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Connect Up For Aberdeenshire

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XS Resources, Stella’s Voice and Aberdeenshire Council are delighted to launch ‘Connect Up For Aberdeenshire: Give your technology and small appliances a second life’ a scheme that enables residents to donate unwanted electrical items.  If you have electrical items that are still working, please consider passing them on to help the environment and local residents.

We accept:

☎ Smartphones, smart watches and charging cables

🔌 Kettles, toasters, blenders and other kitchen appliances

🪒 Electric shavers and hair dryers

💻 Computers, laptops, tablets and games consoles

🔈 TVs, speakers and remote controls

And more!


MON 2 – 4 PM & THU 6-8 PM


For further details or if you have a number of items, please book a free collection


Kincardine and MearnsCommunity Planning E-Bulletin

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Edition #17

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

Hot topics in this edition include

Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week 2020
Third Sector Week runs from 16th – 20th November and is organised by the Aberdeenshire Third Sector Strategy Group.  A  short promotional video is available to view.

Scholastic Christmas Book Club
Mearns Community Library are running a Scholastic Christmas Book Club to earn free books for our library! 

To access the full bulletin click on https://mailchi.mp/5eb7af463265/e-bulletin-4262454

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



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.




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


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·         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!



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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!