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K & M – Dae Ye Ken?

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We want to let you know about Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Digital Library that’s free to use for all K & M residents.  Borrow from this library by downloading a book, e-book, e-audiobook, or magazine to your device to read offline.  Everything is free and there are no overdue charges as books are automatically deleted from your device when they’re due back.

If you’re not a member, join the library online and get immediate access to all these resources.

If you want some help with your existing membership or with the technology, there’s a Live Life Aberdeenshire helpline that’s currently open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm.  Phone 01467 532929.

Reading for enjoyment has the benefits of reducing stress, alleviating depression, reducing age-related cognitive decline, and it helps you to sleep better.  It even contributes to a longer life! (Healthline, 2019).

According to an article in Psychology Today (2018) listening to audiobooks also calms and comforts us, boosts our mood, reduces stress, and it can actually be quite thrilling.

What you read is entirely up to you.  What do you enjoy?  What are you curious about?  What do you want to learn?

In Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Digital Library, you can choose from over 20,000 books or audiobooks online.  Search by author, title or by type of book.  Browse some of the collections like Reading Well for Mental Health or Food for Thought or look through the UK’s Reading Well list of Mood-boosting books for inspiration.  There are plenty of children’s books as well that you can share with your family, especially if you’re supporting learning at home.  Sharing books by reading aloud – stories or information books – is a bonding experience that improves the wellbeing of the reader and the child.

Our e-magazine library lets you download the latest issues of UK and international magazines like BBC Top Gear or Closer magazine.

Listening to music can buoy your mood and fend off depression (Time Magazine, 2018).

As a resident of K & M, you also have access to Live Life Aberdeenshire’s music streaming service, Freegal.  Stream any of over 10 million hit songs – true!  Whether classic Dolly Parton or ACDC’s 2020 album “Power Up” is your thing, you’ll find something to enjoy.  User-compiled playlists are also great background music for working from home or pottering about.  You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.

For more ideas on getting more active and creative have a look Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Live Life @ Home web pages.  The Move It section has a range of exercises and relaxation techniques for bodies and minds for people of all ages and activity levels.

K & M – Dae Ye Ken?

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Partners in Kincardine and Mearns are working together to deliver the five-week ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’ initiative.

Designed to help tackle not only some of the unique challenges which have surfaced in these challenging times, the initiative will also demonstrate how there can be health, financial and environmental benefits to many residents within the community.

The partnership – comprising Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Home Energy Scotland and Kincardine and Mearns Citizens’ Advice Bureau – know the Kincardine & Mearns area well and will be on hand to offer help and advice.

Weekly topics such as employment, saving fuel and reducing bills, food, finance and benefits, health and wellbeing will be highlighted and discussed between January 11th and February 12th.

WEEK 1 – MONDAY 11 JANUARY 2020 – HEALTH & WELLBEING

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership (Public Health)

This first week of ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’, we bring you a broad range of information and advice on helping you keep well and fit over these Winter months. To find out LOTS more, click on the links below’ and see attached poster!

Monday – 5 Ways of Wellbeing

https://mailchi.mp/69e743b9b5dd/k-m-dae-ye-ken-mental-health-3607122

Tuesday – Alcohol Awareness

‘At 3pm Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) South Community Forum will host a Forum meeting on the theme of ‘being part of an alcohol free community’ .  Click below to join’

https://mailchi.mp/28aa7d8725c5/k-m-dae-ye-ken-health-wellbeing-week-alcohol-awareness-3607162

Meeting ID: 829 5730 9360
Passcode: 066417

https://mailchi.mp/28aa7d8725c5/k-m-dae-ye-ken-health-wellbeing-week-alcohol-awareness-3607162

Wednesday – Eating Well

https://mailchi.mp/4cdd2605cafe/k-m-dae-ye-ken-eating-well-3607146

Thursday – Mental Health (Zoom meeting by PILLAR Kincardine)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82957309360?pwd=N1FtL3Z5QWR3SjE0aFlZVWZBTXZ1dz09

Meeting ID: 829 5730 9360 Passcode: 066417

Why not have a look at the mental health newsletter, link below?

https://mailchi.mp/69e743b9b5dd/k-m-dae-ye-ken-mental-health-3607122

Friday – Physical Activity

https://mailchi.mp/a062a03940ae/k-m-dae-ye-ken-physical-activity-3607134

K & M – Dae Ye Ken

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Partners in Kincardine and Mearns are working together to deliver the five-week ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’ initiative.

Designed to help tackle not only some of the unique challenges which have surfaced in these challenging times, the initiative will also demonstrate how there can be health, financial and environmental benefits to many residents within the community.

The partnership – comprising Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Home Energy Scotland and Kincardine and Mearns Citizens’ Advice Bureau – know the Kincardine & Mearns area well and will be on hand to offer help and advice.

