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Danestone, Denmore, Oldmachar, Balgownie & Donmouth Neighbourhood Bulletin August 2010 If you live or work in Danestone, Denmore, Oldmachar or Balgownie & Donmouth, we hope you will find something of interest in this Bulletin. Whether you are looking for information on local services or want to know about new services in Aberdeen City, this quarterly Bulletin aims to keep everyone informed.

TENANTS OPEN DAY 2010 Following the success of last year’s event, this year’s Tenants Open Day will be on Saturday 28 August from 10am – 1pm. In response to feedback, we will be returning to the Music Hall. City Council Officers will be on hand to provide tenancy advice and information as well as a variety of other council services (Waste Aware, Neighbourhood Planning and Adult Learning to name but a few).Along with staff, council tenants can also meet representatives from a number of organisations who offer useful advice and information (including Aberdeen Heat & Power, SCARF, NHS Grampian, Grampian Police and Grampian Fire and Rescue Service).

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There will also be children’s activities, including face painting, throughout the day. Tenant Participation Officers and Tenant Representatives will also be available to answer any questions you may have about getting involved in tenant participation. We look forward to seeing you there!

HAVE YOUR SAY! Join in the discussions at the North Tenant Subgroup Tuesday 25 August & Wednesday 29th September 2010, 2 – 4pm at the Town House. This is your opportunity to get involved whether you are an individual tenant or a resident who is part of a residents group. Issues discussed are wide-ranging, including: / Equalities Project / Housing Capital Programme / Dog Fouling / Litter Problems

Get involved in the Sheltered Housing Network All sheltered housing tenants are invited to attend the next meeting on Wednesday 15 September 2010, 2 – 4pm at the Cowdray Hall. Transport can be arranged. We look forward to seeing you and working with you to improve tenant participation in sheltered housing. Tenant Participation Officers Naomi MacIver 01224 788527 Angela Mitchell 01224 788527

Help build new Communities at Grandhome 24th August Danestone Community Centre, 1.30-3.30pm 24th August Parkway Inn 6.00pm - 8.00pm Be the first to see the latest design and find out what is happening with the proposal for four new neighborhoods in the Bridge of Don. Jas Atwal, Tel 07961 104171

Are you struggling to cope with fortnightly refuse collections? We must all reduce waste and recycle more and the fortnightly recycling and waste collection services will make better use of our finite resource. It will also enable us to deliver a more efficient and effective waste collection service. If you need advice and support on how to reduce, reuse and recycle your household waste you can visit the councils website, wasteaware or call the team on 08456 08 09 19. A team member could visit you in your home to give advice tailored to your needs. Whilst the team is keen to encourage everyone to reduce the amount of refuse produced we realise that in special circumstances a second black wheeled bin is

required by some households. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Households with five or more permanent residents or residents with special circumstances eg a medical condition, will be entitled to apply for an additional general refuse bin. However (where available) these households must make use of the kerbside

recycling service and the garden/food waste service before an application will be accepted. A maximum of one additional bin will

be available to eligible households. Those wanting an additional bin will have to complete an application form. The Waste Collection team will contact the customer in writing to confirm if the application is successful. CHARGES There will be a charge of £35 (inc.VAT) for provision/delivery. A 50% discount will be available for those in receipt of Council Tax benefit and/orHousing Benefit (£17.50 charge). Residents with a medical condition or disability that causes excess waste will not be charged. Additional bins will only be delivered once payment has been received.

Business Recycling Invitation Local environmental charity, Aberdeen Forward, is encouraging local businesses, small or large, to help the environment by recycling unwanted or unused furniture and using second hand instead of buying new. Apart from reducing waste going to landfill, recycling and reusing old furniture will save businesses money. The charity runs the Creative Waste Exchange from its head office in Poynernook Road, Aberdeen, giving companies & individuals the opportunity to donate unused office furniture. The project has been running now for 5 years and sees on average 22 tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill annually. All different types of office furniture is available, including filing cabinets, office desks, office chairs and stationery. Lynn Smith, Chief Executive, Comments: “This is a great time for business owners to be usingrecycling and reuse policies within their organisations. Not only will help to make them more environmentally friendly, it will also save them money. It’s a great way of giving something back to the community and reducing waste. We are keen to speak to anyone who’s interested indonating or purchasing and would encourage them to get in touch.” For more information on Aberdeen Forward’s Creative Waste Exchange Project contact Lynn Smith on 01224 560360 or visit 2

Help support Bridge of Don Local Nature Reserves Join the Local Nature Reserves Management Committees onsite. Review last years works and discuss forthcoming proposals, including gorse management, heather & woodland management and tree planting. Scotstown Moor LNR Monday 9th August, 7pm Donmouth LNR Wednesday 11th August, 7pm If you would like to attend, contact Ian Talboys, Countryside Ranger tel 01224 897400 or

Scrub up this summer Is there an area in your neighbourhood in need of a scrub up? Would a litter picking clean up bring a bit of sparkle to your area? Aberdeen City Council’s Environment Services can help you to make a difference this summer. We can lend out litter picking equipment and will arrange for the rubbish you collect to be taken away. All you need to do is pick and bag the litter. Everyone can take part in a clean up, from individuals to schools, community groups and businesses. They are a great way of bringing people together and already this 2. year 27 groups have cleaned up areas of the city. Young and old alike rolled up their sleeves to get stuck in and show that they care about their neighbourhood and want to keep it looking beautiful. For more details or to get help organising an event call 08456 080919, or email

Neighbourhood Environment Walkabouts Aberdeen City Council’s Environment Services Walkabout Series is continuing this autumn. All are welcome to join a team from Aberdeen City Council’s as they undertake a walkabout in each of the 37 neighbourhoods. The aim of the walkabouts is to identify issues that impact on the environment. The team then plans how best to resolve the issues and undertakes a programme of remedial action. The team initially concentrates on 'quick fixes' such as litter, graffiti, flytipping, flyposting, street signs, pot holes and so on. But they will tackle any issue that may have a negative impact on the area, including those outwith the responsibility of the Council. Already this year we have had walkabouts in Balgownie and Donmouth, Bucksburn, Denmore and Dyce neighbourhoods. The team was joined by members of the community, police and Councillors who all took the opportunity to discuss relevant issues and create valuable links. If you wish to take part in an Environment Walkabout please come along and join us at 10am at the following locations: • Oldmachar – 4th November. Meet at either Jesmond Gardens at junction with Jesmond Drive or Jesmond Sport Centre If you wish more information, or to report an issue in your area please contact Environment Services on 0845 608 0919. Beach Litter Survey and Clean Up 2-4pm 18 September Now into its 6th year, the events focus on the local community and volunteers who are helping to improve the environment. All equipment is supplied. Organised by the Marine Conservation Society. For further details on how to get involved, call Iain House on 01224 869245 or e mail him at Visit 3

Danestone, Denmore, Oldmachar, Balgownie & Donmouth The transfer of Aberdeen City Council’s sports facilities to Sport Aberdeen took place on Friday 9 July 2010. Sport Aberdeen is a registered charity, a new and vibrant organisation, committed to providing a rewarding sporting experience for every age and ability. Sport Aberdeen will manage a range of facilities, services and events, such as golf courses, swimming pools (including the Beach Leisure Centre), indoor and outdoor sports centres, the Linx Ice Arena, Active Schools and Active Communities. The quality of service and range of activities provided will remain at the same high standard, with Sport Aberdeen staff striving to constantly improve the customer experience. Sport Aberdeen will help the City Council to deliver the new Sport and Physical Activity Strategy ‘Fit for the Future’ and will also deliver the following sports objectives: • • • • •

Increase participation in sport – provide support for athletes and reward excellence Ensure high-quality, well-managed sport facilities in Aberdeen Recognise the contribution of sport, culture and arts to promoting the area as a tourist destination Promote the city as a tourist destination Recognise the role of sport and the arts in tackling anti-social behaviour

Visit Bridge of Don Pool, the Jesmond Centre, the Lord Provost Alex C. Collie Sports and Community Centre or any of our facilities city-wide for details of upcoming events and new initiatives. Also, look out for activities and programmes provided by Active Schools and Active Communities, through schools and community facilities in your area.

Aberdeen Sports Council Photographic Competition Theme: Sporting Aberdeen Open to all amateur photographers: Juniors (under 16) & adults £5 entry for up to 4 photos Closing date 30th August All sports eligible; indoor & out Entry forms at

New Bridge of Don Directory launched A new directory and city services guide for the Bridge of Don area has been published.

