Latest Event Updates

New website for participatory budgeting in Scotland launches

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PB Scotland is a new website for sharing and learning about the great work being done by participatory budgeting (PB) initiatives around Scotland. Funded by the Scottish Government, the website will provide updates on events, policy and resources relevant to PB in Scotland, and
profile good examples of PB across the country and beyond.
Visit PB Scotland at:

Recycle your old technology

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Aberdeenshire Council are running a pilot project to recycle old computers, recycle
tablets, phones etc. They will pick up or you can drop off in Aboyne. For more information, or to
arrange a collection, please contact: or phone 013398 87114.
Find out more about the project here:

Vacancy, Secretary – Aberdeenshire ADP South Community Forum

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transport adpThe Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership has three Community Forums, North, Central and South, where people meet and create local solutions to local needs around drugs, alcohol and recovery. With a very high level of community engagement, each forum has a dedicated support officer, a budget of £20,000 and a vibrant bunch of local citizen activists.

We currently have a vacancies for a Secretary  in our South Community Forum and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this exciting opportunity with interested parties. This is an opportunity to make a huge difference to communities in Aberdeenshire. Read the rest of this entry »

Asda Community Grants

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asdaThe Asda Carrier Bag Community Grants provide up to £2,000 to help projects and good causes in their local communities. The grant request must be at least 25% of the overall total project cost i.e. as the maximum grant is £2,000 therefore projects which cost over £8,000 in total cannot be considered. The final panel meeting for this programme will be early March 2016, after which the programme will close for applications. The deadline is 4pm on Monday 30th November.
More information is available at:

Let’s Celebrate!

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lets celebrate

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: