanda's patience, love and strength were clear for all to see. And it was this selfless care that left nobody in any doubt that the right place for Frank to be was at home. But the fact that Amanda could not get the support of free personal care seemed a penalty too far. I congratulate Amanda for having the strength to pursue this issue at a time of great personal loss. Amanda is an inspiration to us all."

Amanda has been lobbying for two years now and in that time has held positive and constructive meetings with both Alex Neil, the previous Health Secretary and Shona Robison. Despite both expressing great sympathy during discussions, neither has been able to deliver yet.

UfA now also takes this opportunity to urge all supporters to join the campaign and contact Shona Robison to seek urgent action.

Frank’s Law - It’s time to deliver!

As this is a Ministerial matter please contact Shona Robison directly using the following options:

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport

The Scottish Government

St Andrew’s House

Regent Road

Edinburgh, EH1 3DG

Tel: 0131 244 2186

Fax: 0131 244 3563

Email: scottish.ministers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk


20 February 2015 News

UNITED for ALL
 are now raising funds to help those who can't afford to attend the 2015 Scottish League Cup Final to support Dundee United on Sunday 15th March.  We did this in 2014 and managed to raise over £23000 to help with tickets and travel. 

There are many Dundee United fans who just can't afford the price of match tickets and travel and any support you can give would be much appreciated.  We will ensure that all those going are worthy causes and work in partnership with other charities in Dundee.

To donate via our JustGiving Page please click HERE now.


Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.



16 December 2014 News

UNITED for ALL are looking for 4 worthy individuals to receive a complimentary Centenary Level Hospitality Package at the forthcoming New Year’s Day Derby at Tannadice.

The Centenary Suite, situated in the heart of The Jerry Kerr Stand is spacious and family-friendly. Our guests will be able to enjoy the Matchday VIP experience from one of the most comfortable, padded seats in the stadium. The glass-fronted boxes offer some excellent views of the hallowed Tannadice turf. Guests will also enjoy a delicious hot meal and half time pies/sandwiches.

The charity aims to provide these special facilities for disadvantaged people who would otherwise be unable to attend events like this one for a variety of personal reasons.

We want prospective recipients, or someone who knows deserving cases, to send in their nominations by email tosecretary@unitedforall.co.ukby 12noon on Tuesday23rd December 2014. Please note that this offer is available to both sets of fans. It can be a father/son, mother/daughter, granddad/grandson, niece/uncle, neighbour/friend etc. YOU DECIDE!

Please state why your nomination deserves to be selected in less than 300 words. Our panel of Trustees will then sit down and decide on the two most deserving pairs. 

Winners will be informed in time for an appropriate Christmas Day surprise.


1 November 2014 News

UNITED for ALL are delighted to announce tracksuit sponsorship of Dundee United Girls FC that helped kit the team out during their recent October trip to London. Coach Drew Ross said "The trip to London went very well, and it was good to see them all in matching clothing with logos, and this certainly made a good impression during our visit.




13 September 2014 News

UNITED for ALL’s Company Secretary, Mike Barile, Trustee Stephen Forbes and Three Kids proudly presented a cheque to DUFC Chairman Stephen Thompson for £10,000 towards the United for Kids scheme.




The delighted kids pictured with their season  tickets are from left to right, Cameron Edward, Daniel Gourlay and Ronald Cattanach.


The project has grown steadily each season and is administered by UNITED for ALL Community Trust, who enable online and mobile phone donations to be easily and securely made. We can also re-claim income tax via the government’s Gift Aid programme. Supporter’s groups and individuals contributed towards the £10,000 total despite the difficulties experienced by many in our current economic climate. 


Stephen Forbes said "Their generosity will allow many disadvantaged young people, the opportunity to enjoy supporting their local football club. It is very satisfying to see so many tickets go to the various projects and agencies involved throughout our city.

We look forward to maintaining our partnership with the Club and Dundee City Council Children’s Services on this outstanding community initiative and have already started fundraising for next season’s tickets by looking for volunteers to participate in Dundee’s first Kiltwalk on Sunday 5th October 2014."



7 August 2014 News
DUNDEE KILTWALK




We are looking for individuals to take part in the first Dundee Kilt Walk and raise money for our United for Kids Appeal. The walk takes place around Dundee on Sunday 5 October and you can either do The Wee Walk (only 5 miles), 13 or 26 miles. Please register HERE

The team is United for Kids and the password is utd4all. Many thanks.



25 July 2014 News
UNITED FOR KIDS APPEAL



Disadvantaged young people from across Dundee will again be able to watch Scottish Premiership football this season for free thanks to the generosity of Dundee United fans and their Club.

This is the ninth year Dundee United, the Club's supporters and Dundee City Council Integrated Children's Services have teamed up to give away free season tickets for Tannadice.

Stephen Thompson, Dundee United Chairman, was joined at the stadium today by Lord Provost Bob Duncan, Integrated Children's Services Manager, Bert Sandeman, David Mulholland, Chairman of United for All, and Colin Stewart, DUFC Associate Director, to hand over 321 briefs. 

Lord Provost Bob Duncan said, "For almost a decade the club and its fans have been giving this generous gift which gives many of our children the chance to get into the habit of supporting a local football team.

"I am pleased to see so many tickets go to such a wide variety of projects and agencies involved with children and family services across the city."

Children and young people from a range of backgrounds and circumstances, including, young carers, looked after children and other young people who could not otherwise afford to attend matches will benefit from this opportunity.

The United for Kids appeal was originally suggested by exiled fan Dr Andy Holt living in Canada and was launched at the end of June 2005, with the club pledging to match every penny donated to the appeal by fans. Since then it has grown steadily each season and is now administered by a registered charity, United for All.

