Since March 2020 our local communities have been providing vital support for the vulnerable, isolated and those in need. The response has been incredible, from the initial "all hands to the pumps" to the continued and ongoing support that community groups of volunteers have maintained throughout the remainder of 2020.
As 2021 has seen us experiencing tighter restrictions once again we wanted to remind you of the amazing work and support still being provided for your communities.
We have updated the interactive map to ensure easy access to help and support provided in your local area.
You can access the updated Map here
After a significant delay, the St John’s Hill Wind Farm Community Fund will open for applications on 1 January 2021. As there was no allocation of grants in 2020, the 2021 fund will include the Community Fund monies for 2020 and 2021. Applications can be made from not-for-profit groups and organisations based in the following Community Council areas:
The energy company, Quintas Energy, has established a community fund which will see £12,950 (index-linked) available to support local community projects every year during the lifetime of the St John’s Hill Wind Farm. The fund is administered by Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP) and managed by a Decision-Making Panel made up of representatives from the local Community Councils.
The fund is open for applications from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021. The Decision-Making Panel, along with a representative from Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP), will then meet to consider applications.
The Hillhead of Auquhirie Wind Farm Community Fund opens for applications on 1 December 2020. This fund has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but will return to the normal schedule in 2021.
Applications to the fund can be made from groups and projects which benefit the communities living in the community council areas of:
Fern Community Fund, the energy company who maintains the Hillhead of Auquhirie Wind Farm fund, sees £12,523 per year available to support local community projects during the 25-year lifetime of the wind farm.
The fund is open for applications from 1 December 2020 until 28 February 2021. A panel made up of representatives from the community council areas along with a representative from Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP) will then meet to consider applications.
Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week
Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week: Mental Health, Health & Wellbeing and Men’s Sheds
Good health is about the mind as well as the body - feeling physically fit, and feeling good about ourselves, means that we can go and achieve more of the things we want to do in life. Today we hear from various Mental Health and Wellbeing service providers and how they have assisted those in the community, particularly during the pandemic.
You can also view the third of our five Grow Your Group presentations: Evidencing Need.
For today’s full programme including films from Stonehaven, Inverurie and Aberchirder Men’s Sheds and how they support vulnerable or lonely men within their communities,
Pillar Kincardine is a small voluntary organisation based in Stonehaven, Scotland, supporting people in and around Kincardine and the Mearns who are coping with serious emotional, social or mental health difficulties. Due to COVID19 their service has had to adapt and is a little different from the time this film was made but they continue to provide essential support at a time their service is #nevermoreneeded
Buchan Community Farm
Countrymen UK - Getting back to being you
A great video by CountrymenUK which really explains the service and the difference it makes.
The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association has provided support for our Armed Forces since 1885: one of their local volunteers, Duncan Leece, explains what they do and how they work in partnership with public agencies.
Stonehaven and District
This presentation gives a detailed account of the journey of Stonehaven & District Men’s Shed, how they are dealing with the pandemic and the socio-economic value of Men’s Sheds.
When the hard work and tenacity pays off.
The Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire introduces Banffshire’s Response to Covid19. Here the Lord Lieutenant brings us Aberchirder Men’s Shed.
Inverurie & District
Another great Men’s Shed story
Health and Wellbeing
Garioch Community Kitchen
Garioch Community Kitchen promotes and raises awareness of healthy eating messages through practical hands-on cookery sessions.
CLAN support anyone affected by cancer
Visit www.clanhouse.org for more information.
COVID Response Stories
The Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire introduces Banffshire’s Response to Covid19. Here the Lord Lieutenant brings us our neighbours in Moray, Keith COVID19 Group
Care in Tarves Community initiated by Tarves Kirk liaising with Tarves School have been helping the local community through this difficult time.
The Bellman is a local online newspaper which recently earned charitable status. They bring us local stories including this one telling of a great initiative in Kincardine and Mearns inspired by the work of Banffshire Partnership Ltd in the North of Aberdeenshire.
Grow Your Group Evidencing Need
The Third of Five short presentations developed to help TSOs to prepare a strong case for support and make better funding applications.
Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week
Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week: Tackling Poverty & Equalities and Additional Support Needs
Poverty is much more than just low income. Factors that generate poverty are wide-ranging and cover many aspects of day-to-day life such as health, housing, educational attainment, employability, and access to services. Today we hear from Daniels Place and The Haven; two community foodbanks that provide users so much more than just access to food.
You can also view the second of our five Grow Your Group presentations: Getting Things Right for an Application.
For today’s full programme including further articles themed around Equalities and Additional Support Needs featuring Grampian Opportunities, Balmedie Community Trust and The Fly Cup in Inverurie.
Equalities and Additional Support Needs
Grampian Opportunities works to develop opportunities for people with disabilities, mental health problems, sensory impairment, autism or long-term conditions.
Belhevie Community Trust
Belhelvie Community Trust (BCT) is a small completely voluntary organisation based in Belhelvie involved with a variety of projects and activities across the parish
Buchan Community Farm
Buchan Community Farm offers a unique service for the area that provides a safe, peaceful and relaxing environment for the people they support to participate in countryside activities.
By providing a day service for adults with additional support needs, The Seedbox aims to improve the social, emotional and physical health of its Service Users through horticultural and outdoor activities.
Fly Cup Catering is a Scottish charity providing training and employment opportunities to adults with learning disabilities in the catering and hospitality sector.
The story of a yoga studio responding to community need and changing to adapt.
A local charity shop that provides an essential Foodbank service to those in need.
Magpie is a not-for-profit second-hand furniture shop that exists to promote a more sustainable way of living
COVID Response Story
The Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire introduces Banffshire’s Response to Covid19. Here the Lord Lieutenant brings us Bracoden Primary School
Kincardine & Mearns
This film captures stories from communities across Kincardine and Mearns in Aberdeenshire of the tremendous response to the COVID19 Crisis...just amazing...
The Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire introduces Banffshire’s Response to Covid19. Here the Lord Lieutenant brings us our neighbours in Moray, Volunteers in Cullen
Grow Your Group Getting Things Right for an Application
The Second of Five short presentations developed to help TSOs to prepare a strong case for support and make better funding applications.