Physical Distance. Social Solidarity. 

14th Apr · Dawn Hawkins

With the prospect of a longer lockdown period ahead of us, things can seem a bit daunting, yet, there are ways we can all come together as a community to help each other out.

We are sending our volunteers, audiences, networks and communities our best wishes over the coming weeks. With the prospect of a longer lockdown period ahead of us, things can seem a bit daunting, yet, there are ways we can all come together as a community to help each other out.

From groups set up to help the vulnerable and those needing assistance, to help with activities to while away the long hours there is a myriad of folk out there willing to help.

Over the coming months, we are exploring various new creative ways of working and will be sharing our projects with you on our blog and on social media as they unfold.

Follow our social media links:

Facebook: @theBarnArts

Instagram: @thebarnarts

Twitter: @TheBarnArts

Our team have put together a list a few local groups that might be useful. If you are setting up a group or project to help communities in Banchory or Deeside and would like to let us know, you can email us here:

Email us

Labyrynth Credit Elaine Reid

Here are a few local groups and activities we like to draw your attention to:

Banchory Community Resilience Team

01330 825000

Dedicated to assisting the Banchory community in these difficult times. They will also act to co-ordinate locally any voluntary efforts providing assistance to those in need within our community.

Grampian Assistance Hub

A Grampian wide helpline and site has also been established:

Grampian Assistance Hub

Anyone can ask for help and support, even if it is on behalf of someone else – with anything from picking up and delivering shopping or medicines, walking pets, or just having someone to chat to, to help with feelings of isolation.

Freephone 0808 196 3384 (8am-8pm 7 days a week).

Citizens Advice Bureau

South West Aberdeenshire Citizens Advice Bureau has suspended face-to-face appointments meantime and is continuing its service by phone on 01224 747714 or by email via its website:

Singing for Joy

Our own Singing for Joy workshop usually held at the Barn on a Tuesday morning is continuing by Zoom!

Click on the link here for details

Singing For Joy

Live Life Aberdeenshire

A weekly programme has been developed by LLA’s teams across sports, physical activity and culture to showcase some of the services they provide to local communities, even when people are unable to visit facilities. Aimed at families and individuals, there is a full range of engaging, entertaining and informative activities and resources for all ages to enjoy, be inspired, and keep active, while staying at home.

Live Life Aberdeenshire

Research your roots

For anyone interested in researching their family tree, now is the ideal time. The library service is giving free access to to all of its members.

Library members can access this at

North East Scotland Biological Records Centre

NESBRC are asking people to record the wildlife they see on their daily exercise. This will become a valuable resource of information on local biodiversity to help inform, among other things, planning.

Results can be submitted online following the link


Banchory Community Art Project: Square Metre Picnic Blanket

This is a maker invitation open to all.

The Square metre Blanket project seeks to mark the passage and trail of loss and also gain we are all experiencing at the moment and for a while yet.

At a time of great uncertainties and anxieties, a blanket seems a fitting item to invest time into making. Blankets are about warmth, comfort and protection.

The project is also in anticipation of a shared picnic, when we will come together with our blankets to celebrate, and also to commemorate our community.

The only rule about the blanket is its size, one square metre, the rest is up to you.

Let’s Remember

Deeside Photographics are wondering what you have been doing during Covid-19 lockdown and are asking you to share your photo memories with them. Tell them your story, how you have kept the kids amused, or simply an image of what you have been doing in your lives, since the start of the lockdown, and what changes you may have made.

Message them on their Facebook page or email

Finally, for those of you struggling to keep the cupboards stocked there are loads of companies that have now set up online shops and home delivery.

Local ones include:

Finzean Farm Shop - shop, collection and home delivery

H.M Sheridan Ltd - shop, home delivery- can supply a week’s supply of ready meals to your door.

Braemar Butcher - home delivery

Louise's Farm Kitchen - meat

The Highlanders Bakehouse- shop, home delivery

Deeside Activity Park - shop, home delivery

Wark Farm - home delivery

Watson’s Veggies - home delivery

Turriff's Fruit & Veg Home Deliveries - delivery to collection point, delivery by volunteers. (Prioritising the elderly or infirm.)

Granite City Fish Ltd - home delivery

Vital Veg - delivery

Raemoir Garden Centre - Bird food and plants home delivery

Russell's of Dess Pet Food - home delivery

The Strong Water Company – online food & drink shopping delivered to your doorstep

Banchory Community Resilience Team also have volunteers who will collect shopping for delivery. An invoice system is being set-up for people who only have cash and can't go online.

This is just a flavour of what is on offer. As a community we have the spirit and capacity to come through this together and be stronger for it.