KDP Bulletin

By bellmannews / January 10, 2024

Welcome to the first KDP Bulletin of 2024.
Please remember that we, Mairi and Margo, are here to support your groups, so if you think we can help, just drop us a line. We work flexible, part-time hours so email is best, and we can always call you back. Our contact details are at the bottom of this message.
Here is a little reminder of how KDP can support you:
Funding Enquiries & Applications
Community Consultation & Engagement
Volunteer Support
Jargon Busting
Project Planning
Membership to KDP is free, and open to any constituted, non-political organisation within Kincardine & Mearns. If you would like to become a member, or you are unsure whether you are, just get in touch and we can arrange this for you.

The St John’s Hill Windfarm Community Fund is now open and accepting applications from groups and projects which benefit the communities living in the community council areas of:
·         Arbuthnott
·         Catterline, Kinneff & Dunnottar
This year the Fund is £23,161.86, which is split equally between both Community Council areas.  Arbuthnott’s Fund is £11,580.93 and Catterline, Kinneff & Dunnottar has a Fund of £11,580.93 plus an underspend from previous year’s of £6,015.13, giving a total of £17,956.06.
Guidance Notes and Application Forms are available on the KDP website.  
Closing date – 31st March 2024.

NHS Grampian are encouraging people to prepare ahead for this winter. Information, advice and useful contacts to help you Keep Warm, Keep Safe and Keep Well can be found in their Winter Support booklet.

The objective of The Happiness Fund is to build happy, strong, resilient communities by supporting grassroots, not-for-profit projects that enable sustainable outcomes in:

  • Mental health Wellbeing & happiness
  • Inclusion
  • Learning and skills development

The fund is intended to help new groups and activities, to be successful.
Applicants must show how the activity/group can become self-sustaining or able to attract funding from other sources in the longer term. 
The Fund opens next on 29th January with a closing date of 29th February.
Learn more here

Did you know that each year Aberdeen Business School connects 3rd year management students with third sector organisations to provide help with an organisational challenge or issue? Students work on projects February-April and present their research findings and recommendations to their clients in mid-April.
This is not a placement and you are not expected to play a role in assessing the students – though your feedback is welcomed. Students teams check in with you regularly but work under the guidance of Business School staff.
If you think you might benefit from some additional project resource in early 2024 please contact Vicky Stewart at v.stewart@rgu.ac.uk

Warburtons Community Grants provides small grants up to £400 to support charitable organisations towards broader activities which improve Health, Place or Skills for families in their community.
The Grants are decided on a quarterly basis, with the next closing date being the 5th of February. Decisions will be made within 6 weeks of the deadline, and applicants will be informed thereafter.
To learn more about the Fund and how to apply visit the website.

Somebody, somewhere is making decisions on your behalf. Democracy Matters conversations have already started to explore whether far more of these decisions could be made by communities themselves. This is a key and connected part of the wider Local Governance Review which is looking across all of Scotland’s vital public services to consider how power and resources should be shared between national and local government.
This consultation provides another opportunity for as many voices as possible to be heard to help shape future local democratic systems and processes.
You can respond as an individual, an organisation or you can hold a conversation and respond as a community.
Full information is available here.
If you feel your community would benefit from financial support to hold Democracy Matters conversation, grants of up to £300 are available to help with anything that would be required to get a conversation going. For example, hiring a venue, printing costs, facilitation or to help with costs of those with additional needs to participate.
The consultation ends on the 28th February 2024.

The Screwfix Foundation is a grant-giving charity which supports projects that improve, repair, and maintain facilities used by those in need throughout the UK.
They currently offer grants of up to £5,000 to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations. Applications can be submitted anytime and are reviewed quarterly.
To apply, your group must:
be a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
help those in need in the UK (e.g. financial hardship, sickness, distress, or other disadvantages)
need funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement, or construction of homes, community spaces, and other buildings
Read the full eligibility criteria and apply via The Screwfix Foundation.

Penumbra, the mental health charity, are running free workshops looking at different topics around good mental health and sharing practical tools, tips and techniques for how to manage your wellbeing. 
Their friendly team of Practitioners will lead the workshops, with lots of opportunity to share experiences (only if people want to!) and to talk to people who are also facing the same challenges.  Sessions last for 2 hours and are a relaxed safe space.
Bookings can be made through the QR code on the poster, or by following this link.
If you want to talk through anything about workshops, send them an email to well.aberdeenshire@penumbra.org.uk or give them a call on 01467 230320 and they will be happy to help.

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership is currently looking for your help to understand how you have experienced the services that their Older Adult Community Mental Health Teams provide. They want to hear the views and experiences of:
People who use / have used Older Adult Community Mental
Health services
Unpaid carers
Family members
Professionals working in or in contact with Older Adult Mental Health Teams
A face-to-face event will be held on 16th January at Stonehaven Brew & Blether, Stonehaven Community Centre, Stonehaven 10.30am – 12pm
Please give your views in the relevant survey, which should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will close on 16th February 2024.

If you have any queries or require any of the information in a different format, please get in touch using this email address – OAMHReview@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
KDP is here to help in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.