Month: October 2015

National Conversation – Creating a Healthier Scotland: What Matters to You?

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From August 2015 to April 2016 the Scottish Government is holding a healthy scotland
national conversation on health and social care services in Scotland. The
conversation is seeking views on what a healthier Scotland should look like in
the next 10-15 years from now and how people in Scotland can be
supported to be as healthy as they can be. To help get the conversation
started three broad questions have been issued:
• What support do we need in Scotland to live healthier lives?
• What areas of health and social care matter most to you?
• Thinking about the future of health and social care services, where should
our focus be?
A facilitation pack is now available to help you host local conversations. This material is designed to give you a bit more background on the current situation in Scotland, where there have been successes and some of the long term challenges we face.
Join in the discussions online at:
Twitter: @scotgovhealth #healthierscotland

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Integrated Care Fund

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fundingLocal Reference Groups in all 6 areas have some short-term Integrated Care
Funding available to groups. The aim of the fund is to support organisations
that focus on prevention, early intervention and care & support for older people and those with long-term conditions to and meet at least one of the national health and social care outcomes.
AVA Development Officers are happy to support groups to make funding applications.
Application forms and guidance are available on our website at:

We need you to help make it happen!

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ALTAAre you pro active, motivated and have a personal desire to take forward joint tobacco related actions to reduce smoking in Aberdeenshire? If so, The Aberdeenshire Local Tobacco Alliance (ALTA) needs you. The ALTA is a multi-agency operational group that includes NHS, Council and 3rd sector agencies which localises the recommendations in the Scottish National tobacco strategy and co-ordinates and monitors a local tobacco plan that aims to reduce smoking and the effects of tobacco in Aberdeenshire. Membership is free and open to any Origination as long as they can declare that they do not have any connections, affiliations or holdings with Tobacco Industry or Representatives.

For more information on the work of the ALTA or how to join then please contact Public Health Coordinator Banff & Buchan;


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Open Door To wellbeing



St Bridget’s Hall, Stonehaven

Saturday 31st Oct 2015

10am – 12noon

Come along to our FREE event!

Explore local opportunities to help you look after

Your health and wellbeing!

Stalls, refreshments, information and

entry into a FREE prize draw!

Drug Proof Your Kids Course Stonehaven Starting October 26th

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Parents are the strongest, single influence in a child’s life… lf you don’t talk to your kids about drugs, who will?

‘How to Drugproof your Kids’ is a FREE course that equips parents with the information and skills they need to encourage their children to form a responsible attitude towards drugs, including cigarettes and alcohol, steering them away from their harmful use.

It is being held at Stonehaven Community Centre
Monday 26th October to Monday 30th November 2015
From 7pm to 9pm for 6 weeks

It’s a fun and interactive community course developed by the national charity ‘Care for the Family’.  Session Topics inlcude

  • Parenting through prevention,
  • building a strong foundation,
  • creating integrity and responsibility,
  • communication and participation,
  • creating a ‘safe network’ and peace of mind,
  • recognition and affirmation

The course is free of charge.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Contact Stonehaven Community Centre, 01569 762688, for more information or to book a place.

‘Don’t Get Scared, Get Checked’

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The benefits of finding cancer early will be highlighted to shoppers in Grampian over the next two weeks as the Detect Cancer Early tour kicks off at ASDA Aberdeen Beach tomorrow (Wednesday 21 October).

The 52-date national tour is focused on raising awareness of the importance of screening and the potential signs and symptoms of bowel, breast and lung cancer, in a bid to encourage more people to get checked at the earliest stage and save more lives.

The Scottish Government’s Detect Cancer Early programme aims to increase the proportion of people diagnosed and treated in the first stage of breast, bowel and lung cancer by 25 per cent by the end of 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

NEW Greenspace Community Grant Programme Opens TODAY

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Do you know of a local community greenspace project that would benefit from funding?  If so, then get ready for a new community grant programme!

The first funding round of the programme opens for applications across Scotland, England and Wales on 19 October and will close on 30 November. This will be your first chance to submit an application for a grant of up to £12,000 to create better and happier places where you live and there will be two funding rounds per year over the next three years! Read the rest of this entry »

Oil Clubs

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No not the big one on North Deeside Road – If you are concerned about the price of heating oil in your community, this may be for you. Many heating oil companies now promote ‘oil clubs’ where a community contact co-ordinates the deliveries. By delivering to many homes in one area on one run the company saves and will pass on the savings to customers.

If you think this a good idea get in touch with Jean Henretty ;

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or visit

Learn CPR in Laurencekirk or Inverbervie, Friday 16th October

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FREE ‘How-to-do-CPR’ sessions being held on Friday 16th October at Firestations in Inverbervie (10am-1pm) and Laurencekirk (1-5pm).

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with the British Heart Foundation to help save lives across the country by providing fire stations as a base for members of the public to teach themselves CPR.   Read the rest of this entry »

Community Shares

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community sharesGood things always come around again. For anyone than can remember their Mum’s Co-op number you will know about Cooperatives, they are back. If you have a large project this may be one for you.

Braemar have recently raised £800,000 to construct a hydro electric scheme facebook –

For a good read, check out how it is done on Community Shares Scotland –

ALISS – A Local Information System for Scotland

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Communities in Scotland contain a wealth of resources that can support our health and well being, yet it is often difficult to find information about what is available in our local area.ALISS

ALISS helps to signpost people to community resources and enables communities to contribute information about the resources they have to offer e.g. places, groups, activities, opportunities, events, services.

You can use ALISS to:

  • Collect – identify and gather information about local resources
  • Manage – describe resources in your own words, and create an ALISS collection that is specific to you or your organisation
  • Share – use ALISS collections to enhance your existing information service and provide a richer picture of what support is available in your community
  • Get Started – everyone can search and use the information in ALISS

Want to find out more?