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Consultations

This page will be updated monthly to provide up-to-date links to consultations relevant to the third sector. Please send information about live consultations to: Lindsay.Allardyce@avashire.org.uk.

Local Consultations

How would you prefer to access FREE period products?
With funding from the Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire Council now provides access to free period products. General feedback has been positive, especially as many families may be struggling with the rising cost of living. But Aberdeenshire Council would like to know more about the type of products you would like to access, where you would like to be able to access these and how. It is important there is adequate provision of suitable products across Aberdeenshire’s wide geographical area. Please take part in the Free Period Product Access Survey. This will take just 5-10 minutes to complete and will shape what is provided in the future. This important work relates to the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 Act, which states that everyone in Scotland who menstruates should have reasonably convenient access to period products, free of charge, as and when they are required. This includes visitors to Scotland for the duration of their stay.  You can access the survey via the here: engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/free-period-product-access

To order free period products online, or to find out where you can pick up products within your local community, visit: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/sanitary-products/ If you don’t have access to the internet, you can contact 03456 08 12 08 to request sanitary products. 


Hospital Homecoming - Patient Experience of Hospital Discharge
Have you been discharged from hospital in the last 12 months? Did you get the support you needed? What support would you have liked? We would love to hear your experience! Our Hospital Homecoming project is a two-year project aiming for faster discharge of patients by providing support from community groups and volunteers. This survey and your experiences will help to tell us what support is needed. Information will be shared with the NHS as part of the project reporting process but will remain anonymous. Take part in the survey here: Hospital Homecoming - Patient Experience of Hospital Discharge (office.com). For further information, contact Aimi Blueman on Tel: 07585 507524 or email: Aimi.Blueman@avashire.org.uk


The SeaFit Programme
The SeaFit Programme is a joint initiative between the Seafarers Hospital Society and The Fishermen’s Mission, to help support and improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of fishermen and their families around the United Kingdom. Recently the programme has helped deliver Covid-19 vaccinations, provided access to free physiotherapy services, and, in partnership with Live Life Aberdeenshire, provides a Healthy Lifestyle Advisor who can advise, signpost, or refer to local health & wellbeing services, support, and community groups. Completing this questionnaire will help identify the type of support which will be of most benefit to active fishing crews, retired fishermen, and the wider fishing community locally.


Lived Experiences Online Forum
Parents Come Together in Aberdeenshire is looking for families who would be willing to anonymously share their experiences and suggestions around accessing vital services locally within Aberdeenshire in an online forum. The forum is free and confidential and provides a safe place to discuss with fellow parents about the topics and services which are important to you. If you would like to be invilved, please email Agnese.carter@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or message the Parents Come Together in Aberdeenshire Facebook Page.


Recruitment for Pilot Study on Rural Healthcare
The COVID-19 pandemic meant lots of changes were made in the way healthcare appointments were provided. Aberdeen University is exploring the public’s perspectives on accessing and receiving healthcare in rural areas across Grampian during the pandemic and how these recent changes are affecting the experience of rural and remote healthcare. They are looking to collect insights from people who currently live in rural or remote Grampian through an online blog, focus groups, and interviews. You can post comments on the blog or you can submit responses via email to andrew.maclaren@abdn.ac.uk.


ASP Training Needs 
A responsibility of the Aberdeenshire Adult Protection Committee is to improve the skills and knowledge of those with a responsibility for the protection of adults at risk.  ​To support this, a training need analysis survey has been developed by the Grampian Adult Protection Learning and Development Group. The results from this survey will enable the Partnership to identify gaps in skills and knowledge and facilitate the development of appropriate training where there are gaps.
You can find the survey here: ASP Training Needs Survey 2021 (office.com)


Aberdeenshire Community Impact Assessment 
Share your thoughts about how Covid-19 has affected you and your community by completing Aberdeenshire Council's Community Impact Assessment Survey:
https://engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/hub-page/cia


Aberdeenshire Council Website Survey
If you are a regular user of the Aberdeenshire Council website, www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk, or have used it in the past, they would like to know what your experience was. Your feedback will help improve the website. This survey will take around 5 minutes to complete and can be found here.


