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K&M – Dae Ye Ken?

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Innovative new community initiative launched.

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.

Weekly topics such as employment, saving fuel and reducing bills, food, finance and benefits, health and wellbeing will be highlighted and discussed between January 11th and February 12th.

In light of the Covid-19 restrictions, participants will be encouraged to join online webinars, watch support videos prepared by the partners, read up on advice and get signposted for further help and support.

The first week will focus on Health and Wellbeing, led by Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, with activities focusing on ‘5 Ways Of Wellbeing’, ‘Alcohol Awareness’, ‘Eating Well’, ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Physical Activity’.

Councillor Wendy Agnew, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee, said: “There is little doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has had and continues to have a significant impact on our communities.

“This innovative local initiative is an excellent example of how our partners can work collaboratively to achieve real community benefit. I find it encouraging that there will be something for everybody within this programme and I am sure it will be warmly welcomed by our communities.”

Area Manager Bruce Stewart added: “This initiative is a great example of practical partnership working at its best and demonstrates the strength of linkages and relationships within the Community Planning family in Kincardine and Mearns.”

For a full programme and more information about ‘K&M – Dae Ye Ken?’check back to this website on Sunday evening.

Council Budget Plans – Have Your Say

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This year there is a brand new approach to simplify and illustrate the challenges faced – make your voice heard.

Each year, Aberdeenshire Council engages with staff and local residents on budget plans to ensure the voice of communities comes through in any and all budget setting decisions.

This year, in place of traditional surveys and written text, is a suite of infographics. Each paints a picture of a different part of council budget setting. Attached to each infographic is a short set of questions, in some cases just two questions, where you can share your views. Please respond to as many topics as you feel passionate about.

The engagement process is open now to anyone who lives and works in Aberdeenshire. It will close at the start of January, giving enough time for the results to be passed to councillors who in turn will use them to inform their decision making for the coming financial year.

View the infographics and associated questions on the Aberdeenshire Council website.