The directory, produced by the Community Learning and Development team, is a community effort involving a local steering group and a number of agencies, including Drugs Action, Home Start and Pathways. The Bridge of Don area Guide to Services 2010 provides Bridge of Don residents with a clear guide about support, services and facilities available to them locally. Find out about local sports and community centre classes and activities; Aberdeen College classes at Bridge of Don Academy; swimming lessons and pool session times; the Bridge of Don Community Partnership; after school clubs and holiday play schemes; schools; churches; mediation services; debt counselling; help finding employment; adult literacy classes and local pharmacies. The directory is available online at or by calling the Community Learning and Development Team on 01224 701160.

PEEP in the Bridge of Don area Community Learning and Development has successfully ran two Peep Groups in the Bridge of Don Learning Community for the past year. The groups were ran in partnership between the Community Worker and Health Visitor. Peep supports parents and carers as children's first and most important educators. In total 26 participants saw the course through the whole year. To recognise this achievement we gave certificates to mark the first year of learning completed by the mums with their babies. Mums commented that they had improved their confidence and really enjoyed the group. What can I Learn? Classes for the new term in the Bridge of Don and Oldmachar Communities are now ready open for registration. There are over 20 classes running in the area – day and evening classes both at Bridge of Don Academy and Community Centre and at Oldmachar Academy (evening only). Classes are run by Aberdeen College who offer a discount to people on benefits. Alternatively, you could apply for an ILA (individual learning account) from the Scottish Government if you, personally, earn less than £22000 per annum – call 0808 100 1090 for more information. The guide to classes is 5

available from the Bridge of Don Community Centre. Please call Emma

or Lynne on 701160 and we’d be happy to help.

Are you 16-19? Not in education, employment or training? Fancy £55 per Week? Then come along to shmuTRAIN taster sessions this Aug/Sept. We are looking for eight enthusiastic 16-19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training to take part in a twelve week training programme that will run from September to December 2010. If successful you will work with us for approximately 20 hours per week and receive a £55 weekly payment. Please call Brian or Chrissie on 01224 515013 to find out more or book a place on one of the following dates: Tuesday 31st August 10am - 12.30pm Wednesday 1st September 10am - 12.30pm Thursday 2nd September 10am - 12.30pm The shmuTRAIN programme aims to deliver a vibrant, contemporary and visionary training/skills development programme using community and


digital media as a meaningful and stimulating medium to increase the chances of young people moving into employment, education or training. ABERDEEN COLLEGE ACCESS COURSES FOR WINTER SCHOOL LEAVERS Hug NEW a Book with Bookbug Courses are available in Beauty Therapy, Computing and Digital Media, Nursing and Childcare, Social Sciences and Sport and Recreation and run from January to June 2011. Aberdeen City Libraries helped launch Scottish Book Trust's new Early For more information, contact Lorraine Aitken on 612629 or email

Years Programme Bookbug, formerly known as Bookstart, in early July.

The “ALTERNATIVE ACADEMY� isa personal development program which engages young people through activities such as climbing, skateboarding, in-line skating or BMX (All levels of ability are free to apply). These activities are used as a way of building confidence to help develop skills to move into further education or employment. The program runs for 12 weeks on a full time basis. To book a place for an interested young person, pleasecontact Bryan McCann on 626279 or email

The Bookbug programme encourages all parents and

carers to enjoy books with children from as early an age as possible, developing a lifelong love of books

for children all over Scotland.


The core format of the programme in Aberdeen will continue with 9,000 free packs of books for babies, toddlers, three year olds and P1 children, and free Bookbug sessions. In 2009/10 audiences of over 2,600 attended the sessions. The Book Crawl library joining scheme which is now called Bookbug's Library Challenge will continue to be widely available across the city. These packs will be especially tailored to the Scottish early year's environment, feature more Scottish authors and illustrators, and strongly support the Scottish publishing industry. Tips, advice and information about free Bookbug events can be found at a new website: For more information contact Aberdeen Children's Library on 01224 652546 or

How can we improve Aberdeen’s learning? The Bridge of Don Local Policing Team (LPT) is The Learning Estate in Aberdeen includes all our schools; nursery, prim continuing progress in relation to the major restructuring and special, as well as libraries and community facilities which help to of Aberdeen Division that started in April 2010. The learning in the community. Aberdeen City Council wants to examine le July Local Policing Update for the area can be accessed via the Grampian Police starting with a discussion of the secondary school education. Stakehol website at through the menus for Your Area, Aberdeen invited to suggest how the estate should be improved, whilst providing Division, Local Policing Teams and clicking on number 2 on the map or the Bridge of learning opportunities in an affordable way. Pupil subject choice is cruc Don button alongside it. Alternatively, the direct link is of the process is to give pupils as much chance to study the subjects o possible.

