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Grampian Coronavirus (Covid-19) Assistance Hub

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From Monday (1 June) the hours of the Grampian Assistance Hub phone line will change. It will move to 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-2pm at the weekends.

Please use the number if you need to reach out for help, or if you have support which you can safely offer in your community. You can also use the website at any time

Kincardine & Mearns E Bulletin #9

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This bulletin continues to focus on what is currently happening or in place locally as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

The hot topic this week is the easing of lockdown restrictions, and read about the great work being done in Johnshaven and Benholm in their community larder. To access the full bulletin click here:

Online booking system for Aberdeenshire Council Household Recycling Centres goes live

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An online booking system enabling Aberdeenshire residents to start making trips to Household Recycling Centres is now live.

Residents of Aberdeenshire will be asked to book a slot online to control the volume of vehicles accessing the centres when they reopen from Monday, June 1.

You can make your booking at

For those who do not have access to a computer, telephone booking can be made by calling Aberdeenshire Council’s Wasteline on 03456 081207.

The slots will initially be released for the first week 1st to 7th June, and slots for the following days will be released daily seven days in advance, so customers should keep on checking back if they don’t manage to get a slot initially.

Having listened carefully to comments from the public, residents who own car-derived vans will also now be able to visit an HRC along with cars and pick-ups.

There will be no access for trailers or vans at this stage, however these will hopefully be accommodated in the second phase in due course.

In this initial phase, only bagged general waste, garden waste and electrical items will be accepted.

General waste – i.e. waste that would normally go in your black bin – will only be accepted if it is bagged, with no loose items being accepted.

All garden waste must arrive bagged or in a suitable container before these are emptied in the appropriate skip, again no loose items are being accepted.

No other materials – i.e. cardboard, glass, wood, metals, textiles, rubble and bulky items – will be accepted at this stage.

There will be clearly-marked areas to deposit white goods and electrical items.

Only one adult should unload a vehicle – unless two adults are needed for heavy items – and staff will be unable to assist with any unloading.

There will be no pedestrian access and no children will be permitted outside vehicles.

The decision to re-open some of the facilities has been taken in accordance with Government guidelines and is based on measures being put in place to protect both visitors and staff and the agreement of traffic management plans.

The Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) opening from Monday, June 1 are those at Macduff, Fraserburgh, Ellon, Inverurie, Huntly, Turriff, Westhill, Banchory, Laurencekirk, Portlethen and Redcloak at Stonehaven.

Peterhead will reopen on June 8 following the completion of essential repairs.

These facilities will operate seven days a week as usual and have extended opening hours from 9am to 6.30pm.

Portlethen will retain its usual 5-day operation with the same extended hours as elsewhere and while opening from Monday, June 1 will close for two days before re-opening on Thursday, June 4 so as not to delay the reopening.

They will have clearly-defined unloading bays to ensure strict physical distancing is maintained at all times.

Council Waste Services manager Ros Baxter added: “The reason for introducing this system is to control the number of visitors to a manageable number each day to ensure social distancing on the sites is observed and the volume of traffic off-site does not cause traffic problems on the local access roads.

“It is important to stress that this is about a phased return to full services, with this initial phase focusing on allowing as many people as possible to get rid of their excess waste under a managed approach. All of our current restrictions will be kept under constant daily review and consideration will be given as to how quickly we can move to phase 2 and lift some of the conditions.”

Connecting Communities

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Aberdeenshire Council is working with Connecting Scotland to identify demand for laptops and tablets to people who do not have access to a computer or tablet at home or do not have digital access. Priority will be given to those:​
– on low incomes and  where affordability of devices or connectivity is a barrier​
– who are at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic as they are in the shielded or vulnerable groupings
Aberdeenshire is taking part in this national pilot and have around 100 devices with broadband access included in the first instance. At this stage we do not know the level of demand which is why we are asking people to register their interest initially.
Please find below a link to a form regarding access to digital equipment in Aberdeenshire. Partners can request access to equipment for learners/individuals you are working with who meet the criteria ( or pass the link to individuals to self-complete)

Virtual Wellbeing Festival 2020 in support of Mental Health Week: 18-24 May

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Why kindness?

One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times.

The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing

To help raise awareness that it is mental health week we encourage all those reading this to reflect on any acts of kindness whether receiving, giving or observing and use the Mental Health Foundation hash tags and post photo’s or a short post to let the country know what is happening in Aberdeenshire to promote mental wellbeing.


Kincardine and Mearns COVID-19 E-Bulletin Edition #8

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This bulletin continues to focus on what is currently happening or in place locally as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

This includes sections which will signpost you to official guidance, changes in service provision, local health and wellbeing providers, community resilience, support and advice.


Click here to access the full bulletin.