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FINANCE & BENEFITS – week 2

Kincardine & Mearns Citizens Advice Bureau (KAMCAB)

The covid pandemic has brought our communities numerous challenges, not least of which have been the financial impacts that have caused many individuals and families significant concerns.  Navigating the huge amount of information ‘out there’ in respect of finance, benefits, entitlements, where to find assistance and more can be difficult but this week Kincardine & Mearns Citizens Advice Bureau (KAMCAB) is here to help, explain, direct and discuss.

So why not join KAMCAB for their ‘Zoom’ meeting or check out their website and Facebook page over the week to find out MUCH, MUCH more?     

Monday 18 January

Introduction to KAMCAB

Jamie Gordon is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Who are KAMCAB, and how can we help?

Time: Jan 18, 2021 12:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/95304024828?pwd=WEM0L2pEL0pMaXFsUzVVNVdzZ2dhdz09

Meeting ID: 953 0402 4828

Passcode: 254894

Tuesday 19 January

How to Claim & Money Talks     (KAMCAB Facebook and Website)

Wednesday 20 January

Benefits                                           (KAMCAB Facebook and Website)

Thursday 21 January                   

Finance                                            (KAMCAB Facebook and Website)

Friday 22 January

Aberdeenshire Helpline              (KAMCAB Facebook and Website)

www.kamcab.org.uk

www.facebook.com/StonehavenKAMCAB

K & M – Dae Ye Ken?

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We want to let you know about Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Digital Library that’s free to use for all K & M residents.  Borrow from this library by downloading a book, e-book, e-audiobook, or magazine to your device to read offline.  Everything is free and there are no overdue charges as books are automatically deleted from your device when they’re due back.

If you’re not a member, join the library online and get immediate access to all these resources.

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.

Reading for enjoyment has the benefits of reducing stress, alleviating depression, reducing age-related cognitive decline, and it helps you to sleep better.  It even contributes to a longer life! (Healthline, 2019).

According to an article in Psychology Today (2018) listening to audiobooks also calms and comforts us, boosts our mood, reduces stress, and it can actually be quite thrilling.

What you read is entirely up to you.  What do you enjoy?  What are you curious about?  What do you want to learn?

In Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Digital Library, you can choose from over 20,000 books or audiobooks online.  Search by author, title or by type of book.  Browse some of the collections like Reading Well for Mental Health or Food for Thought or look through the UK’s Reading Well list of Mood-boosting books for inspiration.  There are plenty of children’s books as well that you can share with your family, especially if you’re supporting learning at home.  Sharing books by reading aloud – stories or information books – is a bonding experience that improves the wellbeing of the reader and the child.

Our e-magazine library lets you download the latest issues of UK and international magazines like BBC Top Gear or Closer magazine.

Listening to music can buoy your mood and fend off depression (Time Magazine, 2018).

As a resident of K & M, you also have access to Live Life Aberdeenshire’s music streaming service, Freegal.  Stream any of over 10 million hit songs – true!  Whether classic Dolly Parton or ACDC’s 2020 album “Power Up” is your thing, you’ll find something to enjoy.  User-compiled playlists are also great background music for working from home or pottering about.  You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.

For more ideas on getting more active and creative have a look Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Live Life @ Home web pages.  The Move It section has a range of exercises and relaxation techniques for bodies and minds for people of all ages and activity levels.

K & M – Dae Ye Ken

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Partners in Kincardine and Mearns are working together to deliver the five-week ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’ initiative.

Designed to help tackle not only some of the unique challenges which have surfaced in these challenging times, the initiative will also demonstrate how there can be health, financial and environmental benefits to many residents within the community.

The partnership – comprising Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Home Energy Scotland and Kincardine and Mearns Citizens’ Advice Bureau – know the Kincardine & Mearns area well and will be on hand to offer help and advice.

Weekly topics such as employment, saving fuel and reducing bills, food, finance and benefits, health and wellbeing will be highlighted and discussed between January 11th and February 12th.

WEEK 1 – MONDAY 11 JANUARY 2020 – HEALTH & WELLBEING

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership (Public Health)

This first week of ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’, we bring you a broad range of information and advice on helping you keep well and fit over these Winter months. To find out LOTS more, click on the links below’ and see attached poster!

