Month: October 2016

Pride of Aberdeen Awards

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fly-cupWe are delighted to let you know that Fly Cup Catering Inverurie was nominated for these prestigious awards and have now been selected as a finalist! As you may know, Original 106fm launched once again the Pride of Aberdeen Awards earlier this year to recognise those doing amazing things in our lives and workplaces today. The Original 106fm panel of independent judges then shortlisted the nominations and selected their final three to go forward as finalists in each category. We are thrilled to announce that Fly Cup Catering have been chosen as one of the three finalists in one of the categories.

What happens next? Well, the overall winner of each category will be decided by open public vote and announced on the night of the ceremony. All the finalists in each category are being revealed over the next few weeks on air, but in the meantime all the finalists will be listed for public vote on the event’s website as of tomorrow (Tuesday the 11th of October):

Please do feel free to share all this information with your friends, family and colleagues so they are able to support Fly Cup Catering by voting online, which is absolutely free to do.

Fly Cup Catering was set up for adults with learning disabilities in recognition of the self-esteem, social and economic benefits that can be gained by being part of a supportive work and training environment. Trainees gain work experience by helping to run the Fly Cup Coffee shop at Burghmuir Circle, Inverurie. The trainees are also involved in the delivery of outside catering services, and the production of bakery goods which they supply to local shops and businesses. Fly Cup is a Scottish charity which enables adults with learning disabilities to access training and employment opportunities within the catering sector.

Free Magazines Available for Download

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Did you know Aberdeenshire Libraries offers free download of a large range of popular magazines?

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Autumn Events for Ambitious Communities

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New Rights, Resources and Revenues:

Autumn Events for Ambitious Communities.

Rights – Asset Transfer is at the heart of the work of the Community Ownership Support Service (COSS), who, since 2011, have built up considerable experience in asset transfer processes working with community groups, local authorities and other public bodies.

The Community Empowerment Act brings new rights for communities and places them in a central role. There are considerable new rights in terms of public and privately owned assets. We will explore these first.

Resources – Beyond the right to request an asset, there are the issues of where the money will come from to purchase it and develop it, as well as keep the many services going. This part of the event will be led by a ‘been there: done that’ facilitator, focussing on ACCESSING & SUSTAINING FUNDING: tips and practical suggestions on how to maximise your chances of successfully securing funding from both grant and non-grant sources.

Revenues- Is there a market in that gap? In the community sector we need to be enterprising on many levels. This part of the event will focus on exploring how different types of assets could become sustainable.

Event schedule: All places are Free and booked via Eventbrite. Communities will be given first preference. Agencies and Advisors are welcome where space allows.

Aberdeen – 26th October 2016- Aberdeen Arts Centre. Book Here

Oban – 10th November 2016 – The Argyllshire Gathering. Book Here

Glasgow – 16th November 2016- Maryhill Burgh Halls. Book Here

Inverness – 30th November 2016 – Eden Court. Book Here

Edinburgh – 7th December 2016 – Out of the Blue. Book Here

KDP Community Cash!

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How could your group use £300? KDP

Our next Community Cash event will be held on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at 6.45pm for 7pm in the Jubilee Hall, Portlethen. This event is open to community groups, projects and organisations covering the Community Council areas of Stonehaven, Newtonhill, Muchalls & Cammachmore and Portlethen. Registration for the event closes on Monday 14 November 2016.

For more information contact or phone and leave a message at 01569 763 246

New Rights, Resources and Revenues workshop – Aberdeen Arts Centre

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Wednesday 26th October 9.30am-3pm. This free  workshop  will cover the 3Rs that everyone involved in taking on an asset needs to think about. What *New Rights* do we have as communities? What *New Resources* are out there to help us in terms of funding? And, how will we bring in some *Revenue* to keep the asset sustainable?
Aimed primarily at community groups thinking about, or having newly taken on, an asset, this event is Free to attend. Maximum 2 members per group. Staff from relevant Authorities may want to attend and are welcome to sign up. For more details and to book dtas

Climate Challenge Fund is open

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ccfIn 2017/18 the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) will focus on funding projects which deliver the greatest reduction in carbon emissions and support Scotland’s most deprived communities, with grants up to £150,000 per project available. For new applicants the deadline for the first stage of the application process which is an Expression of Interest is 28 October 2016.

Grants available to make a difference to unpaid carers

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Applications for Carer Information Strategy monies now open

carersThe Carer Information Strategy has funds available to support initiatives across the Grampian region to improve outcomes for carers.  Applications to this funding stream are open to:

  • third sector organisations
  • community and voluntary groups
  • health and social care services


You can find out further information about the fund, and how to apply by visiting

If you have an idea or project in mind that would make a difference to unpaid carers or would like more information then please contact Heather Tennant. Programme Manager – Carer Information Strategy 01224 554299 or email

Tullo/Twinshiels Community Benefit Fund

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A reminder to all groups in the area of Arbuthnott, Benholm and Johnshaven, Gourdon, Inverbervie, Mearns and St Cyrus Community Councils that now is the time to apply to the Tullo/Twinshiels Community Benefit Fund.map1

The fund is likely to be in the region of £140,000 this year, full amount will be advised once index linking has been applied.

The aim of the fund is to support projects that make a difference to life in, and seek improvement in, the local community.

We are keen to support community and voluntary organisations that are charitable, educational, philanthropic or benevolent in purpose. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply for funding but you do have to be able to demonstrate real community impetus and benefits.

You need to be a constituted group with a bank account.

The fund cannot support:

  • Salary other than start up for one year only.
  • Projects that are funded by the local authority or other statutory bodies.
  • Projects that are funded by the local authority or other statutory bodies
  • Improvements to land that is not open to the general public
  • Sponsorships
  • Projects promoting political activities
  • Deficit or retrospective funding

Full details are in the guidelines which can be found on the MAP website  and clicking the Tullo link.

It’s now even easier to apply online using the fantastic new link on the website, you can stop and start your application at any time until you finalise it – this must be before 31st January every year.

A panel comprising members of Arbuthnott, Benholm and Johnshaven, Gourdon, Inverbervie, Mearns and St Cyrus Community Councils plus one rep from MAP and KDP meet in March to award the funds.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Mearns Area Partnership, 44 High Street, Laurencekirk AB30 1XP  Tel: 07984 235329 (M-F,9-5)