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Sepsis Awareness Campaign

A campaign to raise awareness of the “silent killer” sepsis is being launched by the Scottish government.

It will highlight the signs and symptoms of the condition which kills about 3,500 people in Scotland every year.

What are the symptoms?

Early symptoms of sepsis in older children and adults include:

  • a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • chills and shivering
  • confusion
  • cold or blotchy hands and feet
  • not passing as much urine as normal
  • Symptoms in young children include:
  • looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • abnormally cold to touch
  • breathing very fast
  • a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • a seizure or convulsion
  • Find more information on the NHS Inform website.

Do you live in Kilwinning?

Calling all Kilwinning Folks 🗣️

Kilwinning Community Council want to hear the thoughts of the community on what should happen in the tennis court area of McGavin Park.  Locals are asked to complete a very short survey that shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to help understand what the community would like to see.

Click here to access the survey

Spread the word to reach as many people as possible!

Free Training – An Introduction to Inequalities and Health

Community Health Exchange, CHEX is offering free training, this training is aimed at people who are interested to know more about how life circumstances affect our health. The training draws on the experiences of those who are at the training and we are looking for a mix of people to be involved. It will include the opportunity to explore theoretical models such as the ‘social model of health’ and ‘taking a human rights perspective’ when trying to improve health. Whether you work or volunteer in the Community and Voluntary Sector, the NHS or the Local Authority you might find this training day useful.

It will take place on Wednesday 28 March 2018 in Ardrossan. To register your interest please contact Alex Macdonald indicating that you are interested in the training in Ardrossan (they are delivering training in more than one area)

Registration will be on a first come first served basis. For further information, you can contact Elspeth Gracey or the CHIEX Main Office 0141 248 1990.

#Seensomething #Saysomething

If you think someone you know is being taken advantage of or exploited, get it checked out.

It might be nothing, or it might be the best thing you could do to help.

Visit Act Against Harm for more information.

Ayrshire Diabetes Patient Conference 2018

NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Diabetes Managed Clinical Network is hosting their eleventh Diabetes Patient Conference.

Local people who have diabetes, or know someone who is affected by the condition, are welcome to attend the event in the McDonald Education Centre, University Hospital Ayr from 9.30am until 2pm on Saturday 28 April 2018. The conference costs £5 per person which includes lunch and refreshments.

People will have the opportunity to speak to professionals, learn more about diabetes from presentations and information stands; meet other people living with diabetes and gain a greater understanding of the services and support available in NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

Places are limited so please book early. To book a place contact L-J Truesdale at the Diabetes Managed Clinical Network on 01294 323492 or leave your name and address on the answer machine and a booking form will be sent out to you to complete.

#Take the Time

It’s estimated that loneliness kills more people than obesity and according to experts is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

West FM in partnership with Befriending Networks have launched the Take the Time campaign, asking people to sign up as befrienders.

Donating just a couple of hours each week to help lonely and vulnerable local people can make a real difference.

Loneliness is a problem that affects all age groups, and throughout this week West FM will be investigating how big an issue it is, talking to a range of people from all kinds of backgrounds.

To sign up as a befriender or to find out more click here.

Photographic Competition

The title for the Ayrshire Hospice Photographic Competition 2018 is ‘Castles of Ayrshire’.  The theme is open to personal interpretation but Ayrshire Hospice are looking for beautiful photographs of Ayrshire’s many Castles, not just featuring the Castle itself but its beautiful landscapes.  Or perhaps a different twist would be a stunning garden shot taken from inside the Castle or the turret of a Castle with a landscape in the distance.  The Castle does not need to be whole, a ruin can be just as picturesque and we are looking for all the Season’s to be represented.

The twelve photos selected by the judges will appear in the Ayrshire Hospice calendar 2019 raising monies for the Ayrshire Hospice.

The closing date for entries is midnight Sunday 13th May 2018.  The person who takes the winning photo wins a £150 voucher generously donated by Vennal Cameras, Ayr.

For more information click here.

The Hope Project Personal Protection

The Hope project are looking for people over 50 that would be interested in self-protection. . The class is suited to any one over the age of 50, who is worried about the world around them and being able to keep safe. The class will cover all aspects that will help and aid you in protecting your self.

This will be done over two classes at the Hope Project 10 Alexander Place Stevenston on Monday 2 March and Friday 9 March from 1pm-4:30pm.

Please call Cathy or Nikki on 01294 602711 option 3 then option 2 for more information or to book your places.


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