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Join The Junior ParkRun Family

Looking to have fun and be active, learn new skills, make friends and feel happy and proud?

Interested? If so you should take part in Junior ParkRun where you can walk, jog, run and volunteer. It is a family friendly 2k event every Sunday at 9:30am for 4-14 year olds but adults can join in with the kids too!

Your local Junior ParkRun event will take place Jacks Road, St Matthews Academy, Saltcoats, KA21 5SH.

Register here

KA Leisure – Active Summer Programme 2018

It’s time to make plans for the kids’ Summer holidays and KA Leisure has put together an Activity Programme packed with activities to make sure the school holidays are full of action and fun!

They have something for everyone with sport specific camps, pool activities and their ever popular kids clubs! Along with their own activities they have a variety of camps and classes which will be delivered by clubs and partners from across the area.

RNIB Scotland “Living With Sight Loss” Course

RNIB Scotland ‘Living with Sight Loss’ course (four days) in Kilmarnock

• Have you or a family member been diagnosed with sight loss?
• Would you like to share experiences with other people in similar situations?
• Are you interested in finding out about services available to you?

These free, informal, community-based courses and phone groups provide information, advice, support and practical solutions for people adjusting to sight loss and those close to them.

RNIB Scotland aim to help you adjust to your sight condition, increase your independence and boost your confidence. You’ll get the chance to meet and share experiences with others in similar situations.

You’ll hear about a range of organisations and local services out there to help you.

Sessions include:
• Welfare rights
• Getting out and about
• Tips and gadgets for everyday living
• Assistive technology – computers, tablets, phones
• Leisure, hobbies and interests

Sessions take place once a week for four weeks, from 10.30am to 1.30pm, at Alzheimer Scotland, 10-12 College Wynd, Kilmarnock KA1 1HN.

Dates are Wednesdays – 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd August.

Advance booking is essential – you are welcome to book a second place to take a family member or friend with you.

Book your free place today!
• Call on 0300 123 3933
• Email at
• Visit the website

Caring For North Ayrshire

Find out more about the improvements that are being made to Ayrshire and Arran’s health and social care system and how you can get involved.

Health and social care services across Ayrshire and Arran have continually adapted and developed to meet the growing needs of the people of Ayrshire and Arran. We know that people are living longer, and this means our health and social care services need to evolve to make sure we can support people effectively in the future.

Over the coming months, staff will be engaging with people in Ayrshire and Arran to talk about improvements to health and social care services and find out what you think. Your views will help to develop services that are fit for the future.

We all have a role to play in supporting Ayrshire and Arran health and social care services. By doing what we can to look after our own health and wellbeing, we can make sure services are there for when we really need them.

To find out how to keep up to date with what’s happening click here.


My Story

Over the coming weeks,The Dirrans Centre will be posting”My Story” these are digital stories from some of their service users. They will speak about their lives and time at the Dirrans Centre. James’s story is just one of them.


Future Leaders Diversity Conference

Are you a talented graduate or potential graduate, from one or more of the following backgrounds:

  •  Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic
  • Disabled
  • Socially or economically disadvantaged

Ever thought about exploring a career in public service? If you’re collaborative, creative and passionate about making a difference, then this conference is for you.
This 3 day conference aims to provide you with an insight into life in the modern Civil Service, and gives you a chance to share your life experiences and views with our current and future leaders. It’s also a great way for you to prepare to apply for a place on our graduate leadership programme. Something that could lead to a varied and rewarding career at the heart of the Scottish Government.

Registration and assessment process for this is taking place now from 11-25 June 2018. There is a selection process consisting of online tests and video interviewing throughout July & August with the event taking place between the 4 – 6 September 2018. Good luck to all those applying!

Funky Films

In a project created and supported by the North Ayrshire Alcohol & Drug Partnership, Funky Films is a group of people in recovery who are learning the skills involved in filmmaking. Together they work as a crew, along with a student filmmaker, to create short films in their local community.

Click here to see their work.

KA Leisure First Aid Courses

KA Leisure provide First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid Courses for local companies and individuals.  All of our courses provide the knowledge and skills required to give potentially lifesaving first aid for a variety of emergencies.

First Aid Training Courses available include

  • First Aid at Work Qualification 3 day course
  • First Aid at Work Refresher 2 day course
  • Emergency First Aid 1 day course
  • Annual First Aid Refresher 3 hour course

First aid training course calendar 2018 can be found here.

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