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Kincardine and Mearns Community Planning E-Bulletin

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Edition #24

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

Hot topics this month include news about the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, and the chance to be heard in the consultation on Youth Centre Provision in K&M.

To read more click on the link


Kincardine and MearnsCommunity Planning E-Bulletin

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Edition #23

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

Find out more about New Fire and Smoke Alarm Guidance
All homes are required to have interlinked fire alarms by February 2022. See the Guidance section for more detail.

Residents continue to work together to support our communities in this time of need with help like mutual aid groups or volunteer transport/deliveries. 

If you are on Facebook, the pages below are a good way to stay informed about what is happening in your community as well as to keep in touch with neighbours and fellow residents

To access the full bulletin, click on the link.



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We might be thinking about ‘getting back to normal’ – after the holidays, young people going back to school.

For some of us, it’s all about change – to new institutions and courses of study or even ‘the new normal’ following COVID. 

Here are some tips, diversions and resources to help you through – and find some enjoyment and relaxation along the way.

Click on the link to access the new Mental Health and Wellbeing E Bulletin from the Kincardine & Mearns Welfare and Wellbeing Network.



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Do you have a few minutes to answer ten simple questions about mental wellbeing, and how you look after yours?

Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership is launching a campaign to ensure people know the benefits of looking after their mental wellbeing, whilst also sharing hints, tips and advice on how to do this.

Your survey answers are important to us because if we are running a campaign for people in the North East, we want it to be based on thoughts and experiences of people from the North East.

The survey is completely confidential and is available on this link:



Kincardine and MearnsCommunity Planning E-Bulletin

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Edition #22

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

Hot Topic this month!

Community Impact Survey
This second survey aims to understand the experiences of Aberdeenshire residents since late autumn 2020.  This will help ensure the impacts of Covid are taken into account in decision-making.  See the Consultations section.

Visit the link to find out what’s new in K & M.



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March 2021

Green Shoots

Our countryside and gardens are wakening up from their Winter sleep and starting to show off their beauty. The longer nights and the lockdown restrictions were a real challenge for many but seeing lighter mornings and feeling some warmth in the sun is a sign that our gardens, parks, countryside in general are about to burst into life. It is well known that getting outside into nature can really help boost our mood and, taking cognisance of covid restrictions, we have so many great places in Kincardine and Mearns to visit. Getting out into the garden and ‘pottering’ or just sitting and enjoying nature’s sounds can really help our mental health. So, in this bulletin we look at how we can get the best from our countryside and learn new things along the way, gardening tips and general wellbeing news to help us enjoy the ‘green shoots’ of recovery.

Click on the link below to find out all the great things on offer from services and our partners in K & M helping to keep us well.

Live Life Aberdeenshire

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If you want to dig a little deeper into greener living after the Home Energy Scotland sessions, saving the planet and saving your pocket, take a look at “The (Almost) Zero-Waste Guide” by Melanie Mannarino in Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Digital Library. 

Published in January this year, the guide gives readers 100 tips to be less wasteful without making drastic changes in your habits.  Erin Rhoad’s 2019 “Waste Not Everyday” has 365 easy changes for people wo aren’t ready to go totally plastic-free yet but want a life with less waste.  In our RB Digital e-magazines collection, we have “The Eco Living Book” that can help you to discover alternative energy, lighting, water, heating and recycling for your home, make the rooms in your house more eco-friendly, and learn how to grow your own food and go organic. 

When we can give access to our physical stock again, we’ve also some books for request on improving the energy efficiency of your home including retrofitting for old houses.

Using your library is a great part of your resolve to Reduce and Reuse.  Don’t forget, you can join online now and get free access to borrow, download and read.  You can also get help by telephoning 01467 532929 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm.

Kincardine and MearnsCommunity Planning E-Bulletin

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Edition #20

This bulletin focuses on what is happening locally, and provides useful information and guidance. Click on the link to access the full bulletin.


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

This month hot topics include Scottish Government Updates the Framework Leading Out of Lockdown and what changes in services and support currently are in place.

Live Life Aberdeenshire

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If you were inspired by the Food week activities earlier this month, we’ve plenty in our Live Life Aberdeenshire Digital Library cupboard to keep you creative in the kitchen.

We’ve close to 200 foodie e-books covering weight loss, mug meals, international cuisines, vegan recipes, baking, bread, slow cookers and more.  The celebrity chefs are represented – Jay Rayner, Jamie Oliver, Nick Nairn, Marcus Wareing… even Joe Wicks wades in with “Wean in 15”.  There are also plenty of books for cooking with kids.  Our RB Digital magazine library has the latest issues of BBC Good Food, Food Network magazine and Australian Women’s Weekly Food free to download and read plus back issues of dozens of food and nutrition titles.

Sure, we can get recipes off the net.  Who doesn’t?  At least with these published ones, you know they’ve been rigorously tested and the nutrition notes are accurate.  They’re also good fun to browse 😋

While you’re cooking, pop on one of the playlists from Freegal, our free music streaming service. “What’s Cooking? a culinary playlist” includes Green Onions (Booker T. & The MG’s) and Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen).  Can you guess which Weird Al Yankovich track is also on there?

If you’re not a library member yet, join the library online for immediate access.  If you want some help with your existing membership or with the technology, there’s a Live Life Aberdeenshire helpline that’s currently open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm.  Phone 01467 532929.

For more info visit https://aberdeenshirelibraries.overdrive.com/search?subject=111&subject=14&sortBy=newlyadded

K & M – Dae Ye Ken?

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In this final day of ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’, delivered by Home Energy Scotland, we REALLY do have something you don’t want to miss.  Find out how you can save fuel, reduce your bills and cut your carbon footprint – what’s not to like?

So if it’s reducing water and food waste, making your home warmer and more energy efficient or just how to use your heating effectively this is a week you will not want to miss.

See you online!  

Friday 12 February 12 – 1.00pm      HOME ENERGY SCOTLAND  Using Water Wisely workshop

Home Energy Scotland has teamed up with Scottish Water to help households save water, energy, and money.
As we are all staying at home more during lockdown to protect ourselves from coronavirus, our water, and energy use will be affected meaning our energy bills could increase.

This free online workshop will help you reduce your energy bills and the amount of water we waste in Scotland, join us to find out more about:

  • The benefits of saving water
  • The environmental impact of wasting water
  • The savings you could benefit from by making simple changes to the way you use hot water at home
  • Practical advice on how to save water and money, including using water wisely when taking a shower, washing your clothes, or making a cup of tea.


K & M – Dae Ye Ken?

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Thursday 11 February 12 – 1.00pm            HOME ENERGY SCOTLAND  Save Money – insulate your home

Join us for a free bitesized webinar looking at how insulating your home can help save you money and bring benefits to the planet. The webinar is a must if you’re looking for an easy to understand guide to improving the energy efficiency of your home. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the Home Energy Scotland interest free loan and cash back.


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Wednesday 10 February 14.00 – 17.00       HOME ENERGY SCOTLAND  Electric Heating Training

Many people with electric heating systems find it difficult keeping their home warm and comfortable. Systems can be tricky to use, plus the metering and tariffs can make it harder to switch to a cheaper tariff.

If your organisation give advice about energy and billing, you’ll know how important, and challenging, helping people with electric heating can be.

You don’t need a technical background, but an awareness of how householders interact with the energy market will be helpful. Contact Diane or Alex to register for your free place and let’s work together to help people with electric heating get the best out of their system.