Month: January 2016

Road Safety Awareness Event

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Road safety awareness presentation

19:00 hours 8 February 2016

Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk 

Why: to reduce local RTC casualties

                Raise road safety measures in area

                The public can take control of their own driving style

                Raise awareness of consequences of an accident

                Open to members of the public aged 16 years +

Location: Lecture room, Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk

                  safety presentation on a disc

Practical demonstration – in car park of Old Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk

Public can view demonstration and appreciation of experiences when using extrication techniques – noise.

Working with a local partner (Tower Garage, Laurencekirk)

Issue a voucher on the night for free tyre and light check for their vehicle

Prize draw – free MOT.


Presentation; 19:00 – 19:45

Practical;  20:00 – 20:30

Laurencekirk and Stonehaven RDS personnel.

Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route Update

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Road Works – A90 Charleston/A956 Wellington Road Junction AWPR
(January 2016 to Winter 2017)
The AWPR/B-T will significantly improve travel in and around Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland. Construction of the A90 Charleston Junction, including new slip roads, will continue for around 24 months until Winter 2017.

For more detailed information on the ongoing works,  please find the link below showing the latest Traffic Management update for the A90 Charleston Junction:

Recycle Aberdeenshire

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Recycle Aboyne is a project run by Aberdeenshire Council’s social work department for people who may require training and support to access employment.  We are investigating whether a collection service for used, but unwanted electrical and electronic items (such as laptops, PCs, flat screen TVs, tablets, mobile phones, unused printer cartridges) would be used within Aberdeenshire.  The items would be securely data wiped, repaired and sold by Recycle’s partner in the project, Re-Tek UK, who would provide a share of the profits back to Recycle.

Interested in this service being available more widely in Aberdeenshire, let us know. Please visit;

and answer a few short questions.

Community Resources Network Scotland

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CRNS Enewsletter 15th January 2016

Welcome to our first CRNS E-newsletter for 2016, we have got some great things being planned for this year to support our members and the wider community reuse sector here in Scotland. CRNS is a membership network first and foremost and all of our activities are designed to support, connect and strengthen the collective activities of all of our members.

In February look out for the publication of our annual member survey which will provide the very latest data on the membership.  In March we will be running our first regional forums and thematic seminars of the year as well as supporting ‘Pass It On Week’ 2016. In April we are really excited to be holding a CRNS Awards Dinner, more details on all of these activities soon!

All of the CRNS staff are looking forward to a very busy 2016 and if there is anything that you think we should be doing this year to help our members better then please let us know.

David Wood, CEO

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Driving improvement in healthcare

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Do you want to improve the quality of care for people in Scotland?HIS
Will you dedicate some of your valuable free time to this important task?

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is now recruiting volunteers to the role of Public Partner to ensure the experiences and voices of people inform and influence improvements in the quality of care in Scotland. There are a variety of Public Partner roles involving a range of activities. These include developing, promoting and supporting quality standards and guidelines, encouraging sharing of good practice and spreading improvement, and participating in hospital inspections.
Previous experience is not required as training will be provided. You must live in Scotland to be a Public Partner. For some roleHealth Improvements, travel throughout Scotland with occasional overnight stays may be required. While the role of Public Partner is voluntary, expenses will be paid.
For an informal chat about what is involved, please contact: Katy Penman on 0141 225 6892 or send an email to
To request an application pack, call 0141 225 6887 or send an email to
Closing date: 5pm, 1 February 2016
Please note: An information and selection day will take place on 17 February in Glasgow. Induction is planned for 9 and 10 March in Clydebank.
Driving improvement in healthcare http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland

Discover North Kincardine Weekend

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Kincardine Poster

Project Launch Event – Wednesday 20th January 2016

Come along to this drop in event which will allow you to see an overview of the 5 trails being developed within North Kincardine, meet Anne Murray the artist in residence and members of the North Kincardine Public Arts Group and partners involved.

Find out more about the events over the weekend, the proposed routes, the mapping project, public art planned for this year, get involved and have your say. Read the rest of this entry »

Exciting New Explore North Kincardine Project!

