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Volunteering Changes Lives

Are you, or someone you know, looking for a volunteering opportunity which makes a difference?

Ayrshire Central Hospital Volunteers have been successfully operating the shop at Woodland View since its opening in 2016. They are now looking for additional volunteers to extend and sustain the shop opening hours.

The shop is very much appreciated by everyone who attends, works or visits Woodland View and the volunteers are an integral part of the friendly Woodland View welcome everyone receives.

Volunteers must be aged 16 years and over. For an application form or further information, please contact Ayrshire Central Hospital Volunteers (01294 322340) or e-mail


Saltcoats Library Period Of Closure

Saltcoats Library will be closing for 4 weeks to have work carried out on the building and windows replaced.

It will close on Saturday 18 August at 4pm and reopen on Monday 17 September at 9am.

During this period of closure (and at any other time) you may use any other North Ayrshire Library and the mobile library which will be in the car park on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays from 12-3pm.

You can renew and reserve items on the libraries website.

Those needing a computer during this period can go to:

Ardrossan & Stevenston Libraries – Monday, Tuesday 10-1 & 2-5, (closed Wednesdays), Thursday 2-7, Fridays 10-1 & 2-4:30 and Saturdays 10_12:30

CLASP Digital, Hayhocks Road, Stevenston – every day 9-5.

Kilwinning Library – Mondays, Thursday & Friday 10-5, Tuesday 10-7, Wednesday 9:30-12:30 and Saturday 10-1.

Modern Apprenticeship Opportunities

Would you like to gain a qualification, experience and earn a wage?

If this sounds interesting to you and you are a North Ayrshire resident aged between 16 and 19 then have a look at the Modern Apprenticeships available with North Ayrshire.

You can get advice and support with completing an application at Employability Hubs in North Ayrshire:

  • Stevenston Library
  • Kilbirnie Library
  • Ayrshire College, Kilwinning
  • Fullarton Employability Hub, Irvine

Scotland’s Social Enterprise Action Plan

Are you running a social enterprise? Part of an enterprising charity? Maybe represent a housing association, credit union, community centre, childcare service, development trust, or similar?

If so, this is for you!

Social Enterprise Scotland is working with the Scottish Government to shape future initiatives supported through Scotland’s Social Enterprise Action Plan – more specifically, ways that organisations can build profile, increase visibility among potential customers, and grasp new market opportunities.

Take this opportunity to share your views on who you sell to or serve, what your challenges are, and what help you need to raise your profile and get more customers.

Click here to take part in the survey.


My Fibro Team

MyFibroTeam is a free social network that makes it easy for you to:

  • get the emotional support you need from others like you, and
  • gain practical advice and insights on managing treatment or therapies for fibromyalgia

When you or a loved one are first diagnosed, it’s not uncommon to feel alone and uncertain of where to find the best information and people that can help you now. My Fibro Team believe in making it easy to find the best people around you to help you get the answers you need, and to find support from people who can truly relate. The main currency on the site is trust – the more you share in posts and your stories, the more questions you ask and answer, the more your support will be valued by other members.

MyFibroTeam is a social network where you can truly connect, make real friendships, and share daily ups and downs in a judgment-free place.

Below are the most popular areas of the site:

  • Activity page is where everyone posts updates – including images, stories, thoughts and anecdotes. It’s where daily triumphs and trials are shared and supported.
  • Find People Like You based on location, your diagnosis, and age. You can browse everyone’s story and updates, which helps provide insight as you share with others.
  • Q & A section enables you to search previously asked questions and answers, and gives you the ability to ask your own question that will be answered by others on MyFibroTeam.
  • Find Providers best suited to meet your needs based on keyword and zip/postal code or city, and you can see which ones other members have recommended.

For more information click here.


Scottish Health Awards 2018

The Scottish Health Awards are the most prestigious and recognised awards for those working across NHSScotland and its partners to deliver high quality health and social care services to the people of Scotland across NHSScotland and its partners. Run by the Daily Record in partnership with NHSScotland and the Scottish Government, the Awards are now well established in the Scottish calendar and recognise those that go that extra mile to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.
The Daily Record is proud to play its part in recognising the extraordinary work of the people on the frontline of health and social care services in Scotland.

The Awards reflect the amazing diversity of talent and showcase the dedication and commitment of the people who work tirelessly on behalf of NHSScotland.

NHSScotland is committed to providing sustainable high quality health services for the people of Scotland. Increasingly, health and social care services will be delivered in an integrated way focussing on prevention, anticipation and supported self-management and the awards aim to recognise this approach.
The Scottish Health Awards celebrate the extraordinary work of the people on the frontline of healthcare provided by our NHS and its partners. We want to know about the people who have genuinely made a difference to your life or to the lives of your family or friends.

If you know a local hero and would like to nominate them click here.

Pain Management Service

Persistent pain has a considerable impact on the quality of life for many people in Scotland.

Approximately 800,000 people across Scotland are affected by persistent pain to varying degrees, and it can result in significant suffering for both those directly affected and those close to them.

The Pain Management Service in NHS Ayrshire & Arran is a multi-disciplinary team, which offers a range of different approaches with the aim of improving the lives of people with persistent pain.

Their values are a holistic person-centred approach to empower people to improve their quality of life while living with a long term pain condition.

For more information and to access  helpful downloads click here.

Celebrating 10 Years Of Hope

The Hope Project are hosting an event to mark their 10th anniversay on August 24, 11am – 3pm, Hayocks Community Centre, Stevenston.

There will be four informative presentations on the excellent opportunities that Hope offer as well as the chance to find out more about the brand new activities programme.

Free buffet and refreshment will be provided.

Transport may be available, please cotact Cathy or Nikki on 01294 602711 for details and to book your place.



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