Enjoy Alford and Donside with an exciting new website and app
The project was launched by Donside Community Council following the Covid 19 lockdown when funding was offered by Aberdeenshire Council’s Phoenix Fund to help communities in their recovery. A task force of local businesses and community leaders had a vision to deliver a lasting legacy by creating a communications platform for all of the many groups, businesses and tourist attractions in the area to showcase what they do to local residents and visitors to the area.
Additional funding has been sought and provided by the National Lottery Community Fund, Aberdeenshire Council’s Area Committee Fund and the Aberdeenshire Charities Trust. This has made the new, high-quality website and app available free of charge to all participating community groups and businesses for a total of three years, which with the current rising cost of living and Financial pressures on businesses, couldn’t have come at a better time.
Local girl Jenny Morley, supported by Vivien Rae of Evoke Marketing, has been busy putting together all the content for the new website, which first launched in December. The app that was just approved is now available for free download on mobile devices from Apple and Google stores.
Project managers Nicola Sedgwick and Kevin McCormick are delighted that the app is now available in time for the tourist season.
“The Donside Community Council is very keen to help local organizations recover from the past two very difficult years,” says Nicola, who was chairperson when the project was launched, “so we successfully applied to the council’s Phoenix fund of Aberdeenshire to start a recovery project. Kevin, a retired marketing professional, offered to help and we then contacted Scotland-based ‘ourcommunityhub.com’ who have built very successful community communication websites and apps across Scotland, including those in Stonehaven, Huntly, Banff and Macduff. »
“Alford and Donside are an exciting place to live and visit right now” enthuses Kevin “I’ve been here for over 40 years and every day I learn something new about the area. If you live locally and do The shuttle can make it easy to pass businesses you don’t know exist, but the skills available in the area are enormous.This exercise also revealed some amazing local community organizations, from bell ringers to young engineers, from photography to pilates and just about everything in between for all ages.
“I am particularly excited about the growing number of tourist attractions in Donside including our award winning Grampian Transport Museum, our ‘A’ rated Alford Heritage Museum, the famous Lonach Highland Games, Haughton Park, the Alford golf course, catering planned. the Alford Valley Community Railway, riverside walks, roads and trails and much more.
Visit the website at www.enjoyalfordanddonside.com to find out more about what’s available in the area, from business listings to offers, events, news and more. For businesses or organizations wishing to register for the website and app for free, please contact Jenny for further details at [email protected]