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Free public information evening for exciting new Explore North Kincardine Project on 20th January 2016, 4-6pm at Portlethen Academy, Community Learning and Development Centre, Portlethen.

Tea, Coffee and treats will be on offer and you get the chance to sign up for walk-shops, workshops, trails and talks during the weekend of 22nd – 24th January 2016! Read the rest of this entry »

People’s Postcode Community Trust – Community Grants Programme

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peoples PostcodeThe Community Grants Programme accepts applications for projects that meet one or more of the following funding themes: advancement of community development, advancement of health and environmental improvement. Applications may be submitted at any time. More

Scottish Government Flood Relief Fund

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Affected by the flooding, please see the following statement and link to the flood relief fund.flood1

‘We are currently working with the Scottish Government to put in place a mechanism whereby the recently announced government flood relief fund can be distributed to those affected communities. Anyone interested in applying to this fund should email in the first instance. Please include your full name and/or business name, postal address and daytime contact number, residents/businesses will then be contacted once the fund is up and running.

Improving the Quality of Drug and Alcohol Service in Scotland

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transport adp

Small Test of Change Fund

The Scottish Government is making available small sums of money to encourage and support improvement in the quality of drug services. We are  looking to invest in local small tests of change which contribute to our ambitions to build and strengthen recovery orientated systems of care (ROSC) across services throughout Scotland and support implementation of The Quality Principles: Standard Expectations of Care & Support in Drug & Alcohol Services.

A maximum of up to £3,000 (non-recurring) will be available per application (if successful). The concept of “small tests of change” stems from the Scottish Government 3-step Improvement Framework for public services. More detail can be found via:

Partnership applications are welcomed. It is expected that the lead bidder will be a third sector provider. It is also expected that applications received will sit within at least one of the following priorities; Prevention, Education, Harm Reduction and/ or Quality Improvement.

All applications should be signed-off by the local ADP. It is expected that any funding application received will clearly align to an outcome agreed as part of a local improvement work underway in your area. The ADP team in your area should be able to support you with this
Deadline for applications and review process

This will be a rolling fund with applications received on a quarterly basis. The closing date for this round of applications is: 29th January 2016.

All applications received will be reviewed and successful bids will be notified within 4 weeks. Light-touch feedback will be provided to any unsuccessful applications. Read the rest of this entry »

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2016
Please join us at the
Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen
Sunday 31st January 2016

14:00: Refreshment, welcome by the Lord Provost and Presentations
15:30: Screening of the Film Night Will Fall
16:45: Discussion
The event is free but booking is essential – Please contact:
Belmont Filmhouse Box Office -Tel: 01224343500

A 1945 documentary commissioned by the Allies and under the tutelage of Alfred Hitchcock that captured the atrocities in Nazi concentration camps.
Please note that this film contains harrowing images
Night Will Fall
Directed by: André Singer
Running Time:1 hr 15 min
Genre: Documentary
Release date:19 Sep 2014
Classification: 15 (U.K.)

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – Monday 25th January 2016

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AVAAberdeenshire Voluntary Action Training in partnership with NHS Grampian and Networks of Wellbeing is offering this course free of charge.  The course is aimed at sufferers, family members and carers, staff in any organisation who deal regularly with people who are experiencing or have recovered from mental health problems.  Employers and Managers who support staff who are experiencing mental health problems.

Course aims: 

The aim of the course is to provide participants with an overview of the most common mental health problems.  The workshop includes a number of small group exercises and includes video clips.  Participants will gain greater understanding of the impact on sufferers and those around them.

Course content:

By the end of the course, participants will have covered:

  • Mental Health in Scotland an overview
  • Defining Mental Health

The major mental health problems and other issues/questions raised by participants:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bi-Polar Disorder


Time:             9.30am –12.30pm
Venue:           Networks @ No 11, 11 Gordon Street, Huntly.  AB54 8AJ
Cost:              Free (however a £15 charge will be made for non-attendance once 
booking confirmed) 

Trainer:         Bill Murdoch

Please complete the attached application form and return to: or contact Shirley Leask on 01771 624589 for further information.