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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!

https://mailchi.mp/2dbf1b20993a/k-m-mental-health-wellbeing-e-bulletin-4214074

 

Kincardine and Mearns COVID-19 E-Bulletin Edition #12

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This bulletin continues to focus on what is currently happening or in place locally as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Hot Topics this week are

Moving into Phase 2 of Transition out of Lockdown
Please see the “Guidance” section below for information on the detail of a further lifting of lockdown restrictions through a phased approach.
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Spaces for Funding Bid Successful!
Aberdeenshire Council’s bid for £310,000 to ensure people are able to safely access services in town centres while maintaining physical distancing has been successful. The temporary infrastructure projects will provide safe walking, wheeling and cycling as the lockdown is eased and immediate priority is to be given to the town centres including Stonehaven.


Want to know more about Mearns & Coastal Healthy Living Network Telephone Befriending Service, click on the link below to access the full bulletin.

https://mailchi.mp/66df5537c1d9/e-bulletin-4206918

 

Applications sought from Kincardine and Mearns for Coastal Communities Fund

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Applications are being sought from coastal communities in the Kincardine and Mearns area for a share of monies from the Scottish Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

As part of the devolution settlement following the Scottish Independence Referendum, revenue generated from the Crown Estate’s marine assets within inshore waters now accrues to the Scottish Government, which in turn, devolved a proportion of it to the 32 local authorities.

Revenue is generated from activity such as licensing for offshore wind farms, oil and gas pipelines and aquaculture leases.

Aberdeenshire Council’s allocation totals £328,314, with each of the authority’s four area committees with coastlines having £12,500 to directly support local projects and initiatives.

One of the key criteria for funding is that the site of the project or the community must lie within one mile of Aberdeenshire’s coastline.

Examples of settlements which could be eligible include Findon, Portlethen, Newtonhill, Muchalls, Stonehaven, Catterline, Kinneff, Inverbervie, Gourdon, Johnshaven and St Cyrus.

As sites are specifically included, however, applications will be considered for projects taking place at coastal locations outwith any particular settlement.

Applications are being invited from groups or organisations representing communities of interest as well as more general areas such as wildlife or the environment, arts or wellbeing.

The funds must be able to be spent and claimed by March 31, 2021 and there will be no opportunity to extend this deadline.

Kincardine and Mearns Area Manager Bruce Stewart explained: “In light of the new challenges we are all facing as a result of the coronavirus, this funding may enable the creation of new projects to help with such themes as community health and wellbeing, enhancement of our local environment or celebration of our historical links and ties with the sea.

“We anticipate that there will be future funds available, so if your project is not sufficiently advanced to be able to submit a claim for this financial year, then you may be able to apply in future years.”

Applications must be submitted by noon on Monday, August 10 to the council’s Area Project Officer, Diane Henderson, at diane.henderson@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

After the closing date, a report will be prepared for Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee when councillors will review the applications and allocate the funding to those projects most closely matching the criteria.

Key criteria:

Project must contribute to at least one of Aberdeenshire Council’s 11 priorities.

Projects must have a tangible link to the coast and/or the sea, for example:

• Projects that help people develop skills related to coastal or seafaring pursuits, activities or enterprises, for example sailing, fishing or boatbuilding
• Projects that celebrate the heritage of coastal and seagoing communities of place and interest, for example, a coastal or fishing village or township, historic boatbuilding or relevant clubs or organisations
• Projects that improve access to coastal areas, for example paths and viewpoints
• Projects that improve the coastal environment, for example applications to establish and support community groups looking after their coastline
• Projects that improve community-controlled infrastructure such as harbours, boathouses and buildings
• Town centre public realm improvements will not be eligible unless they can be demonstrated to improve access to the foreshore, beach or harbour

Kincardine and Mearns COVID-19 E-Bulletin Edition #11

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This bulletin continues to focus on what is currently happening or in place locally as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Hot Topics!

Local Development Plan Consultation
Aberdeenshire Council launched an eight week online consultation on it’s Proposed Local Development Plan 2020 (LDP) on Monday, May 25. The LDP Team have created a virtual ‘drop-in’ portal that has links to settlement posters, short films, live chat and the Proposed Plan. Please see the link to get involved.