For more information please email secondaryeducation@aberdeencity online at

All submissions must be received by 5.00 pm on Monday 13th Septe

Glover House in Aberdeen was the family home of Thomas Blake Scottish Samurai, who was one of the founders of Mitsubishi Heavy Nagasaki, Japan. The house Thomas built for his parents, was given 1997 to the Grampian Japan Trust and has been restored to its fo splendour with many original details and features. 79 Balgownie Road, Bridge of Don Aberdeen AB22 8J Contact Jacqueline Rattray who represents the Grampian Japan T Glover House on (01224) 664573 for visiting hours.


Sergeant Tom Stewart has called time on his police career and retires in early August after more than 30 years service. Tom has spent several years working across the Danestone area and will be well known to many readers. We are losing a very conscientious and able officer and his replacement once identified has a hard act to follow. But time stands still for no man, and I'm sure you'll join me in wishing Tom a long and happy retirement. On a crime reduction note, I think the following seasonal advice is pertinent to highlight to readers over the summer months. Have a great summer and a safe one... Moray Watt, Local Policing Inspector Summer Home Security It is the time of year again when the weather hopefully warms up.toEven in the North to raise awareness help protect you East we still have occasion to open a window or door toproperty: let some fresh air into the and your house. This unfortunately opens the door for another individual, the "sneak in thief". • Look from a window or use a door viewer and see Many people think that it's okay to keep a small window opencheck whenfirst theytogo to who workis there. If you have a door chain or or the shops but sadly this is an opportunity for a thief to gain entry to your home. door make you use it. Don’t forget to check that the conservatory door or thebar back doorsure is locked before Bogus Callers going to bed. • Do not let anyone into your home Grampian Police are issuing whom are not Housebreakings figures have dropped this year, as theyyou aredon't doingknow on aor yearly basis, information regarding bogus callers expecting. however residents are still being caught out by insecure doors and windows. By which continues to be a problem in the following these simple steps area and are giving advice onyou howcan to avoid becoming a victim of a housebreaking or sneak insuch theftincidents. : prevent • Check identification. Most genuine • Ensure that all doors are secure before you leaveworkers for the day go toutility bed. fromorlarge • Likewise check that all ground floor and accessible windows are closed. A number of methods have been used companies will be wearing some • If you are in the back garden check that the front door of is uniform locked or on may a latch. by these individuals in the past. form and have a • Consider taking any handbags and wallets upstairs at night. Methods include distracting the marked vehicle. Genuine callers occupant so that they can gain entry to will not mind identification checks Your house be vulnerable you go on holiday in the summer so follow to this premises andcan thereafter steal orwhen turning or you calling the company good advice: up un-announced advising that work verify their attendance. • When going on get aoffamily check yourworking house. in requires to be doneholiday on an area your member or• neighbour Beware oftoindividuals • Useand good locks on all inflated doors and windows and consider usingmay a timer. home charging over prices. pairs. One distract you whilst Remember to cancel anygenuine deliveries like newspapers and milk. Many of them impersonate the other Checks the property. workers or pretend to be • Do not be pressurised into representatives of a bona fide company accepting work orlocal buying goods For any further advice on these mini-articles, please contact your Crime inReduction order to gain entry. from doorstep Office on 0845 600 5 700. For non-urgent matters, youcallers. can also contact • Only use companies you at have your Local Policing Team (LPT) through the same number or by e-mail following advice for dealing with arranged attend at your home. indicating that youtowish to contact the unexpected callers to your home Bridge seeks of Don LPT.


If you are in any doubt, keep them out, DO NOT let them in, call and advise a member of your family or a close neighbour. If you can, write down a description of clothing any marks, scars or other

features which would help with identification should this be required. In addition to this, the description of any vehicle they may have and the direction in which they walk away are also worth noting down.

