Consultations 1This page will be updated monthly to provide up-to-date links to consultations relevant to the third sector.

Public opinion sought on Outdoor Adventure Centre

Aberdeenshire-based charity Netco has launched a public survey to gather local opinion on plans for a
 £10 million pound outdoor recreation centre at Durris Forest, in Aberdeenshire. The group is calling for input from members of the public, community groups, the education sector and local businesses to help ‘shape the future of the project’ ahead of submitting a formal planning application later this year. The online survey aims to find out what outdoor pursuits and nature-based activities people would like on offer at the proposed world-class development and gauge support for the project.
Chairman of Netco, Martin Byers, said: “Public feedback is going to play a huge part in determining what outdoor activities and facilities the centre will provide. This survey is the first stage in our wider community engagement process, and the responses we receive will shape the future of the project as we move another step closer to achieving our vision of bringing world-class mountain biking facilities to Aberdeenshire.” The brief survey is open until 15th March 2018. To take part, please click the following link:

Impact of a Bus Pass on Recovery

The national Partnership for Action on Drugs Scotland (PADS) Communities Committee has the goal of reducing barriers to recovery and tackling stigma for those affected by alcohol or drug use. Community members have expressed at various conversation café events across the country that a lack of affordable transport can be an important barrier to recovery and access to concessionary travel can be an enabler.  The PADS group would like to find out more and would appreciate your help in encouraging affected community members to complete this short survey looking into the impact of bus passes on recovery and access to them. Visit the survey at:

Improved English language provision
To improve access to learn English for Aberdeenshire residents whose first language is not English, the Aberdeenshire Learning Community Partnership (ALCP) is conducting a survey to gather information on what support exists and how it could be increased. The ALCP will use the results of the survey to help it engage with stakeholders to agree on a strategy for the delivery of English language learning support. Your feedback will assist in establishing a single portal for those who need support for learning English to connect with those who can deliver that support. It will also help provide information on what resources and funding should be secured to develop English language provision in Aberdeenshire. Visit the survey here:

Have your say- Should e-cigarette use (vaping) be allowed within NHS Grampian Grounds?

NHS Grampian would like to gather people’s views on whether they think that e-cigarette use/vaping should be allowed on NHS Grampian grounds. The current NHS Grampian Tobacco Policy does not allow the use of tobacco cigarettes or e-cigarette/vaping products within NHS Grampian grounds. This policy is due to be reviewed and NHS Grampian are currently seeking views as to whether people think that e-cigarette use should be permitted within the grounds. You can get involved by completing the survey online available via NHS Grampian website at: or by obtaining a paper copy from NHS Grampian healthpoints which are based at the Aberdeen Community Health and Care Village, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin and Peterhead. Or you can call the NHS Grampian healthline free on 08085 202030 to arrange for a copy of the survey to be posted to you. The survey closes on Wednesday 14th March 2018.

Locality plans for Aberdeenshire
Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) is engaging with stakeholders on draft locality plans ( for:

  • Formartine
  • Garioch
  • Kincardine & Mearns
  • Marr
  • North Aberdeenshire – covering Buchan, and Banff & Buchan localities

Each plan outlines:

  • the area profile of the locality
  • what services currently exist
  • what the key priorities are for improving health and social care services

The plans have been developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, including representatives from AVA. They outline areas for action for each locality and support the AHSCP’s strategic plan:
If you would like to comment or provide feedback, you can have your say on our locality plans here: The engagement period runs until 25th March 2018.

Aberdeenshire Recycling Survey

Aberdeenshire Council wants to know how they can help you to recycle more at home and at recycling centres. Please complete their online survey which includes questions on mixed dry recycling, food waste, glass, textiles and garden waste: For more information, please visit the news section of their website:

Draft Strategy To Tackle Social Isolation and Loneliness Consultation

The Scottish Government has recently opened its draft strategy to tackle social isolation and loneliness for consultation:
A facilitated consultation event in Inverurie on the 21st March is now fully booked (with a waiting list). However, responses can be made directly online at: or, if you would like AVA to co-ordinate a collated Aberdeenshire Third Sector response, please send comments to using the subject heading "Consultation on Draft Strategy To Tackle Social Isolation And Loneliness" by Friday April 13th.

