Aberdeenshire Signposting Project

Aberdeenshire Signposting Project

At a glance


  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community

Other details

Geographical remit: 


  • An improvement in the mental health and wellbeing of individuals referred to the project;

  • An increase in the level of social contact and support amongst individuals who were feeling isolated or marginalised;

  • A reduction in the number and frequency of G.P appointments sought by individuals, reducing the reliance upon regular medical input and medication;

  • Assisting and encouraging individuals to become more self–reliant and empowered to deal with future issues;

  • An increase in the utilisation of locally available leisure and educational facilities and other activities

  • An increase in the number of individuals engaging within their local communities and building fulfilling relationships.

  • Assisting older people in remaining independent and living at home for longer.


The project has 4 distinct strands of work throughout Aberdeenshire:

  • The Signposting Service- Working with any one over the age of 16 who is experiencing or is at risk of developing mild to moderate health issues or reduced wellbeing due to circumstances in their lives for which they need help, advice or support. The project works to assist individuals in connecting with the appropriate sources of support in order to improve their longer term health and wellbeing.
  • The Signposting Service for Older People- Working with people in Aberdeenshire over the age of 65 who are isolated, socially or geographically and who are experiencing or are at risk of developing mild to moderate health issues or reduced wellbeing due to circumstances in their lives for which they need more in-depth help advice and support
  • The Out and About Project. The Out and About Project provides a platform for isolated older people who have little or no social contact with others and who are lonely and in need of social contact to meet with other like-minded individuals with a view to forming natural friendships and encouraging participation in activities, events, groups and organisations in their communities and further afield.
  • The Signposting Carers Information Project. The Carers Information Project is a pilot project funded until 31st March 2017. The project is piloting in 2 areas- Buchan and Garioch and aims to increase the number of carers identified at early stages to ensure that they are signposted to the appropriate community supports, organisations and agencies best placed to support them in their carer role. The project also works to connect with ‘hidden’ carers who have not identified themselves as such and who therefore receive little or no ongoing support.

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