Month: December 2016

Council Budget Plans – Have Your Say

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This year there is a brand new approach to simplify and illustrate the challenges faced – make your voice heard.

Each year, Aberdeenshire Council engages with staff and local residents on budget plans to ensure the voice of communities comes through in any and all budget setting decisions.

This year, in place of traditional surveys and written text, is a suite of infographics. Each paints a picture of a different part of council budget setting. Attached to each infographic is a short set of questions, in some cases just two questions, where you can share your views. Please respond to as many topics as you feel passionate about.

The engagement process is open now to anyone who lives and works in Aberdeenshire. It will close at the start of January, giving enough time for the results to be passed to councillors who in turn will use them to inform their decision making for the coming financial year.

View the infographics and associated questions on the Aberdeenshire Council website.

Marie Curie Helper service

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The Marie Curie Helper service is provided by trained volunteers who offermarie-curie

one – to – one support to people with a terminal illness (cancer and other illnesses), completely free of charge. This support may also continue for their carers and families after bereavement. The service was launched in Grampian last August and is now operational with over 30 volunteers across Grampian now trained and ready to offer support.

Marie Curie Helper volunteers support people in their homes, offering a few hours of their time each week to provide a listening ear and companionship;

give families and carers a short break from their caring role; offer practical support, such as accompanying individuals to appointments or simply going out for a coffee; or help with sourcing information on other available support.

A Marie Curie Helper does not provide any nursing or medical care or advice.

Our Helper volunteers are provided with training and support to enable them to undertake their roles.

There are trained volunteers available now in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

If you are interested in finding out a little more about this service or know someone who might benefit from some support please contact:

Ingrid Penny, Helper Service Manager for Grampian on 0800 304 7024






The Marie Curie Helper Service

is funded by Text Santa

Can You Help?

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We’re looking for volunteers to take part in the following survey regarding attitudes towards low carbon vehicles. Funded by Transport Scotland under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme, the 10 minute survey will help Aberdeenshire Council consider the feasibility of a Low Carbon Transport Hub.

Participants who complete this survey can opt into a prize draw to win one of:

2 pairs of Cinema Tickets
2 no £25 Amazon Shopping Vouchers

It is important to the research team that you answer ALL sections relevant to you and your household.

Survey is available for both private vehicle users and fleet vehicle users.