David Mulholland, chairman of United for All said: "The trustees are delighted to be involved in this scheme again at the start of another season. 

"It fits exactly with our aims and objectives of trying to get more people involved in sport whether it be taking part or watching. It has been a pleasure today to see the tickets handed out to those who are disadvantaged in one way or another. 

"We applaud the Club for more than matching the donations made this year and want to thank Dundee City Council's Integrated Children's Services for identifying those who benefit most from the tickets.

Dundee United Chairman Stephen Thompson said: "We take our role within the community extremely seriously and the United for Kids appeal continues to be a pivotal aspect of that role.

"Each year, we ask our fans to show their generosity and join us in assisting with this project and once again they have showed the kind of commitment which makes me proud of their actions.

"United for All and the Council's Integrated Children's Services have also played a tremendous role in helping facilitate the project and distributing the tickets to worthwhile causes. United for All has reinvigorated the appeal and we look forward to working closely with them on a range of future initiatives."



26 May 2014 News
UNITED FOR KIDS APPEAL


We have just launched a new campaign to raise money for the Season 2014 / 15 United for Kids scheme.  

Visit our JustGiving page HERE to donate.

It is also simple to donate by text message and all the money you donate goes directly to United for Kids.  You are NOT charged for the text message or for using the service.  To donate just follow these simple instructions: 
 
Send a FREE text message to 70070 quoting DUFC74 and then enter how much you would like to donate (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) 
 
You will then receive a text message receipt and then given the chance to add Gift Aid (by filling in a web form or by text message)
So if you donate £5 the charity actually get £6.25 with gift aid.
 
The club then match all the money raised to allow us to purchase more tickets for worthwhile causes.  
 
Thank you for your support


24 May 2014 News
WORKPLACE GIVING




You can now donate to UNITED for ALL via 'Workplace Giving' if you donate £5 a month it comes off your wages before you receive it and UFA get an additional 25% on top.

Rather than wait until close season the fund can be boosted right through the year and when matched by the club your £5 a month becomes £150.

A big thanks to Wullie Kane for kickstarting this new initiative. Click HERE for more details

16 May 2014 News
CHEQUE PRESENTATION



DUFC presented our charity with £5000 to help with our Cup Final Ticket AppeaL before team bus left Tannadice this afternoon.

Pictured l to r Mike Barile, Jackie McNamara, Stuart Armstrong, Radoslaw  Cierzniak, Sean Crowe (lucky recipient of free ticket & travel nominated by Scottish Autism), Stephen Thompson, and David Mulholland (Chair, UfA)

12 May 2014 News
SCOTTISH CUP FINAL FUND 


I'm delighted to inform you that your Cup Final match tickets and travel tickets, if requested, are now available for collection. 

Main Reception, Tannadice Park
5.30pm - 7.30pm Tuesday 13th May

I aplogise for delays in communication but we are a small team of volunteers at UfA and have been struggling to cope with high demand during a very tight timescale. 

Please note that we have managed to secure some bus transport due to generous benefactors and about 50% of our recipients will travel on Supporters' coaches. This may also include a free buffet for some lucky travellers. 

If you have been selected to travel by bus, the departure location and time will be explained to you directly tomorrow evening.

There will be Two Special Trains on Saturday to Queen St. Glasgow. Onward return travel from Glasgow Queen Street to Bellgrove Station is included. Due to Network Rail engineering works near Stirling, journey times will be longer than normal, with trains arriving into Glasgow in plenty of time for fans to transfer on to services to Bellgrove. You will then be able to walk to Celtic Park (about 15 to 20 minutes at leisurely pace). Return journey departure times will also take into account the possibility of extra time or penalties.

Outbound           depart          arrive

Train 1                   0943            1151     

Train 2                  1035             1235

Return depart               arrive

Train 1              1835                2013     

Train 2              1905                2105

No alcohol will be allowed on these special services and stewards and/or British Transport Police will be on board. Tickets are valid only on these special services. Customers who miss the train will require to buy new tickets and travel by normal scheduled services if available.
Children must be under 16 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Tickets are not transferable and will be checked. Note you must travel out and return on the same train number.

Hopefully we’ll meet you tomorrow evening and we will be able to sort out any queries you may have.

2 May 2014 News
SCOTTISH CUP FINAL FUND 




UNITED for ALL are raising funds to assist those who are unable to afford to attend the 2014 Scottish Cup Final between Dundee United and St. Johnstone. We hope to raise as much as we can to ensure that those less fortunate individuals are able to enjoy the game on the day.  Please give what you can and we will ensure that as many deserving families and OAP's as possible are given assistance to attend the game.  Many thanks.

Please donate HERE whatever you can, no matter how small in the knowledge that donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate 
– saving time and cutting costs for our charity.

1 October 2012 News
RACE NIGHT FOR OLIVER


A Race Night will be held on Saturday 17th November at Tayforth UOTC, Park Wynd, Dundee DD1 5HG 
to raise funds for The Oliver Bosch Appeal. Tickets at £2.00 are available from Dave Mulholland or just leave an email message and we will put them aside for you. You will also be able to purchase your own horse for the evening at a £5 per horse. Race sponsorship is also available at £20 per race. Please leave an email message if you want to sponsor a race or buy a horse.

15 August 2012 News
OLIVER BOSCH APPEAL



Oliver was diagnosed at 8 weeks old as being profoundly deaf.  After a failed trial of hearing aids and an MRI of his head he was found to have no auditory nerves at all and therefore is not suitable for hearing aids or a cochlear implant.  He is the only child in Scotland with this condition.  Oliver was also found at this stage to have fused vertebrae in his spine causing scoliosis, missing ribs and no balance nerves either, his face is not symmetrical.  He has been confirmed as suffering from Goldenhar syndrome.    

