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Kincardine and Mearns Community Planning E-Bulletin Edition #15

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This bulletin focuses on what is happening locally, and provides useful information and guidance.

This includes sections which will signpost you to official guidance, changes in service provision, local health and wellbeing providers, community news, support and advice

 

Hot Topics!

Face coverings to be worn by secondary school age pupils from Monday 31st August
Pupils at secondary schools in Scotland must wear face coverings as they move between classes and in communal areas to help limit the spread of Covid-19 [link]

 

Good News from K & M

In each bulletin we like to share with you some of the great work being done by the third sector in K & M. This time we share with you a lovely piece about K & D Befriending about one of their matches during lockdown which was published in this month Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations magazine ‘Third Force New.

 

To read on and access the entire bulletin, click on the link

https://mailchi.mp/a16b66bbc835/e-bulletin-4236566

 

Kincardine & Mearns Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin #5 September 2020

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A chance to share what we know about mental health & wellbeing in K & M.


Welcome to the fifth K & M Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin. This month we mark suicide prevention week and world suicide prevention day alongside taking a closer look at self management and resilience.

 

Thinking about suicide is very common.

“It has been said that suicide and indeed talking about suicide is one of the last taboos.  However, having lost my brother to suicide last year I recognise that talking about it is what we MUST do if we are tackle the misconceptions, stigma and lack of understanding that surrounds this subject.
I’m advised that up to 1 in 20 people are thinking about suicide at any one time – that’s a huge number and indeed constitutes enough people to fill Hampden stadium five times over.  The vast majority of these people do not go on to commit suicide, but these numbers demonstrate the need for us all to have a greater awareness and really have that conversation.
Lesley and I hope this Suicide Prevention Week e-bulletin can help start that journey; informing and encouraging an open dialogue about not only suicide, but mental health in general.  You will learn about personal journeys, how you can how support and raise awareness locally and the fact that a directory of help and advice can be in your pocket or bag only a single click away.

And one final thought to carry with you, as old Bob Hoskins used to say, ‘It’s good to talk’ ”.
Roddy MacInnes
Community Planning Officer K&M

 

Click on the link to access the full bulletin and learn more about the support out there https://mailchi.mp/3bb2e53222bc/k-m-mental-health-wellbeing-e-bulletin-4238378

 

Kincardine & Mearns Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin #4 August 2020

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A chance to share what we know about mental health & wellbeing
in K & M.
Welcome to the fourth K & M Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin. This month a closer look support for the older generation.

The number and proportion of people aged 60 years and older in the population is increasing. In 2019, the number of people aged 60 years and older was 1 billion. This number will increase to 1.4 billion by 2030 and 2.1 billion by 2050. This increase is occurring at an unprecedented pace and will accelerate in coming decades, particularly in developing countries.

Click on the link to find out some of the support and resource available for our older generation.

https://mailchi.mp/f2323958eebc/k-m-mental-health-wellbeing-e-bulletin-4230310

 

 

Kincardine and Mearns Community Planning E-Bulletin Edition #14

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Have a look at the new e bulletin for Kincardine & Mearns. Features this week include schools to re-open full-time from 12th August and “Painting a picture of COVID-19” so far. A survey  being launched across Aberdeenshire to help paint a picture of the impact of COVID-19. The aim is to find out what the pandemic felt like – in its early stages – what has happened to individuals, communities, and businesses, what helped and what made life more difficult.

This information will become part of Community Impact Assessments, documents which will paint a picture of COVID-19 in the area and will help inform Council decision making.

To access the full updated bulletin click here https://mailchi.mp/1a02eb03f8fd/e-bulletin-4227042

Fares4Free

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Fares4Free:

·         Co-ordinate and provide free transport for veterans, helping them to combat loneliness and isolation, and providing access to important services.

·         Can provide transport for any age group for essential reasons – this can cover anything from extreme isolation to health appointments and even assistance getting to benefits assessments, advice services, foodbanks etc…

·         In short, if the referring partner feels the journey is of an essential nature for a veteran their family, we’ll cover it. We are regularly at CAMHS for veterans’ children.

·         Journeys from Inverness, Moray and Aberdeen to Combat Stress or to tribunals in Edinburgh are not unusual either, whether it’s a taxi all the way or help connecting at stations.

  • Coverage includes Inverness, Moray, Aberdeen and surrounding areas

For more information and any queries:

Phone:07708 299399

Email: info@fares4free.org

Web: www.fares4free.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fares4free

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Kincardine and Mearns Community Planning E-Bulletin Edition #13

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This bulletin continues to focus on what is currently happening or in place locally, and also provides information and guidance related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Click on the link to the bulletin below to find out about the latest updates, including news on public toilet re-openings, phase 3 of lockdown easing guidance and support available within the communities of K & M.

