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Mental Health Awareness at Haddo – May 2019

During the month of May Haddo will be home to a variety of activities and events designed to settle the mind and give people the tools to strive for better mental health.

Haddo is a place of solace for many, and the perfect environment to work on overall wellbeing. Working with partners Gillian Watt of ‘And Breathe123’ and Agnes Bruce of ‘Wellbeing with Agnes’, Haddo will be host to a series of talks, walks and workshops, all with the purpose of improving our ability to switch off and be present.

Suzanna Atkinson, Haddo visitor services officer said: “We are so pleased to play our part in bringing better mental health and wellbeing to our visitors. Many of us are affected by stress, have super busy lives, live with depression, sensory deficits and countless other conditions that can be relieved by spending time in the outdoors in guided sessions.

“We are working with Gillian and Agnes to introduce wellbeing at Haddo, which will initially ‘kick-off’ during Mental Health Awareness Week, but we hope will become a regular addition to the many activities at Haddo.

“The events and activities throughout May include a mindfulness walk for mums, several meditation and mindfulness workshops, and how learning to be present in the outdoors can drastically help how our brains process the world around us. There is something for everyone and there is a small fund available for people who can’t afford to pay the full cost of the activities.”

If you would like to donate to allow as many people as possible to attend the events and activities: search Haddo at Just Giving. Every penny helps the Haddo team to help someone else.

To find out more take a look at the Haddo Facebook page @visithaddo or email Suzanna on

FW: Road closure

From: Paul Wilson [] Sent: 02 May 2019 09:03 Subject: Road closure

Good morning

Due to urgent pot hole repair works to be carried out, the U36C will be closed for 2 days from Thursday 2 May.
We apologise for the inconvenience.
Please see map attached

Paul Wilson Technical Assistant Formartine Area Office 29 Bridge Street Ellon AB41 9AA

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Charity Haddo Egg Hunt

Once a year, on Easter Sunday, an Aberdeenshire Council park hosts a very special egg hunt. Organised by local Rotary Clubs at Haddo Country Park, Methlick, an Easter bunny leaves beautifully painted wooden eggs for children to find.

Haddo Visitor Services Officer, Suzanna Atkinson, said: “It is an incredibly busy day at Haddo, so we have to close the estate to all vehicles except those who have pre-purchased parking passes for the hunt, these can be bought by searching for Haddo Egg Hunt online at or visiting our Facebook page @visithaddo.”

As well as the charming eggs to find, there will be a face-painter, crafts, an egg-rolling competition and tasty treats to buy. Income from all activities and stalls goes to charity, so it’s a very fitting way to spend Easter with the family.

Suzanna said: “So many community groups get involved in this event. We plan it for a year to make sure it’s a wonderful day out for families. It’s a real credit to the volunteers that we manage to put on something so fun, but yet so rewarding for all involved.”

All profits from this year’s event will be going to the Neonatal Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Suzanna can be contacted on

FW: Public Transport issues

In response to communication from Tarves Community Council to our local councillors and the PTU the following email has been received today from Aberdeenshire Councils Public Transport Unit. To:
Hello Bob
Thank you for your email and I am sorry for the late response.

We have been monitoring the corridor over the last 3 months, and our surveyor has undertaken checks on the service, in particular the early am buses, including last week with the non-operation of the 0724 hours ex Methlick to Aberdeen on Monday 1 April 2019, which has been dealt with through the Council’s Contract Performance and Monitoring system (CPMS).

I am currently in contact with Stagecoach Bluebird management regarding the volume of breakdowns and reliability on the corridor, with any issues dealt with through the CPMS, as the volume of issues over the last few months are unacceptable to passengers and the Council. I have asked the company for confirmation as to how they will rectify these issues in the short and long term, in particular, an improvement to their maintenance programme carried out on these vehicles, which is the main issue. I am organising a meeting with Stagecoach management within the next two weeks, to discuss these issues further. I will update you once this has taken place but in the mean-time, please be assured that we are dealing with these issues with the up most urgency, and will continue to monitor the service, with any issues dealt with through the Council’s CPMS.

