Month: December 2014

VSA Carers Services

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VSA Carers Service offers advice, information and support to unpaid carers and has offices across Aberdeenshire. Theservice has a Carers Centre at 52 Evan Street, Stonehaven where a support group meets once a month.

VSAThe next group is on Friday 9th January 2015 from 10am-12pm and on the first Friday of the month thereafter.

Among the many things VSA provide are opportunities for carers to get a break from their caring role. For carers interested in learning a new skill or trying something different we have a Thursday group which is led every other week by a volunteer art therapist and at other times by carers themselves sharing their skills and experience in craft activities. Read the rest of this entry »

Everyone has something to share….

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Many people in our communities struggle to feel included and appreciated as an individual.  Shared Lives offers people the chance to contribute to real friendships and become active, valued citizens with a sense of belonging and  confidence in themselves.   caring

Throughout Aberdeenshire we have Shared Lives Carers who share their home and  community with someone with a disability.  This could be for a few hours or a few days as a  short break.  Shared Lives is a flexible, personal partnership between two families.

Shared Lives Carers and those they support are carefully matched for compatibility and shared interests.  For the relationship to be successful and valued, time needs to be taken to make an appropriate match. Read the rest of this entry »

Shared Lives – Fiona’s story……

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I read about Shared Lives a few years ago and Sue came out and spoke to my parents and I about it.   She told us that I would get 1-1 support from a Shared Lives Carer in the carer’s home.  I like the idea that the Shared Lives team would get to know me and match me with a Shared Lives Carer who shares my interests.  This means that we got on from the start and can share things we both enjoy.

I am matched with two Shared Lives Carers.  My Shared Lives Carer, Dot, offers day support.  Dot has given me the opportunity to be part a different community which I really appreciate.  Dot and I go to the local library.  Sometimes we go swimming which I feel gives me a chance to relax and I get to try out and feel comfortable in a different pool.  We have been to Castle Fraser and Drum Castle.  I like going for a walk in the castle grounds and we went to the plant sales.  This began my interest in gardening.  We now visit garden centres together and choose plants for the garden. Read the rest of this entry »

Home-Start Kincardine – Families Need You!

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Are you a parent?  Could you use your experience to help make a difference to local families?

“…of all the agencies, departments, organisations we have had help from…Home-Start has been the most helpful, consistent, reliable and supportive.”

Home-Start Kincardine is a voluntary organisation which offers free confidential support and practical help to parents with young children in the local community.

We are currently recruiting volunteers who will visit families in their own home; Read the rest of this entry »

Recovery – It’s A Family Affair

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Christmas time is often referred to a a family time but it is also a time when the cracks or loss in a family can be felt more than ever.  Addiction is something that many families experience.  The great news is – recovery is buzzing in Scotland and families are getting in on the act too! Read the rest of this entry »

The Winner of November’s Postcard Competition Announced

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1. Inverbervie Station
1. Inverbervie Station

The winner of the Postcard Competition is Linda Johnstone!

“Well done Linda!  You got 7 answers right! Your ‘team mate’ David Anderson came closely behind you with 5 correct answers.  You get three local history books so your local knowledge will improve even more!”

We had record levels of engagement from November’s Old Postcard Competition!  Lots of you guessing the locations and even someone who lived in one of the buildings being shown!

Thank you for all your comments.  We had good fun reminiscing in November.

Here are the rest of the pictures and their locations:

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Small grants available to improve the local environment

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Keep Scotland Beautiful has announced that its Community Grants scheme is open for applications. Tesco-pictures

 Using proceeds from the single use carrier bag charge collected by Tesco, local community  groups can apply for grants of £250 to make small improvements to their local  environment. The type of organisations eligible to apply include:

• Local neighbourhood/ friendship groups
• Local volunteer groups
• Not for profit organisations and groups.

The funding can be used for items that help improve the local environment. This can include:
• Litter picking equipment
• Timber to create fencing
• Compost
• Bulbs
• Refreshments to celebrate a community project
• Fruit trees
• Pond material
• Through to paying volunteer expenses; etc.     

You can apply online and the closing date for applications is the 15th December 2015.

News from Your Community Planning Group

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Briefing Note from the November Meeting

  1. Opening of Laurencekirk Police Station
  2. Gourdon Placemaking Project
  3. Newtonhill Community Action Plan

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 Do You Care???

adjective – displaying kindness and concern for others.

noun – the work or practice of looking after those unable to care for themselves, especially on account of age or illness.

December in K & M Communities is Caring month.

We’ve all had to care at some point in in our lives, haven’t we?sick dog

Babies, children, grandparents or even the family dog!       

Caring is such an important part of life. It’s simply part of being human. Carers are holding families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of life, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds.

Yet many of us are stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, or even struggling with poor health ourselves. We often find it difficult to make ends meet if we’re unable to work or if we’ve reduced our working hours to care.

December in K & M Communities is Caring month. Read the rest of this entry »