Month: July 2016

How Equal is Aberdeenshire to Live & Work in?

Posted on Updated on

People living and working in Aberdeenshire should be able to do so without harassment, prejudice or discrimination.

Aberdeenshire Council is committed to improving the life experiences of everyone living and working in Aberdeenshire.
Please help by completing this survey:

Read the rest of this entry »

Calling all women living or working in agriculture in Scotland

Posted on Updated on

agricultureThe Scottish Government has commissioned research to build a picture of the role women play in agriculture across Scotland. Research undertaken in other parts of the UK, Europe and beyond shows that women’s work on farms is under-reported and women are not well represented in agricultural organisations, but there has been no research in Scotland. They invite women who live or work on farms/crofts to complete the survey. Findings will help to inform the development of government policy interventions. All responses will be strictly confidential. The survey is available here.

Feedback: Community Empowerment Conference June 2016, Laurencekirk

Posted on Updated on

Community Empowerment is big and supported by new legislation. The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act received Royal Assent on 24 July 2015.

Local partners is Kincardine & Mearns are putting in efforts to prepare themselves and communities for the opportunities it is bringing and the event held in Laurencekirk on June 16th was part of this.  Read the rest of this entry »

Chapelton: A Finalist in Planning & Placemaking Awards

Posted on Updated on


The new settlement of Chapelton in the Kincardine area was a finalist the UK Planning & Placemaking Awards last month.  The Community Planning Group  held our last meeting there to learn a little more about the development. Read the rest of this entry »

Shell in partnership with Foundation Scotland

Posted on Updated on

As a major employer in Scotland – Shell is keen to make a positive contribution to the communities where it works. ShellThrough their partnership with Foundation Scotland they have established the Shell UK Community Awards which supports community groups and charities working in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Fife. If your organisation has a focus on education and enterprise you could apply for up to £2000. Find out more at:

Carers Parliament 2016: Registration for ballot opens

Posted on Updated on

Carers Parliament brings together carers from across Scotland to discuss the issues that matter to them and to make their voices heard by politicians and other key decision makers. The fifth Carers Parliament is taking place on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 at Heriot-Watt University’s conferCARAERS PARLIAMENTence centre in Edinburgh. Sign up for the ballot for a chance to take part and make your voice heard on the issues that are important to carers.
How the ballot works: There are two places available for carers from each of the 73 Scottish Parliament constituencies. These will be drawn by ballot by carers on the Steering Group in late July. Carers will be notified in August if they have been successful. If you would like to be considered for a place, apply here:

ALISS – A Local Information System for Scotland

Posted on Updated on

ALISS is an easy search and collaboration tool for health and wellbeing resources in Scotland. ALISSIt helps signpost people to useful community support – and with an ALISS account you can also contribute the many and varied resources that our local communities have to offer. Communities in Scotland contain a wealth of resources that can support our health and wellbeing, yet it is often difficult to find information about what is available in our local area. ALISS aims to make information about networks, public services and communities in Scotland – as well as local sources of support – more findable. Communities can also contribute to ALISS with any resources they have to offer eg. places, groups, activities, opportunities, events and services. Everyone is welcome to search and use the information in ALISS – why not try a search at and request an account to add something to it? The more local groups that use ALISS to add resources, the better it will become – so give it a go!