Ballater has a vast range of Groups, Societies, Businesses, Sports Groups, Events, at the last count there were over 45 committees of one shape or another and they have been all formed to fulfil a need in the community. See below for a current list, if you require any amendments please let us know, email

The Ballater & Crathie Community Action Plan 2023

Details of The Ballater & Crathie Community Action Plan 2023 can be found on our new page for all things CAP

The page can be found here.


Community Support

Community Support

Presently, Aberdeenshire Council do offer a range of support and also signposting information for residents of where and how to seek further advice on a range of services and circumstances .

Some links are to government /external sources of information and help and others relate to council services  such as council tax reduction Apply for a Council Tax Reduction – Aberdeenshire Council   and similar as well as grants administered by the council such as crisis grants   Crisis Grants – Aberdeenshire Council  this one though is more acute or urgent situations .

Others such as discretionary housing payments can help where there are shortfalls or gaps in  rent for residents who are in receipt of housing benefit Discretionary Housing Payments – Aberdeenshire Council

Support for families regarding free school meals  Free school meals – Aberdeenshire Council  clothing grants are also available   School clothing grants – Aberdeenshire Council

Please find link for fuller details  Cost of living crisis – Aberdeenshire Council

Other local sources for general information, benefits checks, financial advice and sources of support can be found from South West Aberdeenshire Citizens Advice Bureau . Bureau advisers are available via phone or email, the bureau also has specific energy advisers. Additionally face to face appointments were ( best check its still current) offered weekly on Thursday mornings at Aboyne for anyone who might wish to speak with an adviser. Citizens Advice Scotland is also a good source of information Citizens Advice Scotland ( this link to a helpful guide from Citizens Advice Scotland on grants and benefits available.

Scarf are a good organisation for energy advice information support , Scarf

You can get more details on the Health and Wellbeing page….Here


Emergency Numbers and Contacts

All emergency services – 999
Police non-emergency – 101
Aberdeenshire Council – 0345 608 1208
NHS 24 – 111
SEPA Floodline –  0845 988 1188
Ballater Resilience Group –
Scottish Water – 0845 601 8855

Braemar Mountain Rescue:
Flood Updates: