Month: June 2014

Meet Ed and find out more about the Effective Community Group Pack

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I’m Ed Garrett and I work for the Council for Voluntary Service Aberdeenshire. My role is to support local community and voluntary groups with things like constitutions, funding and business planning.

As  part of this we developed in partnership with Community Learning and the Business Club in Laurencekirk the Effective Community Group pack. This pack contains a whole host of useful material for new and developing groups, from how to write a constitution to roles of office bearers. I’ve just finished some additional inserts to go in the pack with information on campaigning, publicity, child and vulnerable adult protection, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and event management, recruiting new members, data protection and risk assessment.

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Alcohol & Parenting Don’t Mix Campaign

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Alcohol & Parenting Don’t Mix campaign: Parents of primary and S1 & S2 children in Aberdeenshire and those in S1&2 are being directed to the Meet the Hendersons website. Read the rest of this entry »

Grasshopper – New Integrated Bus Tickets!

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Stagecoach Grasshopper


First Aberdeen, Stagecoach and six local bus companies have joined forces to launch a new ticket designed to make bus travel in the City and Shire more convenient.  Read the rest of this entry »

Stonehaven – It’s a Happening Little Place

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Stoney What's On Festival poster 2014

From May onwards the year is full of events in Stonehaven.  It doesn’t happen by itself.  Local activists and entrepreneurs work together to bring the town to life. . . Read the rest of this entry »

A day trip to Stonehaven

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There are more than 1,200 castles in Scotland. Although I’d like to be ambitious and say I’ll have time to visit them all, that might not be 100% realistic. With this robust figure it has been quite the daunting task to decide which ones to travel to.

With the help of my trusty Pinterest board and the Scottish tourism website, Katherine, Kathleen and I decided to visit to Stonehaven on Wednesday to check out Dunnottar Castle!
The train ride to Stonehaven was quite picturesque with views of the Scotland coastline and obviously more sheep.

Edinburgh Station

train ride

train ride

After two hours, we hopped off the train and arrived in a little suburban town, no castle in sight. I think visiting Stonehaven is the equivalent of someone coming to study in Boston and saying they’re gonna take a train up to Beverly for the day. Nice little town, but…

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June 2014 Round Up

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June 2014

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June Round Up

Communities Invited to Celebrate WW1 Centenary

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The Drumhead Service on 10 August 2014 marks the start of the Scottish programme to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. This event is being organised by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The intention is to involve all sections of the Scottish community in an event which sets an appropriate tone at the start of the commemorative period. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Simple Ways to Boost Your Health from Catterline Business Tonic Nutrition

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We all know that optimum health comes from an optimum diet. But what does that mean?


Well, it simply means cutting the bad stuff out and eating more of the good stuff. But, even in simple terms like that, it can still be impossible to know where to start. Our choices are mainly down to habit, so here’s a few new ones to start!

  1. Eat more fruit. Easy right? Add fruit toppings to your breakfast, have a fruit salad or get the smoothie bug! Green ones, red ones, pink ones – there’s fruit to suit any colour scheme! Try these simple recipes for a delicious boost of vitamins.

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Do You Care for Someone? Would You Like Some Support? Pop Into VSA Carers Open Day Stonehaven Thursday June 12th

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National Carer’s Week is this week – 9th -15th June – and with it’s focus on recognising the efforts so many people put in to supporting friends or family members, it’s a good time to ask yourself if what you do could be described as ‘caring’! Read the rest of this entry »

Volunteer Week – Mearns FM Celebrates Local Volunteers

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Mearns FM, itself set up and run voluntarily by local residents, put out a programme this week celebrating local volunteers.  Ian Hunter asks local volunteers about their experiences, the reasons people give for volunteering and the benefits they get.   Read the rest of this entry »

Volunteers Week – Guest Blog Post

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This week is volunteers week and the Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire are having a display in Stonehaven library where you can get advice on all aspects of volunteering and information on local volunteering opportunities. So why not pop along to the library and have a look and see if you can find anything that interests you?

In the meantime read a blog post from Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire (South):

Volunstar1teers Week is an annual event that takes place between 1st and 7th June. This years it celebrates its 30th anniversary. Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire are planning events all over the area and are encouraging volunteers and voluntary groups to get involved. Make this year special and show your volunteers how valuable they are to your service and do something special for them. Here are some ideas to think about.  Read the rest of this entry »