Month: April 2016


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Over the summer months Portlethen Moss Conservation
Group organise woodland management sessions at the
community woodland. Usually on a Wednesday evening
once a month from May to September. Come along
and join in with a little light exercise, socialise and get
involved in caring for your local wildlife site. portlethen moss
MEET: at Portlethen Community Woodland
For dates and times and some fabulous photos please
visit the group’s Facebook site

Scottish Mental Health First Aid: Young People

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Scottish Mental Health First Aid: Young People

Tesco Community Room – Inverurie

Tuesday 24th May 2016

The Spark now has a trainer able to deliver the above course in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.  If you require an in-house course or would like to take part in an open course please get in touch with Emma Cameron at The Spark on or 07760257038 for more information. We have an open course on Tuesday 24th May 2016 in Inverurie.

For those working/support or volunteering with 11 – 17 year olds, this is an evidence learning course for adults to provide initial support; in a crisis and non-crisis situation.

This course does not train you to become a counsellor or mental health professional.  It is designed to teach you to better understand mental health and how it affects young people, as well as learn mental first aid skills such as:-

  • How to recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress
  • How to ask about mental distress
  • How to provide initial support
  • How to guide a young person towards appropriate professional help

The course also aims to show how mental health first aid can be applied in a crisis situation involving a range of common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide and substance misuse.

This 14-hour training course is designed to increase understanding of

mental health and how it affects young people. The course requires several hours of personal CPD both before and after the training day in order to complete the course requirements. The personal learning part of the course is done through the e-learning zone on the SMHFA –YP website.

The Cost is £75 per participant for the 14 hours CPD (including 1 day training).







Stonehaven Early Years Forum Networking Lunch

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Tuesday 24 May, 12pm – 1.30pm, Stonehaven Community Centre

early yearsThe Early Years Forum aims to work in partnership to ensure children in Stonehaven have
the best start in life and support their wellbeing through the stages from pre-birth to 8 years.
Stonehaven Early Years Forum are hosting a networking lunch to provide the opportunity for
services, organisations and groups to come together, share information on local activities
and discuss future priorities. This will be a drop-in event and lunch will be provided. This event is
suitable for those working with children under the age of 8 including: teachers, health visitors, social
workers, third sector providers. To register for the event please visit:
If you have any queries regarding this event please don’t hesitate to contact:
Fiona Murray, Chair of Stonehaven Early Years Forum at:

Push The Boat Out

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Push Boat Out

Marketing Volunteer/s Wanted for “Pushing Out the Boat” Literary Magazine
Do you have sales or marketing skills? Do you enjoy literature and art?
If you answered “yes” to BOTH of these questions you might be able to help.“Pushing out the Boat”
– North-East Scotland’s magazine of new writing and visual arts needs to raise its profile and
increase the circulation. To find out more about it, go to
They need short-term marketing assistance as well as more permanent help.
Ideally, tasks could include: identify new ways of raising their profile; update the sales pitch
on the website; issue press releases, improve use of social media; organise events;
securing new sales outlets; and any other ideas.
They have volunteers in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Angus, all working from home;
and they meet as required and at monthly Committees (usually in Ferryhill, Aberdeen).
To find out more about this volunteering opportunity contact Freda Hasler at:

Volunteers needed to help blind people get online

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RNIB wants those with a couple of spare hours a month to visit a blind person
in their local area to help them use the internet. RNIB is looking to recruit
volunteers for its Online Today project which aims to help 125,000
people with sensory loss across the UK get online.
Volunteers are required to commit a few hours a month to visit blind and partially sighted
people in their own homes and help them develop digital skills like browsing
the internet, sending emails, and using an e-reader.
Since its launch in 2015, Online Today events throughout the UK have helped thousands
of people with sight and hearing loss get online.
For more information about volunteering for Online Today go to:

Tesco Bags of Help Greenspace Funding

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bags of helpDo you know a greenspace project in Aberdeenshire Council that would benefit from funding? Local authorities, community groups and organisations can all apply for Tesco Bags of Help funding! 

The second round of Tesco Bags of Help is open from 18 April. Bags of Help is available to a wide range of community groups, local authorities and organisations across England, Wales and Scotland and they can apply for grants to improve local green spaces. Successful projects will go forward to a public vote in Tesco stores which will decide whether they receive a grant of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000. Projects that will get the green light as a result of funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, woodland walks and community gardens.

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland, and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. It will fund projects that benefit communities by physically improving open and greenspaces that do not charge for access. Groundwork anticipate grants being awarded to 144 successful groups across Scotland in November 2016

Full eligibility criteria and detailed application guidance is available online here

Good luck and get going as this funding round closes on Fri 3 June 2016.


Cycling Scotland Community Grants now open

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Communities can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 via the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable
Community Fund to deliver local cycling projects. The purpose of the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable
Communities Fund (CFSCF) is to support community groups to encourage cycling in their
community and increase the number of locals making journeys by bike.
This Transport Scotland funded grant scheme enables community groups to support and
deliver sustainable projects. Reducing single occupancy car use and increasing active travel
options will also result in reduced local transport related carbon emissions and increased
health and wellbeing of the community. For more information on the fund and to download the
application form and guidance notes, visit: