Month: July 2015

Over 55?

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Want to get online? footprints connect

Footprints connect are encouraging over 55’s to get online and make the most of their computer, tablet and other digital technologies. They provide advice and support- and lots of great reasons to enter the digital world.

Call 01224 679 020 or email info@footprintconnect.org.uk for more information.

Our Song: Mental Health In Young People

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Check out this fantastic film from young people in the Mearns area.

Concerned that too few young people open up about their mental health issues, David Donaldson and his team want others their age to look out for their peers and support them if they suspect they may be suffering in silence.

The 16-year-old from Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire hopes to show that the smallest supportive gesture from a friend can have a positive impact on a person’s mental health and wellbeing.

Half a million pound funding opportunity for Scotland’s social businesses

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Life changes trustEarly stage social businesses throughout Scotland can now bid for financial and mentoring support from a new Corporate Social Venturing (CSV) Initiative funding pot of £500,000.

The £500,000 is being invested by the Life Changes Trust, a charity that works to improve the lives of young people who have had experience of the care system, and people affected by dementia.

Ideas are being sought from any social businesses who have creative ideas for new ventures that would impact positively on one or both of these groups.  Each social business can bid for up to £50,000 and will also receive business mentoring support. Read the rest of this entry »

Community Food and Health (Scotland) Development Funding Programme

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The Community Food and Health (Scotland) development funding programme is open to groups who would like to develop new or existing activities that will improve access to, or take up of, a healthy balanced diet in low-income communities in Scotland. heart

Three funding schemes were launched on 12 June 2015:
1. The Capacity Building Fund offers grants up to £500 for groups and agencies running food and health activities in low-income areas working to strengthen their organisations.
2. The one-year Development Fund offers grants from £500 to £2,000 that can develop, recruit for, and complete food and health activities by the end of September 2016.
3. The two-year Development Fund offers grants from £500 to £5,000 for groups and agencies planning food activities requiring more time to become established or to reach those most in need.

Applications can be submitted for more than one of these funding schemes as long as the criteria for that fund is met. Applications for the Capacity Building Fund can be made at any time until all the funding for this year has been allocated. The deadline for applications for the one-year and two year Development Funds is 7 August 2015.

http://generationsworkingtogether.org/resources/community-food-and-health-scotland-development-funding-programme

Mearns Youth Football Club

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2005 & 2006 COME AND TRY SESSION!
Mearns Youth FC has just started and is looking for girls and boys. Come along to our “come and try” session supported by Aberdeen FC coaches this summer.

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Where: Mearns Community Campus
When: Thursday 23 July – 18:30 – 20:00
Who: Born 2005 & 2006
Cost: £1
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Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service Programme of Events for April to September.

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Why not try something different this summer – take  ranger_logo[1]
a walk through time, discover more about your local
wildlife or enjoy a puppet promenade. Whatever
your age, interest or ability, there’s something for
everyone.
Booking – many events need to be booked in
advance. To reserve your place simply contact the
event organiser. Some events may have a waiting list,
so if you find that after you’ve booked you are unable
to attend, please call and let us know.
Cost – the majority of events are free to attend.
Where there is a charge it can be paid on the day
(unless stated otherwise).

For more information about the work of the
Ranger Service and other summer events visit
www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/rangerservice/index.asp

New Opening Hours Mearns Library

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I am delighted to let you know that from Monday 3rd August Mearns library opening hours will be increasing to 40hrs per week.  books

The new opening times are as follows:

Monday 10am to 8pm

Tuesday 10am to 4pm

Wednesday 10am to 8pm

Thursday 10am to 4pm

Friday 10am to 4pm

Saturday 10am to 12pm