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 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.

Mearns Youth Football Club

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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.

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
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

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

EU Funds Masterclass: Aberdeen

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Looking for funding? Pop along to;

Friday, 31 July 2015 from 10:30 to 13:00

Union Square, Aberdeen

EU Funds Masterclass: Aberdeen Tickets, Union Square | Eventbrite

This masterclass is a detailed introduction to the current EU Funds Programmes for Scotland. Targeted towards Senscot, Development Trusts Association Scotland, Social Firms Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance members.For more info click here;



Home-Start Kincardine

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requires a

35 hours per week
Salary range – £25,404 – £28,644 depending on experience

Home-Start Kincardine is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under 5.

We are looking for a Senior Co-ordinator to take responsibility for the day to day management of the scheme along with maintaining a family support case load.  The successful applicant will have experience in family support work, project management and have parenting experience.

The remit is broad and varied and requires an understanding of the needs of young families, the management of volunteers and staff and the ability to maintain a creative and flexible approach to the development of Home-Start Kincardine.

You will have the ability to negotiate funding and deliver training for volunteers.  You will support the Board of Trustees in assuring the quality and effectiveness of service is delivered.

The post is full time and applicants must have use of their own car, for which expenses will be paid.  You will be based at the office in Stonehaven.  The successful candidate will be subject to PVG Check.

For an application pack please call 01569 767773 or visit

Closing date is midday on13th July 2015 and interviews will take place on 23rd July.

Scottish Charity No. SCO22795