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Wednesday 26 November is polling day in the People's Millions Lottery Awards, and Simeon Care for the Elderly asks all Footprints Connect readers to pick up the phone and vote for their Golden Garden project. Read all about it here . . .

The CVSA Nov - Dec newsletter is now available to read online. Read it here . . . 

Age UK has published its Winter Wrapped Up leaflet, which it describes as "a guide to staying warm and well this winter." 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 . . . 

Insch Theatre Group is looking for new members. For further information come along to the group's next meeting on Tuesday 25 November at 7 pm in the Insch Church Hall, Western Road, Insch, or contact Iain Mitchell on 01454 820691 . . . 

The Huntly Food Bank is to launch on 2 December and needs volunteers. The Food Bank will operate initially on Tuesdays and Fridays. A volunteers' information evening will take place on 20 November at 7.30 p.m. at Huntly/Carnie Parish Church. Volunteer drivers are also required. For further information contact Debbie Parry on 07795 551107 or email her at , , , 

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 . . .   

Are you 60 or over? Are there any issues relating to physical activity you would like to discuss? Come along to the Aberdeen Community Health and Care Village in Frederick Street on 27 November for a free Fitness MOT. Read more here, including information on times . . .

Stagecoach North Scotland is redesigning its iconic bluebird logo that appears on all its buses and has launched a competition for the new design. The competition, which opened on 3 November, will run until 1 December, with a cash prize of £1000 awarded to the winner. Those interested can view the competition poster and a summary of all the relevant information including design specification at these respective links . . . 

Lift Arts and Wellbeing Project is hosting a series of self-development workshops and networks across the city. These include singing classes, a class on rediscovering your inner self and a network for older people. See the Lift link here for further information . . .

Following the immensely successful Dementia Friends initiative in England, Dementia Friends Scotland has now gone live. Visit the website at to find out about becoming a Dementia Friend. It is not a befriending scheme but it is about raising awareness of dementia in order to provide better support. Free information sessions will run in December. Contact Sarah Geoghegan, Dementia Adviser, Aberdeen City Services, Tel: 01224 644627

SensationALL, the Westhill-based charity that provides multi-sensory play facilities for children with Multiple Support Needs, is marking its 2nd Birthday with a party which will include a big raffle with a wide range of highly prestigious prizes. The draw will take place on 29 November, the day of the party. Read more here . . .  

Keeping safe online. Over-60s in Aberdeen get advice on avoiding cyber scams. Read more here

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

Read all about news and events in the Inverurie and Kemnay area. See the Garioch Gazette, available to view at the Inverurie page  . . .


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  • Many elderly 'struggle' at home

    Thousands of older people in England are struggling in their own home with little or no help, research suggests.27 November 2014
  • 'Silver surfers' more health savvy

    Older people who regularly use the internet and take part in cultural activities may be better equipped to keep on top of their health, research suggests.26 November 2014
  • Many lonely elderly call helpline

    In its first year, a free 24-hour UK helpline for the elderly has been inundated with calls about loneliness.25 November 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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