Community Health

Your Voice Your Choice Kincardine & Mearns Now Open.

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Aberdeenshire Council’s Participatory Budgeting initiative is now open and inviting applications from community groups and organisations in the Coastal Strip villages from Inverbervie to St Cyrus.

Please visit the website or Facebook page for more details.

Want to know more, contact Lesley Robertson on 01569 768327, or email


Strong Communities

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To build a truly effective community it needs to be stronger, wiser and more resilient, sustainable and engaged. The Community Empowerment Act seeks to enable this to happen in Scotland’s communities. Where communities are empowered we would expect to see a range of benefits: local democratic participation is boosted; increased confidence and skills among local people; increased community capacity; and more satisfaction with quality of life in a local neighbourhood. Better community engagement and participation leads to delivery of better, more responsive services and better outcomes for communities. Further, our communities’ strengths and weaknesses, such as quality of life, amenities, infrastructure, and workforce skills, determine the potential of our local economy to support economic growth, enterprise and opportunities for all.

‘Early Days and Changing Ways’

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Developing Capacity in Scottish Communities through our workshops

Join us at a venue near you

Learn about social investment in the morning : Take part in a practical workshop in the afternoon

Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire

14th March 2017

Register your free place here.

  • Understanding Social Investment, 

    10.00am to 12.30pm, (followed by lunch)

    During the morning we take a detailed look at social investment: what it is and how it can be used as an enabler for growth, sustainability and the delivery of greater social impact.

    We examine the opportunities it offers in helping to finance the purchase of assets, easing cash flow and starting a new enterprise,.

    And we do this in context of the new Scottish Government Social Enterprise Strategy whilst remaining realistic about the realities of taking on debt (having the Will, the Skill and someone to send a Bill to!)

    Looking at Investment from a different perspective, 

    1.15pm to 3.30pm

    And then in the afternoon we take a very practical and fun approach to accessing social investment. You become the lender and are given a real application to consider. Would you lend the money?

    This starts with an interview of the SIS staff (who play the role of the applicant) and an assessment as more information emerges.

    It all comes down to the point where attendees discuss the strengths and merits of the application (which generally splits opinion)….all great fun and no better way to really understand if social investment is for your organisation!

Volunteer Vacancies

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KDPKincardineshire Development Partnership are introducing  ‘Volunteer Vacancies’.  Please get in touch with them if you are looking for volunteers, or know of people interested in volunteering opportunities.



KDP Office:
Tel:  01569 763246





Community Cash

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KDPKDP’s next Community Cash event will be held in Johnshaven at 6.45pm on 16th February. £300 is available to groups or organisations in the Kincardine & Mearns coastal villages. We have already had a lot of interest in this event, so please contact us soon to stake your claim!

KDP Office:

Tel:  01569 763246

Co-op community fund

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The Co-op is looking for new local causes for its members to support in the next round of funding and will fund thrcoopee projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK. Between March and September 2017 Co-op members can choose the local cause they want to support from a list of up to three causes. For this reason, the project’s main activity must not finish before October 2017. To find out more, visit:

Domestic Abuse Workshops

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From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. 16days-banner-400x400px

See more at: 16 Days of Action

25th Nov

1.30 – 4.30

Banff Harvest Centre Proj £6

Tea/coffee £1/ea

Hall hire £9p/h


01261 815790


Domestic Gender Abuse Team – Still to get title


Facilitator  – Shona Cormack

28th Nov

9.30 – 12.30


Fraserburgh Robertson Road Centre,

Training Rm

SMART Board  & tea coffee avail (01346) 515292

Rona Harper


Housing – Options and Homelessness: Managing Expectations


Facilitator – Alison McKinnon

29th Nov

9.30 – 12.30


Ellon Kirk Centre Screen/no projector

Teas coffee available

770177772569358 725690

01358   725690

Catering 01358 723517


NHS – Female Genital Mutilation:  Background, practice guidelines and professional responsibilities


Facilitator:  Rosie Crighton

30th Nov

1.30 – 4.30

Peterhead Apex Centre,

Main Hall

Hall £70 hire

No projector

Tea/coffee £1.50ea

077887 15151

Anne Whittam


CJ – Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse


Facilitators – Michele Clark, Joe Walsh and Wullie Lauder





1st Dec

1.30 – 4.30 p.m.

Banchory CLD Activity Rm 1 Banchory Primary School No Projector

Catering form and let form required

01330 825966


Adult Protection – Domestic Violence and Adult Protection.


Facilitator  – Ann-Marie Bruce


1st Dec

2 – 3p.m

Aberdeen Banff and Buchan Room Woodhill House Annexe   Making in every opportunity court in NHSG to address Gender Based Violence


Facilitator – Dr Linda Leighton-Beck

2nd Dec

1.30 – 4.30

Alford Alford CC Conference/library SMARTBOARD alford.campus@

5th Dec

1.30 – 4.30p.m.

Inverurie Council Chambers

Gordon House

Projector booked, teas to be booked Police Scotland – MARAC and Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme Scotland


Facilitator – Police Scotland

9th Dec available

1.30 – 4.30

Stonehaven Community Centre Lounge

Has projector

Kitchen avail

01569 762688


Work of Grampian Women’s Aid


Facilitator – Alison Hay