Electoral Reform in Scotland - Public Consultation

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation to explore electoral reforms which Scottish citizens may wish to see taken forward in future.The Scottish Government is committed to increasing participation in elections both in terms of voter turnout and encouraging citizens to stand for election. Democratic participation for all challenges the inequalities of power and influence that exist in society, and an electoral system that supports and empowers the engagement of the Scottish people in their own elections plays a crucial role in this. The 2016-2017 Programme for Government included a commitment to take forward a consultation exercise to find out what electoral reforms Scottish citizens would like to see taken forward in future legislation.
The Scottish Government is keen to elicit views on a number of issues related to Local Government and Scottish Parliament elections, including: how often these elections should be held; who runs these and how they are run; who can register and vote; and who may stand for election.They would welcome comments from any citizen or civil society/third sector organisation as part of their consultation exercise. The consultation paper and online response system is available here. Closes 12th March 2018.

Preparing for the financial impact of caring – help to test a new online resource

Carers UK is developing an online resource, Thinking Ahead, to help working-age adults prepare for the financial impact of looking after someone. The aim of this work, funded by the Money Advice Service, is to make more people aware of the potential costs involved when friends or family need care, and to help people plan ahead for how they might approach this major life event. When they've received feedback on the resource, they plan to develop it further in the New Year.
To begin the resource:

If you would like any further information about this please contact:

Aberdeenshire Eligibility Criteria for Adult Carers Consultation is now open

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 will be implemented on the 1st April 2018 and places a number of statutory duties (or responsibilities) on all local authorities. One of these duties is to develop and publish eligibility criteria for carers supported by national guidance. This consultation relates to feedback on the proposed eligibility criteria framework for adult carers. There will be a separate consultation on eligibility criteria for young carers. We encourage as many people as possible to read the consultation on eligibility criteria for adult carers and complete the survey to give your views. You do not have to be a carer to comment on this. We fully encourage those who are supported by a carer and organisations who provide support to carers to share their views. Please follow the link below to give feedback on the attached draft Aberdeenshire Eligibility Criteria for Adult Carers: Printed copies of the draft consultation and survey are available on request by emailing or calling 01467 530712. If you have any queries please contact the Carer Strategy Team via email on: The deadline for response is Friday 16th March.

Help us reach 16-24 year-olds in rural Scotland
Scottish Rural Action is doing a youth transport survey to find out how the cost of travel affects young Scots in their work, studies and personal lives.  Travel affects young people very differently in rural areas where public transport is often irregular, unreliable and expensive, compared to in urban areas where young people can often choose between different forms of public transport for the same journey. Please take the survey to help find out if these impacts are felt equally across Scotland's rural areas, or if there are particular issues in different regions.

Formartine/ Buchan Way E-bike Survey
If you could affordably hire an electric bike or an adapted bike, would this make cycling more accessible and enjoyable for you or a member of your family? An electric bike provides a boost of power as you are pedalling.  An adapted bike may be hand powered or a trike or a tandem for example. These adapted bikes make cycling accessible for people with, for example, visual impairments, difficulties balancing or other disabilities. Making these bikes publicly available would require a considerable investment to buy, maintain and operate and so Aberdeenshire Council and its partners wish to gauge public interest before pursuing a funding bid.  If you think you may be interested in hiring electric bikes or adapted bikes to make cycling a more accessible activity for you, or a member of your family,  then fill in the survey here:

Scottish Government Consultation Hub

The Scottish Government wants to make it as easy as possible for those who wish to express their opinions on a proposed area of work to do so in ways which will inform and enhance that work.
They have a consultation hub on their website where you can view and take part in consultations as well as see consultations that have already been archived.

Visit the hub here:

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