Oliver's only hope now for hearing (and therefore speech) is a revolutionary new treatment called an Auditory Brain Stem Implant (ABI).  The founder of this procedure is based in Italy and has achieved a 96% success rate in the 89 children he has implanted so far.  However, the operation will cost £60,000 and his parents Jemma and Ben desperately need your help to reach their target. 

"Please donate HERE whatever you can, no matter how small in the knowledge that donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now and let our little boy hear us telling him how much we love him."

Jemma and Ben x

5 August 2012 News
£10,000 CHEQUE DONATED FOR UNITED FOR KIDS




Chair, David Mulholland handed over a cheque for £10,000 to Dundee United Chairman Stephen Thompson in support of the United for Kids appeal 2012-13. Also present are Andy Holt who started the United for Kids Appeal back in 2004 and Barry Cairncross from the Federation of Dundee United Supporters` Clubs who kindly donated a healthy £1000 to the cause.

3 August 2012 News
SEASON TICKETS HANDED OUT


Picture of some of the lucky recipients who will be watching Dundee United this season thanks to the generosity of the fans. Many thanks to those who donated to the this very worthy cause. 
(Picture used with the kind permission of DC Thomson).

10 July 2012 News
NOMINATE A DESERVING CAUSE FOR A PAIR OF SEASON TICKETS

 

As a result of the recent publicity about the United for Kids scheme, we were contacted by a Canadian Arab who wanted to buy an adult and child ticket for the Eddie Thompson stand.  He has asked that we find a pair of worthy individuals to donate the season tickets to.  Our generous donor wishes to remain anonymous but stipulated the ET stand as that is where his family would sit if they were in Dundee. 
 
We have now purchased the tickets from DUFC so all we need to do is find the worthy pair of individuals!

We are therefore looking for a prospective recipient, or someone who knows them, to send in their nominations by email to chairman@unitedforall.co.uk by Friday 3rd August 2012.

It can be a father/son, mother/daughter, grandad/grandson, niece/uncle, neighbour/friend etc. YOU DECIDE!

Please state why your nomination deserves to be selected in less than 500 words. Our panel of Trustees will then sit down and decide on the most deserving pair. 

Winners will be announced in time for the opening SPL match versus Hibs on Sunday 5th August.


5 May 2012 News
HELP RAISE MONEY FOR UNITED FOR KIDS BY FREE TEXT MESSAGE


We have just launched a new campaign to raise money for the United for Kids scheme.  It is simple to donate by text message and all the money you donate goes directly to United for Kids.  You are NOT charged for the text message or for using the service.  To donate just follow these simple instructions: 
 
Send a FREE text message to 70070 quoting DUFC12 and then enter how much you would like to donate (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) 
 
You will then receive a text message receipt and then given the chance to add Gift Aid (by filling in a web form or by text message)
So if you donate £5 the charity actually get £6.25 with gift aid.
 
The club then match all the money raised to allow us to purchase more tickets for worthwhile causes.  
 
Thank you for your support

 

16 November 2011 News
BID FOR A DUNDEE UNITED HOSPITALITY PACKAGE FOR TWO



 

Dundee United Hospitality For Two (George Fox Package) Valid for any Category B match during season 2011/12

The pair of tickets were kindly donated to UNITED for ALL, in order to raise funds for our worthwhile causes. 

Value of £138 per person ( incl. VAT)

The Ernest Robertson and Johnston Grant Lounges are situated in the George Fox Stand at Tannadice, and are without question superb value for money. You can relax in warm and friendly surroundings and enjoy the pre-match atmosphere with good food and excellent hospitality. You will then take your seat and enjoy an uninterrupted view from the Top Tier of the George Fox Stand - definitely one of the best views in Scottish Football 

After the match you will return to the Lounge for post-match drinks and a chance to reflect on 90 minutes of exciting football.

The Package consists of:
  • Your own dedicated table
  • Three-course waitress-served meal
  • Complimentary bar
  • Matchday programme
  • Teamsheet
  • Half-time fayre
  • Post-match drinks
  • Free-to-enter competition
  • A chance to meet players
Place a bid via eBay HERE


2 October 2011 News
BID FOR GOLF 4 BALL AT PANMURE GOLF CLUB, CARNOUSTIE


UNITED for ALL is pleased to report that we have kindly been donated a golf 4 ball worth £350 by Panmure Golf Club, Carnoustie for auction.

Place a bid via eBay HERE  

Panmure GC are very proud of their traditions, their Clubhouse and, most of all, their Golf Course which combines the best elements of links and heath. With tight fairways, challenging carries and compact, undulating greens, it is admired by visitors from home and overseas. Old Scots pines and sandhills forged by nature give the terrain an enduring quality in keeping with its long history. Hallmarks such as the 'Hogan' hole (the sixth) and the Buddon Burn (the twelfth) conspire to give you a round of golf to remember.


The Clubhouse is one of the finest old golf buildings in Scotland. Its unique and delightful lounges are full of character. Devotees of the history of golf will be interested to know of the Cub's origins, borne of the close trading relationship between Dundee and Calcutta in the halcyon days of the Jute Industry. Friendly staff afford a real Scottish welcome and good food and wine will complete your day here.

Tee/green bookings can be made up until October 2012.


6 September 2011 News
VOTE IN THE RBS COMMUNITYFORCE 2011 AWARDS


UNITED for ALL is delighted to report that we have been declared an approved candidate for an award. We are looking for your vote in the RBS CommunityForce 2011 Awards Programme and if enough of our supporters get online, register and vote then up to £6,000 could be allocated to our worthwhile cause. Please register HERE.

CommunityForce is one way in which RBS delivers its Customer Charter commitment to support local communities. CommunityForce gives charities, projects and groups an opportunity to promote their work, and the chance to access funds and skills as well as volunteers to make a lasting difference in their local communities.

