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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

Suicide Prevention Strategy Development
The Scottish Government are looking to develop the next national strategy on suicide prevention, and want to hear from you as local people, groups and communities about what matters to you –whether that is how we address the factors which contribute to suicide, how we can be more confident about speaking about suicide, knowing where to get help if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or what and when support is really needed for those affected by suicide. Now is yourchance to contribute:
A series of online events will be held between Monday 27th September and Wednesday 17th November. Regional online events will look into suicide prevention in the context of the area you live, where national online events will consider the Scotland-wide context.  An online survey will also be live from Monday 27th September until Sunday 21st November.


Grampian Autistic Society Strategic Plan for 2022 - 2027
Grampian Autistic Society is undertaking a new strategic plan for 2022 – 2027 and wants you to help shape the future of their organisation. They are looking for several groups of individuals to help co-produce their strategic plan including those with an ASC and those with a family member with an ASC. If you are interested, please email megan.linklater@grampianautisticsociety.org.uk.


Aberdeenshire Autism Project
Working together, partners from across Aberdeenshire, have started to plan the development of a new autism strategy for Aberdeenshire. The group is in the very early stages of planning and would like to hear from you!
How can you get involved? Would you be interested in helping to develop the strategy? The group are open to all suggestions as to how you might like to participate.  As a next step, they would like to hear from you, and whether you would like to be involved in developing the strategy. They have developed a short survey, which you can access by going to the autism strategy project page

If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing autismstrategy@aberdeenshire.gov.uk . 


NHS Grampian Plan For The Future 2022-2028
NHS Grampian is in the process if of consulting on the future of services across Health and Social Care (2022-2028). They want to look at how they can make the biggest difference to the health and wellbeing of the people of Grampian with the resources they have. There are a range of ways in which you can choose to become involved.
Community groups/organisations:
• Request for a member of the Strategy Development Team to attend your group/organisation meeting.
• Host a facilitated discussion within your group/organisations using this engagement pack and share your feedback by email.

Individuals:
• Request to attend an engagement/discussion session
• Complete an online survey


Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care & AVA Community Mapping Project  
Does your project, organisation, group, or forum support health, social care, and wellbeing in Aberdeenshire?  If the answer is yes, AVA and the AHSCP want to hear from you.  By completing the below survey, you will help AVA and the AHSCP improve our understanding of what is currently in place across health, social care, and wellbeing. It will also inform how we connect with you in the future. 
Please spare a moment to completer the survey here: Health and Social Care Community Mapping Project - Aberdeenshire | Engage Aberdeenshire


Draft Gaelic Language Plan 2022 - 2027
Aberdeenshire Council has recently launched a consultation on the second version of its Gaelic Language Plan which will run from 2022-27. Aberdeenshire Council recognises the value and importance of Gaelic to Scotland and is committed to promoting its use and status across the region. Their plan illustrates how they intend to increase the visibility of Gaelic, promote its acquisition and learning, and encourage its use in Aberdeenshire. Please view the draft Gaelic Language Plan 2022-27 and send your feedback via their survey here.


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)


Mental Health & Wellbeing for Children & Young People - Parents and Carers views
This questionnaire is to help understand where parents/carers in Turriff School Catchment area get support for their children & young people's (5 -18 years) mental health and wellbeing. Parents, schools, and friends all provide support but where else in the community would you get support. Who else would you speak to (for example a local teacher or GP?) and what out of school activities do your child(ren) participate in? Who and what cheers them up when they are worried or feeling down?

You can take part in the survey here


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

A National Care Service For Scotland 
This consultation focuses on exploring the proposals for significant cultural and system change that will need to be supported by primary legislation.  The Independent Review of Adult Social Care made clear that changes to systems are needed to deliver improvements in the quality of social care and support. The priority in considering these proposals must be improving outcomes for the people who access care and support. 
A series of online engagement events are being held in August, September and October to enable stakeholders, individuals and communities to come together to share their views on the National Care Service. See here for futher details and consulation event dates.

For Easy Read and BSL formats of this consultation paper please visit here.


Local Food For Everyone
A Local Food Strategy consultation has been launched by the Scottish Governement, which covers a range of issues including promoting local produce, encouraging people to grow their own food, and making quality local food and drink available to all. Everyone, from private individuals to businesses and organisations are invited to help shape a local food strategy for Scotland. Find out more and participate here: Local food for everyone – a discussion: consultation - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)


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


Survey of Volunteer Involving Organisations – the impact of COVID-19 on the voluntary sector and volunteering
The Scottish Government would like to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on the voluntary sector and volunteering. If you are an organisation which has engaged volunteers in the last two years, they would really like to hear your views.
The survey will provide invaluable and up-to-date insights on both the challenges and opportunities facing volunteering and will help to guide the recovery process in 2021 and beyond. The findings will be published and widely disseminated for the benefit of all volunteer involving organisations.
The research will also provide a key section of the evidence base being gathered as part of Scotland’s participation in a UK-wide research study on the role of volunteering in the pandemic: https://www.mvain4.uk/. 


Voices of people who receive medication for their drug problem needed
The Scottish Drugs Forum is looking for people to share their recent experiences of accessing and receiving Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). MAT is otherwise known as Opiate Substitution / Replacement Treatment and includes medicines like methadone and buprenorphine. They are reaching out to people who:

  • Have started or re-engaged with a service in the last 18 months and are receiving medication for a drug problem.
  • Live in Ayrshire and Arran, Grampian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Lothian or Tayside.
  • Are 18 years or older. 

Interviews will be carried out over the phone with a trained peer researcher and information shared will be kept confidential. To take part or for more information, please contact Joan Walsh at joanw@adf.org.uk or call 07570 683063.


Consultation on Options for Responding to Automatic Fire Alarms
An unwanted fire alarm signal - known as a UFAS - is a false alarm generated when the fire service attends an automatic fire alarm signal from a workplace that isn’t a fire. Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attend more than 28,000 of these false alarms each year and want to use this time to do more for our communities. They have developed three options for how they might achieve this reduction and want to hear your views on them. To participate, visit the SFRS website.


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.