Shed Security Grampian Police are advising home owners to think about the security of their sheds and garages. Unfortunately thefts from sheds and garages are becoming more and more common. Many people store items such as mountain bikes, motorbikes, golf clubs, DIY power tools, lawn mowers and other garden equipment in their sheds and the value soon mounts up. It is no wonder thieves are targeting them to get there hands on such valuable items. Grampian Police urges OVER homeowners think about WARNING DODGYto DRIVEWAYS HEARING IMPAIRED EMERGENCY TEXT what they keep in their sheds; how valuable REPAIRS! is it, how would you feel if it was stolen SERVICE and most importantly, how do you protect it?'' Be on your guard against rogue traders

People who are Deaf or have a hearing offering to build driveways for you! impairment can itaccess a service The council's Trading Standards and Roads Don't make easy for a thief.that As well as thinking about the security of our homes we enables them to contact the emergency services sections have become aware of a number of should also be thinking about the security of our sheds and garages. A newsletter with anywhere in Britain. Launched as a trial in residents who haveand hired individuals or information onthe how best to secure your shedcity is available to read download from September 2009, Emergency SMS Text firms to construct driveways and who have the Grampian web Messaging ServicePolice already hassite overon5,000 been left out of pocket and with a poor product. registered users nationally. The system is To add to their woes, these people are often due to be launched fully in November 2010. left facing an extra bill to have the work done Users must register their mobile phone to use on their property and on the pavement put the service. This can be done at any time by right. texting the word “Register� to 999. The system works by the user sending a text The complaints often concern workmen not message to '999'. A relay assistant will then only offering roofing, guttering and cladding speak the SMS message to emergency work, but also gardening work and driveway service staff, and a reply will be sent back as repairs. Such traders can be extremely a text message. Messages should be short persuasive and often target the elderly and and to the point, advising which emergency vulnerable. They often quote low prices, but service is required, what the emergency is those prices frequently escalate. and where it is. For more information, email or contact Grampian Senior trading standards Officer Del Police Community Support Department on Henderson said: "Before hiring anyone to 0845 600 5 700. carry out work on your property, get at least three quotes from different companies and references. Don't pay any money up front and if you're not happy with the work, don't pay for it until it has been completed to your satisfaction." Analogue television will start to be turned off in Aberdeen on 1st September 2010 The Help Scheme ( will be writing to eligible older and disabled people, reminding them of the assistance on offer to convert one TV set to digital, including a choice of equipment, installation and aftercare. The help is available for those aged

Permission to build a driveway must be sought from and granted by Aberdeen City Council before work begins and there are strict conditions which must be adhered to. In certain circumstances, planning permission is also required. The Trading Standards Service advises that residents do not be forced into making a quick decision on the doorstep and only deal with local firms with genuine, verifiable telephone numbers and addresses. 10 Be wary of companies that only use mobile phone or 0800 numbers and give no

Breast feeding drop in changed! Now appointments only from 1st July 2010 at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital Parenthood Dept. Please contact the Breastfeeding Centre on 01224552615


An amazing Night of Very Special Talent Aberdeen Arts Centre 7.30pm on 28th August 2010 Tickets £10 (Concessions available) Tickets can be purchased at Aberdeen Box Office Tel 01224 641122

Aberdeen City Council & NHS Grampian are inviting you to an

European Mobility Week / In Town Without My Car Day 2010 Wednesday 22nd September Greenbrae Crescent in Bridge of Don Everybody is welcome! Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Nestrans and Greenbrae Primary School are closing the road so that local citizens can experience the street atmosphere in a new way, without the fear and distraction of motorised traffic. Join a day of on-street activities and entertainment for pupils, parents and members of the local community to enjoy. Activities will include • Pupil mountain bike skills demonstration • Grampian Police bike security training • Grampian Cycle Surgery’s ‘Dr Bike’ • sustainable travel themed treasure hunt! European Mobility Week takes place from 15-22 September this year. This is an11 annual week-long series of events and awareness-raising campaigns taking place

Older People’s Wellbeing Event Wednesday 6 October 2010, 10 am-1 pm Town & County Hall The event will showcase a large number of organisations who can contribute to the wellbeing of older people and there will be great opportunities to network. No prior booking is needed, just turn up on the day. The entrance to the Town House is by the main door on Union Street. Access is also possible via the Queen Street entrance for guests with mobility issues. Please note there is no general parking available. Disabled parking and access should be arranged via Beverley Johnson on 01224 523135 or

