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Great story about how online technology has enhanced the lives of older people in Aberdeen who have been helped to get connected by the Silver City Surfers. If you read the case studies you'll see exactly how getting to grips with computers has helped four people in Aberdeen to use new technology for a better later life. Read the story here . . . 

Aberdeen City Council has just pub;ished the first edition of its Equality Outcomes newsletter. Read it here . . . 

Penumbra is a leading Scottish voluntary organisation providing services for people who are experiencing mental ill health. It provides a range of person centred, recovery-based support services across Scotland, and also aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination. Read more here . . . 

Inclusion Scotland has launched its latest update. This article on Operation Disabled Vote reports on how far from having no voice, those with a disability could swing the result of the next election IF the vote is mobilised . . .

Footprints Connect has secured £750 in Garioch Partnership Funding. News of how the money will be used will follow soon . . .

Applications are invited from the NHS Grampian Endowment Funds for funding under the Community Small Grants Scheme. Grants are available for projects that will directly benefit the health of the residents of Grampian. The grants of up to £5000 are available for "not for profit" organisations and registered charities. Download an application form and guidance notes . . . 

The Insafe newsletter is a general interest newsletter on online safety issues. The December 2014/January 2015 edition is now available, and you can read it here . . . 

According to research quoted by the GATE Project (Good At The End) the vast majority of people do not adequately plan for their deaths, or even spend all that much time thinking about it, meaning that they can often not be remembered in the way they would like to be. The GATE project is about getting people talking, thinking and making informed decisions about these issues. For more information go to the GATE Home Page . . . 

The Charity Community Christmas, in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service, aims to ensure no older people spend Christmas alone if they do not want to. With research suggesting that 88% of older people in Scotland want a traditional Christmas spent in company, societal changes often mean this does not happen. Click here to go to the Community Christmas website and find out more . . .   

Interested in computer sessions designed for all skill levels, got an iPad or Tablet you would like some help with? or are you interested in digital photography? Then have a look at what  VSA Broomhill Activity Centre has to offer  here ... Interested then give Linda a call on (01224) 316278 or email

Are you over 60? The Helping Hand Seniors Club meets every Friday morning from 10.30 a.m at The Life Centre, Caroline Place, Rosemount, Aberdeen, AB25 2TH. They offer a variety of activities which are designed to break isolation and help strengthen and stimulate the emotional, social, intellectual and physical health of seniors ... Call Cynthia to find out more on 01224 566 360

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  • Community order for death driver

    A woman who knocked down and killed a pensioner after she was "distracted" by loud music playing in her car is told to carry out unpaid work.19 December 2014
  • Age UK launches 8-point plan to help savers

    Age UK has launched an 8-point plan to help savers make the most of pension reforms. As the most radical reforms to private pension saving in a generation get a step closer to becoming law, Age UK...16 December 2014
  • 400,000 older people fear loneliness at Christmas

    Nearly 400,000 people aged 65 or over are worried about being lonely this Christmas. The new research by Age UK reveals how big an issue loneliness is in the UK, and the charity is calling for vita...12 December 2014
  • Older people should get help to claim benefits

    9 in 10 think more should be done to help older people claim their benefits. Almost all would encourage their mum or grandma to claim benefits if she was on a low income. {DynamicContent:Social Med...17 October 2014
  • Lack of suitable housing costs NHS millions

    40,000 needless days spent in hospital awaiting home adaptations before discharge {DynamicContent:Social Media Buttons} Unsuitable housing is leaving thousands of older people facing unnecessary...03 September 2014
  • 870,000 older people do not receive crucial care help

    New research from Age UK reveals that 870,000 older people between 65 and 89 now have unmet needs for social care. {DynamicContent:Social Media Buttons}   The research uncovers the fact that nearly...14 August 2014
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