Also, take a cycle tour round Aberdeenshire from the comfort of your own home. Join Live Life Aberdeenshire staff as they cycle round our amazing area. Spot your local landmarks. Who knows, it might inspire you to get your bike and follow in their path!

https://mailchi.mp/1b38fd70645f/e-bulletin-4218206

 

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Kincardine & Mearns Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin #3 July 2020

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A chance to share what we know about mental health & wellbeing
in K & M.
Welcome to the third K & M Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin. This month a closer look at the support for teens, students and school leavers.

Of those aged 16 to 29 who say their well-being has been affected by Covid – 19, 76% said that they were bored. Overall, this age group was less likely to be worried about coronavirus generally (17%) than the over – 60’s. Yet they are conversely more likely to report feeling anxious (72%) than the over – 60’s (54%).

 

Click on the link to have a look at the whole bulletin. There’s lots of information about the support out there for teens, students and school leavers. We hope you enjoy!

https://mailchi.mp/2dbf1b20993a/k-m-mental-health-wellbeing-e-bulletin-4214074

 

Kincardine and Mearns COVID-19 E-Bulletin Edition #12

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This bulletin continues to focus on what is currently happening or in place locally as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Hot Topics this week are

Moving into Phase 2 of Transition out of Lockdown
Please see the “Guidance” section below for information on the detail of a further lifting of lockdown restrictions through a phased approach.
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Spaces for Funding Bid Successful!
Aberdeenshire Council’s bid for £310,000 to ensure people are able to safely access services in town centres while maintaining physical distancing has been successful. The temporary infrastructure projects will provide safe walking, wheeling and cycling as the lockdown is eased and immediate priority is to be given to the town centres including Stonehaven.


Want to know more about Mearns & Coastal Healthy Living Network Telephone Befriending Service, click on the link below to access the full bulletin.

https://mailchi.mp/66df5537c1d9/e-bulletin-4206918

 

Applications sought from Kincardine and Mearns for Coastal Communities Fund

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Applications are being sought from coastal communities in the Kincardine and Mearns area for a share of monies from the Scottish Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

As part of the devolution settlement following the Scottish Independence Referendum, revenue generated from the Crown Estate’s marine assets within inshore waters now accrues to the Scottish Government, which in turn, devolved a proportion of it to the 32 local authorities.

Revenue is generated from activity such as licensing for offshore wind farms, oil and gas pipelines and aquaculture leases.

Aberdeenshire Council’s allocation totals £328,314, with each of the authority’s four area committees with coastlines having £12,500 to directly support local projects and initiatives.

One of the key criteria for funding is that the site of the project or the community must lie within one mile of Aberdeenshire’s coastline.

Examples of settlements which could be eligible include Findon, Portlethen, Newtonhill, Muchalls, Stonehaven, Catterline, Kinneff, Inverbervie, Gourdon, Johnshaven and St Cyrus.

As sites are specifically included, however, applications will be considered for projects taking place at coastal locations outwith any particular settlement.

Applications are being invited from groups or organisations representing communities of interest as well as more general areas such as wildlife or the environment, arts or wellbeing.

The funds must be able to be spent and claimed by March 31, 2021 and there will be no opportunity to extend this deadline.

Kincardine and Mearns Area Manager Bruce Stewart explained: “In light of the new challenges we are all facing as a result of the coronavirus, this funding may enable the creation of new projects to help with such themes as community health and wellbeing, enhancement of our local environment or celebration of our historical links and ties with the sea.

“We anticipate that there will be future funds available, so if your project is not sufficiently advanced to be able to submit a claim for this financial year, then you may be able to apply in future years.”

Applications must be submitted by noon on Monday, August 10 to the council’s Area Project Officer, Diane Henderson, at diane.henderson@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

After the closing date, a report will be prepared for Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee when councillors will review the applications and allocate the funding to those projects most closely matching the criteria.

Key criteria:

Project must contribute to at least one of Aberdeenshire Council’s 11 priorities.

Projects must have a tangible link to the coast and/or the sea, for example:

• Projects that help people develop skills related to coastal or seafaring pursuits, activities or enterprises, for example sailing, fishing or boatbuilding
• Projects that celebrate the heritage of coastal and seagoing communities of place and interest, for example, a coastal or fishing village or township, historic boatbuilding or relevant clubs or organisations
• Projects that improve access to coastal areas, for example paths and viewpoints
• Projects that improve the coastal environment, for example applications to establish and support community groups looking after their coastline
• Projects that improve community-controlled infrastructure such as harbours, boathouses and buildings
• Town centre public realm improvements will not be eligible unless they can be demonstrated to improve access to the foreshore, beach or harbour