Month: August 2015

Health & Social Care

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Your Health and Social Care Services – We want Your Views

Health and social care services across Aberdeenshire are changing. We aim to make them:

  • Better connected – one single united health and social care service.
  • More responsive – to your needs and the needs of your family
  • More local – linked up with the community and voluntary groups that benefit the health and wellbeing of your locality

We are writing a plan for the future of health and social care services in Aberdeenshire.

The plan is based on what you told us should be available in your locality. It describes how we will work together to improve the health of local people and to provide the right services for people who are ill or who rely on social care.

Have we got it right for you, your family and your locality?



The Rural Area Partnership is hosting events in your area

Come along to your local event on:

Tuesday 8th September

Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill

12 Noon – 2.15pm

Refreshments Provided

For more information and to book your place, please contact


Tel No: 01569 763246

The plan is available to view on Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian Website from 17th August, click on links below

Empowering Conversations Workshops

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Are you looking after someone?  Do your emotions get in the way when you are speaking to professionals?   PAMIS, an organisation that supports those with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families are organising a two-part workshop for our families on having ‘Empowering Conversations’ on Tuesday 1st and Tuesday 8th September (at the Mile End Community Centre, Mid Stocket Road in Aberdeen AB15 5PD).  The sessions will be run by professional mediators will help equip you with being able to get your voices heard effectively and negotiate with services around Self- Directed Support.   Priority will be given to carers of those with profound disabilities but we will try and accommodate other carers who are interested in attending.  Please see attached poster.  Sessions will be from 10 till 2.30pm and lunch/tea & coffee will be provided. 

Places are limited so please call or email me to book your place!!

Amy Anderson

PAMIS Grampian Family Support Director

52 Evan St


AB39 2ET

01569 764 221

We Walk To Feel Fitter!

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Whatever it is that you really want to do – get fitter, meet new people or just feel better today – walking is the easy way to a happier, healthy you! Stop wanting, start walking with us.

Our free health walks are short, low level walks with a friendly, trained leader to show you the way.


Portlethen Health Walk pathys for all

Location: Jubilee Hall
Day: Every Wednesday
Time: 10am
Get in touch for more info
Call: Chris Wright
Tel: 07810852817

Everyone’s welcome!


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A Volunteer Walk Leaders Training Courses is being held in Portlethen on Thursday 3 September 2015. The course is designed to establish a group of local people (aged over 18 years) who are trained to promote and lead Health Walks on an ongoing basis.

Only one day of training is necessary but information will be provided to support development of local walks in Kincardine and Mearns for walk leaders attending the training through Paths for All and through local contacts.

A Health Walk is a short, local, low level walk which seeks to encourage and support people to become more active.  A typical health walk usually lasts between 10 minutes and 1 hour.

Date: Thursday 3 September 2015
Time: 9.30am to 3.45pm

Registration from 9.15am onwards

Venue:         Jubilee Hall

Cookston Road


AB12 4PT


Cost:      FREE including resource materials

(Lunch provided)

For booking and more information please contact:

Shiona Watson, Administrator, NHS Grampian

Tel: 01569 792053


Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund

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Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund is a new fund to further encourage physical activity among Scotland’s least active people.

Spirit outcomes:

  • People’s personal wellbeing increases through participation (in physical activity)
  • Positive change in the perception of disabled people in communities (by both disabled and non-disabled people)

Scottish Government outcomes:

  • We encourage and enable the inactive to be more active
  • We encourage and enable the active to stay active throughout life

Community Empowerment Bill Conference 1st October Inverurie

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Date: Thursday 1st October 2015   10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Venue – Kintore Arms Hotel, High Street, Inverurie

Booking Contact –

Come and find out more about how this new legislation can support communities to take more ownership of decisions and services.  Click here to see the event programme. Read the rest of this entry »

The Crerar Hotels Community Prize

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‘When the old are not allowed to tell their story, the young grow up without history. When the young are not listened to, we lose unique ideas and have no future.’ Gunhild Hagestad, Ph.D., 1999 UN Year of the Older Personskeynote address

Crerar Hotels Trust is a charitable trust funded by the Crerar Hotel Group.

