‘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!

Laurencekirk Survey

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Greetings Everyone – even if you are not a resident of Laurencekirk.LaurencekirkA90

There are two websites links in this email,, our community website, which gives information about the town and a current survey constructed by Sarah and the board of The Laurencekirk Development Trust;

The issues listed were identified during successive public engagements over the past six years and the objective of this survey is to establish the  priorities for the community so that we can focus on these.

As Aberdeenshire Council’s plans will see the current population of the town double once more we want to grow the community in a balanced way with  economic, social and sporting developments which are supported by those of us who live in Laurencekirk.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share it with your friends and neighbours.

Many thanks.

Early Years Speed Networking Event

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Calling anyone working with or with the remit to work with pre-birth to eight and their families in the Mearns area!

Come along to early ye4arsour Speed Dating style Networking Event on Thursday 9th June from 2pm to 3.30pm at Mearns Community Campus.

Speed networking is a fantastic way to meet a lot of people in a short period of time. The speed networking format is similar to ‘speed dating’ but you will get a chance to make contacts with other organisations, find out more about the Early Years Forum, share your story and hear of the successes and challenges from others.  Share ideas, support each other and find new ways of working together.

This is a free event. Refreshments are provided.

Please bring along any promotional material you wish to share.


Thursday, 9 June 2016 from 14:00 to 15:30


Mearns Community Campus, GP3, – Aberdeen Road Laurencekirk AB30 1ZJ

To book your place visit:

Road Safety Awareness Event

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Road safety awareness presentation

19:00 hours 8 February 2016

Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk 

Why: to reduce local RTC casualties

                Raise road safety measures in area

                The public can take control of their own driving style

                Raise awareness of consequences of an accident

                Open to members of the public aged 16 years +

Location: Lecture room, Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk

                  safety presentation on a disc

Practical demonstration – in car park of Old Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk

Public can view demonstration and appreciation of experiences when using extrication techniques – noise.

Working with a local partner (Tower Garage, Laurencekirk)

Issue a voucher on the night for free tyre and light check for their vehicle

Prize draw – free MOT.


Presentation; 19:00 – 19:45

Practical;  20:00 – 20:30

Laurencekirk and Stonehaven RDS personnel.

TellyTalk – it’s like talking to the council on the telly!

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Aberdeenshire Council




A demonstration of TellyTalk, an interactive video conferencing system takes place on Monday, August 24 at Mearns Library in Laurencekirk to show customers how to use the system and speak to a council customer service advisor virtually.

Aberdeenshire Council customers can resolve a variety of queries face-to-face through a video link and copies of documents can also be provided where required without the need for people to travel to a council office.

Using TellyTalk, people can: Video-conferencing

  • Log a housing repair
  • Complete National Entitlement Card applications
  • Check housing or council tax payments
  • Talk through anything they don’t understand (such as a letter from the council)

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee Councillor Carl Nelson said: “The technology makes it easier for people to deal with the council and is part of its wider policy to improve customer service.

“The TellyTalk facility allows the council and its customers in Laurencekirk and surrounding areas to complete forms, share documents and print information at the touch of a button without having to travel too far.”

Vice chair Councillor Peter Bellarby added: “Although TellyTalk uses new technology that will allow the council to provide customer service remotely, it is also about giving people personal contact and this makes it easier to communicate.

“This will be a valuable service in Laurencekirk and I’m pleased to see it being demonstrated so people can see themselves how easy it is to use.”

The open event takes place on Monday, August 24 between 2pm and 4pm to provide people with the opportunity to try the new TellyTalk facility.

A step-by-step guide to using the facility is also available for people to access as they first use the system.

Mearns Community Library, Aberdeen Road, Laurencekirk, AB30 1ZJ. For more information call 01561 377298 or email

News from Your Community Planning Group

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Briefing Note from the November Meeting

  1. Opening of Laurencekirk Police Station
  2. Gourdon Placemaking Project
  3. Newtonhill Community Action Plan

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Burnside Care Home Residents Took On the Race for Life and Won!

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Would you like to be still walking 5Ks in your older years? May and Alice, residents at Burnside Care Home, did and loved it!


The Race For Life was held on the 22nd of June this year in Aberdeen.  Emma Steel at Burnside Care Home in Laurencekirk wrote this blog post about it to let us know how two of their residents took part. Read the rest of this entry »