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How Can You Access Health & Social Care Services?

This is a question that so many people ask. They do not know where to go to, who to ask for or sometimes how to describe what is happening and why they need assistance or support.

Knowing where to start can be the first barrier. You can always make an appointment with the Community Link Worker at your local GP surgery or have a look at North Ayrshire Council’s website.


This Weeks’ New Providers on Carena

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

AA Job Coach, a job coach for young adults with learning difficulties / health difficulties.

Robert F Duff & Co are a long established legal firm with offices in Largs and Millport. They have a wealth of experience in dealing with Powers of Attorney, Public Guardians service, Wills and Estates. They have personal experience of assisting clients and family members with issues surrounding aging, dementia and care costs.

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

Carers Training Workshop – Looking After Your Mental Health

We all have mental health and our mental wellbeing can fluctuate from day to day. When you are not feeling great or caught up in a cycle of caring for everyone else except yourself it can make it harder to take the appropriate actions which could benefit our mental wellbeing.

Fortunately there are small steps we can all take in our everyday lives to look after our mental health. North Ayrshire carers centre are planning an informal, informative session to explore ways we can all look after our own mental health.

It will take place at the Carers Centre, Irvine on Thursday 26 April 2018 from 10am – 12pm.

Spaces will be limited so if you are interested in attending please contact the carers centre on 01294 311333 to book.



Keeping Warm In Older Homes Event

Scotland’s traditional stone-built houses may be beautiful to look at, but they’re not so much fun to live in during the colder months. If your home was built before 1919 and you’ve not had the full range of energy efficiency measures installed, you could be facing mounting heating bills this year.

Home Energy Scotland offers free, impartial energy efficiency advice from simple draught-proofing to insulation for all types of homes, as well as referrals for available funding and they would like to invite you to a free ‘Ask the Experts’ event at The Waterside Hotel in West Kilbride on Tuesday 6th March 2018.

To register for the event click here.

Key Community Support Activities

Key provides highly personalised, outcome focussed support to help people with disabilities and complex needs live life to the full.

Key and their service user led group called The Advisory Group have been running some new activity groups with the service users in North Ayrshire.

They have a games night at the Saltcoats Office, 23 Hamilton street, every 2nd Thursday. The next group is on the 23 February from 6.30-8.30pm. It costs £1.50 and is great fun, trying out different games and sometimes a game of bingo with some great prizes!

There is also a new Boccia club which runs at the Whitlees Centre every 2nd Tuesday 2-4pm. The group meets again on the 27 February. It costs £1.50 and is great way for anyone of any ability to get some exercise, meet people. They are also going to join up with other Boccia groups to have some competitions!

The groups are aimed at people with learning and physical disabilities, and of any ability within that. They would love for some new members to go along and try their groups. For more information give them a call on 01294 607222.

Loneliness Can Affect Anyone

A national strategy is being developed to tackle loneliness and isolation in Scotland.

Your views are needed to explore how communities can work with the Scottish Government to ensure that those at risk of becoming lonely or isolated have access to the right support networks.

The event is being held on Thursday 8 March 2018 from 9.30am until 12.30pm at Gailes Hotel in Irvine and will consider the Ayrshire response. Register here.

Be Disability Inclusive – Ethical, Smart and Good for Organisations

On the evening of 8 February 2018 Ayrshire DICE delivered a presentation on helping employers to be Disability Confident to the Ayrshire Group of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development at the Fenwick Hotel. The presentation was delivered by Steering Group members of Ayrshire DICE from North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, East Ayrshire Council, Ayrshire College and DWP.

The purpose of Ayrshire DICE is to help employers to be disability-confident through having easy access to a network of support. It now has over 30 partner organisations that are working together in Ayrshire to take every opportunity to inform and support employers. From household names to new dynamic organisations, all of which have the commitment and focus to assist local employers to provide supportive relationships with people with disabilities or health conditions, for mutual benefit.

Ayrshire DICE can offer professional advice on a range of issues and opportunities through its partners. Better still its free of charge and only a phone call or a click away. Whether its advice on developing policy and strategy, practical support on recruitment and retention or any matters relating to disabilities and health conditions, Ayrshire DICE is here and ready to provide support.

It is fully understood that balancing the needs of the individual and the needs of the business or organisation can be tough. DICE Ayrshire can help organisations through the maze to maximise the benefits. It is an ethical approach as well as the smart thing to do with businesses and organisations citing higher retention rates, stronger staff morale and improved performance when positive and supportive action is taken.

For further details visit the Ayrshire DICE website.



Are You At Risk Of Becoming Homeless?

The Housing Support Team will assist North Ayrshire Council Tenants to remain in their tenancy by providing a Housing Support Service to those most at risk of becoming homeless. They can assist with a wide range of topics including benefits, budgeting, homelessness, living skills and rent arrears.

To access Housing support you can refer yourself by calling the Housing Support Team 01294 317370 or email to arrange for a support worker to call you back.

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