Covid Testing Facilities Survey
NHS Grampian would like to understand how to support people in communities across Aberdeenshire to access COVID testing easily, even when they have no symptoms. This is because 1 in 3 people who are infected do not show any symptoms and can spread the infection without knowing. NHS Grampian would like to hear from you to help plan COVID testing facilities in your area. Please click the link to give your feedback: 5274 Asymptomatic Community Testing v2 (snapsurveys.com)


Tackling Food Poverty
Following raised awareness of a potential increase around hidden poverty in our communities due to Covid-19, statistics are being collated by Aberdeenshire Council and partner organisations to identify areas requiring support. See link to a short survey to gather your understanding/experience of food poverty in the area you work or volunteer in.
See also this link to the document "Human Right's approach to tackling food insecurity" which has been added to the partnership resource page.
Please find the survey here

National Consultations

Home Education Guidance
This consultation seeks views on the proposed updates to the existing home education guidance. The guidance sets out the roles and responsibilities of local authorities and parents in relation to home education. The draft guidance sets out the roles and responsibilities of local authorities and parents in relation to home education. It provides information on the relevant law and the process for withdrawing a child from school. The draft guidance also offers information and guidance for local authorities and parents on developing positive relationships based on mutual trust that function in the best interests of the child or young person. 
Resopnd to this consultation here


Provision of Allotments Inquiry
The Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee is holding an inquiry into the provision of allotments as part of its post-legislative scrutiny of Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 (“the Act”).  A wide range of community organisations and social enterprises provide gardening and food growing initiatives, and so the inquiry may be of interest to a number of your members if you would be able to highlight it to them. The primary purpose of the inquiry is to assess whether the Act has achieved its aims of improving the availability of allotments and reducing barriers to accessing them. It will also consider how communities are establishing allotments themselves and the community, health, educational and environmental benefits of allotments and community gardens.  The specific questions to which the Committee is inviting responses can be found on the Committee’s website here.


2030 Strategy - Discussion Document and Questionnaire
The Scottish Ambulance Service is actively engaged with NHS Boards, Health & Social Care Partnerships, GP practices and other key stakeholders to support the effective delivery of high-quality care. As a result, they believe they have enormous potential to play a significantly enhanced role in the future of health and social care provision, by working collaboratively with the public and stakeholders around how they plan and provide safe, effective and person-centred health and care for the people of Scotland. Taking account of the new post-pandemic landscape, they must consider how they develop our strategy to respond to Scotland’s Health & Social Care priorities to help address the root cause of the challenges we face on a day-to-day basis.
Please find the discussion document and survey here: 2030 Strategy Discussion Document: Tell Us Your Views. 


Children’s Care and Justice Bill - consultation on policy proposals
Scotland’s ambition is to be the best place in the world to grow up. To achieve this Scotland is adopting a progressive, and continually improving, approach to supporting our children and young people to achieve the best outcomes possible. This consultation covers potential legislative reforms to promote and advance the rights of all children and people who have been harmed. In particular, the objectives of these proposals are to safeguard and support Scotland’s children towards positive outcomes and destinations, especially those who may need legal measures to secure their wellbeing and safety.
Read the consultation papers and participate here: Children’s Care and Justice Bill - consultation on policy proposals


What makes engagement meaningful - Have your say
The interim report from Scottish Recovery Network’s 'What makes engagement meaningful?' project is now available. It outlines participant insights from three national discussion events. For the next stage of the project, they have launched a short survey to give even more people the chance to share their experiences and learning in this area of work.
for more information, or to participate visit Meaningful engagement - Have your say! - Scottish Recovery Network.


Social Enterprise Scotland are conducting a survey to inform social enterprise development and procurement practice as part of the launch of their 'Corporate Challenge' to support businesses from the private, public and third sector to purchase more goods and services from social enterprises.
Backed by the Scottish Government, the scheme will see £1 million spent with social enterprises in the initial phase of the programme and the launch a new website directory to make it easier to find social enterprise suppliers across Scotland.
You can complete the survey here: Social Enterprise Scotland survey


Understanding self-quitting in Scotland 
Have you quit smoking on your own (without help from a health professional or medication) in the last 10 years? If so, the School of Social Sciences at Dundee University is interested in hearing your self-quitting story. In taking part in this study, you will be asked to attend an informal interview online or via phone call. As a thank you for your participation, you will receive a £10 supermarket voucher. Participants must be 18 years or older, resident in Scotland at the time of self-quitting, and smoke-free for at least the last 6 months.
Register your interest in participating here: Understanding self-quitting in Scotland


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.