the twelve week self-development programme, is currently taking referrals for their next group intake. Open to any adult who is experiencing mental health problems and would Have youfrom heard of the Family Information Service (FIS)? pathways, this programme benefit interventions to assist in accessing vocational Aberdeen City Councilto runs FIS to provide freeoninformation to parents and has been designed provide the first step the ladderand backadvice to social and carers on services for children, young people, and their families. We provide information economic inclusion by giving participants the motivation and confidence to move on forward childcare, familylives. support and education, including: in their • Registered pre-school providers activities including workshops and The programmechildcare providesand a variety of pro-vocational learning experiences in a natural environment. Energiser is designed to build upon the • Holiday Playschemes participants’ personal strengths and experiences. In the final weeks a vocational • Family support services module is introduced to • Counselling services prepare the individual for moving on and identifying possible vocational pathways. We operate an open referral system, allowing any individual to • Social work services refer someone to the service, and allowing people to self refer. • Play services • Additional support needs services For more information contact: Momentum Energiser • Ethnic minority services 43b Skene Terrace, Aberdeen, AB10 1RN • Training courses for the early years and childcare workforce Tel: 01224 647060 FIS also produce guides for parents to education and childcare services. You can access these on our website or we can send you a copy. We also produce the Summer in the City Guide – a guide to all the activities for children and young people that will be available in Aberdeen during the summer months. This is distributed to children and young people in all nurseries and schools across the city, and you can also pick up a copy at your local access point or library. The FIS helpline is open Monday to Friday between 10am - 4pm on 01224 443344 or 07825 053136 or email All12 enquiries are confidential. You can access the FIS website at

Welcome to Aberdeen's 50+ Festival The Festival runs from 13 September to 6 October as part of the 50+ activities programme. The programme is provided for people aged 50 years and older who live within the City and is funded from the Common Good Fund. This year we have a whole new fun packed programme of 50+ activities so let's get healthy, get active, get learning and meet new friends! A huge selection of activities and events will be available during the festival at various locations throughout the City. Look out for the many new additions to the Festival this year, including technology workshops with the Apple store, puppet making workshop, laughter therapy workshops, silkscreen printing, antique's evaluation day and much more. Your views CityaCouncil’s Planand in We hope youon have wonderfulBusiness 50+ Festival Aberdeen Council is working to develop a new business plan for the Council for the next five the words ofCity George Bernard Shaw, years. They are looking at everything they spend, building a new budget based on the key

"We don'tthey stop playing we grow old; Weand want your views. Leave your thoughts priorities must deliverbecause for the people of Aberdeen at or e-mail grow old because we stop playing"

Most of the tickets (including FREE tickets) for this year's events will sold through Aberdeen Box Office. Tel. 01224 641122 /

Cash for Kids Sports Balls ART EXHIBITION Cash for Kids have been collecting sports balls recently and now have lots to give away to any groups working with children who would like some. Anyone who is interested should ema i l M i c h e l l e H e r d a t as they are going fast and they can make arrangements for collection.

Saturday 23rd October 2010 11am – 4pm Balgownie Community Centre, Scotstown Gardens, Bridge of Don. Local artists. Come along and see what we do!! 13

Aberdeen Digital Television Channel Imajica have been commissioned by Aberdeen City Council to carry out a detailed feasibility study on the establishment and future sustainability of a local television channel. The Aberdeen area will be a digital only region by October 2010. Digital broadcasting via a localTV Freeview solution (and the Internet) is the perfect platform to deliver this exciting service. A local digital broadcast channel should promote or deliver; • support “hard to reach” areas • cultural integration • positive healthy lifestyles • local employment opportunities, ent • local events & community interaction • local advertising • local production and participation • support of voluntary organisations • local news and current affairs • promote local tourism, education, health care, technology, arts and culture, local people. Do you want to help shape this exciting opportunity for Aberdeen? You can join in interviews, focus group meetings. E-mail at European Youth Foundation Fund This Fund aims to encourage cooperation among young people in Europe by providing financial support for youth activities that promote peace, understanding and respect. For more information, please visit

Yorkshire Building Society Community Investment Fund Up to £300 is available to support a positive impact in local communities in whichthe Society operates; and to help causes that would otherwise fall outside the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation criteria. Support is targeted at local communities through a combination of financial giving, voluntary activities, linking with community groups and enterprises such as schools, sports clubs and localauthorities. Applicants should contact their local branch to find out more about the Fund in their area. For more information, please visit html The People's Postcode Trust, a trust set up by the "People's Postcode Lottery" in April 2009, has announced that it will re-open for applications on the 11th October 2010. Funding of between £500 and £10,000 (£2,000 if not a registered charity) will be available to small organisations and community groups operating in the areas of Poverty Prevention; Advancement of Health; Community Development; Public Sports; Human Rights; and Environmental Protection. Projects supported can last for up to 3months. For more information, please visit

BBC Children in Need—Small Grants Scheme Apply for grants of up to £10,000 through this BBC scheme. Not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people 18 years and under are eligible. The aim is to fund projects where a small amount can make a real contribution to success.


