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Partnership

Using Schools as Community Hubs

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Schools across Scotland should be used as community hubs to deliver a wide range of public services.

That’s the verdict of South Ayrshire Council and its partners following a pilot in north Ayr, which culminated in a community marketplace at Ayr Academy on 23 February.

A range of partners from NHS, Scottish Fire and Rescue service and the voluntary sector worked together to explore how this would work in practice.

Crucially, services were available to everyone living in the area – not just those with children in the schools.

Services provided included money and debt management advice, employability and skills information and advice, health and wellbeing support from school nurses and assistant nurse practitioners. Council Leader, Douglas Campbell, commented on the learning from the pilot,
“It’s been a terrific learning opportunity for all the partners involved and that’s been one of the key outcomes of this week – getting to know more about what each of us has to offer and how we can better link in and signpost to provide a more joined-up service for people.”

Read more at http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/schools-should-be-used-as-community-hubs#im6LrHufaQ4Ga4ce.99

Carers Survey

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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/  

 

Vacancy, Secretary – Aberdeenshire ADP South Community Forum

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transport adpThe Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership has three Community Forums, North, Central and South, where people meet and create local solutions to local needs around drugs, alcohol and recovery. With a very high level of community engagement, each forum has a dedicated support officer, a budget of £20,000 and a vibrant bunch of local citizen activists.

We currently have a vacancies for a Secretary  in our South Community Forum and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this exciting opportunity with interested parties. This is an opportunity to make a huge difference to communities in Aberdeenshire. Read the rest of this entry »

OPEN YOUR DOOR TO WELLBEING

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Open Door To wellbeing

FREE EVENT!

OPEN YOUR DOOR TO WELLBEING

St Bridget’s Hall, Stonehaven

Saturday 31st Oct 2015

10am – 12noon

Come along to our FREE event!

Explore local opportunities to help you look after

Your health and wellbeing!

Stalls, refreshments, information and

entry into a FREE prize draw!

Health & Social Care

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Your Health and Social Care Services – We want Your Views

Health and social care services across Aberdeenshire are changing. We aim to make them:

  • Better connected – one single united health and social care service.
  • More responsive – to your needs and the needs of your family
  • More local – linked up with the community and voluntary groups that benefit the health and wellbeing of your locality

We are writing a plan for the future of health and social care services in Aberdeenshire.

The plan is based on what you told us should be available in your locality. It describes how we will work together to improve the health of local people and to provide the right services for people who are ill or who rely on social care.

Have we got it right for you, your family and your locality?

HSCI

 

The plan is available to view on Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian Website from 17th August, click on links below

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social/healthsocialcareintegration.asp

http://nhsgintranet.grampian.scot.nhs.uk/depts/CorporateCommunication/Pages/Aberdeenshire.aspx

Health & Social Care

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HSCI1

Your Health and Social Care Services – We want Your Views

Health and social care services across Aberdeenshire are changing. We aim to make them:

  • Better connected – one single united health and social care service.
  • More responsive – to your needs and the needs of your family
  • More local – linked up with the community and voluntary groups that benefit the health and wellbeing of your locality

We are writing a plan for the future of health and social care services in Aberdeenshire.

The plan is based on what you told us should be available in your locality. It describes how we will work together to improve the health of local people and to provide the right services for people who are ill or who rely on social care.

Have we got it right for you, your family and your locality?

 

 

The Rural Area Partnership is hosting events in your area

Come along to your local event on:

Tuesday 8th September

Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill

12 Noon – 2.15pm

Refreshments Provided

For more information and to book your place, please contact

Email: officesupport@kincardineshiredp.org

Tel No: 01569 763246

The plan is available to view on Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian Website from 17th August, click on links below

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social/healthsocialcareintegration.asp

http://nhsgintranet.grampian.scot.nhs.uk/depts/CorporateCommunication/Pages/Aberdeenshire.aspx

Transport in Kincardine and Mearns – What’s the latest?

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An overview of transport in Kincardine and Mearns by Nestrans’ Marketing and    Communications Co-ordinator Lucy Johnston.

Access to Laurencekirk

 What is it?

In December 2013, Nestrans commissioned an ‘Access to Laurencekirk’ study in partnership with Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Tactran. The study is being undertaken in the form of the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) assessment, which will consistently explore potential options to address the Laurencekirk transport problems through a detailed consultation process.

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There’s no ward like home.

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The shape of Scottish society is changing. People are living longer, healthier lives and as the needs of our society change, so too must the nature and form of our public services. HSCI1

New legislation, in the form of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014, came into force on 1 April 2014. The Act requires Health Boards and Local Authorities to integrate their health and social care services.

Local teams and professionals across health and social care will work together to deliver quality, sustainable care and services resulting in improved outcomes for the people and their families who use these services.

Those individuals with long-term conditions and disabilities, many of whom are older people, will get the joined-up and seamless support and care that they need to live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

So, that’s the background, but what will it mean to you & I?  HSCI Read the rest of this entry »

A New Year and a New Voice for the Third Sector!

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Let’s hear from David Rodger, Chief Executive, Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action about his hopes for the New Year and the future for the newly formed AVA.

“Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA), was officially formed on 1st December 2014 following the merger of CVSA, Bridge CVS and Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire. We are committed to building on the strong foundations laid down by the three merging organisations, but, as the new single Third Sector Interface (TSI) there is a lot of work aheaAVAd in shaping this new organisation and establishing our distinct identity, culture and vision. A key part of this will be actively engaging and consulting with our stakeholders and partners, to better define what the TSI strategic priorities will be going forward, and ensuring that AVA is genuinely representative of the sector.

We are operating in challenging times and its evident there is a growing need for us all to balance increasing demands for our services and expertise, within the context of a contracting public finance pot.  No easy task, but in my experience this sector is resilient, with an outstanding track record in demonstrating adaptability, responsiveness and creative thinking when tested.  These characteristics will underpin the ethos of AVA and how we will work with, and support you, over the coming months and years.”

David is keen to meet with community representatives and organisations from across the Kincardine and Mearns area to discuss how AVA can work with you. If you’d like to arrange a discussion please contact David at david.rodger@avashire.org.uk

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 (www.voxliminis.co.uk);

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

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

Please advise Karen McArdle if you intend to come along. Email: k.a.mcardle@abdn.ac.uk or Tel: 01224 274654

 

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What are the corners that we need to turn?

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Kincardine and Mearns Transport Futures Forum looks at local transport issues affecting our communities in Kincardine and Mearns and explores ideas which could potentially address them. The Forum aims to give a greater voice to transport users from local communities and bring together a range of partners to work together to find solutions.

A group of local people interested in Transport recently gathered at the Forest View Centre in Stonehaven for the inaugural session of the new forum which is intended meet four times a year.

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