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Live Life Aberdeenshire (LLA) is an innovative approach to delivering sports and cultural activities on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council. The organisation provides a wide range of services to communities across the region, promoting positive mental health and physical wellbeing. Whether you live, work, or visit Aberdeenshire, LLA offers access to fun and educational activities, from mountain to sea.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Cameron. He’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. Just send him an email whenever you have a chance.

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The Community Culture & Heritage Fund is an inspiring opportunity that aims to encourage organisations, clubs, volunteers and  professionals in Cuminestown, Fettercairn, New Deer, Rothienorman, and Strathdon to explore developing new or strengthen existing creative or heritage activities within their community.

Now that the fund is closed, we eagerly await the announcement of the recipients who will have the opportunity to further enrich their local community.

A Skills Sharing Programme

5 sessions over 5 weeks

FREE to attend – but sign up is essential

(average course value: £450)

Places are limited, so be sure to book early to guarantee your place.

Delivered by NEAT as part of

Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Positive Action Grant.

Get ready to unlock your potential and level up your community engagement, project management, and governance skills like never before! Our exclusive programme of 1-hour sessions over five weeks is designed to provide you with a unique opportunity to learn from specialised professionals and also through peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. And the best part? It’s all in a relaxed and interactive online format!

We’re thrilled to offer the first round of opportunities to volunteers and practitioners living in or associated with Cuminestown, Fettercairn, New Deer, Rothienorman or Strathdon. But if there are still places available, we’ll be extending the invitation to NEAT members and to all volunteers and practitioners across Aberdeenshire.

This isn’t just another typical training experience. It’s a platform for you to network and share your experiences with like-minded individuals who are enthusiastic about running community activities. And let’s face it, with the pandemic and cost of living crisis affecting our communities, volunteers are more important than ever in making our communities better places to live, work, and play.

 So, what are you waiting for? Join us and let’s take your skills to the next level in an exciting and engaging way!

The dates for these sessions are yet to be confirmed. A poll will be conducted to determine the most suitable dates for the participants.

We will provide more details soon, but the program will include the following sessions:

Session 1

From Idea to Reality

Have you an idea but you don’t know where to start in making it happen? Learn from an experienced Project Manager on how to get your idea off the ground and build a thriving project of activity, whether as large as a festival, or as small (but just as important) as a Conversation Café.

Session 2

The Power of Knowledge Sharing: A Session for Learning and Growth

Are you curious if others have faced the same challenges as you? Do you want to discover how they overcame certain problems or issues? Are you ready to share your good advice or experiences with others? Join your amazing volunteer peers for an informal blether and be inspired by what they have achieved.

Session 3

How to Apply For Funding – A Step-by-Step Guide

Discovering the key components of a successful funding application, effectively communicating your story, and understanding the dos and don’ts of funding can all lead to building a more sustainable future. Let’s work towards a better tomorrow together.

Session 4

Tips for Successfully Marketing Your Project

Learn all the top tips on how to reach your audience through marketing techniques. Delivered by a professional, this session will make life a lot easier when it comes to spreading the word about your activity and how to engage people.

Session 5

The Key to Success: Unlocking the Power of Knowledge Sharing

Connect and engage with likeminded people in these friendly sessions.  Everyone will have a chance to share their experience, and address their current challenges, ideas and opportunities. We will break out into small breakout groups allowing people to connect with those who are doing similar activities in different parts of Aberdeenshire, enabling peer to peer sharing as well as building your network of helpful contacts in the region.


If you require any additional support to access these sessions via Zoom, please contact Cameron.

Groups and individuals awarded support from the Culture & Heritage Community Fund are required to attend at least three sessions. Attendance can be rotated among group representatives.

CLICK HERE to book your place



On Saturday 9 December 2023, the Cuminestown Arts Group and community members gathered for an amazing Clay Workshop that got everyone into the festive spirit! Led by the incredibly talented Claire Totton, the workshop was a smashing success, as participants created stunning Christmas and festive ornaments that filled everyone with the joy and spirit of the season.

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