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Thrive: Practitioners Toolkit

Thrive is a digital toolkit for practitioners who want to help people become active and is based on learning from the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund.  The Toolkit promotes a small step approach to supporting people towards becoming active.

Remember, small changes can make a big difference.

For more information click here

Meal Makers

When you’re cooking could you spare an extra portion for an older neighbour?

If so then there is some exciting news…Meal Makers is coming to North Ayrshire!

A great project brought to you by the award-winning Scottish charity Food Train that connects people who love cooking and are happy to share an extra portion with an older neighbour.

Customers (Diners) are matched up with local volunteer cooks. As the project is getting ready to get started they are looking for diners and volunteer cooks. Diners are eligible if they are 55+ and a member of the Food Train. Volunteer cooks can be all ages.

For more information visit here.

Hepatitis See Art Exhibition Video

In light of World Hepatitis Day, art workshops took place across Scotland for a national art and photography project and competition. The artwork, produced by people affected by hepatitis C, explores and visualises issues of identity and stigma related to the condition.

Here is a great video from their exhibition.

Evening Classes At Ayrshire College Start In September

Applications for evening classes at Ayrshire Colleges, which start in September, are now available. Perhaps you have a specific course in mind or you may want to carry on with your learning. Contact Ayrshire College now to get your application completed and submitted.

Café Solace

Don’t forgot that you can get an excellent 3 course home cooked meal for only £1.70 at your local Café Solace. The cafes provide low cost, good quality food and opportunity for the people of North Ayrshire. The café is run by volunteers in recovery, all with appropriate training, experience and qualifications, who want to support their local community.

As well as the opportunity to build your social network in a safe and welcoming place, Cafe Solace offers an ideal chance to find out important information about services and supports, about what’s going on in North Ayrshire and how you might get involved.

You can visit Café Solace every Tuesday from 5-8pm at Fullarton Connexions, Church Street, Irvine, every Wednesday from 5-8pm at The Church of the Nazarene, 150 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan and every Friday at Bridgend Community Centre, 17 Bridgend, Kilbirnie from 5 till 7:30pm.

For more information please e-mail

This Weeks’ New Provider on Carena

A warm welcome to our newest provider who has added a profile of their services on Carena. Visit their profile to see what they offer and how they can help you.

Beatson Cancer Charity Health & Work Service, provides support for those with work concerns who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis.

To publish your service, social or activity group or organisation on Carena, go to the Home Page, click on Register Provider and follow the Carena User Guide.

If you need any assistance please email us at

Epilepsy Connections Short Break Opportunity

Epilepsy connections are offering children and young people, affected by epilepsy, and their families the opportunity to go on a short break to Ardentinny Outdoor Centre near Dunoon.

Return transport from Glasgow city centre, accommodation, meals, activities, waterproofs and wellies will be provided, and the only cost to families is a minimum donation of £20 per adult attending.

To express interest contact Irene Manson @

Epilepsy Connections

100 Wellington Street

Glasgow G2 6DH

Tel: 0141 248 4125



Children’s Panel Members – Information Evening

Unsure if panel membership is for you?  
As a new panel member you must be able to commit to undertaking an initial training programme which is spread over 14 weeks and you will need to be able to attend all of the local training dates.  Being able to commit to ongoing training is also important.

Being a Children’s Panel Member in Ayrshire, what does this mean?
Ayrshire Area Support Team (AST) consists of three local authorities – East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire.  Prospective panel members are expected to live or work within the geographical boundaries of one local authority area but may have the opportunity to sit as a panel member in any area within Ayrshire.

Panel members in Ayrshire are expected to commit to sitting on two hearings sessions per month, and to attend 5 local learning and development opportunities per year.

The next Children’s Panel information evening will be held on:
Tuesday 12 September
from 7:-00pm – 9:00pm
at Greenwood Conference Centre, Greenwood Gate, Dreghorn, Irvine, KA11 4GZ.

For more information on the Children’s Panel in Ayrshire and the work they do, click here

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