Latest Event Updates

Let’s Celebrate!

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This free event will be a great opportunity for Third Sector Organisations, Community and Voluntary
Groups from across Aberdeenshire to come together and celebrate the difference they are making
for people of all ages in towns, villages and communities across all of Aberdeenshire. The day will
consist of a variety of workshops, stands for local groups and organisations and delegates will be
entertained by a Children’s Choir from Kellands Primary in Inverurie in the afternoon.

Grampian Autistic Society Volunteering and Support Needs – raising awareness
Alcohol and Drug Partnership – Good Practice in Partnership Working
AVA Learning & Training – Motivate and keep your Volunteers
Volunteer Scotland PVG Awareness – raising awareness, information and guidance
Education Scotland – How Good Is Our Third Sector Organisation
Penny Downes Art in our Communities – inspiring art in our communities
Cornfields – Social Enterprise in Practise

Book your space at the conference by emailing: or call Ruth on 01467
626060. Booking forms for attending the conference are also available on our website at:

CashBack for Communities – Small Grants Scheme

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The next closing date for applications to the CashBack for Communities small
grants scheme is the 1st December 2015.
Cashback for Communities is a Scottish Government initiative that uses funds recovered
from criminal activity to support positive activities for young people. Through the scheme Volunteer
lead youth groups in Scotland can apply for funding of up to £2,000 to enhance their programmes
for young people and get their projects off the ground.
For more information, visit:


Creating a Fairer Scotland – Planning Events

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The Scottish Government is inviting you to have your say on what a Fairer Scotland should look like
in 2030, and what should be done to make this vision a reality. In addition to the conversations that
are already happening, the Scottish Government wants to work with a broad mix of people across
the country to prioritise practical steps that can be taken to create a fairer Scotland.
To do this, a series of local Planning Events will be taking place to allow a broadly representative
audience to hear, discuss, prioritise and take action on ideas to create a Fairer Scotland. These
planning events provide a chance for people to think about and prioritise ideas that will help make
Scotland a fairer place to live and make a real impact on Scotland’s future.
The priorities that come from these planning events will feed into a final Fairer Scotland Forum in
December. The Fairer Scotland Forum will host a broadly representative audience made up of
people from across the country who will work with policy makers, experts, and political representatives
to create a series of recommendations on how we can all work to create a Fairer Scotland.
Dundee, Thursday 5th November
Inverclyde, Tuesday, 10th November
Glasgow, Tuesday, 17th November
Register your interest here:
More information on Creating a Fairer Scotland is available here:

Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund – new November deadline

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The Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund has been extended, with
funding now being available to more organisations (by raising the
income threshold) and the application deadline being extended.
Applicants still have to act fast though, as the new application
deadline is 16th November. The Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund provides
grants of up to £300 (or exceptionally up to £500 for a larger event) to voluntary organisations and
community groups in Scotland to help them run an event or engagement activity with a group of five
or more people to gather their thoughts on creating a Fairer Scotland and what matters to them.
Find out more here:

Register your interest in The Crucial Conversation Cafe

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Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 or Friday, 27 Nov 2015, 10 am – 12.30 pm or 1 pm – 3.30 pm
Venue to be confirmed depending on interest
An opportunity for you to share your views and ideas on vsa
the new strategy for Integration for Health and Social
Care. Good integrated care can reduce: Confusion,
Repetition, Delay, Duplication & Gaps in service
delivery and, People getting lost in the system.
Integrated care will achieve: better planning, free
access to good information and personal involvement of the person using the services.
To note your interest, date and time preference, please contact:
Carla Angus on 01358 720824. Website:

South Aberdeenshire LEADER Programme Launch

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South Aberdeenshire LEADER Programme Launch – the official launch of the
programme on Wednesday 18th November at either:
Tullynessle Hall, 2pm – 4pm OR Stonehaven at the Station Hotel, 7pm – 8.30pm
on Tuesday 19th November. Book your place at the Tullynessle Hall event here: To register for the Stonehaven event,
please follow this eventbrite link: .
Please register your attendance at the events via the links above
to help confirm numbers for catering.
If you have not already done so, please visit
interest-form to register your project enquiry as the first step in the LEADER process.
Fairer Scotland

Are you using the latest technology to attract tourists?

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digital scotland tourism

Digital Tourism Scotland (DTS) is a new partnership programme to help tourism businesses across
Scotland improve their digital skills and capitalise on opportunities that new technology offers.
The programme will offer advice, workshops, and insight into how others are adopting and improving
digital practices. There are 2 free ‘Digital Technologies Update for Tourism’ workshops available:
Tuesday, 24th November 2015, 1.30 to 4.30pm, Holiday Inn Aberdeen West
Wednesday, 25th November 2015, 10.30am to 1.30pm, Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf