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Cycle Into Summer Event

The CTC Ayrshire Club is Ayrshire’s largest cycling club with a well established, all-year programme of rides varying from 15 to 75 miles.

With the emphasis on sociable leisure cycling they are always glad to welcome new faces on their rides and you don’t have to sign-up immediately.

So why not go along and dust the cobwebs off your bike and join Ayrshire’s largest cycle club at their Cycle into Summer event.

Taking place on Tuesday 10 and 17 May 2016, the event is open to everyone, families, beginners and pros.

Starting at the Magnum Car Park in Irvine at 7pm, you can either take part in a five or 10 mile cycle. Find a cycle that suits your aspirations, meet new people and have fun.

Cancer Campaign Is Targetting Men

Television programmes typically watched by men over the age of 45 are being peppered with the latest advert by the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

Premiered during Sky Sports News’ Gillette Soccer Saturday the advert is being placed in the breaks of programmes such as football games shown on Sky Sports and programmes on channels ITV 3, Five, Sky Atlantic, Quest, and Sky One.

The advert (below) features Downton Abbey actor Jeremy Smith playing a dad being sent to his room by his son and told to grow up after being unwilling to talk about the disease.

Junior Golf Benefits

Not only is Junior Golf great fun but it can also help with movement skills and concentration and gives children an opportunity to make new friends.

KA Leisure offer Junior Golf Coaching at Auchenharvie Golf course for age 6 to 14 year olds and runs on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Kids can relax and learn in a fun and friendly environment with PGA Professional Greig McQueen, whose group lessons focus around the key principles and basics of golf.  Children start off in the practice area before moving onto the course itself.

You can find out more about the sessions on their website.

To book, call 01292 316454 or email Pay as you go lessons cost £3.50 per session.

North Ayrshire Council Housing Older People Event

One for the diary. On Friday 13 May 2016 at 9.45am North Ayrshire Council are putting on a free buffet lunch with guest speakers and fun activities at their third Annual Older People Event in Ardeer Neighbourhood Centre in Stevenston.

The day will include taster sessions of Carpet Bowls, Mini facials and manicures, blood pressure checks, opportunities in retirement, music sessions and many more.

Places are limited so call Nichola on 01294 324031. Transport can be provided on request.

Blind Persons Tax Allowance

Did you know that all registered blind people are entitled to claim special Blind Persons Tax Allowance. This means that additional annual income of £2,290 (as of April 2015/2016) can be received without being taxed. To claim the allowance call 0845 366 7887 or 0300 200 3301, have your National Insurance number ready.

For more information  or advice about tax if you are approaching 60 or older and on a low income (less than £20K per annum) contact the charity Tax Help for Older People.

Ayrshire Achieves Voting Open for 2016

People are being asked to share positive experiences of NHS Ayrshire and Arran by nominating staff and volunteers for an Ayrshire Achieves Award, giving local people and NHS staff the chance to recognise the positive contribution of health workers and volunteers. The awards aim to celebrate success, applaud excellence and innovation, and demonstrate continuous improvement in the quality of care. There are 9 voting categories this year;

There are nine award categories this year:

  • Building relationships
  • Caring for people
  • Caring for our staff
  • Light bulb moments – creativity and innovation
  • Behind the scenes
  • Leading by example
  •  Rising star
  • Volunteer of the year
  • Team of the year

So if you know of someone who deserves to be recognised, vote now. The deadline for nominations is Friday 20 May 2016.

For a nomination form:

  • Telephone free to 0800 169 1441
  • Write free to Ayrshire Achieves, Communications Department, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, FREEPOST RRZ-TYRA-LGCT, Eglinton House, Ailsa Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr KA6 6AB
  • Email


Steps For Stress

This is a simple guide to stressing less and enjoying life more.

Stress doesn’t just make you feel bad, it’s not good for your health.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to start dealing with it. Research shows that small steps can make a big difference.

There are plenty of things you can do to feel better. See how working on these steps can help you control stress and stop it building up in future.

Have a look at this website as it takes you through 5 stages:

  • Recognizing stress
  • Getting ready
  • Coping better
  • Dealing with the past
  • Take action now


Conversations For Connecting Communities

If you are interested in seeing and playing a part in developing communities this may be an event not to miss.

This exciting event will encourage you to engage in conversations about connecting communities. This will help identify ways to develop asset based projects and practice across Ayrshire. It is hoped that the day will bring together people involved in community building and connecting projects to share practices and experiences. The event will be held on Thursday 2 June 2016 from 9.30am until 4.30pm at Hallmark Hotel in Irvine.

Anyone attending will have the opportunity to learn and reflect on

• Asset based approaches and how they can improve health and wellbeing
• What is happening locally and in other places
• How an asset based approach could be used in your own area of work
• How you can contribute and influence this way of working within locality planning

To book a place at the event or to book a market stall please contact Joanne Robertson on 01292 885 949 or email by Wednesday 18 May 2016.

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