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Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week 2020 is here!

Brought to you by Aberdeenshire Third Sector Strategy Group, we aim to promote the value of the Third Sector in Aberdeenshire by offering a platform for Third Sector Organisations to showcase real life examples of the amazing work they do.

Throughout the course of this week we will share over 50 films, features and presentations showcasing the great work undertaken across Aberdeenshire.

Today  we bring you The Economic Value of the Third Sector, presented by Emeritus Fellow of the James Hutton Institute, Bill Slee and the first of five short presentations aimed at helping TSOs to prepare a strong case for support and make better funding applications: Grow your Group – Business / Project Planning.

The Economic Value of the Third Sector

Emeritus Fellow of the James Hutton Institute, Bill Slee, shares his thoughts on the economic value of the Third Sector in this presentation

Health & Social Care -Why involve the Third Sector?

How can the Third Sector help address some of the challenges faced when delivering H&SC services?

Community Housing -       Braemar Community Ltd

Braemar Community Limited is working with Rural Housing Scotland on a community-led project to build fifteen affordable homes and a self-serviced plot.

Community Transport      Banffshire Partnership Ltd- Dial-A-Bus

Rebecca Ross, operations Manager of the Banffshire Partnership introduces the Dial-A-Bus pre-Covid-19.

The Second video focuses on how the Dial-A-Bus operated during the lockdown period.

The last Dial-A-Bus video looks at the Dial-A-Bus after the lockdown

COVID Response Story    Aberlour

The Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire introduces Banffshire’s Response to Covid19. Here the Lord Lieutenant brings us Aberlour Community Association

Grow Your Group Business/Project Planning

The First of Five short presentations aimed at helping TSOs to prepare a strong case for support and make better funding applications.


Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community Fund


The Meikle Carewe Wind Farm Community Fund opens for applications on 1 November 2020.  Applications to the fund can be made from not-for-profit groups and organisations based in the following Community Council areas:

  • Crathes, Drumoak and Durris
  • Newtonhill, Muchalls & Cammachmore
  • North Kincardine Rural
  • Portlethen and District
  • Stonehaven and District

The energy company RES has established a community fund which will see more than £25,000 available to support local community projects every year during the lifetime of the Meikle Carewe 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 November to 31 January 2021.  The Decision Making Panel, along with a representative from Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP), will then meet to consider applications.

FileDescriptionFile size
Download this file (Meikle Carewe Guidelines 2020.pdf)Meikle Carewe Guidelines 2020.pdfMeikle Carewe Guidelines133 kB
Download this file (Meikle Carewe Application Form 2020.doc)Meikle Carewe Application Form 2020.docMeikle Carewe Application Form368 kB

As the countdown to Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week continues we are keen for Third Sector Organisations to engage with this week promoting the value of the Third Sector.
Aberdeenshire Third Sector Strategy Group are delighted to be hosting the first Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week, 16th-20th November 2020.
We are still eager to receive content so if you have any film footage, presentations or other online features we can include during Third Sector Week, we would really like to hear from you by 29th October 2020
You can also get involved using your own social media channels and website to share your organisation's images and stories, using the hashtags below.
For more information and the ATSW promotional Toolkit, please see the attached Guide or contact Jacky Niven at
More information about the event can be found here:
Let's celebrate the great work of the Third Sector across Aberdeenshire!

#ATSW #ATSW2020 #ThirdSectorWeek #ThirdSector #Aberdeenshire"

Many of our amazing communities have mobilised support for their local areas. We have collated as much of this information as possible. We have created an interactive map of Kincardine and Mearns. If you click on your area you can access a list of help and support near you. Please note KDP are not able to quality assure the activity offered by the community so please take sensible precautions to protect yourself and vulnerable community members.

Help can also be accessed through the Grampian COVID19 Assistance Hub or phone 0808 196 3384



Grampian Coronavirus (Covid-19) Assistance Hub is a focal point for information and assistance for anyone affected by Coronavirus anywhere in Grampian.

Find the services you need or links to information from across the area.

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