Shared Lives

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Shared LivesThe shared lives scheme helps a person to live independently and protects them from harm. The scheme maintains and enhances their physical, emotional and spiritual well being and is tailored to individual needs.
Nigel got to the finals of the Come Dine with Shared Lives competition with this lovely recipe by Shiri! He shares it with us here.
Tea Brack

Empowering Conversations Workshops

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Are you looking after someone?  Do your emotions get in the way when you are speaking to professionals?   PAMIS, an organisation that supports those with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families are organising a two-part workshop for our families on having ‘Empowering Conversations’ on Tuesday 1st and Tuesday 8th September (at the Mile End Community Centre, Mid Stocket Road in Aberdeen AB15 5PD).  The sessions will be run by professional mediators will help equip you with being able to get your voices heard effectively and negotiate with services around Self- Directed Support.   Priority will be given to carers of those with profound disabilities but we will try and accommodate other carers who are interested in attending.  Please see attached poster.  Sessions will be from 10 till 2.30pm and lunch/tea & coffee will be provided. 

Places are limited so please call or email me to book your place!!

Amy Anderson

PAMIS Grampian Family Support Director

52 Evan St


AB39 2ET

01569 764 221

Home-Start Kincardine

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requires a

35 hours per week
Salary range – £25,404 – £28,644 depending on experience

Home-Start Kincardine is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under 5.

We are looking for a Senior Co-ordinator to take responsibility for the day to day management of the scheme along with maintaining a family support case load.  The successful applicant will have experience in family support work, project management and have parenting experience.

The remit is broad and varied and requires an understanding of the needs of young families, the management of volunteers and staff and the ability to maintain a creative and flexible approach to the development of Home-Start Kincardine.

You will have the ability to negotiate funding and deliver training for volunteers.  You will support the Board of Trustees in assuring the quality and effectiveness of service is delivered.

The post is full time and applicants must have use of their own car, for which expenses will be paid.  You will be based at the office in Stonehaven.  The successful candidate will be subject to PVG Check.

For an application pack please call 01569 767773 or visit

Closing date is midday on13th July 2015 and interviews will take place on 23rd July.

Scottish Charity No. SCO22795

Volunteer this Summer

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Now the long summer holidays are approaching you may be looking for something to do or something for the kids to do. Have you ever considered volunteering?

summer hols

Maybe you’re just looking for something to do for a few hours a week or possibly you have more time to spare and are looking for something to do with the family and kids over the school holidays. Then perhaps volunteering is something to consider.

Whether it’s helping out at the local youth club over the summer holidays, or at the local animal shelter or just helping the old lady next door with her shopping, the benefits of volunteering are many.

Volunteering is something a person does in their own time, without pay or compulsion, and which is for the benefit of the community, the environment or other people outside their immediate family.  Read the rest of this entry »

Eating Well and Mental Wellbeing

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All this week, Pillar Kincardine have been telling us about issues important to them. Over the next couple of days, we look at how your diet and what you listen to can effect your mental health…



What does eating well mean? Broadly speaking it means eating in a way that:

  • Keeps our weight stable
  • Provides all the necessary food groups and vitamins
  • Is an enjoyable experience

Why is eating well important?

It helps to prevent many diseases which are linked with being overweight. Diseases include high blood sugar, high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke, cancer, joint problems and sleep difficulties. Eating well also nourishes our brain so we feel better emotionally.

Eating is essential for sustaining our lives, keeping healthy and preventing disease but most of us struggle to eat what we need and battle with eating what we want and what makes us feel better emotionally.  We tend to eat if we are sad, lonely or hurt but equally if we want to celebrate success or as a reward. Attempting to change our eating habits is much more than just learning the facts it’s about making good choices every day which is easier said than done. Understanding why healthy eating is so important and looking at the benefits of certain foods helps on this journey. Read the rest of this entry »

Thinking of becoming a foster carer?

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BNarnardo By choosing to become a foster carer you can make a huge difference to a child’s life – and yours.

The UK’s leading children’s charity, Barnardo’s believes that by providing the right help, committed support, and belief, even the most vulnerable children can turn their lives around.

If this makes you wonder if fostering is right for you, get in touch with Barnardo’s. They are urgently looking to recruit an extra 850 foster carers in Scotland to tackle the “critical” shortfall which leaves one in three children in care having to move homes more than twice a year. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Into Health & Social Care.

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Princes trustIf you are 16-25, unemployed and interested in a career in care, join the free training programme with the Princes Trust, where you can:

  •  Have the chance to gain qualifications such as food hygiene, emergency  first aid or moving and handling
  •  Receive training in topics relevant to the sector, including dementia, health and safety
  • Improve your teamwork and communication skills and boost your         confidence, interview skills and CV
  • Receive six month’s support after the programme to help you find a job


This programme runs from the 23rd March until the 17th April 2015 in Aberdeen.


For more information contact Lynne Martin on 01224 289729 / 07787 518392 or email or visit


Join The Resolution

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K and M Communities support the Children’s 1st Join The Resolution campaign. Please read on to find out how you to can add your support.

What will your New Year’s resolution be? Often resolutions are about self improvement:- from getting fitter to changing career or lifestyle. But in this season of giving, what better resolution could you make than one to put CHILDREN 1ST in 2015?

At CHILDREN 1ST our New Year’s resolution is to make the best possible difference to children’s lives.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, actors James Cosmo and Elaine C. Smith and singer Clare Grogan are just some of the well known faces who’ve made resolutions to help ensure every child in Scotland can enjoy a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood.

They’ve Joined the Resolution – will you?

You can help!
Join with Children’s 1st in making and sharing a New Year’s resolution to put CHILDREN 1ST and we’ll help you to keep it. You can join as a group, or as an individual.

Visit our website to make a resolution, or make your own and share it on social media using the hashtag: #puttingCHILDREN1ST  Children 1st


Stuck for inspiration?
Read what children, young people and families said were their wishes for Scotland’s children.

Take our quiz to find out what children’s toy – and which resolution – suits you!  Children 2nd


Shared Lives – Fiona’s story……

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I read about Shared Lives a few years ago and Sue came out and spoke to my parents and I about it.   She told us that I would get 1-1 support from a Shared Lives Carer in the carer’s home.  I like the idea that the Shared Lives team would get to know me and match me with a Shared Lives Carer who shares my interests.  This means that we got on from the start and can share things we both enjoy.

I am matched with two Shared Lives Carers.  My Shared Lives Carer, Dot, offers day support.  Dot has given me the opportunity to be part a different community which I really appreciate.  Dot and I go to the local library.  Sometimes we go swimming which I feel gives me a chance to relax and I get to try out and feel comfortable in a different pool.  We have been to Castle Fraser and Drum Castle.  I like going for a walk in the castle grounds and we went to the plant sales.  This began my interest in gardening.  We now visit garden centres together and choose plants for the garden. Read the rest of this entry »

Community Support Project Gets Out and Gets Active! Could You Join Them?

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Families, supporters, service users and anyone interested in finding out more about the Aberdeenshire Council Shared Lives Scheme were invited to get out and get active at Glenmore Lodge in Aviemore for a weekend in June.
Would you have be interested in joining Shared Lives and any future fun?  Read on to find out.  Read the rest of this entry »