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Almost 40% of the Scottish population lives with a long term health conditions that may impact on just about every aspect of daily life –like looking after a family, studying, holding down a job or keeping up with friends.

An important part of helping people to live well with their condition is enabling them to manage their own health, providing the tools, activities and information they need to manage their condition effectively and live a full life.

Sometimes this is called Self Management.

We would like to highlight a few resources to help with this.

If you have a resource you think might be helpful to include in our list - please submit it to us using the form at the bottom of this page. We cannot guarantee that all suggestions can be included, but all will be considered. Plewase be aware that we cannot take any responsilibity for the accuracy of information provided in these third party websites.


Cold Alarms free to the elderly

Cold Alarms are available, free of charge, to citizens of Aberdeen who are at risk of cold related

illness and who live in cold houses. It provides an alarm if the room temperature drops below a certain level, helping warn people that they may risk getting too cold. Download the application form below.

cold alarm leaflet.pdf




Money and Support with Debts
Aberdeen City Council have set up the benefits & money advice service to help if you have any worries of questions about your finances
you can calll 01224 522709 or visit their website. you can also email them on provides information on the Debt Arrangement Scheme(DAS), backed by the Scottish Governement.  StepChange Debt Charity is the new name for the Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS). A free charity to help people manage debt.


Welfare Reform Aberdeen  an overview of local benefits and welfare rules.


Money advice.doc a leaflet with some advice on managing money and debt


Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisaatrions; ACVO, Aberdeen's Third Sector Interface, exists to represent, support and develop the third sector in AberdeenCity. 
ACVO's aim is to foster and promote the sector's role in the development of caring communities where individuals are enabled to achieve their full potential.


Aberdeen Care and Repair  01224 251133

Aberdeen Care & Repair provides free advice and technical assistance to clients about:-

• repairs
• improvements
• heating
• adaptations in their homes
• safety & security within the home
• operate a in-house handyman service

These services are available to older people and people with disabilities resident within the city of Aberdeen. Those eligable are Owner-occupiers and tenants of private landlords living in Aberdeen who are older, disabled or suffering from long-term illness.
Tenants of social landlords can also receive assistance for repairs that are not covered by their tenancy agreement.

Aliss Community website

www.aliss.orgis a central index for self management information. it is a new project that holds links to community support for people with long term health conditions. It includes support groups and exercise groups.

An important part of helping people to live well with their condition is enabling them to manage their own health, providing the tools, activities and information they need to manage their condition effectively and live a full life.


Health Walks

within Aberdeen City with tea and coffee afterwards

A great way to socialise and get
back into some gentle exercise

Health Walks are short, local, low level walks to suit beginners and those who can't manage fast or far.  There are 6 walks happening across the Walk Aberdeen project.



Peterculter Sports Centre: 10.30am

Woodside Community Centre: 11am

Northfield Community Centre: 1.30pm (fortnightly, 4th June onwards)

Dyce Asda Café: 1.30pm



Westburn Outdoor Centre, Rosemount: 2pm



Albury Sports Centre, Ferryhill : 10.30am

Come along or contact Stephen on 01224 577738


Grampian CareData is a free local care, community and health information service provided for the people of the North East of Scotland to support self-management of long term conditions. We can signpost you to NHS, public authority and charitable services in the area that may be able to help

 Where to go in a crisis ~ click for Emergency Contacts  The Spark helps make relationships work. This organisation provide you with the support you need – whatever your relationship, whenever you need it, and wherever you are in Scotland. Talk to us online, over the phone, or face-to-face in your local area. They can offer helpl for any relationship including couples, families, and parenting young children and teenagers. The have advice leaflets for you to look at and help improve your relationships with others. is a forum website which lists local activities, services and things to do


Aberdeen Forward Baby Shop  charity

Low cost baby items for sale: includes prams, cots, baby clothes, muslin cloths, high chairs

Grampian Real Nappy Project

2 Poyernook Road, Aberdeen, tel 560360

tues and wed 10-4pm

thursday 12-7.30pm



Get Crafty at the Hobby Club  @  Aberdeen Forward,

2 Poyernook Road, Aberdeen, (off Market Street) AB11 5RW      tel 560360

Knitting, needlwork , quilting and a cup of coffee,

Nice to learn or develop skills and meet people who want to do the same with company,

Wed morning 1000-1200

Thursday 1-3pm


  The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Call us ANYTIME on: 0800 4 70 80 90


Alzheimers Drop-in Sessions at Rosie's Cafe  'Time for Life Groups’ 137 Rosemount Place, Aberdeen
The café welcomes anyone affected by dementia, including family & friends
Drop-in sessions:
Monday 10am -12midday (starts 11th March)
Tuesday 2pm – 4pm (new time)
Sunday session coming soon!
Make friends & relax
Gain information and informal support
Planned events including live music sessions
(please ask in café for details)
Just pop in or if you prefer to speak to someone first please call:
Gina Brown (Alzheimer Scotland) - 01224 644077
Alison Paterson (Rosie’s Café) - 01224 626214
Sports & Health

Sport aberdeen have provided us with an extensive
MOst of these activities are either free or very affordable, and the health benefits are worth far more than the financial cost!
Active Ageing Strength & Balance and Wellness Class at Torry Sports Centre: Tuesday 11-12noon.  Run by Iwona.
Active Ageing Multi Activity Time: Kincorth Sports Centre, Friday's 10-11am
Active Ageing Swim-time,  Northfield Swimming Pool, Monday's 1.45-2.45pm
There is also a new Health Walk starting from Albury Sports Centre in Ferryhill on Friday's from the 19th April, 10.30am. 
Active Ageing 60+ Walking Football (with AFC in the community) starting Thursday 18th April at Torry Sports Centre 10-11am.  Poster to come out soon.
Active Ageing Otago Strength, Balance and Wellness class at Alex Collie Sports Centre in Bridge of Don, starting Wednesday 2pm. Run by Jon. Poster to come out soon.
55+ Table Tennis, Inchgarth Community Centre, Thursday's 2-3.30pm.
The contact for all these activities is 01224 577 738 apart from the table tennis where you would contact Inchgarth CC directly on 01224 325191.
more sport opportunities on the next page...