Instant Neighbour – update! We’ve had a very busy few months! We held our first ever Sale on 1 May which proved to be very successful, followed by another two in June with the intention of holding one per month, on the first Saturday, from September onwards. Please do come along from 10am to 12.30pm. We will be selling household items including suites, chest of drawers, kitchen tables and chairs, small electrical items. Donations of household goods welcomed, please contact us to arrange collection. We continue to

provide emergency food parcels and seek donations of non-perishable foodstuff to assist with this. We are seeking volunteers- please call in –9am and 4pm Monday to Friday and talk to Ian Armstrong, or call 01224 489955 for information on all our work. We want to thank the local community for their continued support of all the work of Instant Neighbour and we look forward to many more successful sales! Instant Neighbour, 5 St Machar Drive, Aberdeen, AB24 3YJ, 01224 489955

2010/11 NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMUNITY PLAN NOW PUBLISHED Spring is always a busy time for neighbourhood planning, and after much local discussions and meetings with services and community partners, the local 2010/11 Neighbourhood Community Plan is complete and available to view at Community Centers, Libraries or online at Thank you to all the community representatives and services who have helped make the plan bigger and better this year. The hard work is already underway to progress the many varied actions that appear in the plan, tackling issues from community safety, to environment, to health. Remember to look out for local neighbourhood bulletins updating you on the plan progress and if you want a copy of the plan or future neighbourhood bulletins, please get in touch. Ruth Morris , Neighbourhood Planning, Tel 01224 814527 or email

Bridge of Don Community Council The Bridge of Don Partnership is an excellent example of Community Planning right at the heart of your neighbourhood. Real and lasting changes and improvements are possible in your community. We are seeking new members and new projects to support. If you would like to find out more contact: Ruth Morris, Bridge of Don Community Partnership Coordinator: 01224 814527 @

Meets monthly, every 3rd Tuesday, 7pm at Scotstown School. Be at the heart of local decision making in your community. Public very welcome to attend. Contact Isobel Macleod, Secretary, 01224 703230


Local Contacts 01224 523596 Councillor Muriel Jaffery Councillor Gordon Leslie 01224 522261 Councillor John Reynolds 01224 523639 Councillor Willie Young 01224 522361 Councillor Ronald Clark 01224 522412 Councillor Barney Crockett 01224 522841 Councillor Mark McDonald 01224 523991 Councillor George Penny 01224 522041 01224 701160 Lynne Fallon, Community Learning, Bridge of Don Community Centre Isobel McLeod, Secretary, Bridge of Don Community Council 01224 703230 Bridge of Don Swimming Pool 01224 701136 Jesmond Centre 01224 707090 Alex Collie Centre 01224 82676 Aberdeen City Council Main Switchboard 08456 080910 Minicom number for hearing impaired callers 01224 522381 Anti-Social Behaviour Team (between 9 am and 4 am) 08456 066548 Housing Repairs (during office hours) 08456 080929 Housing Repairs (out with office hours) 01224 480281 Environmental Services (roads, lighting, litter etc) 08456 080919 Partner Agencies Scottish Water (faults relating to sewerage or sewage) 08456 018855 Grampian Police (non emergency call centre) 08456 005700 Grampian NHS 0845 456 6000 Bear Scotland (maintenance of trunk roads) 08005 871107 Useful Web Pages/Emails Community Planning in Aberdeen Aberdeen City Council Grampian Police NHS Grampian Grampian Fire & Rescue Service Making the Most of Neighbourhood Bulletins Neighbourhood Bulletins will be issued quarterly. If you have any views on how the Bulletin could be improved, or if you would like to submit an article for a future edition, please refer to the contact below. The Bulletin will be available from community points such as libraries and community centres. If you would like to receive future Bulletins directly (by email or post) please get in touch. This Neighbourhood Bulletin has been issued by Ruth Morris, Neighbourhood Community Planning Team, Education, Culture and Sport, Balgownie 1, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8AQ Tel: 01224 814527 Email:

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