Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week 2021


Aberdeenshire Third Sector Strategy Group are delighted to bring you the second            Aberdeenshire Third Sector Week, highlighting the value and diversity of our local Third Sector. 2021 has brought a new set of challenges. “Lockdown” and other COVID19 restrictions may have been eased but life for many of our communities has not returned to what it was before March 2020.

This years' programme aims to capture the essence of the great work undertaken by the Third Sector across Aberdeenshire but by no means is this collection the complete picture! Please find a copy of the full programme here. Throughout the week we will continue to share stories submitted by our colleagues across the sector on our Facebook and Twitter feeds however you can also view the ATSW21 highlights below.

Click on the events below for more information:

This year we are delighted to offer you the chance to meet with two Funding Organisations during Third Sector Week. On Tuesday 16th November Suki Mills from the National Lottery Community Funding will host a short online session with Q&A and Thursday 18th November, Lindsay Wells from SEPA will talk about funding opportunities through the Community Landfill Funds.

You can attend these events by using the links below:

Tuesday 16th 2-2.30pm Suki Mills National Lottery

Thursday 18th 2-2.30pm Lindsay Wells SEPA


The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund will be open to applications from 17th November 2021, administered by AVA as a part of the TSI Scotland Network. £631,000 will be distributed in Aberdeenshire.

This Scottish Government Fund has been established in response to the mental health need arising from the pandemic - to provide grants to small, grassroots community groups and organisations to develop a culture of mental wellbeing and prevention within local communities and across Scotland with improved awareness of how we can all stay well and help ourselves and others.

Watch this space for more information!

Shape Up Peterhead

Shape Up Peterhead have been keeping their communities active in various and engaging ways. In November, they  launched the “Get Oot ‘n Aboot challenge”. Find out more here!

Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust

Water sports have become increasingly popular, making the most of the Northeast Coastline and inland waters. These activities offer so many benefits and are great for physical and mental wellbeing.

One organisation who have managed to restart some of their activities is the Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust who have shared this short message.


Fly Cup Catering

Fly Cup Catering is a Scottish charity providing training and employment opportunities to adults with learning disabilities in the catering and hospitality sector.

Within its premises in Inverurie, Fly Cup provides its trainees with opportunities in its coffee shop, bakery, kitchen, meeting rooms and office environment to build their social skills, confidence, self-esteem, independence and ultimately their employability.

Visit Mearns

Our Mearns Tourism Association, operating under the brand Visit Mearns secured funding from Visit Scotland to support a marketing campaign to promote the area to visitors over the low season.

Take a look at their campiagn video here. This video highlights so many hidden treasures and local destinations.