Community Groups

There are many groups and organisations in Aberdeen, Scotland who have a key focus on promoting and supporting community participation and involvement on areas of interest, to raise awareness of issues and help fulfil aspirations for the future.  This list provides an overview of those that play a key current and active role in achieving this, but is by no means exhaustive as they operate alongside many other groups, centres and sources of support.

Community Councils

Community Councils are play a vital role in representing the view of the community to Local Authorities and other Public Bodies, and are Statutory Consultees on Planning and Licensing.

Community Centres and Learning Centres

Community Centres and Learning Centres are places at the heart of many neighbourhoods throughout the city where the community can gather together. They host a variety of events, activities, classes, social groups and more, with many also offering cafe facilities.

The Community Council Forum

The Community Council Forum supports, brings together and promotes the role of Community Councils and the views of their communities in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The Civic Forum

The Civic Forum ensures that the views, priorities and issues of communities from throughout the city of Aberdeen are taken forward to shape strategies, services and policies. It also supports many Community Groups in their development, to take part in decisions that most benefit the city’s communities.

Priority Neighbourhood Partnerships

There are Priority Neighbourhood Partnerships in 3 areas of the City, which bring together all of the Community Planning Partners, Community Representatives and other Stakeholders at the local level. Currently in: - Torry - Middlefield, Mastrick, Cummings Park, Northfield and Heathryfold - Seaton, Woodside and Tillydone

Locality Empowerment Groups

There are also ‘Locality Empowerment Groups’ which bring together Health and Social Care Professionals, Partner Organisations, Service Users, Community Representatives and other Stakeholders to help plan how to transform local services and shift towards prevention and a community-focus.


ACVO help to develop, involve, represent and support the third sector in Aberdeen. It offers a wide range of advice and support services, and can provide sign-posting to resources for volunteers and other partners.


Libraries often serve as the venue for important community events, with opportunities for learning, information and access to Internet & Other Materials.