Public Health Scotland Survey on Shielding
The Scottish Government has asked Public Health Scotland to evaluate the shielding programme.  This survey is part of that evaluation.  It will help inform about people’s experiences of shielding in Scotland and next steps.  The survey takes 15 minutes to complete and will be open until Sunday June 14th 2020.

Enjoy watching K and M Community Response to the COVID19 Crisis Film June 2020.

This captures stories from communities across Kincardine and Mearns in Aberdeenshire of the tremendous response to the COVID19 Crisis and read about why our Third Sector is such a vital lifeline to so many people within and across our communities in a piece by Dan Shaw, Chief Executive Officer Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action. Access the full bulletin below:

https://mailchi.mp/a3506452250f/e-bulletin-4203134

Kincardine & Mearns Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin #2 June 2020

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A chance to share what we know about mental health & wellbeing
in K & M.

Welcome to the second K & M Mental Health & Wellbeing E Bulletin. This month a closer look at the support for families and young people.

COVID-19 presents a rapidly changing situation where different pressures, including changes to children and young people’s social lives, daily routines, and access to education as well as challenges associated with families spending extended periods at home, will arise for children, young people and their families over time. In this bulletin we would like to share with you some of the advice and support out there for young people and families. To access the full bulletin, please click here.

Kincardine and Mearns COVID-19 E-Bulletin Edition #10

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This bulletin continues to focus on what is currently happening or in place locally as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

This week we feature an article from Quarriers in K & M highlighting the vital support they are providing to young carers. Also some information on Carers Week and updated advice and resources.

To access the full bulletin, click here: https://mailchi.mp/0f782e68c00c/e-bulletin-4199806

 

Residents praised for following guidance as Household Recycling Centres reopen

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Aberdeenshire Council has praised all those residents who began visiting its reopened Household Recycling Centres on Monday.

More than 10,000 bookings have been made for the first 7 days of opening, which represents almost half of the 21,000 slots available in the first week across the region.

Westhill has proven to be the busiest in this initial phase with 1,322 slots booked (99%) with Fraserburgh, Inverurie and Laurencekirk seeing 60% booking of their available spaces.

Visitors have been heeding all traffic management advice on how to access the centres and have been disposing of their waste carefully in the new physically-distanced layouts.

Thanks to the introduction of the booking system, there were no queues reported at any of the centres which are initially operating from 9am to 6.30pm.

Council waste manager Ros Baxter said: “The partial re-opening of our HRCs has gone very smoothly and I would like to thank all of our staff who have made this possible.

“I would also like to thank all those residents who have booked online and clearly followed the instructions we have provided.

“The very positive feedback we have received on both our booking system and the way in which we have approached the disposal of general waste and garden waste has been very favourable and we appreciate everyone’s help and patience.

“We are aiming to remove the restrictions on materials and vehicle types as soon as the initial rush is over, however we expect the booking system to remain in place as long as physical distancing is required to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

You can make your booking at http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentrebookings

For those who do not have access to a computer, telephone booking can be made by calling Aberdeenshire Council’s Wasteline on 03456 081207.

Peterhead Household Recycling Centre is now available for slots to be booked for next Monday and Tuesday initially, however other slots will be released on a daily basis.

Vehicles permitted entry to the centre initially include cars, pick-ups and car-derived vans. There will be no access for trailers or vans at this stage, however these will hopefully be accommodated in the second phase in due course.

In this initial phase, only bagged general waste, garden waste and electrical items will be accepted. No other materials – i.e. cardboard, glass, wood, metals, textiles, rubble and bulky items – will be accepted at this stage.

For more information on the Household Recycling Centres which are open and their operating times, visit https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/apps/news/release.aspx?newsID=579

Grampian Coronavirus (Covid-19) Assistance Hub

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From Monday (1 June) the hours of the Grampian Assistance Hub phone line will change. It will move to 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am-2pm at the weekends.