Voting opens on 26 September 2011 and each person can vote up to three times, in any area. You can only vote once for each cause. There will be three awards of £6,000 available for each CommunityForce area. Winners will be announced in November 2011, after the votes have been counted and independently audited.

Please checkout our page HERE. 

20 August 2011 News
AYLEY AND CHLOE HIRSCH UPDATE

Checkout this video clip update about Ayley and Chloe Hirsch who UNITED for ALL have been supporting in their cause to raise money for life changing surgery.

7 August 2011 News
INTRODUCING THE NEW PEEL2SAVE CARD
Now available for purchase at Tangerine Trading Posts on match days and Grouchos, Nethergate



UNITED for ALL will donate £5 to the UNITED for KIDS scheme for every card sold. This project enables season tickets to be circulated across Dundee's Integrated Children and Young Person's Services, both within the city council and the voluntary sector to ensure that the most disadvantaged children in our community benefit. Not only does Peel2Save raise funds for worthy causes and non profit making organisations but it also support local businesses. The card only costs £10, fits in a wallet or purse, is easy to use and offers loads of discounts from Pizza Hut, Cineworld and the Dundee Ice Arena amongst many others.

7 August 2011 News
INTRODUCING THE NEW PEEL2SAVE CARD
Now available for purchase at DUFC Open Day on Sunday 14th August (12noon - 3pm)

Season tickets, valued at some £35,000 have been made available through donations and fund raising from individual local and exiled fans, supporters’ organisations, and from Dundee United Football Club itself which has £1 for £1 matched the generosity of the fans. This month, a record 250 season tickets for 2011/12 were allocated to children and young people from across Dundee, together with a provision for their adult supervisors and carers.

The tickets are circulated across Dundee's Integrated Children and Young Person's Services, both within the city council and the voluntary sector to ensure that the most disadvantaged children in our community benefit. Many of those young people have little or no hope of seeing their local football heroes in action on a weekly basis. The feedback from this scheme over the last six years has been extremely positive, with workers and carers reporting that children and young people were getting a great deal.


The peel2save card is a great money saving idea that supports the local economy but at the same time raises funds for worthy causes and non profit making organisations. The card offers lots of offers and discounts from local businesses and has a value of over £300 and only costs £10 and we will donate 50% of the cost to our popular United for Kids programme. We intend to have the cards on sale at the Tangerine Trading Post in G Fox Stand at DUFC Open Day on Sunday 14th August (12 noon - 3pm)

Along with our partners at ArabTRUST, we are the first organisations in Dundee to have the cards available. The card fits in your wallet or purse and is easy to carry and use. Please buy one. Some of the local list of businesses you can save money on are shown below;


20 May 2011 News
PAUL GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR GREECE

After months of hard work and fund-raising, Angus College SkillZone student Paul Rudunski is celebrating after he was handed the cheques that will fund his dream trip to the 2011 Special Olympics in Greece.



Laura Smith from Tayside Special Olympics, Paul Rudunski and UNITED for ALL Chairman David Mulholland.

The 23-year-old from Arbroath was last year selected to be part of the five-a-side football team representing Great Britain. Paul has been playing football for years and has coached football at local primary schools as well as volunteering around youth projects in Angus.

With the support of staff and students at the college, Paul recently hosted a staff v students football match which helped him to raise another £160 in donations and raffle ticket sales. Local football clubs pitched in with raffle items including signed items from Aberdeen and Dundee United football clubs.

David Mulholland, the chairman of UNITED for ALL said, "It has been great to be part of helping Paul achieve his goal of attending the Special Olympics. Paul making the team is a fantastic achievement and inspired us to support him. We now look forward to hearing about his achievements as part of team GB in Greece."

Angus College learner engagement officer Katie Anderson said, "This has been a great experience for Paul who has proved himself as a great ambassador for Angus and for Great Britain. His hard work and dedication too funding this dream trip has now paid off. Well done Paul!"


5 May 2011 News

BOW STRIPS FOR CHARITY

Bow's Legends, the team of former Dundee United stars that has raised tens of thousands for charity by taking on all-comers in recent years, has been brought up to date after being handed two new sets of strips last Friday.

At Tannadice, team boss Dave Bowman took receipt of brand new home and away kit worth around £1500 donated by charities UNITED for ALL and Dreamz4U.


Both have close links to the Tangerines and in the past have benefited from the exploits of Bowman's fund-raising team.

"Our kit was getting a bit shabby, so it's great to get home and away sets like that and now the winter is over we'll be putting them to good use," said Bow.

Handing over the kit were Dave Mulholland, Chairman of UNITED for ALL and Jimmy Michie from Dreamz4U.


11 April 2011 News

COURSE ACHIEVES GOAL


A pilot Employability Training Programme managed by local charity, UNITED for ALL in partnership with The Venture Trust and with the support of Dundee City Council's Discover Opportunities culminated in a special awards ceremony at Tannadice when some young people were presented with certificates by Dundee United star, Scott Severin.



The group, who were at risk of leading negative lives because of their difficult social backgrounds successfully completed several days of intensive learning exercises at Dens Park combined with football and fitness activities undertaken at Gussie Park.

The project’s goal was to deliver a course to help young adults to lead healthier, positive lifestyles by giving them a chance to work with support agencies in Dundee to help them towards employment, education or training.

David Mulholland, Chairman of UNITED for ALL said, “Football was used as the hook to capture their interest and participants loved the mixture of confidence boosting activities and teamwork sessions. The project provides young adults with the time and support to practice skills and techniques that will help them without the fear of persecution or failure.”

