Kennin fa t’phone directory launched

An information directory has been launched which offers important information for older people in Upper Deeside.

The Kennin fa t’Phone directory contains information on housing, energy, money, adult learning, transport, libraries, health & social work, voluntary organisations and community transport schemes for people in the local area.

The project came about as the result of discussions between the Upper Deeside Community Development Group (UDCDG) and the Public Health Coordinator for Marr, looking for a way to address public health concerns and promote lifelong learning and leisure.

The directory is designed to provide vital information to help members of the elderly population – which is higher than average in Upper Deeside – live in a rural area.

The directory was put together with help from the Aboyne, Ballater and Torphins lunch clubs, residents from the Cromar Court and Sluiemohr sheltered housing complexes in Tarland and Ballater and the West Aberdeenshire Access Panel.

Kennin’ fa t’Phone was launched by the UDCDG in September, with funding from the Health Improvement Fund.

Guests from the Aboyne Lunch Club and Sluiemohr Sheltered Housing Complex enjoyed afternoon tea at the Victoria and Albert Halls in Ballater to mark the launch.

A thousand copies of the directory have been published and will be distributed throughout the Upper Deeside area. It will also be available online at www.ouraberdeenshire.org.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Cllr Isobel Davidson, said: “With a high proportion of elderly people living in Upper Deeside, it is essential that we do all we can to ensure they have access to the most important services which affect their lives.

“It is great to see Aberdeenshire Council and the NHS working together to produce such a valuable resource and for rural areas like this one, it will be a real asset.”

Committee vice-chair, Cllr Ron McKail, said: “This booklet will ensure that older people in Upper Deeside can have easy access to information about important services available to them.”

For more information contact community learning and development worker, Lindsay Lumsden, on 013398 86222, or email lindsay.lumsden@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or contact public health coordinator Dawn Tuckwood on 07900 136493 or email dawn.tuckwood@nhs.net.