Weekly topics such as employment, saving fuel and reducing bills, food, finance and benefits, health and wellbeing will be highlighted and discussed between January 11th and February 12th.

WEEK 1 – MONDAY 11 JANUARY 2020 – HEALTH & WELLBEING

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership (Public Health)

This first week of ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’, we bring you a broad range of information and advice on helping you keep well and fit over these Winter months. To find out LOTS more, click on the links below’ and see attached poster!

Monday – 5 Ways of Wellbeing

https://mailchi.mp/e25d215c4b2e/k-m-dae-ye-ken

Tuesday – Alcohol Awareness

‘At 3pm Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) South Community Forum will host a Forum meeting on the theme of ‘being part of an alcohol free community’ .  Click below to join’

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82300010808?pwd=YWFZL2JyQXFNRnNkREpGdG44SUFXZz09

Meeting ID: 829 5730 9360
Passcode: 066417

https://mailchi.mp/af1098bf39d5/k-m-dae-ye-ken-health-wellbeing-week-alcohol-awareness

Wednesday – Eating Well

https://mailchi.mp/5218515d7cc5/k-m-dae-ye-ken-eating-well

Thursday – Mental Health (Zoom meeting by PILLAR Kincardine)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82957309360?pwd=N1FtL3Z5QWR3SjE0aFlZVWZBTXZ1dz09

Meeting ID: 829 5730 9360 Passcode: 066417

Why not have a look at the mental health newsletter, link below?

https://mailchi.mp/84130b0875ea/k-m-dae-ye-ken-mental-health

Friday – Physical Activity

https://mailchi.mp/2548f6b6922e/k-m-dae-ye-ken-physical-activity

K&M – Dae Ye Ken?

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Innovative new community initiative launched.

Partners in Kincardine and Mearns are working together to deliver the five-week ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’ initiative.

Designed to help tackle not only some of the unique challenges which have surfaced in these challenging times, the initiative will also demonstrate how there can be health, financial and environmental benefits to many residents within the community.

The partnership – comprising Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Home Energy Scotland and Kincardine and Mearns Citizens’ Advice Bureau – know the Kincardine & Mearns area well and will be on hand to offer help and advice.

Weekly topics such as employment, saving fuel and reducing bills, food, finance and benefits, health and wellbeing will be highlighted and discussed between January 11th and February 12th.

In light of the Covid-19 restrictions, participants will be encouraged to join online webinars, watch support videos prepared by the partners, read up on advice and get signposted for further help and support.

The first week will focus on Health and Wellbeing, led by Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, with activities focusing on ‘5 Ways Of Wellbeing’, ‘Alcohol Awareness’, ‘Eating Well’, ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Physical Activity’.

Councillor Wendy Agnew, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee, said: “There is little doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has had and continues to have a significant impact on our communities.

“This innovative local initiative is an excellent example of how our partners can work collaboratively to achieve real community benefit. I find it encouraging that there will be something for everybody within this programme and I am sure it will be warmly welcomed by our communities.”

Area Manager Bruce Stewart added: “This initiative is a great example of practical partnership working at its best and demonstrates the strength of linkages and relationships within the Community Planning family in Kincardine and Mearns.”

For a full programme and more information about ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’check back to this website on Sunday evening.

Kincardine and MearnsCommunity Planning E-Bulletin

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Edition #18

Merry Christmas!

This bulletin focuses on what is happening locally, and provides useful information and guidance.

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

This month we are delighted to share with you a couple of poems from the poetry group at Edenholme Care Home in Stonehaven. Written in September as a way of exploring their experiences of this year, this group of residents have written a number of other poems and are looking to publish a booklet of these poems in the new year. 

Also, find out the Christmas Support available this year!

To access the full bulletin, click on the link.

https://mailchi.mp/720047cb7f15/e-bulletin-4278970

KINCARDINE AND MEARNS Welfare & Wellbeing Network

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Mental Health and Wellbeing E Bulletin

For many people, the festive season is an exciting time to connect with others and celebrate.  But for others it can be a stressful time of year, 2020 has been an incredibly difficult and uncertain time for many.  This month, we find out what keeps us well and supported.

Christmas can be a challenging time of year for mental wellbeing for many of us… Click on the link to the full bulletin to access a video sharing some great advice for self care from the Kincardine and Mearns Welfare & Wellbeing Network Mental Health and Wellbeing sub-group, and to read about all the support on offer this festive season.

https://mailchi.mp/e2ac8f691798/kincardine-mearns-welfare-and-wellbeing-network-4274538

Connect Up For Aberdeenshire

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XS Resources, Stella’s Voice and Aberdeenshire Council are delighted to launch ‘Connect Up For Aberdeenshire: Give your technology and small appliances a second life’ a scheme that enables residents to donate unwanted electrical items.  If you have electrical items that are still working, please consider passing them on to help the environment and local residents.