Bert Sandeman, Corporate Planning Manager, Dundee City Council added, “The programme exceeded staff expectations due to the collaborative support from all the agencies and most importantly the energy and commitment from the participants. We are confident that we can develop more courses that will encourage other young people at risk to make steps towards fulfilling their potential and being productive members of society.”

One of the group has already been offered a post at a local retailer and most of the participants have job interviews lined up.

A unanimous piece of feedback from the young people was that they wished the course could have lasted longer.


9 March 2011 News

CLUBS' GOAL IS TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE


Dundee's two professional football clubs, Dundee United FC and Dundee FC have kicked off a project to give looked after youngsters that have recently left school a chance to make a serious change in their lives
.

The teenagers will be at Tannadice, Dens Park and Gussie Park for a range of educational opportunities to sharpen up their problem solving skills and inspire them to return to education, training or employment.




The scheme is being managed by UNITED for ALL in partnership with The Venture Trust and with the support of Dundee City Council's Discover Opportunities.

The group will have five intensive days of employability learning exercises combined with football and fitness activties.


1 March 2011 News

HELP AYLEY AND CHLOE WALK



We are now helping raise money and awareness for the 'Help Ayley and Chloe Walk' campaign.

Ayley and Chloe are twins aged 2 and a half. They have Cerebral Palsy which means that they are unable to stand or walk alone.

We are helping to raise funds to give them the opportunity of a life changing operation in the United States. It costs £80,000 for the whole procedure and will give them the chance to be like their friends - walking and running around!

Please like their Facebook page and go to JustGiving to donate what you can.

Thanks in advance.

27 January 2011 News

HELP PAUL RAISE £350 FOR HIS SPECIAL OLYMPICS TRIP

Paul Radunski is a 23 year old student who we are trying to raise funds for to help him with the cost of his trip to Athens, Greece to represent Great Britain in the Special Olympics.


Paul has played football for a few years and has been playing for the Angus College team this season… he scored their winning goal against Perth College in a hard fought game earlier this year! 

Click HERE to make a donation on his JustGiving Page

15 December 2010 News

DUFC PLAYERS VISIT NINEWELLS HOSPITAL


Peter Houston took a jolly group of Dundee United first team stars to Ninewells Hospital this week where they delivered special "Goodie" bags to the sick children in Wards 29 and 30. The contents of the bags were kindly provided by local charity, UNITED for ALL and contained lots of Arab friendly products including a Calendar and a chocolate selection box. Complimentary match tickets for the Boxing Day game versus Hamilton FC were also enthusiastically received.



Staff competed strongly with patients to get their hands on The Scottish Cup and pose for photos with the players

3 December 2010 News

LORRAINE KELLY'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Britain's most loved TV Presenter and newspaper columnist, Lorraine Kelly has kindly donated a signed copy of her autobiography, to be auctioned in aid of UNITED for ALL funds. "Between You and Me" was a Sunday Times Number One best seller and our Honorary President will also include a couple of signed exclusive photos too!



The book is an ideal Christmas stocking filler for the partner in your life.

Click HERE to bid on the eBay auction site. 

2 December 2010 News

DUNDEE UNITED BALL UP FOR GRABS!

UNITED for ALL are giving you the chance to get your hands on a ball signed by the 2010 Scottish Cup winning team.This unique item is in pristine condition and was signed by all of the squad including Peter Houston, Andy Webster and both goal scorers David Goodwillie & Craig Conway the day before the team collected Centenary Silver.


The autographs were all officially collected by Mike Barile, ArabTRUST's Associate Director and a Certificate of Authenticity will be provided. All proceeds raised will be used for one of our projects.

This ball would make a fantastic Christmas gift for any United fan that will be treasured for years to come as a collector's item.

Click HERE to bid on the eBay Auction site.


19 November 2010 News

DUNDEE UNITED BUSINESS CLUB DINNER


A fundraising auction took place during the evening in aid of UNITED for ALL and the following items raised a magnificent total of £625;



Official Signed Manchester United FC ball - £225
Official Signed Arsenal FC Print - £175
Official Signed Glasgow Rangers FC ball - £125
Official Signed Glasgow Celtic FC  ball - £100
 
Congratulations to all the generous winning bidders .
 


29 October 2010 News

SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD WEEKEND OF ACTION

An Anti-Racism Seminar for P7 pupils at St. Clement’s PS and St. Andrew’s PS, Dundee was held in the Craig Levein Lounge, Tannadice Park, on Friday 29 October. The panellists included Darren Dods (DUFC), SNP Councillor Jim Barrie and UNISON Branch Secretary Rory Malone.



Anti Racism Seminars have regularly taken place at Tannadice for many years and follow a basic format consisting of pupils coming from diverse backgrounds arriving to view a DVD presentation followed by a Question & Answer session where the panel consists of present players, ex-players, local politicians and representatives from Show Racism the Red Card. Prizes are awarded for best questions, there’s a tour of the stadium, photo/autograph session with first team squad and distribution of goodie bags on departure that include a large colour team photo and complimentary match ticket for an SPL game

The event successfully raised awareness of serious issues and galvanised support for the anti racism message. It offered an excellent opportunity for role models to engage with young people in a stimulating environment and influence attitudes and perceptions. There was a genuine impact on their thinking and most youngsters openly reflected on challenging situations which were discussed.

Dundee United FC and other supporters’ organisations all played an active part in the activities and fully supported the aims and objectives.



At the weekend’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches, players from every SPL club were united in calling for an end to racism in football and society.  SPL clubs set the example as players warmed up in red card t-shirts, showed red cards before kickoff, and managers wore badges in support of the action. 

Players in over 40 European countries were also involved in similar events as part of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network against racism and discrimination. 

Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the Scottish Premier League, said: “Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance. This united action in support of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all.”

