KDP Bulletin

By bellmannews / October 26, 2023

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin

KDP, with financial backing from the Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund, has been delighted to work with local communities to introduce four Community Cafes within Kincardine & Mearns.
The cafes run on the following days, are open to all and free to attend:

  • Auchenblae Community Café – Auchenblae Village Hall – Monday, 10am until noon
  • Johnshaven Community Café – Johnshaven Village Hall – Tuesday, 10am until noon
  • The Blue Room Blether – Stonehaven Community Centre – Thursday, 2pm until 4pm
  • Bervie Community Café – Bervie Scout Hall – Friday, 10am until noon

Please come along and enjoy some friendly company.  Even better, bring a friend or neighbour too.
If you would be interested in setting up a Café within your Community, KDP can provide a Guide on how best to achieve this and can also make recommendations on funding options.
The Cafes are always looking for volunteers, so if this is of interest to you, please contact margo@kdp.scot.

Grants for Good is funded by the John Good Group and is designed to direct funding only to small and growing local charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that are making a big impact on communities, people or the environment. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a local community group, charity, voluntary group or social enterprise that has a positive impact on communities, people or the environment.
  • Have an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.
  • Have a bank account in the organisation’s name.

Learn more on the website

Better Breaks is a funding programme of the Short Breaks Fund, operated by Shared Care Scotland. The purpose of the Short Breaks Fund is to increase the range, availability, and choice of short breaks for unpaid carers and those they care for across Scotland.
The programme funds a wide range of short breaks projects and services, including activities and breaks for:

  • Disabled children and young people without their carers
  • Families to enjoy together
  • Young/sibling carers with the person they care for

The next closing date is 16th November at 5pm.
For more information and to apply click here

Anyone interested in developing their knowledge to support their use of the local Aberdeenshire “Worrying about Money?” leaflet is invited to participate in this session.   This could be front line teams and individuals who engage with the public and want to be able to use the leaflet well and with confidence.
The session will increase participant’s ability to:

  • have a brief conversation regarding money worries
  • signpost to local advice and support

The session will take place on Friday 1st December  2023 at 1215- 1300 via TEAMS.
Please express an interest of attendance to lynne.simpson1@nhs.scot by Thursday 23rd November 2023.  A TEAMS invite will be shared prior to the session.

Aberdeenshire Council Winter Challenge Fund is part of Tackling Poverty and Inequalities Cash First approach. The goals of this fund are to:
Increase access to support for those affected by the rising cost of living through developing a Wellbeing Fund within social landlords and trusted community partners.
Help reduce homelessness, debt and increase household income.
Reduce personal debt and increase access to financial support.
Increase Health & Wellbeing for those involved in the programmes.
The Winter Challenge Fund can also be used to increase stock, support the increased need for essential items and deliver a range of support packages to those effected by the rising cost of living. These packages could be winter essential boxes, fuel top ups, food packages and energy saving essentials such as slow cookers.
The funding is available for applications is limited so will be between £2,000 and £10,000 maximum. Any successful funding must be used by the 31st of March 2024.
Contact Annette Johnston annette.johnston@aberdeenshire.gov.uk for an application form and further details.
The closing date for this application is the 10th of November 2023.

The Women’s Fund for Scotland (WFS) aims to promote systemic change in Scotland to empower women, and to help overcome the multiple disadvantages and discriminatory practices that females experience throughout their lives. The Fund has £100,000 available to distribute in grants to projects that support women’s development, self-sufficiency and social and economic equality.
The application deadline is 16th November, and more information can be found here.

Over two days on 7 and 8 November 2023, thousands of amazing people from the voluntary sector and beyond will attend SCVO’s The Gathering at Edinburgh’s EICC to connect, learn and be inspired.
There is a packed programme of workshops, seminars and activities – including online sessions for our most popular events – as well as an exhibition, showcasing a wide range of exhibitors from the voluntary, public and private sectors.
To learn more about The Gathering and book your place, visit the website.

The deadline for applications to the Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund for Adults is next Friday 3rd November. Don’t miss out on applying for this fund!
AVA is running a support webinar on Wednesday 1st November, and they can also help at anytime with your application to the Fund. All the details are below.
To learn more, visit the AVA website.


KDP is here to help in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.