Effective Community Group Pack

Tesco Bags of Help Greenspace Funding

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bags of helpDo you know a greenspace project in Aberdeenshire Council that would benefit from funding? Local authorities, community groups and organisations can all apply for Tesco Bags of Help funding! 

The second round of Tesco Bags of Help is open from 18 April. Bags of Help is available to a wide range of community groups, local authorities and organisations across England, Wales and Scotland and they can apply for grants to improve local green spaces. Successful projects will go forward to a public vote in Tesco stores which will decide whether they receive a grant of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000. Projects that will get the green light as a result of funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, woodland walks and community gardens.

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland, and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. It will fund projects that benefit communities by physically improving open and greenspaces that do not charge for access. Groundwork anticipate grants being awarded to 144 successful groups across Scotland in November 2016

Full eligibility criteria and detailed application guidance is available online here http://bit.ly/bagsofhelp2.

Good luck and get going as this funding round closes on Fri 3 June 2016.


Community Anchor Organisations

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anchorCommunity Anchor Organisations are community bodies which may act as a focal point for community groups in a localised area. The benefit of having a community anchor in your area is that it may take the lead in large projects or initiate new projects. Often the problem when initiating a new project is the creation of a constituted group and finding office bearers. A small community can only have so many treasurers and secretaries! Once created the ‘community anchor’ can invite local people to come forward with their project ideas without the necessity of them becoming an office bearer. There are many examples of ‘community anchor organisations’ throughout Scotland to inspire you. http://www.localpeopleleading.co.uk/anchor-orgs/  


Community and therapeutic garden networking – Aberdeen

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Community and therapeutic garden networking – Aberdeen

Where: Donside Village, The Meeting Room, Donside Village Square, Aberdeen
When: Wednesday 01 July.
This day is free but booking is essential

10am – 3 pm

Are you involved in community or therapeutic gardening activity and looking to network with others? This networking day will include the opportunity to meet others, hear about the recent development of community garden activity at Donside Village and raise topics for group discussion. A soup and bread lunch will be included. This event is organised by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and supported by Trellis – supporting health through horticulture.

3pm – 4.30 pm

This session is aimed at those looking to establish or support community gardening activity in their locality. Come along to a short presentation of the benefits of community growing, have your questions answered on what to do next and find out more about resources available to get you started.

For more information about the day or to see a specific topic for discussion included please contact lou@farmgarden.org.uk

Please feel free to circulate event details and booking link to colleagues or potentially interested parties.

July 1st, 2015 10:00 AM   through   4:30 PM
Donside Village Square
AB24 2PL
Phone: 0131 6237058

Kincardine & Mearns Community Plan

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Priority 3 Housing – 3rd review

Portlethen housing development
Portlethen housing development

 Intended Outcomes:

Awareness of the need and options for appropriate and  affordable housing is raised. Levels of homelessness are reduced  through early intervention, education and the development of  supportive social networks. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Ed and find out more about the Effective Community Group Pack

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I’m Ed Garrett and I work for the Council for Voluntary Service Aberdeenshire. My role is to support local community and voluntary groups with things like constitutions, funding and business planning.

As  part of this we developed in partnership with Community Learning and the Business Club in Laurencekirk the Effective Community Group pack. This pack contains a whole host of useful material for new and developing groups, from how to write a constitution to roles of office bearers. I’ve just finished some additional inserts to go in the pack with information on campaigning, publicity, child and vulnerable adult protection, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and event management, recruiting new members, data protection and risk assessment.

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Engaged Communities Supporting Themselves – 2nd Review

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Local residents are actively involved in developing vibrant and resilient communities, of place and of interest, which support the needs of all their members.  These communities are increasingly empowered by revitalising and broadening community engagement opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »