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Following on from last week’s finance and benefits theme, read on to find out what Live Life Aberdeenshire Library Service can help with.

One way to save money is to look at how you can get free access to things that you are paying for just now… and if you are currently buying books, magazines, newspapers or music then the library is a great place to start.

One of our Live Life Aberdeenshire sport and physical activity colleagues was recently singing the praises of our library’s RB Digital e-magazines.  He’s a fan of sporty titles like Men’s Fitness (including their supplements like Build Rock Hard Abs), Runner’s World UK, Golf Monthly, and Match of the Day magazine.  “I’ve saved loads by cancelling my print subscriptions. Now I just download them every month, all free. It’s brilliant!”  You can enjoy the same benefits… and if you’re not a library member yet you can join online today.

Find out more about your digital library: https://livelifeaberdeenshire.org.uk/…/digital-landing-page/

From our Overdrive digital library, these e-books about finance are available now:

·       Low cost living by John Harrison

·       The Three most important lessons you’ve never been taught by Martin Lewis (moneysavingexpert.com)

·       The One-page financial plan: a simple way to be smart about your money by Carl Richards

From RB Digital & Press Reader, you can get free access to daily newspapers like The Press & Journal and e-magazines available to download now include Money Week: Britain’s best-selling financial magazine.

You have access to Freegal, Live Life Aberdeenshire’s music streaming service.  Stream any of over 10 million hit songs, including Sony Music’s catalogue of artists from Annie Lennox to Usher.

From our book collection, some of the titles that can be ordered when Click & Collect re-starts:

·       Mind over money: the psychology of money and how to use it better by Claudia Hammond

·       Money lessons: how to manage your finances to get the life you want by Lisa Conway-Hughes

·       Open up: the power of talking about money by Alex Holder

If you want to join online, click here or telephone 01467 532929 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm.

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Partners in Kincardine and Mearns are working together to deliver the five-week ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’ initiative.

Designed to help tackle not only some of the unique challenges which have surfaced in these challenging times, the initiative will also demonstrate how there can be health, financial and environmental benefits to many residents within the community.

The partnership – comprising Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Home Energy Scotland and Kincardine and Mearns Citizens’ Advice Bureau – know the Kincardine & Mearns area well and will be on hand to offer help and advice.

This week we consider employment with Aberdeenshire Council Employment Support Team.

The Employment Support Team is Aberdeenshire Council’s central point for employment support

We can assist anyone living in Aberdeenshire, who is actively seeking employment or looking to enter education or training to gain full-time or additional employment. We can offer practical assistance if you are returning to the work market after an absence such as redundancy, raising children or health issues or perhaps you are looking to retrain for a better job.

We offer one to one support from a trained Key Worker, who will assess where you are in the job market, where would you like to be, and help plan how we can help you get there.

The Employment Support Team will help you realise your potential by developing your personal plan with milestones to show your progress towards your employment goal.

Our Key Workers are skilled in pre-employment techniques to set you on the road to work readiness through building self-esteem and confidence. They can offer a variety of practical help including creating a professional CV, developing interview techniques, improving digital skills and support to find learning and training opportunities.

If you are interested in finding out more on what the Employment Support Team can offer you, please get in touch.

Call 01467 533058 or Email us on employmentsupportteam@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

K & M – Dae Ye Ken? The week ahead

Monday 25th January 2021

What support can Aberdeenshire Council’s Employment Support Team offer you?


Informative session of how individuals can access the service and what support they can expect to receive

Tuesday 26th January 2021

How to write a professional CV and effective job application forms


Information on writing CV’s, application forms and what employers are looking for when recruiting

Wednesday 27th January 2021

Undertaking effective job searches


Information on job searches using job websites and social media

Thursday 28th January 2021

How to prepare for a job interview


Preparing for a job interview, the different formats that interviews take, and dealing with tricky questions

Kincardine and MearnsCommunity Planning E-Bulletin

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Edition #19

This bulletin focuses on what is happening locally, and provides useful information and guidance.