Please use the number if you need to reach out for help, or if you have support which you can safely offer in your community. You can also use the website at any time https://gcah.org.uk/

Kincardine & Mearns E Bulletin #9

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This bulletin continues to focus on what is currently happening or in place locally as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

The hot topic this week is the easing of lockdown restrictions, and read about the great work being done in Johnshaven and Benholm in their community larder. To access the full bulletin click here:

https://mailchi.mp/e9f74c4db3a4/e-bulletin-4196534

Online booking system for Aberdeenshire Council Household Recycling Centres goes live

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An online booking system enabling Aberdeenshire residents to start making trips to Household Recycling Centres is now live.

Residents of Aberdeenshire will be asked to book a slot online to control the volume of vehicles accessing the centres when they reopen from Monday, June 1.

You can make your booking at http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentrebookings

For those who do not have access to a computer, telephone booking can be made by calling Aberdeenshire Council’s Wasteline on 03456 081207.

The slots will initially be released for the first week 1st to 7th June, and slots for the following days will be released daily seven days in advance, so customers should keep on checking back if they don’t manage to get a slot initially.

Having listened carefully to comments from the public, residents who own car-derived vans will also now be able to visit an HRC along with cars and pick-ups.

There will be no access for trailers or vans at this stage, however these will hopefully be accommodated in the second phase in due course.

In this initial phase, only bagged general waste, garden waste and electrical items will be accepted.

General waste – i.e. waste that would normally go in your black bin – will only be accepted if it is bagged, with no loose items being accepted.

All garden waste must arrive bagged or in a suitable container before these are emptied in the appropriate skip, again no loose items are being accepted.

No other materials – i.e. cardboard, glass, wood, metals, textiles, rubble and bulky items – will be accepted at this stage.

There will be clearly-marked areas to deposit white goods and electrical items.

Only one adult should unload a vehicle – unless two adults are needed for heavy items – and staff will be unable to assist with any unloading.

There will be no pedestrian access and no children will be permitted outside vehicles.

The decision to re-open some of the facilities has been taken in accordance with Government guidelines and is based on measures being put in place to protect both visitors and staff and the agreement of traffic management plans.

The Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) opening from Monday, June 1 are those at Macduff, Fraserburgh, Ellon, Inverurie, Huntly, Turriff, Westhill, Banchory, Laurencekirk, Portlethen and Redcloak at Stonehaven.

Peterhead will reopen on June 8 following the completion of essential repairs.

These facilities will operate seven days a week as usual and have extended opening hours from 9am to 6.30pm.

Portlethen will retain its usual 5-day operation with the same extended hours as elsewhere and while opening from Monday, June 1 will close for two days before re-opening on Thursday, June 4 so as not to delay the reopening.

They will have clearly-defined unloading bays to ensure strict physical distancing is maintained at all times.

Council Waste Services manager Ros Baxter added: “The reason for introducing this system is to control the number of visitors to a manageable number each day to ensure social distancing on the sites is observed and the volume of traffic off-site does not cause traffic problems on the local access roads.

“It is important to stress that this is about a phased return to full services, with this initial phase focusing on allowing as many people as possible to get rid of their excess waste under a managed approach. All of our current restrictions will be kept under constant daily review and consideration will be given as to how quickly we can move to phase 2 and lift some of the conditions.”

Connecting Communities

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Aberdeenshire Council is working with Connecting Scotland to identify demand for laptops and tablets to people who do not have access to a computer or tablet at home or do not have digital access. Priority will be given to those:​
– on low incomes and  where affordability of devices or connectivity is a barrier​
– who are at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic as they are in the shielded or vulnerable groupings
Aberdeenshire is taking part in this national pilot and have around 100 devices with broadband access included in the first instance. At this stage we do not know the level of demand which is why we are asking people to register their interest initially.
Please find below a link to a form regarding access to digital equipment in Aberdeenshire. Partners can request access to equipment for learners/individuals you are working with who meet the criteria ( or pass the link to individuals to self-complete)

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=BpPZ_i1NCUSVndDttzBKC8JahRHqKHZGjXn4edBCNQ5UMTVDRktBNlRRS0M1NTJNNDNSQUtMUzRCSi4u