Local warm spaces
Balmedie Hub and Community Larder at The Wee Kirk (Balmedie)
Open on Mondays from 10am to 2pm. Everyone is welcome to come in for a tea or coffee, chat, meet friends and neighbours. Free Community larder with toiletries, non perishables food items is also available.
The organising group hope that the Hub "...can provide a place for people to meet, play games, swap books, find someone to have a chat with… many of us have been stuck inside and unsure about coming out after Covid and now with the Cost of Living Crisis, it’s important we can lean on Community for support."
Warm spaces across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Interactive map of Aberdeenshire warm spaces
Find facilities providing warm spaces this winter across Aberdeenshire, information collated by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action
List of local warm spaces in Formartine
Find local facilities providing warm spaces this winter across Formartine, information collated by Aberdeenshire Council
Interactive map and directory of local warm spaces in Aberdeen
Find facilities providing warm spaces this winter across Aberdeen City, information collated by Aberdeen City Council
BBC news article - cost of living payments
BBC news article with breakdown of the Government's energy rebate, amounts to be paid, how the rebate will be paid and who qualifies for support.
UK Government - guidance on the cost of living payments
Eligibility, payment amounts and when they will be paid, applies to England, Scotland and Wales.
"Scarf is a charity/social enterprise delivering a range of services to householders, communities, and businesses throughout the North East.... For over 35 years we have been offering free and impartial energy saving advice to help people lower their fuel bills and carbon emissions."
The Scarf home energy advice team offer support on understanding heating controls and energy bills, tariff switching, Warm Home Discount applications, and grants and schemes for improvements to your property.
The service is open to owner occupiers, private tenants and local authority and council tenants.
Phone: 0808 129 0888
Warmer Homes Scotland
"The Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland programme offers funding and support to households struggling to stay warm and keep on top of energy bills."
Find out more about the programme, who can apply and what support is available.
Energy Saving Trust
"Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation – working to address the climate emergency."
Read the Trust's advice on ways to save money on your bills and financial help available.
If you have lost power, you can report or check for power outages using the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) power tracker tool.
Find out where to get sandbags from Aberdeenshire Council
Sign up for free flood alerts for your home or business on the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Latest flooding updates on SEPA's floodline page
Find out what's happening in your area and sign up for alerts on the Scottish Water website.
If you are on a private water supply and have no water, contact 0808 196 3384. This Aberdeenshire Council helpline and you will be passed to Environmental Health who will assist you.
Aberdeenshire Council cost of living help and advice
Aberdeenshire Council advice including help with living costs and bills, Council Tax, housing, travel, employment and training, foodbanks, mental health, childcare and schools, and benefits
Citizens Advice Scotland
Citizens Advice Scotland website
Citizens Advice can help with money, legal and other problems by providing information and advice. Find out more on their website.
Aberdeenshire North Foodbank
Aberdeenshire North Foodbank have a center in Ellon that Belhevie, Balmedie, Blackdog, Whitecairns and Potterton residents can use. Everyone who comes to the foodbank for emergency food needs to have a valid foodbank voucher. You can find how who can help you with vouchers on the foodbank website.
Aberdeenshire North Foodbank - how to get help
Aberdeensire North Foodbank locations - Ellon, Inverurie, Huntly, Peterhead, Fraserburgh
Instant Neighbour foodbank and advice service
The Instant Neighbour foodbank is open to anyone in Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire. Instant Neighbour also offer welfare advice by phone.
Foodbank - St. Machar Drive, Aberdeen. No referral is required, each adult in a household will need to register individually with Instant Neighbour.
Foodbank opening hours - Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm, and 2pm to 4pm.
Find out more on the Instant Neighbour website
Help with school uniform costs is available from Aberdeenshire Council.
On the Council's website you can find out:
- if you are eligible
- how to apply
- how the grants are paid
- buying school uniform
- who to contact for help and advice
Aberdeenshire Council waste management
Includes bins, recycling and more
Aberdeenshire Council roads
Includes fault reporting service (broken street lights), list of upcoming road maintenance and more
Aberdeenshire Council roadworks
Includes list of road maintenance, how to set up your tailored email alerts for roadworks and more
Aberdeenshire Council reporting dog fouling
Report dog fouling
Aberdeenshire Council Housing Online portal
Apply for council housing and if you're a tenant check your rent, view your balance, see current charges and your full statement online.
There is a lot more information, a search and an online chat tool on the Aberdeenshire Council website
If you need to report an environmental incident, defined by SEPA as
"An environmental event is an incident which has, or may have, an environmental impact." you can do this using the SEPA website reporting tool or by calling the SEPA pollution hotline on 0800 80 70 60
Please remember that SEPA guidance is to notify emergency services when there is an immediate threat to life, health and/or property.
Aberdeenshire Council environmental health
Includes environmental health, noise and light pollution, septic tanks, food safety, contaminated land and more