Billy Singh of Show Racism the Red Card Scotland said: “Once again we are delighted that our leading clubs are taking a united stand against racism. This weekend is the culmination of two weeks of concerted anti-racist activity throughout Scotland. Football is leading the way in trying to change people’s attitudes and behaviour within football grounds. Our challenge is to spread that message to our communities and everyday lives."
10th September 2010 News

BALGAY AFC SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD
Sunday amateur football team, Balgay AFC showed racism the red card today when it sent out an invitation for ethnic minorities to take up the sport. Players for the team met with Dundee city councillors and UNITED for ALL's Coordinator, Mike Barile to urge people of all creeds and colours to join the team.

Organiser Rory Malone, UNISON said Dundee was a multi cultural city and this should be reflected in those playing for the local football teams. Councillor Alan Ross who, together with Councillor Jim Barrie, also attended the event in the Balgay Bar added: "We are promoting the Show Racism the Red Card initiative to give out the message that the team and the amateur football league is open to anyone. Dundee is a very diverse place with many diverse cultures and we would like to see more people of different cultures playing football in the city."


Pictured is one of a new set of strips Balgay AFC purchased using a donation from UNISON. The logo on the strip reads 'United against Racism'.





28 July 2010 News

UNITED FOR KIDS
Dundee United, their supporters and Dundee City Council’s Integrated Children’s Services have teamed up for the sixth consecutive year to give disadvantaged children in the local community free season tickets for Tannadice.

At the stadium today Dundee United Chairman Stephen Thompson presented some 240 books issued under the United for Kids initiative to Dundee City Council Leader Ken Guild and Social Work and Health Committee Convener, Jim Barrie.




The United for Kids appeal was originally suggested by an exiled fan and was launched at the end of June 2005, with the Club pledging to match every penny donated to the appeal by fans. The scheme has grown steadily each season and is now administered by a registered charity – United for All, who can also re-claim income tax via the government’s Gift Aid programme.

Generous donations were made this year by many groups and individuals including the Federation of DUSC, Monte Carlo Arabs, Exodun Charitable Trust and the Claremont Trust.


Despite the difficulties experienced by many in our current economic recession, funds were bolstered this year by United’s Centenary Dinner and the re-played match against Rangers.


Councillor Jim Barrie said, “This is a very generous gift from both club and fans and will allow many children, the opportunity to enjoy supporting their local football club. It is very satisfying to see so many tickets go to the various projects and agencies involved throughout the city.”

Councillor Guild praised Dundee United and their fans for their generosity, saying "it is a great opportunity for those children living in residential or foster care, or have previously been 'looked after', or young carers or generally those children to who could not otherwise afford to attend matches."

Stephen Thompson said, “We take our role in the local community very seriously and wish to be as inclusive as possible. The scheme has been a fantastic success and these children are amongst some of the most vulnerable in our community and deserve this opportunity.

“I would like to thank the charity United for All and Children’s Services for readily agreeing to assist us in the organisation and distribution of tickets and we look forward to a continuing relationship with them on this, and perhaps other, initiatives in the future. I would also like to thank our fans who once again have demonstrated their generosity and their commitment to the local community.”



June 2010 News

UNITED FOR DADS AND KIDS


A local Family Support Project in Dundee found that males within the community felt that they were under-represented in parenting groups and that most groups were geared towards females. The project has started to address this imbalance through the provision of season tickets donated by Dundee United Football Club and their supporters through the charity 'United for All'.

The idea of a group based around football and father led activities was in direct response to information provided by several of the fathers interviewed. They stated that their children and themselves were interested in football, but were prevented from attending the games, due to financial constraints. With the provision of tickets, a pool of participants was developed and each parent involved was offered tickets on a rolling basis, with priority being given to those committed to attending. From the uptake of the tickets it is apparent that a demand for this type of provision is high and definitely assists in the sustained and effective engagement of traditional non-participants.
  
All the feedback from dads and kids has been extremely positive with everyone stating that they enjoyed themselves, spent quality time with their children and were only able to attend matches due to the provision of free tickets. The letter copied below was written by one of the dads and illustrates the benefit of the free tickets

As a father or three I would like to thank you for what has become a very memorable year/season.  To explain, before a ball was kicked last season I found myself being paid off.  Then reality kicked in, I had to give up my Dundee United games (just cant afford it) and my priorities had to change.  But then a chance conversation with a local community worker who told me that with the backing of my beloved United he could get me and my young lad some free tickets to games we’d otherwise have had to miss so for home games it was back, all back on (Ye Ha).  And what a season it turned out to be after many years of following United with or without a season ticket, this season allowed me and my young lad to see United finish in their highest position for years (3rd).  Things got better as due to circumstances at home changing and due to all the free tickets throughout the season we could afford to follow our team to Hampden to see them win the Scottish Cup Final and bring the trophy home.  I cant thank everyone involved enough for giving me and my young lad such a great season, while I hope to return to paying for my own season ticket next year (not definite yet) but if I do I’m sure whoever gets the  free tickets next season, will appreciate them as much  as we did.

Some of the other comments returned by the fathers through feedback sheets gathered after each game:

“Enjoy being with kids”
“Meeting new friends and being with my son”
“Watching the match wi’ my boys”
“Playing in the park before the game & watching the match”
“Having dads & lads times”
“Son enjoyed having fun with his dad & friends and enjoying the football”
“Kids enjoyed the goals and the fact that I got hit in the face with the ball”
 
There has been a wide range of positive outcomes from this initiative such as
•    Families experiencing a reduction in the impact of poverty
•    Fathers contributing positively to the family dynamic
•    Families accessing an activity they would not have been able to due to financial constraints.
•    A reduction in isolation that fathers and children may experience.
•    Improved levels of responsibility shown by fathers in relation to their parental duties.
•    Participants engaged in an activity in a safe, positive environment.