We accept:

☎ Smartphones, smart watches and charging cables

🔌 Kettles, toasters, blenders and other kitchen appliances

🪒 Electric shavers and hair dryers

💻 Computers, laptops, tablets and games consoles

🔈 TVs, speakers and remote controls

And more!

DONATION POINT:

MON 2 – 4 PM & THU 6-8 PM

COMMUNITY CENTRE, ROBERT STREET CAR PARK, STONEHAVEN

For further details or if you have a number of items, please book a free collection

https://www.xsresources.org/aberdeenshire-electricals-collections

Kincardine and MearnsCommunity Planning E-Bulletin

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Edition #17


This bulletin focuses on what is happening locally, and provides useful information and guidance.

Hot topics in this edition include

Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week 2020
Third Sector Week runs from 16th – 20th November and is organised by the Aberdeenshire Third Sector Strategy Group.  A  short promotional video is available to view.

Scholastic Christmas Book Club
Mearns Community Library are running a Scholastic Christmas Book Club to earn free books for our library! 

To access the full bulletin click on https://mailchi.mp/5eb7af463265/e-bulletin-4262454

Kincardine and Mearns Community Planning E-Bulletin

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Edition #16

This bulletin focuses on what is happening locally, and provides useful information and guidance.

Hot topics this month consider the further Covid 19 restrictions in place from Friday 10th October and Aberdeenshire Council Community Council Review of the Scheme of Establishment.

Fancy something a bit lighter? Find out what Mearns Community Library can offer online for you and the whole family…

Click on the link to access the entire Community Planning E Bulletin. There’s lots of handy information and links provided to guide us through the ongoing retsrictions.

https://mailchi.mp/ad58169df1c3/e-bulletin-4248138

Kincardine and Mearns Community Planning E-Bulletin Edition #15

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This bulletin focuses on what is happening locally, and provides useful information and guidance.

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

 

Hot Topics!

Face coverings to be worn by secondary school age pupils from Monday 31st August
Pupils at secondary schools in Scotland must wear face coverings as they move between classes and in communal areas to help limit the spread of Covid-19 [link]

 

Good News from K & M

In each bulletin we like to share with you some of the great work being done by the third sector in K & M. This time we share with you a lovely piece about K & D Befriending about one of their matches during lockdown which was published in this month Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations magazine ‘Third Force New.

 

To read on and access the entire bulletin, click on the link

https://mailchi.mp/a16b66bbc835/e-bulletin-4236566

 

Kincardine & Mearns Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin #5 September 2020

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A chance to share what we know about mental health & wellbeing in K & M.


Welcome to the fifth K & M Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin. This month we mark suicide prevention week and world suicide prevention day alongside taking a closer look at self management and resilience.

 

Thinking about suicide is very common.

“It has been said that suicide and indeed talking about suicide is one of the last taboos.  However, having lost my brother to suicide last year I recognise that talking about it is what we MUST do if we are tackle the misconceptions, stigma and lack of understanding that surrounds this subject.
I’m advised that up to 1 in 20 people are thinking about suicide at any one time – that’s a huge number and indeed constitutes enough people to fill Hampden stadium five times over.  The vast majority of these people do not go on to commit suicide, but these numbers demonstrate the need for us all to have a greater awareness and really have that conversation.
Lesley and I hope this Suicide Prevention Week e-bulletin can help start that journey; informing and encouraging an open dialogue about not only suicide, but mental health in general.  You will learn about personal journeys, how you can how support and raise awareness locally and the fact that a directory of help and advice can be in your pocket or bag only a single click away.

And one final thought to carry with you, as old Bob Hoskins used to say, ‘It’s good to talk’ ”.
Roddy MacInnes
Community Planning Officer K&M

 

Click on the link to access the full bulletin and learn more about the support out there https://mailchi.mp/3bb2e53222bc/k-m-mental-health-wellbeing-e-bulletin-4238378

 

Kincardine & Mearns Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin #4 August 2020

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A chance to share what we know about mental health & wellbeing
in K & M.
Welcome to the fourth K & M Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin. This month a closer look support for the older generation.

The number and proportion of people aged 60 years and older in the population is increasing. In 2019, the number of people aged 60 years and older was 1 billion. This number will increase to 1.4 billion by 2030 and 2.1 billion by 2050. This increase is occurring at an unprecedented pace and will accelerate in coming decades, particularly in developing countries.

Click on the link to find out some of the support and resource available for our older generation.

https://mailchi.mp/f2323958eebc/k-m-mental-health-wellbeing-e-bulletin-4230310