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Young People’s Participatory Budgeting

Could you use funding for a youth project that makes a difference in your community?

Submit a bid and let North Ayrshire’s young people decide!

Individuals, clubs, groups and parent councils from across North Ayrshire are invited to bid for up to £1000 per locality to help make a difference for young people in their community.

Applications should fit with at least one of these themes:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Participations and young people’s voice

Applications should be submitted by 12 noon, Sunday 13 October and are available from:



Phone: 01294 324749

Relationships & MS Webinar

MS Society are running a series of events to support people affected by MS. There is an upcoming information webinar on Relationships and MS. People can log in using an anonymous name if they would like to and they are not seen on screen but they can ask questions.

They will be talking about relationships, intimacy and sex and looking at the importance of communication in relationships whilst living with MS. The session will be presented by Nikki Orr, counsellor, sex and relationship therapist. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and share your experiences.

The webinar will take place at 7pm on Thursday 3 October and will last for 1 hour.

Register online here.

Adult Literacy Classes Available in Kilwinning

New learning opportunities are available in Kilwinning. Are you or someone you know in need of some literacy/ numeracy support?

If so, contact: Kimberly Kirkwood (Community Development Officer)

Mob: 07823551921


Classes are available:

Wednesday 25 September 2019 (2-4 pm)

Thursday 26 September (3-7 pm)

Venue: Cranberry Moss Community Centre (Classes will run for 12 weeks)



Amina is an award-winning organisation, recognised by Muslim communities and key partners within Scotland for its pioneering and responsive approach to addressing key issues and needs of Muslim women.

Amina offers a range of tailored support services on a one to one basis eg national ‘listening ear’ helpline which also offers Islamic advice through a scholar, employability guidance, befriending, as well as through peer group support eg violence against women ‘self-healing’ workshops, refugee work to support the integration of people new to Scotland.

To find out more visit the Amina website

Cunninghame Furniture Recycling

Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company has been established as a charitable subsidiary of Cunninghame Housing Association Ltd, one of Ayrshire’s leading social landlords.

Operating as a social enterprise and having charitable status, CFRC has established itself as a free and convenient service for those who want to get rid of unwanted furniture and white goods in an ethical manner and a valuable resource for those looking to furnish their home at an affordable price.

Recycling and re-using good quality furniture not only re-distributes much needed items to those on limited incomes, it also impacts on landfill and the costs associated with that, both financial and ecological.

If you have a donation you can contact the team on 01294 475650 or drop them an email at

Visit the showroom at Unit 68, Third Avenue, Irvine Industrial Estate, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8LT

New Funeral Benefit Launched

A new benefit providing help for people on low incomes to meet the costs of a funeral will be available from 16 September 2019.

Funeral Support Payment will be delivered by Social Security Scotland and will replace the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Funeral Expense Payment for people living in Scotland.

The changes mean around 40% more people will be eligible for financial support at the point of bereavement. People will be able to apply over the phone, by post or online for the first time. And, once Social Security Scotland is fully operational, face-to-face pre-application support will be available across the country.

Find out more here.

Community Link Workers

Did you know that you can visit your GP practice for much more than just medical advice?

Our Community Link Workers can help you to improve your mental and physical health by providing support and information on a wide range of issues, including managing stress, local activities and support groups, employment, a healthy lifestyle, alcohol and drugs and living with health conditions.

Statistics show that at least one in four people see their doctor for social problems and welfare advice. For these people, social prescribing can help to improve quality of life, emotional state and general wellbeing, as well as reducing levels of depression and anxiety. Social prescribing can also play an important role in tackling many of the social causes of ill health and provide support to patients living with chronic diseases.

Community link workers are based in all GP practices in North Ayrshire at least once a week. If you’d like to make an appointment, call or visit your local GP practice.

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