The Good Life

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Twenty-seven percent of children and 61% of adults in Scotland do not meet recommended levels of physical activity. Physical inactivity is known to increase the risk of developing a number of conditions including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer. Walking and cycling for everyday short journeys is the easiest and cheapest way of building more physical activity into busy lives. It helps to protect against physical ill health and helps to maintain good mental health.

Evidence from engagement highlighted the importance within Kincardine & Mearns that communities have the possibility to travel actively, with walking or cycling the most popular choice for shorter everyday journeys. This is why we chose to focus on active travel routes in Kincardine & Mearns, ensuring cycle and footpaths are developed and improved.

Over the next few weeks we will share with you some of the work that is taking place and how we can learn from what others are doing to make life better for all of us.

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) World Café.

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SAMH are holding an event in Stonehaven on Wednesday 26 July from 1100 – 1400. The event is aimed at professionals supporting clients with mental health needs, and clients, and is relevant to adult services only (16 – 65 years). Participants should be willing to take part in discussions and share their lived experiences of mental health services. If you would like to attend, please contact enquiries@mylifedynamic.org.uk and let them know if you will be taking along any clients on the day.

‘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!

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.

Private: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/lowcarbonvehicles

Fleet: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/lowcarbonbusiness

K&M Welfare Solutions Group – Making A Vision, 28th September

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Wednesday 28th September 11am-3pm, Stonehaven Community Centre

K&M Welfare Solutions Group brings together anyone interested in improving the financial situation of our local residents.

The Group invites you to join them in creating a vision for (post) Welfare & (real) Partnership in the area.

This event is open to third sector organisations, volunteers, public sector agencies, community members and anyone living or working in the Kincardine & Mearns area who cares about our common welfare.

BOOKING is ESSENTIAL at www.eventbrite.co.uk

Please bring your own lunch or use the community cafe at the venue.

For more info, please contact e.kidd@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or

More Aberdeenshire Council Services Now Online!

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Aberdeenshire Council Logo

Did you know there’s a whole range of Aberdeenshire Council services you can access online?

By registering with myaccount you can access these using just one username and password.

myaccount is already being used by Aberdeenshire parents as a secure and easy way of making school meal payments but it offers many other benefits, including:
– Showing your bin collection dates, local councillors and nearest recycling centres
– Allowing you to sign up for notifications about school closures, local events, job alerts and council news
– And, coming soon, a way of hooking into free wifi at key council sites
To register with myaccount or find out more about accessing these digital services visit the Aberdeenshire Council website.

Chapelton: A Finalist in Planning & Placemaking Awards

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The new settlement of Chapelton in the Kincardine area was a finalist the UK Planning & Placemaking Awards last month.  The Community Planning Group  held our last meeting there to learn a little more about the development. Read the rest of this entry »