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.


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.


Kincardine and MearnsCommunity Planning E-Bulletin

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Edition #21

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!

Community Council Elections 2021 – nominees requested.  See more detail below under the Community News section

K&M Interim Local Community Plan – the partnership plan has been updated and will run to 2022.  Please view the plan on the Our Aberdeenshire website.

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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.

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 week of ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’, delivered by Home Energy Scotland, we REALLY do have something for everyone.  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!  

Monday 8 February 12 – 1.00pm     HOME ENERGY SCOTLAND  Energy Efficiency at Home workshop

Do you know how much you can save by turning your central heating down by 1 degree?

Take advantage of our free energy efficiency training to help you:

  • Save money on your energy bills
  • Be warmer and cosier at home
  • Adopt new habits and be more efficient
  • Become an energy efficiency champion
  • Play your part in creating a greener, healthier Scotland


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A couple of weeks ago we heard from the employability service about the support they can give to folks in K & M. Read on to find out what Live Life Aberdeenshire Library Service can help with in employability.

We’ve free resources in our Live Life Aberdeenshire Digital Library to help with employment, including ebooks on getting the job you want, how to succeed at interviews, and how to create a digital portfolio.  There’s an eaudiobook on procrastination that you really should listen to today 😉  Search Overdrive for “careers” or “interview” or browse the subject “business”.  Our free music streaming service, Freegal, also has a couple of albums of affirmations you could try so you can use your words to create your world.

All our digital resources are free to borrow, download and read.  If you’re not a library member already, join online today or telephone 01467 532929 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm for help.

K & M – Dae Ye Ken?

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Today, Food Learning Challenges!

Learning Activities

We found the best way to learn about food is to present activities in a fun, interesting way which
involves the family members. They worked together on challenges. Here are some examples of
activities that work well in a family learning setting.

Challenge 1; Ready, Steady Cook
You have been given a bag of ingredients.
Your challenge is to cook a meal.
You can use these ingredients, plus
You can spend up a maximum of £2.
We look forward to hearing about what you will make! Take a photo. was it tasty? What would
make it better?

Challenge 2; Meal Planning
Make a meal plan

Use the magazines and recipe books to come up with a meal plan for the week. Do you have
favourite meals you can include? Do you have the same meals on certain days of the week?

Challenge 3; My favourite meal

Draw a picture of your favourite meal on the paper plate.

Challenge 4; Food Map
Make a food map of the world. Where does our food come from? What kind of food do you get
from where?

Challenge 5; Food Scrabble

Make as many words as you can from;
Macaroni Cheese

K & M – Dae Ye Ken?

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National Story Telling WeekFAMILYFOOD ART

January 30 -February 6

National Storytelling Week has been steadily growing each year!

Where ever the events take place, the web of stories will be spun with sufficient magic between the breath of the teller and the ear of the listener. Celebrated in many ways by all ages enjoying-Folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea. A good teller will conjure intriguingly.

This year, National Story Week also looks at food art!

• Associating food with funny characters or interesting stories is a
great way to create food decoration for families and engage
children in food with enthusiasm.
• You can make stories up about the food, personalising the food
design on a plate. Anything unusual and creative can be a little
bit of fun.
• These amazingly creative and colourful food decoration ideas
turn food for kids into food art that tells a story and fascinates
children and engages, creativity and inspiring food decoration

Fancy giving Food Art a go?? Here’s a few ideas to start with…

To find out more visit the Website –https://www.sfs.org.uk/national-storytelling-week/resources

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Food Banks, Food Larders and Pantries. What are they and what’s the difference?

Food Banks in K&M
 Food Banks can be seen as a more traditional method of supplying emergency food to those
that need it.
 Food banks usually operate on a referral basis. Each food bank works with different frontline
professionals, like doctors, health visitors, social workers, and Citizens Advice. These
professionals will be able to refer you to a food bank and give you a food bank voucher if
they think you need emergency food
 Food Banks will normally ask for basic information in order to find the best support for your
need. They traditionally supply a food parcel though delivery.
 Aberdeenshire South Foodbank covers K&M and some of Marr , you could get emergency
boxes for your office. Their contact details are – aberdeenshiresouth.foodbank.org.uk.
There also two very well run food banks based in Stonehaven ran by religious organisations,
Far & Wide and The Catalyst Church (Storehouse)

Portlethen Toiletries

Food Banks – Where does the food come from? And what is in a Parcel?
 Non-perishable, in-date food is donated by the public at a range of places, such as
schools, churches, and businesses, as well as supermarket collection points. It is then sorted
into emergency food parcels by more than 28,000 volunteers, to be given to people in
 What’s in Food Parcels? Typical food parcel includes items such as: Cereal, Soup, Pasta,
Rice, Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce, Lentils, beans and pulses, Tinned meat, Tinned
vegetables, Tea/coffee, Tinned fruit, Biscuits, UHT milk, Fruit juice – there may be non food
items as well such as Toiletries, Household items, Feminine products, Baby supplies nappies,
and Face masks and hand sanitiser.

Food Larders in K&M
 Food Larder operate supply food to our communities. Community Food Larders function
differently to a foodbanks, as they are usually open at certain times during the week and
are open to all.
 No referral is required while using a food larder, and they also do not require details to
access them.
 Visitors to the larder have the ability to choose items which they require
 There are currently Food Larders in Kincardine and Mearns include, Auchenblae,
Fettercarin, Laurencekirk (Academy and the Venue), Luthermuir, Inverbervie,
Stonehaven (The Haven), Portlethen and Johnshaven

Food Larders in K&M: Where does the Food come from? What could I find?
 Larder can be supplies food from a various range of sources, this can be though
donations which are handed into the larder,
 It can be through local businesses that have food which are near their shelf life such as
the Co-op – https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/food-and-drink/2442754/how-community-larders-teamedup-with-the-co-op-to-save-food-for-families-who-really-need-it/
 Some local farms that supply food at a lower cost.
 Fareshare Grampian operated by Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE)
supports the local larders with deliveries of food to Portlethen, Stonehaven and the
Mearns individually.
 Larders also use their own fund to supply food or ‘top up’ what can’t be accessed from
the above
 Larders have a wide range of items, which include many of those that could be found
in food parcel.

Food Pantries
 Currently there are no food Pantries located in across Kincardine and Mearns,
however it is something that hasn’t been thought about.
 A community pantry can be seen as membership programme or club that
enables visitors a range of benefits including low cost food. Costs for Pantries
can be around £5-10 registration per year plus £2-7 per visit for members.
 Food Pantries tend to have the same methods in acquiring food as a food
larder and support the eco process of reducing food waste.
 Anyone can join a food pantry and there is usually not a referral system.
 Food Pantries are usually only available to those that live in the radius of the
 CFINE (Community Food Initiatives North East) launched the first pantry of its
kind in Scotland, which gave users the chance to pick their own items from the
shelves in Woodside Aberdeen.

To find out more click on the link