The football season ticket initiative proved to be a great success and has resulted in a number of families being able to attend Dundee United home games, resulting in fathers engaging positively with their children and peers. Several of those involved have began to engage with other community provision and have expressed interest in future activities, especially more football matches.


May 2010 News

RAFFLE
Lorraine Kelly has kindly donated a designer handbag to the Edinburgh based Xchange Handbags and the lucky winner was Mrs L Grant, Dundee.


February 2010 News

DUNDEE UNITED PROMOTE A POSITIVE ANTI-RACIST MESSAGE

Dundee United FC held their second Show Racism the Red Card seminar this season, the club’s eighth since the campaign began in October 2003. As with previous community based work The ArabTRUST and UNITED for ALL were partners to the development of this project and demonstrated that racism is something that neither the club nor the fan-base will accept. Key to the seminar was the attendance of local S2 school pupils from Menzieshill HS




A screening of the Show Racism the Red Card (Scotland) film which features Prince Bauben and Craig Levein was  followed by a lively Q&A session between the pupils and Dundee United’s, Damien Casalinuovo, Francisco Sandaza and Sean Dillon. Also on the panel were Scottish footballing legends and Show Racism the Red Card coaches Derek Ferguson, Michael Weir and Gary MacKay.

Local politicians Marlyn Glen MSP and Councillor Jim Barrie also participated.

After a session getting Dundee United posters signed, the young people were given a grand tour of Tannandice Park and provided with tickets for Dundee United v Heart of Midlothian on 7th March.

Stephen Thompson DUFC Chairman said: ”Once again we are pleased to host this important event and although we are proud of our excellent record in this city we cannot be complacent about the challenge of racism. We have no place at Tannadice for bigots.

Billy Singh, Campaign Manager with Show Racism the Red Card added “Dundee United have been great supporters of the campaign over the years. The young people we speak to in Dundee clearly demonstrate support for the anti-racist message, we hope that they take that message back to their schools and their communities."


UNITED FOR KIDS SCHEME



Dundee United FC and UNITED for ALL are pleased to announce that they have agreed for UfA to take over and operate the successful United for Kids Scheme. All donations given to United for Kids will now be encouraged to go through the appropriate UfA and ArabTRUST “Just Giving” website pages, which attract gift aid from the Inland Revenue. Cash and cheques will continue to be accepted by the Club and these donations will also offer the opportunity to reclaim gift aid from UK taxpayers.


David Mulholland, Chairman of UfA highlighted that “Although United for Kids has now established itself, we will be able to attract further benefits to the scheme via corporate and government funding for appeals which were not previously accessible by the Club. We aim to develop the scheme to enable even more disadvantaged youngsters to participate.”


Lookout for the tangerine Collecting Cans which will be appearing in appropriate areas around Tannadice including local pubs and shops.


SIGNED BALLS

UfA has also agreed to purchase 500 footballs to be used for donations and other charitable purposes on behalf of the Club.




The present request system will still be followed and a small charge as usual may be made for the service provided depending on the applicants’ status.
Any proceeds from those purchased will be re-invested in the project to enable the process to be sustainable.


MONEY FOR NOTHING ...... A NEW RECYCLE SCHEME

UfA are now participating in a project which recycles cartridges and phones. Simply leave your old item in one of the marked bags available at our Collection Points located in The Club Shop, Main Reception or one of the Tangerine Trading Posts. Every 30 items of value received will qualify us for a free collection by our recycling partner.

Recycling your laser/ink cartridges and mobile phones with UfA is environmentally friendly and helps to reduce the 250 million cartridges dumped in landfill sites in the last decade as well as helping you raise money for UfA’s exciting new football projects.
According to current statistics, only 5% of empty toner cartridges are currently being recycled - this means 95% of these items are simply discarded and end up in landfill sites. As well as taking up room in our already-limited landfill sites, it can take up to 1.5 litres of oil to produce a new laser cartridge from scratch and a discarded used toner/ink cartridge can take over 1000 years to decompose, this is not good news for our environment!


January 2010 News


MINISTER SUPPORTS COMMUNITY SPORTS PROGRAMME


Minister for Public Health and Sport Shona Robison visited one of Dundee United’s community schools coaching sessions this month and was impressed at the scale of the not for profit initiative which began last year under the stewardship of ex player and Scotland Internationalist Dave Bowman.


80 children from Burnside Primary school in Carnoustie attended the session, which is part of a programme designed to encourage participation in sport and healthy and responsible lifestyles.

Minister for Public Health and Sport Shona Robison said: “It is fantastic to see so many young Dundonians getting excited by being active and engaging in local community sport. Dundee United FC now have over 40 community coaches delivering programmes throughout the city to youngsters from the ages of 5 to 14 – an excellent way to encourage youngsters to adopt healthy lifestyles, now and into adulthood.”

Mike Barile, Coordinator of UNITED for ALL charity who arranged the visit said: ” We are delighted that this not for profit community initiative has been recognised by the Minister as an excellent way not only to to encourage participation in sport, but also to encourage healthy and responsible lifestyles.”

The community schools programme operates on an eight week professional coaching module under Dave Bowman and also encourages an emphasis on fitness and healthy eating, coupled with social awareness messages, including the issues of drug misuse, bullying and racism. Already over 1,600 children, of all ages, have taken part in the programme and Dave and his team have visited schools of all sizes in both rural and town locations. Each module costs only £20 and each child is provided with free bespoke training gear to keep. The value of the kit is greater than the cost of the course, effectively providing free participation. This free kit provision has been made possible by sponsorship from partner organisations such as ArabTRUST, the Dundee United Business Club and others. All participating children are also given free SPL match tickets.


