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£60k in grants will be awarded to help prevent drugs deaths

Projects and community organisations which could help to aid recovery from substance addiction and prevent drug-related deaths across North Ayrshire are being offered the chance to bid for grants between £8k and £10k as part of a new scheme organised by North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, with communities having the final say on who will receive the funding.


‘The Substance of Our Communities’ is the latest in a series of participatory budgeting events, allowing members of the public to decide which of the bids they think most deserve the funding.


A decision day event is planned for Saturday, April 18 at Ardrossan Civic Hall, where anyone who lives, work or volunteers in North Ayrshire can go along, hear all about the projects then vote for their favourites.


Online voting will also be available, with details to be announced soon.


A series of drop-in sessions will be held at the following locations, where you can pick up an application form and receive further information and guidance on how to apply for funding:


·       Tuesday, January 28: Fullarton Connexions, Church Street, Irvine (5pm to 6.30pm)


·       Wednesday, January 29: Turning Point Scotland, Glebe Street, Stevenston (1pm to 3pm)


·       Friday, February 7: The Living Room, Gallowgate Street, Largs (1pm to 3pm)


·       Monday, February 10: Kilwinning Sports Club, Pennyburn Road, Kilwinning (1pm to 3pm)


·       Monday, February 17: Volunteer Rooms, Irvine (1pm to 3pm)


·       Friday, February 21: Bridgend Community Centre, Bridgend, Kilbirnie (5pm to 7pm)


Application forms are available by email from, or visit and click on ‘Get Involved’ to find out if your project meets the application criteria and to apply online.


The deadline for applications is at midnight on Sunday, March 22.


A total of £60k will be awarded as part of the event.


Mobile Phone Basics

Input are going to be running a six week beginners guide to smartphones soon.

They will take place on Wednesdays 1-3pm across North Ayrshire.

The course will tell you all about Android phones and tablets. If you don’t have your own phone you can use on of Inputs and try different ones out.

If you are interested please call 01294 441404 or text 0759 1530 679 to book your free place or find out more details.

North Ayrshire Libraries

Absolute Beginner Ukulele Lessons: 10 am – 11 am starting Thursday 30th January 2020

Learn to play the happiest little instrument in the world!  Learn simple cords and basic strumming.  They have ukulele’s available for you to play if you don’t have your own yet.

Ukulele Lessons: Level 1 11 am – 12 noon

For players who have completed the beginner block or know some chords or basic strumming.  This block will look at developing strumming patterns and learning a few more chords.

Ukulele Lessons:  Level 2 noon  – 1 pm

For players who have a bit more experience and are confident with strumming.  These sessions will look to further develop strumming and styles of play.

Cost: £36 for a 6 week block

Level 1 and 2 classes are currently running.  To book your sessions call Janine on 01294 461730 or email

Hansel Recruitment Open Events

Hansel is a leading social care provider working for people with additional needs.

They are recruiting Support Workers (£9 per hour plus benefits).

If you are interested head along to their Open Events and find out about Hansel, the job roles and the services where their vacancies are based.

The open events will take place at:

Hi-Street, 40 Main Street, Prestwick, KA9 1NX

  • Tuesday 21 January – 10-2pm
  • Wednesday 22 January – 10-2pm
  • Thursday 23 January – 12-2pm & 4-7pm
  • Friday 24 January 11-3pm
  • Saturday 25 January – 10-2pm

Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8NN (opposite Asda)

  • Friday 31 January 10-2pm

If you’re passionate about making a positive difference in people’s lives they want to meet you!

For further information please contact Hansel on 01563 830304 or visit their Facebook and website.

Nordic Walking In North Ayrshire

Are you interested in joining a Nordic walk in North Ayrshire ? To find out more e mail or call 01294 32466

Kilwinning Sports Club Kit and Boot Exchange

Kilwinning Sports Club are running a kit and boot exchange from their reception area. If you have kit or boots that no longer fits drop in and see them or call 01294 556444

Mentoring In North Ayrshire

Are you interested in becoming a North Ayrshire Mentor ?

If you are interested in giving up some of your time each week to help support a young person find out more information here.

Tall Trees Story Telling

Come and experience the magic of the woods at Geisland & Spiers.  Their storytellers will take you on an adventure where you can begin to ignite your imagination & appreciate the natural world at its best.

Event 1:  Saturday 8th February 1pm

Event 2:  Saturday 22nd February 1pm

Event 3: Saturday 14th March 1pm

All held in Geilsland Grounds & Spiers Old School Grounds For more info:  Tall Trees Story Telling



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