health improvement

Are You A Shedder?….

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Mens ShedThe Portlethen and District Men’s Shed is a new Scottish charity created to promote general wellbeing, continued life-long and life-wide learning and healthy lifestyles for retired men and men ‘with time on their hands’ who are looking to use this time constructively and enjoyably. They plan to do this by setting up a location or “Shed” where the men can go to engage in creative, enjoyable activities and meet and chat with other men. Various local government, NHS health, and volunteer groups in the community have identified a strong need for something like this. The Men’s Shed model has proven successful in Australia where there are over 1,000 in existence, New Zealand, Ireland, England and now Scotland. The first shed set up in Westhill, Aberdeenshire in 2013 has had over five thousand visits in a 18 month period with some of those men coming from Portlethen.
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Branching Out

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Fancy trying something different……?    bushcraft1

That’s exactly what Branching Out is offering adults who use mental health services in Scotland. Over a twelve week period course members can try their hand at tai chi, bushcraft, willow art or photography to name but a few.

On completing the course, individuals receive certificates of completion, tool handling and, where applicable, the John Muir Trust Award.

The programme is currently available in nine NHS board areas, but hopes to expand into Aberdeenshire.

Like the sound of it, let us know and we’ll pass it on.



Brighter Breaks

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Local Consultation events in February and March to design respite breaks for adults with a disability or long-term condition.
Aberdeenshire Council and a number of third sector organisations have formed a new Public Social Partnership (PSP), Brighter Breaks, which looks to develop short breaks for working age adults with a physical disability or long term health condition.  This group has been targeted as it has been found that traditional respite and day services are not necessarily appropriate for those of working age and there are limited available alternatives for both carers and the cared for.The pilot scheme is due to launch in May 2015 and consultation has begun in order to design it. Six informal sessions have been arranged and the views of those supported by an unpaid carer, aged between 18 and 65 and are unable to work due to a physical disability or long term health condition are sought.

A light lunch will be provided and transport may also be available. Those interested can e-mail or call VSA on 01779 490894 to book a space. If you are unable to attend a session, but would like to find out more, or you’d like to complete a short questionnaire please use the contact details above.

Wednesday, February 25, 11am-1pm
Stonehaven Carers Centre, 52 Evans Street, AB39 2ET
Thursday, February 26, 11am-1pm
Mearns Academy, Aberdeen Road, Laurencekirk, AB30 1ZJ

Monday, March 2, 11am-1pm

Station Hotel, Commercial Road, Ellon, AB41 9BDTuesday, March 3, 11am-1pm
The Porty Cabin, Bruntland Road, Portlethen, AB12 4QLThursday, March 5, 11am-1pm
Dawson Court, Victoria Terrace, Turriff, AB53 4FP

Brighter Breaks also involves VSA (Volunteer Services Aberdeen), MS Society, CHSS (Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland), B.I.G. (Brain Injury Grampian) Group and GO (Grampian Opportunities

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Kincardine & Mearns Community Plan

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Priority 6 Healthy Lifestyles – 3rd review


Intended Outcomes:

People can readily access the most appropriate care and support options for their particular needs and more local residents are supported to maintain healthier lifestyles. Read the rest of this entry »

STAYING IN SHAPE Action Research in the Community

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23 JAN 2015
9.30 – 4.00
The Park Cafe, Hazelhead Park,
Hazelhead Avenue, Aberdeen
AB15 8BJ

This all-day event – to be held on the 23rd January 2015 in Aberdeen – focuses on the idea of “staying in shape” as it applies to workers in the community and the work that we do. There are 3 objectives for the day: (1) explore how creativity can help us deal with the challenges of action research and how to nurture relationships; (2) to provide an opportunity to identify creative connections in action research; and (3) to explore how we can keep ourselves and our approach to action research in good, or better still great, shape.

A chance to:

• consider creativity in research, with Alison Urie of vox liminis (;

• dedicate time to making new connections, sharing experiences and building ideas;

• explore our own wellbeing, with the tree of knowledge
( in a fun, interactive and memorable way.

Please advise Karen McArdle if you intend to come along. Email: or Tel: 01224 274654



Eat Better Feel Better

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Eaten too much over the Festive period? You’re not alone! heart

The Eat Better Feel Better campaign is a Scottish Government initiative aiming to inspire and support parents and families to make healthy changes to how they shop, cook and eat, with the further aim of improving their health.

There will be a range of activities to support; ensuring communities are engaged from directing people to local cooking classes, a nutrition event or helping people find the best value local food. To support the Scottish Government with their campaign they are looking for information on: details of local initiatives and support aimed at helping families to eat better; case studies of Mums or families who have made / are making changes to their diet; spokespeople who are willing to provide some tips, advice and real-life experiences.

Think you could contribute, let us know.   apple

We’ll let you know what’s on in the local area, check back with k & M Communities for the latest news.

Education – a human right?

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Kids are sitting quietly at their desks and concentrating on the day’s lesson.  No romping about, no noise or giggling, even though there is no teacher  around. Only a soft murmur fills the small classroom in the convent near  Kalaw, Myanmar. Nothing can distract the children. Definitely not the  foreign-looking woman who enters, watches for a    while and takes foto03a picture.   In every child, there is something of a little fighter.  They have an  uncompromising will to learn, to evolve. As if they sense that  learning is a  way out of their current lives.” Read the rest of this entry »

Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust Is Coming to Stonehaven!

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Whether you’re a football fan or not, Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust may well have something for you. It is an independent charity with football and non-football objectives, including Health & Wellbeing, Equality & Inclusion, Good Citizenship and Learning


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Walking is Man’s Best Medicine

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“Walking is Man’s best medicine” Hippocrates Greek Physician (460 BC – 377 BC)

Guest blog by Fiona Murray, Public Health Coordinator for Kincardine & Mearns, NHS Grampian

When we ask ourselves what makes the biggest difference to our health there are a range of responses that come to mind Read the rest of this entry »

Local Job Advert – Produce Coordinator for Community Food Inititative North East

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Want to Make a Difference? Join a Growing, Dynamic Social Enterprise?

Interested in Business for Community Benefit & Improving Health and Well-Being?

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Position: Produce Coordinator (fruit and vegetables)

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Alcohol & Parenting Don’t Mix Campaign

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Alcohol & Parenting Don’t Mix campaign: Parents of primary and S1 & S2 children in Aberdeenshire and those in S1&2 are being directed to the Meet the Hendersons website. Read the rest of this entry »

Supporting Healthy Lifestyles – 2nd Review

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Healthy lifestyle concept.

Intended Outcomes:

People can readily access the most appropriate care and support options for their particular needs and more local residents are supported to maintain healthier lifestyles. Read the rest of this entry »