December 2009 News



VODAFONE WORLD OF DIFFERENCE PROGRAMME

UNITED for ALL are delighted to announce that Mike Barile has been selected as one of the winners of The Vodafone Foundation's World of Difference UK programme. There was an extremely high volume and calibre of applications but Mike was selected as one of the 500 people chosen to work for their favourite charity for two months.

We are very excited about the work he plans to do with UNITED for ALL  and Mike is very much looking forward to attending the Induction Day in London on 11 January. On the day, he will be given information about what to expect when working for the charity and provided with a pay as you go mobile phone so that he can share his experience.

You can read Mike's blog here.


NABLUS ARABS

Dundee Nablus Twinning Association (DNTA), and the HAYAT Center for civil society development in Nablus, Palestine arranged for a delegation of young university students to visit Tannadice this month for a special tour.

DNTA aims to promote and foster friendship and understanding between the people of the two cities. The organisation actively encourages visits by individuals and groups to and from the linked cities, including children and young people and the development of personal contacts and by doing so to broaden mutual understanding of the cultural, recreational , educational and commercial activities of our repective citizens.

DUFC Academy now hope to explore the possibility of arranging a pre-season Youth Tournament in July 2010 involving teams from all our twinned cities including Nablus, Orleans (France), Wurzburg (Germany) and Alexandria (USA).




Mike Barile, UfA Coordinator is pictured in the Boardroom receiving a traditional keffiyeh and plaque from the visitors; l-r Haneen Masri, Fraser Patrick (DNTA), Ahmad Jaroushi, Liali Killani, Mervat Mahroom, Riyad Khanfar and Mary Henderson (DNTA).


November 2009 News


BLACK WATCH REGIMENT


As a result of a joint partnership between ArabTRUST, Dee4Life and the charity UNITED for ALL, representatives from The Black Watch were presented with 140 free tickets for the derby game on Tuesday 10th November.


Receiving the tickets from Chairman Stephen Thompson were brothers-in-law LCpl Ryan Richardson and LCpl Barry Thomson. They are pictured alongside UfA Chairman Dave Mulholland and 1st Team Manager / Director of Football, Craig Levein.

The Black Watch troops, recently returned from Afghanistan, were given a standing ovation as they paraded around Tannadice before kick-off to allow supporters to show their appreciation in a community tribute to their bravery and dedication


The soldiers remained pitch side and took part in the impeccably observed minute's silence in recognition of Remembrance Day.


PALESTINIAN FIREFIGHTERS


Guests at Tuesday night's derby also included eight Palestinian firefighters. The firemen, from Nablus, are in Scotland for three weeks undertaking training at the Scottish Fire Services College and are spending a week in Dundee, the city twinned with their home town of Nablus. During their stay in Scotland, they have visited many tourist, cultural and historic attractions but just HAD to visit Tannadice to get a taste of some "alternative" Arab culture!


Needless to say, they enjoyed the occasion tremendously. Ken Ross of the Fire Brigades Union told us," This is the first time that they have been in Scotland (indeed Europe) and they have loved their time here. We are all extremely grateful to Dundee United for their very kind hospitality on the evening of the Dundee Derby. It was a great experience for them and good for the club to have some REAL Arabs at the game!!"


October 2009 News


SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD

Dundee United FC in partnership with ArabTRUST and UNITED for ALL hosted another Show Racism The Red Card Seminar for local school children as part of the annual Fortnight of Action in Scotland. The event was attended by 100 pupils; 50 from Longhaugh PS and 50 from Morgan Academy respectively.

Panelists included Club Captain Lee Wilkie, Schools Development Manager Dave Bowman and MSPs Marlyn Glen and Joe Fitzpatrick.


Dundee United Director Derek Robertson said, "This is our seventh major anti-racism seminar at Tannadice and complements other anti-racist initiatives undertaken by the club. We are fully supportive of the work of SRtRC and once again, are grateful to ArabTRUST for helping to organise the seminar on our behalf. We'd also like to thank the new charity UNITED for ALL for their help."


Billy Singh, Campaign Manager of SRtRC, said: "Show Racism the Red Card is once again calling upon people from all sections of the community to take a united stand against racism. Our Fortnight of Action is an opportunity for everyone to take a pro-active stance against racism. I encourage people to get involved by initiating an event at a local level and to challenge all forms of prejudice and celebrate diversity. Football is leading the way in trying to change people's attitudes and behaviour within football grounds. Our challenge is to spread that message in our communities and everyday lives."


Pictured (from left) - Billy Singh (Campaign Manager of SRtRC), Lee Wilkie, Dave Bowman, Tommy Breslin (SRtRC), Marlyn Glen, MSP, and Joe Fitzpatrick, MSP

July 2009 News

The board of Dundee United FC has agreed to make a donation of £7,500 to local charity United for All. The kick-start grant, along with the offer of free office facilities, will cover the initial administration start up costs and enable the development and preparation of employability programmes for disadvantaged groups. United for All (UfA) plan to deliver these courses in partnership with the Department of Work & Pensions, Job Centre Plus, Dundee City Council and a variety of other agencies.

The photo below shows DUFC Chairman, Stephen Thompson presenting the cheque to UfA Secretary, David Mulholland.

Chairman of UfA, Kenn Elder was delighted with the Club's positive involvement, "Having a club who are keen to engage and actively participate in community initiatives can make a difference to the lives of so many local people. I am delighted that Stephen Thompson and the board of directors have taken the step with their generous donation to show what the true meaning of a community club is and allow us to get started. UfA will work towards assisting people find the best path for their future. In essence we are investing in people."

“The Trustees believe that football has a huge capacity for developing and contributing to interpersonal skills. These courses will be based at Tannadice and use football as the hook to capture participant’s enthusiasm and interest. We will look to develop self-esteem, motivation, confidence and develop team building skills that will enhance the job opportunities of participants.