Monday – 5 Ways of Wellbeing

https://mailchi.mp/e25d215c4b2e/k-m-dae-ye-ken

Tuesday – Alcohol Awareness

‘At 3pm Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) South Community Forum will host a Forum meeting on the theme of ‘being part of an alcohol free community’ .  Click below to join’

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82300010808?pwd=YWFZL2JyQXFNRnNkREpGdG44SUFXZz09

Meeting ID: 829 5730 9360
Passcode: 066417

https://mailchi.mp/af1098bf39d5/k-m-dae-ye-ken-health-wellbeing-week-alcohol-awareness

Wednesday – Eating Well

https://mailchi.mp/5218515d7cc5/k-m-dae-ye-ken-eating-well

Thursday – Mental Health (Zoom meeting by PILLAR Kincardine)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82957309360?pwd=N1FtL3Z5QWR3SjE0aFlZVWZBTXZ1dz09

Meeting ID: 829 5730 9360 Passcode: 066417

Why not have a look at the mental health newsletter, link below?

https://mailchi.mp/84130b0875ea/k-m-dae-ye-ken-mental-health

Friday – Physical Activity

https://mailchi.mp/2548f6b6922e/k-m-dae-ye-ken-physical-activity

K&M – Dae Ye Ken?

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Innovative new community initiative launched.

Partners in Kincardine and Mearns are working together to deliver the five-week ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’ initiative.

Designed to help tackle not only some of the unique challenges which have surfaced in these challenging times, the initiative will also demonstrate how there can be health, financial and environmental benefits to many residents within the community.

The partnership – comprising Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Home Energy Scotland and Kincardine and Mearns Citizens’ Advice Bureau – know the Kincardine & Mearns area well and will be on hand to offer help and advice.

Weekly topics such as employment, saving fuel and reducing bills, food, finance and benefits, health and wellbeing will be highlighted and discussed between January 11th and February 12th.

In light of the Covid-19 restrictions, participants will be encouraged to join online webinars, watch support videos prepared by the partners, read up on advice and get signposted for further help and support.

The first week will focus on Health and Wellbeing, led by Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, with activities focusing on ‘5 Ways Of Wellbeing’, ‘Alcohol Awareness’, ‘Eating Well’, ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Physical Activity’.

Councillor Wendy Agnew, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee, said: “There is little doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has had and continues to have a significant impact on our communities.

“This innovative local initiative is an excellent example of how our partners can work collaboratively to achieve real community benefit. I find it encouraging that there will be something for everybody within this programme and I am sure it will be warmly welcomed by our communities.”

Area Manager Bruce Stewart added: “This initiative is a great example of practical partnership working at its best and demonstrates the strength of linkages and relationships within the Community Planning family in Kincardine and Mearns.”

For a full programme and more information about ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’check back to this website on Sunday evening.

Kincardine and MearnsCommunity Planning E-Bulletin

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Edition #18

Merry Christmas!

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.

This month we are delighted to share with you a couple of poems from the poetry group at Edenholme Care Home in Stonehaven. Written in September as a way of exploring their experiences of this year, this group of residents have written a number of other poems and are looking to publish a booklet of these poems in the new year. 

Also, find out the Christmas Support available this year!

To access the full bulletin, click on the link.

https://mailchi.mp/720047cb7f15/e-bulletin-4278970

KINCARDINE AND MEARNS Welfare & Wellbeing Network

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Mental Health and Wellbeing E Bulletin

For many people, the festive season is an exciting time to connect with others and celebrate.  But for others it can be a stressful time of year, 2020 has been an incredibly difficult and uncertain time for many.  This month, we find out what keeps us well and supported.

Christmas can be a challenging time of year for mental wellbeing for many of us… Click on the link to the full bulletin to access a video sharing some great advice for self care from the Kincardine and Mearns Welfare & Wellbeing Network Mental Health and Wellbeing sub-group, and to read about all the support on offer this festive season.

https://mailchi.mp/e2ac8f691798/kincardine-mearns-welfare-and-wellbeing-network-4274538

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

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Edition #16

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

Hot topics this month consider the further Covid 19 restrictions in place from Friday 10th October and Aberdeenshire Council Community Council Review of the Scheme of Establishment.

