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MindLine Trans+

Mindline Trans+ is a confidential  emotional, mental health support helpline for people who identify as Trans, Agender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary, and anyone wanting to talk about their gender identity.

The helpline provides a safe place to talk about your feelings confidentially. Calls are not recorded and no personal details are taken. Volunteers with lived experience of Trans+ or allies will respond to calls. The service also supports family members and friends and provides signposting to other services and resources.


Help Get Young People Talking About Mental Health

Later this year See me are launching a new campaign to get young people talking about mental health as part of the Year of Young People 2018.

To kick start the campaign See me want to start the biggest conversation young people in Scotland have ever had on mental health.

See me need you to help shape the campaign and have set up a survey for people aged 12-26. Click here to take part.


Autism Carers Group – Power of Attorney and Guardianship

This is an informal, informative and welcoming group for carers of autistic individuals.

The discussion for May will be around Power of Attorney and Guardianship.

You will be offered relevant and up to date information, advice and support.

Regardless of whether you are only able to drop in with an enquiry or stay for the full duration of the meeting you are very welcome to attend.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday 16 May, 1pm – 2.30pm, in the Tower Room, Kilmarnock Train station, Station Brae, KA1 2AF.

 


Call Blockers Available For North Ayrshire Residents

Some of North Ayrshire’s most vulnerable residents are now able to relax in their own homes.

That’s because they’ve received support from the council’s Trading Standards team  and received a cold-call blocking machine which has ended the nightmare of fraudulent bogus callers for them.

And now the team are looking to reach out and help others susceptible to this type of underhand and abhorrent crime.

So far they’ve installed around 90 of the machines across homes throughout North Ayrshire. They’ve now received an additional 150 machines and are keen to find the right homes and help the right people.

If you want to find out more call 01294 310100 or email   tradingstandards@north-ayrshire.gov.uk


Ayrshire & Arran NHS Is Investing In Volunteers

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is fully committed to supporting its volunteers. That is the verdict by Volunteers Scotland when it renewed the Investing in Volunteers (IiV) award recently.

During the assessment, a Volunteers Scotland assessor took time to speak to staff and volunteers about their experience volunteering with NHS Ayrshire & Arran. They were able to highlight improvements and areas of developing practice as well as their commitment to high quality management of the volunteers.

To find out more about volunteering within NHS Ayrshire & Arran, please contact Gill Rogers by telephone on 01292 513669 or email gill.rogers@aapct.scot.nhs.uk.


Dogs Trust Freedom Project

This is a dog fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse. It is a specialist, confidential service, with a female only team, which is free and covers the cost of veterinary treatment, food and any equipment the dog may need while in foster care. The Freedom Project is able to offer fostering placements for pets for up to 6 months and aims to reunite pets with their owners.

Dogs Trust is currently able to take referrals from people accessing refuge in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Lothian, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Stirling, Argyll and Bute, Fife, Perth, Dundee, Angus, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. Click here for more information.


Computing For Employment

There will be a Computing for employment course running in Irvine within the Fullarton Employability Hub, 1 School Lane, KA12 1DF.

The course will run from Tuesday 8 May until Tuesday 19 June from 2.30pm – 5pm.

If you would like to find out more about this course or any other courses call Norma on 01294 475900 or email     nmcarthur@north-ayrshire.gov.uk


Children With Parents In Prison Gain New Rights

New rights for children with parents in prison have been welcomed.

The Council of Europe has issued guidelines that will ensure that children with imprisoned parents are entitled to the same rights as other children, including regular contact with their parents, as long as it is in the child´s best interests.

Families Outside has said that the new guidance will encourage police not to arrest parents in front of their children, and will have a greater impact in ensuring young people can contact their parents.

You can read more about these guidelines here.


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