Our Partners

— ASDA foundation

The Asda Foundation was one of the very first organisations to provide funding for the Shed. The Asda Foundation supports small grass roots organisations in a number of ways throughout the year. Working with Asda’s Community Champions in store they are able to work with a range of organisations and groups on a range of projects.


Provided funding which enabled us to complete installation of nearly 12kW of solar panels and their tie-in to the shed electrical system.

The overall purpose of the Fund is to support charitable activity that addresses the following criteria:

  • contribute to a climate smarter world with sustainability at its core;

  • invest in community facilities and activities that are fit for the future and are environmentally sustainable, especially community spaces and transport;

  • encourage projects which are innovative in their delivery. As a major focus of the Fund is innovation and ‘breaking the mould’, the Panel will particularly welcome applications for new ideas and initiatives that either need trying out or where pilot activity has already been successful; 

  • ensure a legacy and lasting impact, which clearly brings benefit to the local community.

— The Stafford Trust

The Stafford Trust was set up in 1991 by the late Mrs Gay Stafford of Sauchie Estate near Stirling and, on her death in 2005, the residue of her estate was bequeathed to the Trust.
The Trust does not actively fund raise but seeks to continue her philanthropic work through the careful stewardship of its existing resources.
The Trust makes grants to charities from the income generated from the trust fund. which provides financial support to charities registered in the United Kingdom, with a preference to those in Scotland.

— Sheds

The driving force behind the organisation was their founder, Lady Reading in1938 who maintained that “as a nation we require voluntary service today as much as we have ever done in the past” which still rings true. Formally known as the  WVS, Royal Voluntary Service, has inspired around two million women and men to give their time to help others.

Royal Voluntary Service inspires and enables people to give the gift of voluntary service to meet the needs of the day, in hospitals and in local communities.

— The MacRobert Trust

The MacRobert Trust, based in Tarland just a few miles from the Aboyne & Mid-Deeside Community Shed, performs three roles: it is a dynamic charity, it is the owner of an historic legacy and it is a forward-thinking landlord with a large and vibrant estate to manage.

The Trust operates within a modern context, but keeps their benefactor Lady MacRobert’s belief alive that young people can strive to achieve great things, no matter how disadvantaged their backgrounds.

Since it began, The MacRobert Trust has donated millions of pounds to charitable organisations, created a variety of prizes, awards, traineeships and endowments, and paid for building works across the country.

— South Aberdeenshire LAG



The South Aberdeenshire Local Action Group (SALAG) is a partnership of community, private and public sector organisations, with a dedicated Secretariat, responsible for the management and delivery of the rural/LEADER elements of the South Aberdeenshire Local Development Strategy.

Approximately £2.8m from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Scottish Government has been allocated to support a bottom-up, community-led approach to delivering the South Aberdeenshire Local Development Strategy.

Their vision is for a strong, thriving South Aberdeenshire where people in rural communities are motivated to make change happen.

— Aberdeenshire Council

The local authority serving the residents and businesses of Aberdeenshire providing the best possible environment in which to live and sustain a healthy community and enterprising economy. Local Area grants to community projects are a practical application of the Council’s aims in improving the well being of communities. The Aboyne and Mid-Deeside Shed is in the Marr area of Aberdeenshire and we are indebted to the Marr Area Committee for their support throughout the build project.

— The Clothworkers Company

The Clothworkers’ Foundation was set up by The Clothworkers’ Company in 1977. Since then it has awarded capital grants totalling more than £140 million.

The Clothworkers’ Foundation award capital grants to charities registered in the UK and to not-for-profit organisations which can demonstrate that they work across one or more of our defined programme areas. They also award non-capital grants through their Proactive and Regular Grants Programmes, which are not open to applications.

The Clothworkers Foundation awarded us a substantial sum which has gone toward the later stages of the building work and the fitting out of the building.

— Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action

Supporting the Third Sector and communities across Aberdeenshire, AVA have been there for us all the way through our shed project, providing advice and information on what help is available to us. They have also recently provided funding to help us through the Covid 19 pandemic.

— Co-op

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that their members care about.

They strive to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.

The Co-op Local Community Fund provided much needed financial support during the early phases of our project.

  -The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund – supporting communities to thrive. When people are in the lead, communities thrive. People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone. We listen, collaborate and fund so that good things happen. That’s why we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players across the UK.

  – Aboyne & Upper Deeside Rotary Club

Aboyne & Upper Deeside Rotary Club has been proud to be involved with the establishment of the Community Shed, from it’s inception when the Rotary Club facilitated a pilot meeting to gauge interest in Aboyne for such a project, to the present day. From that initial meeting the concept took hold and a stand alone committee was formed which has evolved over the ensuing years to produce the superb structure which is now in place. The Rotary Club are pleased to have an ongoing involvement with the project, recognising it’s immense value to the community in terms of well being and social interaction, outcomes which reflect the ideals of the Rotary movement.

  – Aboyne and Mid-Deeside individuals and businesses

On behalf of the people of Aboyne and Mid Deeside, The Trustees of the Aboyne & Mid Deeside Community Shed wish to thank all those local individuals and businesses who have generously contributed their time and funds to the furtherance of this project which is now in the final stages of construction.

Your help has been invaluable in bringing together the community and those who work and live in it, for the ongoing benefit of us all. To all of you – Thankyou.