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Diggin’ The Astro

Fancy doing some digging, weeding, planting, some DIY or just enjoy getting some fresh air and enjoying the company?

If so Beith Astro would love to hear from you!

They are looking for people to help them transform the Astro garden into an area which is pretty and productive all year long with ongoing activities such as planting seeds and vegetables that can be used to make food for the community.

It will be a free weekly drop in event where you can try new skills and enjoy a cup of soup. The first date will be a meeting to discuss a plan of action. It will run from Thursday 26 October till Thursday 14 December 2017 from 12:30-2pm.

Find out more here.


Benefit Changes Are On The Way

People across North Ayrshire who need to claim benefits are being reminded that they may be affected by major changes being implemented next month.

The next phase of the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) roll-out of Universal Credit begins on 22 November which will see six benefits and tax credits replaced with a single monthly payment for the majority of new claimants who are of working age.

Find more information here

Aye We Can Cook

The Aye We Can Cook Event will take place on Friday 20 October 2018 at Rivergate Mall, Irvine.  The event will run from 10:00am until 3:00pm and will host drop-in stalls covering:

  • A live cookery demonstration by North Ayrshire Council Catering Team and will show how to ‘Feed a Family of Four for a Fiver’.
  • Eglinton Growers will be showing off their fresh produce, which they then turn in to chutneys and jams for people to try.

To close the event at 2:30pm, there will be an Omelette Challenge featuring North Ayrshire Council’s Provost v Leader… who will be the quickest?

For more information click here.

Would You Be Interested In An Adult LGBT Support Group?

North Ayrshire Youth Services are looking for some feedback. They are looking into the possibility of setting up an 18+ adult LGBT support group here in North Ayrshire.

If anyone is interested they are going to set up a meeting to discuss this with local LGBT community members on the evening of Wednesday 25th October. Venue to be confirmed. If you would like to come along please drop them a message and they will provide further details.

Remaining Spaces For Universal Credit Awareness Training

There are still spaces for the upcoming Universal Credit awareness raising sessions for staff who work in Health & Social Care. Both sessions are on Tuesday 24 October 2017 in Saltcoats Town Hall. Click on the links to book your place.

General Awareness for staff in Housing Sector – 9:15 – 13:30

General Awareness – 13:45 – 16:60

Local ADP Training Events

Scottish Drugs Forum are delivering training events on behalf of the North Ayrshire Alcohol & Drug Partnership.

The courses are as follows:

  • Introduction To Trauma- Tuesday 12 December 2017
  • Understanding Stigma & Promoting Inclusive Attitudes & Practice- Thursday 14 December 2107

Both of these courses are being held at Fullarton ConneXions, Church Street, Irvine, KA12-8PE from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

To book a place contact For enquiries call 0141 221 1175 or email

Your Options Understood Training

Your Options Understood (Y.O.U.) has secured North Ayrshire Ventures Trust (NAVT) funding that provides a unique opportunity for North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Providers at no cost.

Y.O.U. aims to offer 30 training sessions over a year to providers who support those with additional support needs.

The training programmes delivered by Y.O.U. cover areas including Staff Attitudes, Equality, Self-Directed Support, Recording Daily Notes and Support Planning. These can be offered in tailored form either in full day or half day sessions to upskill both managers and staff.

All training is delivered by individuals who have first-hand experience and knowledge of living with a disability and or working in the Social Care Sector.

Training will be provided either within the provider’s workplace or at Y.O.U.s training facility within The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety in Ardrossan. This is situated within the former St John’s Barony Church in the town.

If you would like further details or if you have already expressed an interest in this opportunity you can now make arrangements for training, please contact.

Dr Danielle Farrel

Managing Director

Your Options Understood (Y.O.U.)

Telephone: 07938 998091



Paths For All

Paths for All is a Scottish charity who want to get Scotland walking, everyone, everyday, everywhere.

Paths for All champion everyday walking as the way to a happier, healthier Scotland.

Paths For All through its Walking For Health project is a leading delivery agent for the Physical Activity Strategy. The role of Walking For Health is to develop walking schemes in community settings as well as in workplaces. The projects aims to increase awareness of the benefits of being physically active as well as encourage more people to become active and stay active through walking.

To find out more about walks in your area click here.

If you are interested in adding your health walk to the Paths for All map click here.


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