I am in contact with some passengers and following an email last week, listing times and dates of various issues over the last 3 months, I have asked Stagecoach Bluebird for an explanation on each of these. As you appreciate, for the Council to investigate any issues, it is essential that we receive specific times and dates as soon as the incident occurs, so that they can be dealt with through the Council’s CPMS where appropriate, as without this information, it would take my colleague a considerable amount of time to go through every journey over a period of time through the system. I have asked these passengers to email me as soon as there is an issue on the corridor, so they can be investigated.

Thank you

Senior Transport Officer (Local Bus Service)
Passenger Transport Unit Infrastructure Services
Aberdeenshire Council

From: TCC Chairman [] Sent: 03 April 2019 01:11 To: Cllr Karen Adam < <>>; Cllr James N. Gifford < <>>; Cllr Andrew Hassan < <>>; Cllr Paul Johnston < <>> Cc: <>; Aberdeenshire PTU Subject: Public Transport issues

Dear All
As most of you will be aware there have been ongoing problems with the bus service to and from Tarves/Methlick / Aberdeen for some time.
There have been numerous undertakings from the operator to improve the reliability of this service however the situation continues with occasions this week where the bus just doesn’t turn up due to breakdowns. There appear to be more breakdowns on this route than any other.
If it hasn’t already, can this be discussed at a Ward meeting and some priority be given to pressing the Operator to properly address the situation and restore the service.
The PTU are fully aware of the situation and have been trying unsuccessfully to get the Operator to sort this out.
Thanks and Regards
Bob Davidson for Tarves CC

Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership Consultation

Calling all Aberdeenshire residents!

Are you interested in how Health and Social Care services are delivered in your area? Have you ever visited a GP? Seen a school nurse or health visitor? Visited a Care Home? Or maybe you care for someone or maybe you, yourself are cared for? The chances are that everyone in Aberdeenshire has come into contact with the services that the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) is responsible for delivering.

The Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership provides health and social care services across Aberdeenshire, these include; GPs, Community Hospitals, Minor Injury Units, Care Homes, Primary Care and Urgent Care Services, School Nursing, Community Nursing, Community Pharmacy, Physiotherapists, Dieticians, School Nurses, Public Health, Adult Support and Protection, Health Visitors.amongst many others

The AHSCP is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan for the next five years and we need your help to do it. We need to know what you think about the way we currently deliver health and social care services in your area and how we should shape our services to make sure they are fit for the future.

The Strategic Plan will be built around 5 key priority areas namely, Effective use of Resources, Prevention and Early Intervention, Reshaping Care, Engagement and Tackling Inequalities and Public Protection. A webpage has been developed with a range of resources including explainer videos to make it as easy as possible to participate

Rhona Atkinson, Chair of the Integration Joint Board (IJB) said: “The team has developed a series of short videos that explain what each priority is, why it is a priority and some of the services that help us to deliver on that priority. So, it really is as easy as possible to follow and to tell us your experiences of what we offer now and how we could improve things for the future.

“There are a number of ways to get involved including an online pack which can be downloaded and used in a group setting, or you can simply choose to complete a very short online survey on the priority area you are most interested in.

“We really want to hear from as many people as possible so we are hoping that anyone involved in their community will feel empowered and supported to run their own session and feedback the outcome to us.”

Cllr Anne Stirling, Vice Chair of the IJB, said: “The Strategic Plan for the next 5 years will determine how we develop our services and how we, as a partnership, spend our money. So, it really is vital that we hear from as many people from our communities as possible to make sure we are investing in the right things in the right areas, to best support the current and future health and wellbeing of everyone across Aberdeenshire.”

To request a facilitated session, paper copies of the resources or just to ask a question, please email <>