Fancy something a bit lighter? Find out what Mearns Community Library can offer online for you and the whole family…

Click on the link to access the entire Community Planning E Bulletin. There’s lots of handy information and links provided to guide us through the ongoing retsrictions.

https://mailchi.mp/ad58169df1c3/e-bulletin-4248138

Grampian Coronavirus (Covid-19) Assistance Hub

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A new website and phoneline is launched today, providing people all across Grampian with information on how to access social, practical and emotional support on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The new Assistance Hub goes live this morning, pulling together links to the latest advice from a range of partners including all three local authorities, Police, Health, Red Cross, volunteers and community information. It is a site for anyone in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray, with information for residents and businesses alike.
Click here for the website or call 0808 196 3384 (8am-8pm 7 days a week).
The website is full of links with up-to-date information. The main objective is as a focal point for information and assistance for anyone affected by coronavirus anywhere in Grampian. It is also a way for residents to offer their support which they can safely deliver in their communities. Staff are on the phone to provide callers with up to date information, or to link them up with the right person who can quickly answer questions.
Another important feature is that the site can be used to request help on behalf of someone else, allowing friends and neighbours to signpost to someone in need.

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6 Ways to a Healthier Festive Period

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Thought it would be nice to share with you a great festive message we received from our colleagues in Public Health Kincardine & Mearns

1.      Go Easy on the Booze – With work Christmas parties and catching up with friends and family the alcohol units can really mount up.  Try to keep tabs on how much your drinking and intersperse alcoholic drinks with soft ones (you’ll feel better for it the next day).                                                                                                                                                      

2.      Don’t stuff yourself – with Christmas chocolate for breakfast and a 3 course lunch followed by more chocolate and alcohol the calories can add up to an unmentionable amount.  This not only contributes to weight gain but also heartburn, indigestion and feeling lethargic which reduces your chances of burning the calories off.  Try to keep your portion sizes small and include fruit and vegetables with each meal

3.      Keep Active – with the long dark days it’s hard to stay motivated and get out to do some exercise but you will feel much better for doing so.  It doesn’t need to be a 5K run it could simply be a nice walk with the family and an opportunity to try out new toys like bikes or scooters. 

4.      Take a Break – the Christmas Holidays are the perfect time to relax, take some time out from day to day life and reflect to put life into perspective

5.      Look After Others – Christmas time is the perfect time to reach out to family and friends whom you maybe don’t see so often.  Caring for others by giving your time is a precious gift at any time of the year.  You may also like to help out at a local Christmas event which is a fun way to help your community

6.      Don’t Overspend – Christmas has become a time of excess, which can lead to many people overspending and getting into debt.  Parents in particular feel they need to give children all the gifts they desire so that they feel loved and have the latest gadgets like their friends.  The 4 gift rule is a pledge to help reduce over giving and spending.  Choose one gift from each category: –

a.      Something they want                                
b.      Something they need

c.      Something to wear
d.      Something to read

Spending quality time together as a family is the gift everyone will remember in years to come (not the plastic toy that broke before January ended) 

………..finally, and most important of all, have a lovely Christmas and every best wish for 2020!

 

Best wishes from The Area Management Team Kincardine & Mearns.

Embedding kindness

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Kindness, as one aspect of the human condition, is attracting increasing levels of attention from within the policy world. And at first glance, it’s not immediately apparent why. It seems a somewhat alien concept to consider alongside the usual suspects of organisational efficiency, professionalism, regulation and accountability. Carnegie UK have been working with a range of folk interested in embedding kindness within their organisation and in particular with North Ayrshire Council to explore the implications across the entire local authority. Turns out kindness could be a game-changer.

In March 2018, the Carnegie UK Trust brought together a Kindness Innovation Network of people and professionals from across Scotland who had an interest in encouraging kindness in their organisations and communities. At the same time, the Trust began working in partnership with North Ayrshire Council to embed kindness as a value throughout the local authority and region.

The two projects were collaborative and the report reflects a wide range of views and activities from hundreds of people across Scotland. The Practice of Kindness brings together practical examples of things that can be done to create the conditions for kindness. However, it also highlights the barriers to relationships within organisations, and posits kindness as a radical concept that demands challenging the systems and structures – including risk and regulation, professionalism, and performance management – that currently govern our institutions.

To read the full report, visit https://d1ssu070pg2v9i.cloudfront.net/pex/carnegie_uk_trust/2019/06/25090227/Practice-of-Kindness-Report-WEB.pdf