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Ayrshire College Inclusive Learning Team

If you have a support need that impacts on your learning and participation at college, the first step is letting the Inclusive Learning Team know. It is important for you to make contact as early as possible.

Contact the team by:

  • Ticking the box on your application form
  • Speaking to a member of staff when you are invited for a course interview or at induction
  • Dropping in to Student Services for a referral
  • Emailing

Or telephone:

Ayr Campus: 01292 293 553

Kilmarnock Campus: 01563 523 501 ext 4058

Kilwinning Campus: 01294 555 325


National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day encourages the nation to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity across the UK.

It is also a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays within North Ayrshire. KA Leisure would like to raise awareness of the importance of keeping active and to celebrate they are offering:

FREE access to Fitness Suites:

#fitnessday aims to be the most active day of the year. KA Leisure will be inviting members to BRING A FRIEND to a fitness suites for FREE on Wednesday 26 September, 2018. Members simply visit reception on entry and inform staff you are bringing a friend to workout with. They will be given a copy of the Health Commitment Statement and a brief overview of the fitness suite if required.

FREE access to Swimming Pools:

On #fitnessday you will be able to use any of the 4 swimming pools during public swimming for FREE. Check out public swimming times by visiting the swimming pool timetable for your local venues.

Fitness2Me means…

#Fitness2Me aims to celebrate what fitness means to you, promoting that keeping physically active means something different to us all.

KA Leisure want to hear from you.

• Tell them what fitness means to you by either grabbing a #fitness2me poster in on of the venues or scribbling down on your own piece of paper.

  • Take a photo or video and share it with us on social media.
  • Don’t forget to add #Fitness2Me and #FitnessDay and tag us via @kaleisure and @FitnessDayUK



World Mental Health Day takes place on Wednesday 10 October and YoungMinds are looking to get everyone in schools and workplaces to wear something yellow and donate to YoungMinds. Whether it’s a scarf, hat or bowtie – They want to see your colourful costumes! By taking part in #HelloYellow you can help us raise vital funds and show young people they’re not alone when it comes to their mental health.

Sign up before 23 September to be sent one of their #HelloYellow Fundraising Kits! They’re full of ideas and resources you can use to prepare for World Mental Health Day, including mental health lesson plans for schools and wellbeing at work tips for offices. Get your yellow thinking caps on!

Volunteers Needed For New Cornerstone Café

Cornerstone have an exciting opportunity for volunteers to become involved in their New Beginnings Café based in Irvine. This café has been set up and will be run by the people they support at Cornerstone. This will be fantastic for volunteers to share and grow a local business whilst helping to develop the confidence of the café staff.

The café will initially be open Wednesday to Friday 10:30am-3:30pm. Any time that you can volunteer to help out will be appreciated whether it’s an afternoon or even a few days.

If you feel you would like to get involved with our new and exciting café then please contact Gail McKnaught on 07792072551 or Diane Conway on 07791103045


Creative Pathways: Environmental Design, North Ayrshire

12-week programme
Aimed at 16-17 year olds not in employment, education or training
25th September – 14th December 2018

Impact Arts, 60 Bank Street, Irvine, North Ayrshire
Tuesday – Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Are you aged 16-17 and not currently in education, employment or training? Do you live in North Ayrshire? Want to develop your creative skills? Want to earn £55 per week (plus travel) as you do so?

Participants will get invaluable hands-on experience of digital art, graphic design, photography and more, while learning about environmental issues and working as a team to organise a showcase and exhibition event.

Those taking part will also get advice on CVs, job-hunting, next steps, and have the opportunity to complete an SQA Stage 3 award in Employability.

Funding and support for the project comes from Skills Development Scotland, Our Bright Future, the Big Lottery Fund, Inspiring Scotland and the Gannochy Trust.

If you are interested and would like to discuss the programme further, please contact Impact Arts Programme Manager Jamie Proudfoot on 0141 575 3001 / 07741 640 417 or email


Organ Donation Scotland

Being able to donate organs and tissue to help people who desperately need transplants is one of the great miracles of modern medicine. However, it is important to reassure people that if they are admitted to hospital in a critical condition, the absolute first priority of doctors is always to save their patient’s life. It is only if a patient has died or is expected to die imminently as their injuries are not expected to be survivable that donation is considered.

This generosity was life changing for 467 people in Scotland last year and 50% of us have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register.

But it’s still not enough. People are still dying while waiting for a transplant. Right at this moment in Scotland, around 550 people with life-threatening illnesses are on transplant waiting lists.

Join the register today by clicking here.

Better Off North Ayrshire Challenging Poverty Week

As part of Challenge Poverty week (1-5 October), it has been arranged, through Better Off North Ayrshire, for two ‘Money Goals’ workshops to be delivered by Money Advice Scotland for North Ayrshire residents.

The workshops will take place at the Information and Drop-in Centre at the Michael Lynch Centre in Ardrossan and will each run for 2 hours. They will focus mostly on Budgeting and Understanding Credit Scores, but with a brief input on affordable credit from 1st Alliance Credit Union , energy/energy debt advice from Lemon Aid and from CHAP, managing debt.

The workshops will be open to anyone who is eligible for the services offered by Better Off (aged 16+, lone parents, low income or non-working households) and will run from 930 -1130 am and 1-3 pm. Tea, coffee and home baking will be provided.

There are a maximum of 20 places available at each session, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Click here for booking form.

Carers Allowance Supplement

Eligible carers in Scotland will receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement from Thursday 13 September. In recognition of the important contribution carers make, these payments will mean that people in Scotland, who were in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on the qualifying date of Monday 16 April will receive a supplementary payment of £221. This payment will be issued automatically to eligible carers.

More information is available at Scottish Government has also issued links to three clips of film introducing Social Security Scotland, the policy intent behind Carer’s Allowance Supplement and details on the way in which this benefit will be delivered:

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