Month: February 2017


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SFRSThe publication of a new Strategic Plan for 2016-19 instigates the requirement to carry out a mandatory review of all our Local Fire and Rescue Plans. To inform this review and to contribute to the development of new Local Fire and Rescue Plans we wish to gather views on local service provision.
For ease, a response to these questions can be made online on our consultation hub Citizen Space. Click the following link to access the Local Fire and Rescue Plan Review survey

Experiences – good or bad

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Aberdeenshire Council LogoAberdeenshire Council is carrying out a review of how it communicates. We would love to hear how you feel about this. Interested in giving us your views? Click on the link;

We’d love to hear from you!


Fundraising Masterclass

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AVA are hoAVAlding a Fundraising masterclass event, Getting It Right, in Ellon on the 22nd of March.


The objectives are as follows:-

  • To update participants on the changing context of fundraising
  • To improve skills and knowledge on making good funding applications
  • To improve  knowledge and understanding of funders expectations
  • To improve the development of fundraising strategy.

To book, contact;

Donna Speed
Funding Officer
Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
72a High Street, Banchory
Aberdeenshire, AB31 5SS
07964 036821

01330 700 757 or 03718 110008

Strong Communities

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To build a truly effective community it needs to be stronger, wiser and more resilient, sustainable and engaged. The Community Empowerment Act seeks to enable this to happen in Scotland’s communities. Where communities are empowered we would expect to see a range of benefits: local democratic participation is boosted; increased confidence and skills among local people; increased community capacity; and more satisfaction with quality of life in a local neighbourhood. Better community engagement and participation leads to delivery of better, more responsive services and better outcomes for communities. Further, our communities’ strengths and weaknesses, such as quality of life, amenities, infrastructure, and workforce skills, determine the potential of our local economy to support economic growth, enterprise and opportunities for all.

‘Early Days and Changing Ways’

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Developing Capacity in Scottish Communities through our workshops

Join us at a venue near you

Learn about social investment in the morning : Take part in a practical workshop in the afternoon

Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire

14th March 2017

Register your free place here.

  • Understanding Social Investment, 

    10.00am to 12.30pm, (followed by lunch)

    During the morning we take a detailed look at social investment: what it is and how it can be used as an enabler for growth, sustainability and the delivery of greater social impact.

    We examine the opportunities it offers in helping to finance the purchase of assets, easing cash flow and starting a new enterprise,.

    And we do this in context of the new Scottish Government Social Enterprise Strategy whilst remaining realistic about the realities of taking on debt (having the Will, the Skill and someone to send a Bill to!)

    Looking at Investment from a different perspective, 

    1.15pm to 3.30pm

    And then in the afternoon we take a very practical and fun approach to accessing social investment. You become the lender and are given a real application to consider. Would you lend the money?

    This starts with an interview of the SIS staff (who play the role of the applicant) and an assessment as more information emerges.

    It all comes down to the point where attendees discuss the strengths and merits of the application (which generally splits opinion)….all great fun and no better way to really understand if social investment is for your organisation!

Laurencekirk Survey

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Greetings Everyone – even if you are not a resident of Laurencekirk.LaurencekirkA90

There are two websites links in this email,, our community website, which gives information about the town and a current survey constructed by Sarah and the board of The Laurencekirk Development Trust;

The issues listed were identified during successive public engagements over the past six years and the objective of this survey is to establish the  priorities for the community so that we can focus on these.

As Aberdeenshire Council’s plans will see the current population of the town double once more we want to grow the community in a balanced way with  economic, social and sporting developments which are supported by those of us who live in Laurencekirk.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share it with your friends and neighbours.

Many thanks.

Council to set budget for the year ahead

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Aberdeenshire Council will meet to set its budget on Thursday, February 9.Aberdeenshire Council Logo

Read here to find out about the role your feedback played.

Councillors will have the chance to consider a package of savings worth over £24 million and debate a potential Council Tax rise in order to deliver a balanced budget.

As the budget report sets out, the council will receive £7.4 million less from Scottish Government than in 2016, with no provision for increased demand on services or inflation.

A package of savings has been developed which includes procurement, treasury management and re-profiling the Capital Plan, along with service proposals covering delayed recruitment to vacant posts, the ongoing process of re-designing services, increasing charges and disposing of properties.

Councillors will also have the opportunity to decide whether to pass across all the funding for the Integrated Joint Board, which supports health and social care services.

The budget has been informed by the major engagement exercise which took place in December 2016. The campaign reached an audience of almost 180,000 through social media, with 3,514 visits to the budget webpages.

Councillors have used the responses from the engagement to inform their budget proposals, which include raising charges for some services and investing in renewable energy and solar panels. Raised charges will impact on things like the letting out of council buildings, buying community bedding plants, and out of school clubs and sports and physical activities.

The engagement activity also advised that respondents were generally supportive of raising Council Tax, and supported a range of savings proposals including streamlining waste collection routes, cleaning bus shelters every eight weeks instead of four, and reviewing the school transport network. The full engagement results can be found on the council’s website here.

For the first time in nine years, councils will be given the opportunity to consider raising Council Tax up to 3%. Any rise would come on top of an additional £8.3 million generated through Council Tax reform at a national level which affects bands E to H and has already been legislated for.

Community Collection Point Volunteers

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About Opportunity NESCU

We are looking for volunteers (age 18+) to help run local collection points for a couple of hours a week to promote and market NESCU, provide information about the services and benefits of Credit Unions/NESCU. A great opportunity to help in the local community, make a positive difference and any help you give will be greatly appreciated. Application form and references will be required. For more details please contact:

Andy Farquhar, Volunteer Coordinator. e-mail: / tel: 01224 899688

About NESCU: North East Scotland Credit Union

NESCU is a financial co-operative. We’re owned and controlled by our local members, as a ‘not-for-profit’ social enterprise. NESCU offer their members an easy and convenient place to save and access to low cost loans. We offer valuable services to everyone, from business people, families, employed and unemployed to young people and those who have retired.   Read the rest of this entry »

Volunteer Vacancies

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KDPKincardineshire Development Partnership are introducing  ‘Volunteer Vacancies’.  Please get in touch with them if you are looking for volunteers, or know of people interested in volunteering opportunities.



KDP Office:
Tel:  01569 763246