Giving back to local communities to improve the quality of everyday lives is at the heart of Crerar Hotels – our motto is “Hotels with Heart and Soul” – each year almost half of the hotel profits are entrusted to the Crerar Hotels Trust for distribution to charities and community projects local to Crerar Hotels throughout Scotland and Yorkshire.  This year, in addition to these donations and as a pilot scheme, Crerar Hotels has decided to launch the Crerar Hotels Community Prize.  This fund will be awarded to a local community project which brings together young and old people in a meaningful way. Read the rest of this entry »

The Future Of Stonehaven

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Stonehaven Town Partnership are holding a Public Meeting regarding ‘The Future of Stonehaven  on Thursday 20th August at 7:00 pm in St James Church Hall, Arbuthnott Street, Stonehaven AB39 2JB and would like to invite you and friends to come along.

A number of voluntary/community sector organisations have noted their interested in shared accommodation in the building that may form a kind of one-stop-shop / community hub.

The agenda will include:

             A description of the building & the project so far

Suggestions for its re-creation, and the options being considered

Open floor discussion on the options (and any others to be suggested)

The next steps and keeping in touch

If you want to read up a bit more beforehand, the project documents are on STP’s website at *

*The document listed here entitled ‘Reduction of Options 150323 final’ explains why a scheme of significant reconstruction of the building is not possible and explains the kind of spatial arrangements that will guide the kinds of organisational tenants that may be able to be accommodated there.

Creating Places

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The Scottish Government has been working with partners NHS Health Scotland and Architecture and Design Scotland to develop a Place Standard Assessment tool.  The aim of the Place Standard tool is to support the delivery of high quality places – which can be instrumental in reducing health inequalities. The tool provides questions for individuals and community groups to answer, to create a snapshot of built and social assets, and consultation is open regarding the format of the tool. To find out more and participate in the consultation please visit;

BBC Radio Scotland’s Big Debate is in Stonehaven

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WHERE: St James’ Episcopal Church, Arbuthnott St, Stonehaven, AB39 2JB
WHEN: Friday 21st August
TIMES: Doors open at the venue at 11:15am the show is on air from 12pm – 1pm
BOOK: Click on link to online booking form
email or phone 0141 422 7773 Read the rest of this entry »

Local charities invited to get online and talk funding with Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland

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Lloyds Foundation

Charities working in communities across Scotland are invited to have an online chat about funding opportunities with Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.

Every month, the grant maker hosts advice surgeries using online face to face
technology. Charities with a Skype account or Google Hangout are invited to book an appointment at
any of the 10 monthly surgeries between March and December. The Foundation is particularly keen
to hear from grassroots charities which benefit disadvantaged people and who need funding to continue
their work. Unlike many other funders, the Foundation’s Henry Duncan Awards programme will
contribute towards staff and running costs, as well as new projects and services. And charities which have had a grant before can also apply again. The advice
surgery gives charities the chance to find out if they meet the funding criteria and to get tips
on how to fill in the application form.

Online advice surgeries will be held on 5th August, 2nd September, 7th October,
4th November, 2nd December. Appointments last 45 minutes and can be booked by calling
0131 444 4020 or emailing

Coastal Communities Fund (CCF)

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The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) is being extended to 2020/21, with Coastal Communities fund
a minimum further investment of £90 million, intended to unlock the potential
of communities around Britain’s coastlines. The additional funding will help
seaside localities to be revitalised and drive forward local economies. The
CCF is designed to support the economic development of coastal communities by promoting
sustainable economic growth and jobs, so that people are better able to respond to the changing
economic needs and opportunities of their area. It can fund a wide range of projects, including those
that support charities, the environment, education and health. Innovative bids have previously been
welcomed from businesses, social enterprises, local enterprise partnerships, charities, voluntary
groups and local authorities supporting economic development within the community.
Find out more about the Coastal Communities Fund at: