Month: November 2016

Can you help? Transport volunteers wanted.

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The hunt is on for community stars to help some of the most vulnerable people in their area. nestrans

A Grampian wide volunteer recruitment drive is being launched to find generous people to help support community transport operators across the region.

Volunteers are needed to help people to get to and from vital appointments such as health and social care.

Recruiting people with the passion and time to volunteer for a cause is a constant struggle for many organisations and the recruitment drive hopes to assist that process.

Volunteer roles can range from driving minibuses, using their own cars to transport people (for which they will receive a mileage rate) or acting as escorts to help passengers in and out of vehicles, providing support during the journey.

Volunteers can gain a huge amount of satisfaction from contributing their time and efforts;

Chris Rowe, who started volunteering 2 years ago said “I get satisfaction knowing that I help others to get to their appointments, shopping or visiting friends”.

Madge Forsyth has been volunteering for 14 years: “The smile on people’s faces when I pick them up to take them to their appointments is all the reward I need”.

As well as helping recruit more volunteers, the aim of the project is to establish and build relationships with partners across the health, social care and transport sectors. These relationships are essential in delivering the objectives of the Health and Transport Action Plan (HTAP), designed to improve partnership working across a range of transport and health related issues with access to services being a key issue.

HTAP Programme Manager, Andrew Stewart, said “The recruitment drive is one example of how partner organisations can support each other in achieving improved access for residents.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities should contact the Transport to Health Information Centre (THInC) on (01224) 665568. THInC can also provide information on how to get to health and social care appointments by public transport.

For more information on the recruitment drive, please contact Andrew Stewart, HTAP Programme Manager on 01224 664092 or by emailing


Mental Health Provision

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samhSAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) has been appointed to provide a brand new service in Aberdeenshire.

The new pathways to recovery service called MyLifeDynamic, will launch in January 2017 and is designed to support people living with mental health problems towards recovery and engagement in the wider community and working world.

SAMH has a long history of delivering services in Aberdeenshire and the surrounding areas; from work in suicide prevention to housing support and outreach.

Over the next few weeks SAMH will be running a series of community engagement events to promote the new service and in particular invite people using current services to find out more about the service and referral routes.  Events will run in Stonehaven, Peterhead, Banff, Inverurie and Ellon.

South event – Stonehaven, Community Centre, Friday 25th November, 1pm -2pm

The service which was commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council will focus on integration and recovery.  The service team will support people to engage with existing community facilities and services to promote a sense of purpose and social inclusion.  Delivery will be across Aberdeenshire including support for people living in rural areas.

Domestic Abuse Workshops

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From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. 16days-banner-400x400px

See more at: 16 Days of Action

25th Nov

1.30 – 4.30

Banff Harvest Centre Proj £6

Tea/coffee £1/ea

Hall hire £9p/h


01261 815790


Domestic Gender Abuse Team – Still to get title


Facilitator  – Shona Cormack

28th Nov

9.30 – 12.30


Fraserburgh Robertson Road Centre,

Training Rm

SMART Board  & tea coffee avail (01346) 515292

Rona Harper


Housing – Options and Homelessness: Managing Expectations


Facilitator – Alison McKinnon

29th Nov

9.30 – 12.30


Ellon Kirk Centre Screen/no projector

Teas coffee available

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01358   725690

Catering 01358 723517


NHS – Female Genital Mutilation:  Background, practice guidelines and professional responsibilities


Facilitator:  Rosie Crighton

30th Nov

1.30 – 4.30

Peterhead Apex Centre,

Main Hall

Hall £70 hire

No projector

Tea/coffee £1.50ea

077887 15151

Anne Whittam


CJ – Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse


Facilitators – Michele Clark, Joe Walsh and Wullie Lauder





1st Dec

1.30 – 4.30 p.m.

Banchory CLD Activity Rm 1 Banchory Primary School No Projector

Catering form and let form required

01330 825966


Adult Protection – Domestic Violence and Adult Protection.


Facilitator  – Ann-Marie Bruce


1st Dec

2 – 3p.m

Aberdeen Banff and Buchan Room Woodhill House Annexe   Making in every opportunity court in NHSG to address Gender Based Violence


Facilitator – Dr Linda Leighton-Beck

2nd Dec

1.30 – 4.30

Alford Alford CC Conference/library SMARTBOARD alford.campus@

5th Dec

1.30 – 4.30p.m.

Inverurie Council Chambers

Gordon House

Projector booked, teas to be booked Police Scotland – MARAC and Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme Scotland


Facilitator – Police Scotland

9th Dec available

1.30 – 4.30

Stonehaven Community Centre Lounge

Has projector

Kitchen avail

01569 762688


Work of Grampian Women’s Aid


Facilitator – Alison Hay


Community Health Exchange Focus Group

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chexCommunity Health Exchange (CHEX) has been commissioned to capture from local community-led organisations the contribution they make to health and well-being. If you would like a chance to inform NHS Health Scotland’s forthcoming corporate strategy, then please attend this focus group. The information gathered at the session will be fed back to NHS Health Scotland. This is one of only four focus groups happening in Scotland. Tuesday 29th November in Inverurie (venue to be confirmed). To register your interest, go to The event will begin with a buffet lunch at 12.30 and the session will last from 1-4pm

Applications for Carer Information Strategy monies now open

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The 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, and health and social care services.  carers

Review of Dispensing GP practices

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NHSNHS Grampian has been consulting with the patients of six GP practices who currently get, or who are eligible to get, dispensed medicines from their GP practice.

A Review Group will be analysing all the responses to the consultation and will make recommendations to the Board of NHS Grampian.

The Review Group would like to invite any group or individual in the communities affected by the consultation – Auchenblae, Rhynie, Udny Station, Gardenstown, Portlethen and Skene – to make representations or presentations to the members of the Group.

The Review Group will be in attendance at the following locations on the dates and times shown below:




Friday 18 November 2016 in No 14 The Square, Rhynie, AB54 4HD at 1330 – 1800 hrs



Tuesday 22 November 2016 in Auchenblae Hall, Monboddo Street, Auchenblae, AB30 1XS at 0900 – 1800 hrs



Thursday 24 November 2016 in the Westhill Community Church, Old Skene Road, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, AB32 6AQ at 0900 – 1230 hrs



Thursday 24 November in Portlethen Academy, Bruntland Road, Portlethen, AB12 4QL at 1400 – 1800 hrs



Monday 28 November 2016 in the Dreel Hall, High Green, Gardenstown, AB45 3YN at 0900 – 1800 hrs

Udny Station


Tuesday 29 November 2016 in the Udny Station Community Centre, Udny Station, AB41 6QJ, at 1330 – 2000 hrs 

If you represent a group or organisation in the area served by one of these practices, or you are an elected public representative, an independent contractor to the NHS or an interested individual you are invited to make a representation or presentation to the Review Group.

If you would like to do so please email or write to Freepost, NHS Grampian by Friday 11th November. You will be allocated a time and to ensure that the maximum number of people have the opportunity to participate you should speak for 15 minutes or less.

There is no requirement to support your presentation with a written submission, but if you would like to do so please email your submission to the above email address by Friday 11th November. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting it Right for Every Child

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The Health & Social Care Alliance, Scotland is providing a free ‘Getting to Know GIRFEC’ workshop on 13th December, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Café Coast, Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen, AB24 4HPgirfec

These Training the Trainer workshops are aimed at third sector organisations working directly with children, young people and parents. Participants will be equipped to cascade information to children, young people, parents and colleagues. For more information, or to book a place, please contact Sarah Wardrop on 0141 404 0231, or email

Public Transport Survey

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Are you interested in Public Transport?accessible-transport
CIPTEC (Collective Innovation for Public Transport in European Cities) would like to get your views. Please take part in their survey!
Real time information apps, WiFi, special assistance services, alternative payment and pricing methods, social media, gamification, smart cards, etc., are among the innovations that re-shape the passengers travel experience by Public Transport in our cities.

Which of them are the most important for you? Should you like to co-design with us the future of the Public Transport sector and improve the quality of life in the cities, fill in the following questions!
CIPTEC are asking you to contribute 5-10 minutes from your valuable time in filling out the following questionnaire, regarding promising and innovative implementations, concepts and services that could improve the travel experience by Public Transport in European Cities (click on link):

Have Your Say……

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Transport provision survey accessible-transport

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership are undertaking a consultation around transport provision in relation to accessing services. You can respond by using these links:

Service Users Policy;

Parents and Service Users Groups;


The consultation ends on 11th November.

Awards For All – Creative Scotland

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awards-for-allArts focused projects can once again be considered through Awards for All. Creative Scotland will again be partnering sportscotland and us to provide arts, sports and community projects for £500 to £10,000.

More information should be available soon including what Creative Scotland’s priorities will be for Awards for All. For example, groups regularly funded by Creative Scotland will be a lower priority.

Please note the funding will only be open to organisations.