Month: September 2016

Community Capacity & Resilience Fund

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Develop your community organisation’s capacity to tackle welfare reform and inequality with a grant of up to £5,000. The application process is simple, with a quick decision and, for successful projects, the money paid up front. SCVO

Following a successful pilot in 2015, SCVO are pleased to announce the second round of this Scottish Government-supported funding scheme. A further £330,000 is available to distribute to innovative and creative projects which help mitigate the effects of welfare reform, combat inequality, promote social inclusion and have a preventative impact on communities.

The fund will increase the capactiy and resilience of communities and third sector organisations to provide people with the support and skills they need. Awards range from £1,000 to £5,000, with project activity expected to start and finish between January and August 2017.

Applications are invited from third sector organisations with an annual income of £200,000 or less.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 31 October 2016.

For more information visit:

If you have any questions please contact Irene Connelly on 0141 559 5027 or email

Pigeon Saved in Johnshaven!

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This Autumn’s Care and Share Newsletter includes the heart-warming story of Jonathan, a member of the Shared Lives project, saving the life of a pigeon in Johnshaven.

Shared Lives matches people with learning disabilities to community members giving them the opportunity to share time and interests with each other.

When I arrived in Johnshaven (a few months ago) there was a pigeon sitting on the doorstep.
It was really thin, it had not have enough to eat. It could not fly away.pigeon
Andy picked it up and gave it to me to hold.  We went to take it to Michael in the village, because Michael looks after racing pigeons.  He also has a nice rose garden.  The next time I came to Johnshaven I went down to Michael with Brian and Andy.  Michael told he had fed the pigeon up and gave it water. After a few weeks the pigeon was strong enough to fly. Michael loosened it again. It came from Aberdeen (it was ringed). I am glad I saved that pigeon.  Jonathan

The newsletter is available to read at the bottom of the Shared Lives webpage found here.



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A Volunteer Walk Leaders Training Courses is being held in Stonehaven on Thursday 6 October 2016. 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.


Thursday 6 October 2016


9.30am to 4.30pm

Registration from 9.15am onwards


McRobert Pavilion

Mineralwell Park


AB39 2RD



FREE including resource materials

(packed lunch required)

For booking and more information please contact:

Brenda Johns, Clerical Officer, NHS Grampian


‘Support in your community’

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Following on from “what does recovery mean to you,” another fantastic clip from community members

– support services and peer support available in North Aberdeenshire

Please use the youtube link below:

‘What does recovery mean to you?’

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North Aberdeenshire community members speak about recovery.

Please use the youtube link below to see yet another fantastic film clip produced by Community members in recovery.

K&M Welfare Solutions Group – Making A Vision, 28th September

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Wednesday 28th September 11am-3pm, Stonehaven Community Centre

K&M Welfare Solutions Group brings together anyone interested in improving the financial situation of our local residents.

The Group invites you to join them in creating a vision for (post) Welfare & (real) Partnership in the area.

This event is open to third sector organisations, volunteers, public sector agencies, community members and anyone living or working in the Kincardine & Mearns area who cares about our common welfare.


Please bring your own lunch or use the community cafe at the venue.

For more info, please contact or

Scottish Mental Health First Aid: Young People

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Aberdeen Health Village, Frederick Street,

Aberdeen AB24 5HY

Tuesday 27th Sept 2016 or Monday 28th Nov 2016


The course was developed as a mental health equivalent of physical first aid for those working, supporting or parenting 11 – 17 year olds.  SMHFA/YP is an evidence learning course for adults to provide initial support; in a crisis and non-crisis situation.

We are running 2 courses in Aberdeen to meet the demand.

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).  To book a place on either course please email or contact Emma Cameron on 07760257038 or at stating which course date you are interested in. Spark