About Live Life Aberdeenshire
Live Life Aberdeenshire (LLA) is part of Aberdeenshire Council and provides a wide range of high-quality culture and sports experiences. These experiences are easily accessible and aimed at promoting better mental and physical health and overall well-being. Whether you live or work in Aberdeenshire or are visiting, LLA ensures access to fun and educational activities spanning the region’s breadth, from the mountain to the sea.
About the funding
Positive Action Grants (PAGs) are now in their third year and aim to support actions that enhance community health and well-being. In 2023, PAGs will focus on selected rural settlements with limited public transport and restricted local access to culture and sports. The desired outcomes of these grants are to increase the delivery of sports and cultural activities in identified communities with limited access to current provisions, deliver accessible services to encourage participation in the target group, enhance community capacity for longer-term delivery, and raise awareness of Live Life Aberdeenshire’s offer.
The five communities
Cuminestown Fettercairn New Deer Rothienorman Strathdon
The five communities in question are classified as rural or remote rural. Although some cultural amenities such as libraries or heritage venues are located within a five-mile radius, public transportation is limited, making access to a private vehicle essential. Several of these places have a population of less than 1000 people. Each has a primary school, four of which currently have composite classes. Older children often have to travel long distances to reach the nearest academy. Additionally, each settlement has a residential facility for older individuals owned by Aberdeenshire Council or private sector organisations. The number of individuals aged 70 and older has increased noticeably in certain areas in the past few years, with figures likely to follow the predicted Aberdeenshire trend of a 28% increase in 65+ by 2030.
We’re super excited about supporting these five wonderful communities. We want to make sure that everyone’s specific needs are met, which is why we’re hosting taster events in each community. Our Project Coordinator, Cameron, will be there every step of the way, he’ll help with all sorts of things, like developing new skill sets, organising creative actives, helping groups to recruit volunteers and participants, and support group leaders to gain the skills required to ensure that community groups are sustainable. We believe that cultural and heritage initiatives can really strengthen communities and promote social cohesion, which is why we’re committed to supporting Live Life Aberdeenshire to reach these five communities.
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.
Come along and join us
A creative day to celebrate community. All the activity is FREE to attend, but booking is required f...December 9 @ 2:00 pm at Fettercairn Church Hall
Craft your own, one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations with oven-bake clay. No prior experience is need...December 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Cuminestown Hall
A creative day to celebrate community. All the activity is FREE to attend, but booking is required f...December 2 @ 2:00 pm at Lonach Hall