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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

Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership Mental Wellbeing Survey
The past year and a half has been overwhelming and life-changing for many. ACPP are keen to find out how your mental health has been impacted by the pandemic. But they also want to know what you to do keep mentally healthy and tips you can share with others to help them support their own mental health. 

This short survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete: Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership Mental Wellbeing Survey | Engage Aberdeenshire

Proposed Equality Outcomes 2021 – 2025 & Engagement and Participation Policy
Aberdeenshire Council is currently consulting in two areas – the development of equality outcomes and the development of the Community Engagement & Participation Policy. Details of how to take part are below.
Complete the online consultation here:  
https://engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/equalities-2021-2025 
BSL users can complete the online consultation here: 
https://engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/bsl  


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


Domestic Abuse Support Survey
Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils are currently asking for your views in relation to support provided to those who are affected by domestic abuse. Your views will help the Council to source services to better support anyone experiencing domestic abuse. 

You can complete the survey here.


Survey to explore previous training in Mental Health and Substance Use topics
Members of the Banff & Buchan Health and Wellbeing Hub are keen to explore past training and future training needs in topics that support mental wellbeing and address substance use. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and is for people living and/ or working in the Banff & Buchan area: Mental Wellbeing Training (snapsurveys.com)



Local Place Plans Regulations Consultation
Local Place Plans are a way for communities to achieve change in their local area. They are a tool for local communities to think about how to make their 'place' better, agree on priorities and take action to make change happen. Earlier this year, the Government published proposals for regulations to support the development of Local Place Plans. To participate in this consultation, please visit Local Place Plan Regulations consultation - Scottish Government - Citizen Space. In addition to the consultation, this draft guide has been produced by the Scottish Community Development Centre and is designed to help communities decide whether a Local Place Plan is right for them. SCDC is also looking for feedback on the document by 25th June 2021: draft-how-to-guide-pdf-format.pdf (transformingplanning.scot)


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


Aberdeenshire Alcohol & Drug Partnership along with with Aberdeen City Alcohol & Drug Partnership are looking to develop a hospital drug liaison service, something that currently does not currently exist in Grampian. To strengthen their bid for funding, they are looking for people with lived experiences to help guide all stages of this project. 

All feedback is of course welcome, however they are particularly looking for those who have had a stigmatising experience in hospital – what needs to change and how can improvements be monitered? Equally, If you’ve had a great experience in hospital, what was so good? Finally, how might community members want to get involved in the development of this service and it’s ongoing monitoring?

Please email your experiences to wayne.gault@nhs.scot.


Help to support people with cancer live life as fully as they can
Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) and Macmillan are working together to scope out the possibilities of implementing a programme of ‘Prehabilitation’ to people in Aberdeenshire who have been newly diagnosed with cancer. 
Prehabilitation is like Rehabilitation only it happens before someone has their treatment.  It aims to support the mental wellbeing, diet and physical activity, to give them the best preparation possible for their treatment and or surgery.
 
AHSCP and Macmillan would very much appreciate the chance to hear from anyone affected by filling in their survey  or by speaking to you on the phone or via video link.
 
If you have any further questions or suggestions, please contact Amy Anderson on amy.anderson8@nhs.net​, or call Amy on 07876 258 891.

National Consultations


How Can Police Scotland Provide The Best Support To Those Affected By Crime?
This survey is about the aftercare options provided by Police Scotland for people who have been a survivor or witness of crime. It includes questions about a referral to support services for people affected by crime. This survey has been produced in collaboration between Police Scotland and Victim Support Scotland. It asks for individual views about how Police Scotland can best support survivors/witnesses of crime when it comes to providing immediate support and information. 

You can participate here: How can we provide the best support to people affected by crime? - Police Scotland - Citizen Space 


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.


Survivors Voices National Consultation 2021
The Survivors Voices Consultation aims to better understand the thoughts and views of survivors of domestic and sexual abuse on the topic of Restorative Justice in Scotland. They want the voices of survivors to be heard and acted upon by the Scottish Government as they progress their plans to have Restorative Justice Services in place by 2023.
What these services look like and who can access them will be influenced by you.
To participate, visit 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.