‘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 »

AVA Newsletter

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AVA Newsletter

Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action Newsletter

Full of funding, events, training and activity within Aberdeenshire Communities.

This issue:

  • Community Empowerment Act Event in Laurencekirk  on 16th June in the Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
  • Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme
  • Grampian Yoga Association.
  • The Cairngorms National Park Design Awards
  • AVA Wellbeing Fund 2016/17
  • BBC Children in Need Grants Programme
  • Aberdeenshire Recovery Week 2016!

. . .and lots lots more.

Hillhead of Auquhirie Community Wind Farm Fund – Open Day

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KDPKincardineshire Development Partnership are holding an open day on 2 June at Stonehaven Community Centre from 10 am to 1 pm for any groups/organisations who would like help with:

  • Completing their application form.
  • Checking completed forms and attachments required.
  • More information on the fund itself.


The Hillhead of Auquhirie Wind Farm Community Fund opened for applications on 1 April.  Applications to the fund can be made from groups and projects which benefit the communities living in the community council areas of: Arbuthnott; Catterline, Kinneff & Dunnottar; Mearns and Stonehaven & District.

Blue Energy, the energy company who developed the Hillhead of Auquhirie Wind Farm,  has established the Community Fund  which will see £12,420 per year (index linked) available to support local community projects during the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm.  The fund is administered by Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP) and managed by a Decision Making Panel made up of members of the local community councils.

The fund is open for applications from 1 April until 30 June.  A panel made up of representatives from the community council areas along with a representative from Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP) will then meet in August to consider applications.

We actively encourage community groups and projects within the area of benefit noted to apply for this fund.

If you are unable to make this event but would like some help please do not hesitate to contact KDP:

Tel:  01569 763246