Hot Topics!

Stay at Home – up-to-date information on the restrictions!
Please see links below (in the Guidance section) to the Scottish Government website information on recent changes.  Aberdeenshire Council’s coronavirus restrictions webpage is also very helpful in summarising the information.—

Vaccination Rollout
Covid-19 vaccinations have begun to be rolled out in Scotland focussing on priority groups initially.  Find out more in the Guidance Section below.

Support from Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub
The Hub has been supporting people since the first lockdown. The Hub’s website provides lots of useful information including sources of Mental Wellbeing Support.  The Hub contact no. is 0808 196 3384

Good News from K & M

Partners in Kincardine and Mearns are working together to deliver the five-week ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’ initiative.

Click on the link to access the full bulletin and find out more about what’s going on in K & M.


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Kincardine & Mearns Citizens Advice Bureau (KAMCAB)

The covid pandemic has brought our communities numerous challenges, not least of which have been the financial impacts that have caused many individuals and families significant concerns.  Navigating the huge amount of information ‘out there’ in respect of finance, benefits, entitlements, where to find assistance and more can be difficult but this week Kincardine & Mearns Citizens Advice Bureau (KAMCAB) is here to help, explain, direct and discuss.

So why not join KAMCAB for their ‘Zoom’ meeting or check out their website and Facebook page over the week to find out MUCH, MUCH more?     

Monday 18 January

Introduction to KAMCAB

Jamie Gordon is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Who are KAMCAB, and how can we help?

Time: Jan 18, 2021 12:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 953 0402 4828

Passcode: 254894

Tuesday 19 January

How to Claim & Money Talks     (KAMCAB Facebook and Website)

Wednesday 20 January

Benefits                                           (KAMCAB Facebook and Website)

Thursday 21 January                   

Finance                                            (KAMCAB Facebook and Website)

Friday 22 January

Aberdeenshire Helpline              (KAMCAB Facebook and Website)



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We want to let you know about Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Digital Library that’s free to use for all K & M residents.  Borrow from this library by downloading a book, e-book, e-audiobook, or magazine to your device to read offline.  Everything is free and there are no overdue charges as books are automatically deleted from your device when they’re due back.

If you’re not a member, join the library online and get immediate access to all these resources.

If you want some help with your existing membership or with the technology, there’s a Live Life Aberdeenshire helpline that’s currently open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm.  Phone 01467 532929.

Reading for enjoyment has the benefits of reducing stress, alleviating depression, reducing age-related cognitive decline, and it helps you to sleep better.  It even contributes to a longer life! (Healthline, 2019).

According to an article in Psychology Today (2018) listening to audiobooks also calms and comforts us, boosts our mood, reduces stress, and it can actually be quite thrilling.

What you read is entirely up to you.  What do you enjoy?  What are you curious about?  What do you want to learn?

In Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Digital Library, you can choose from over 20,000 books or audiobooks online.  Search by author, title or by type of book.  Browse some of the collections like Reading Well for Mental Health or Food for Thought or look through the UK’s Reading Well list of Mood-boosting books for inspiration.  There are plenty of children’s books as well that you can share with your family, especially if you’re supporting learning at home.  Sharing books by reading aloud – stories or information books – is a bonding experience that improves the wellbeing of the reader and the child.

Our e-magazine library lets you download the latest issues of UK and international magazines like BBC Top Gear or Closer magazine.

Listening to music can buoy your mood and fend off depression (Time Magazine, 2018).

As a resident of K & M, you also have access to Live Life Aberdeenshire’s music streaming service, Freegal.  Stream any of over 10 million hit songs – true!  Whether classic Dolly Parton or ACDC’s 2020 album “Power Up” is your thing, you’ll find something to enjoy.  User-compiled playlists are also great background music for working from home or pottering about.  You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.

For more ideas on getting more active and creative have a look Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Live Life @ Home web pages.  The Move It section has a range of exercises and relaxation techniques for bodies and minds for people of all ages and activity levels.