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Celebrating 10 Years Of Bowel Screening In NHS Ayrshire And Arran

This year’s event takes place on Wednesday 25 April 2018 in the Alexander Fleming Education Centre, University Hospital Crosshouse (registration from 12 noon, programme starting at 1pm). The event is open to everyone.

This year’s event celebrates ten years of bowel screening in Ayrshire and Arran and will help to raise awareness of the importance of prevention, screening and early detection of bowel cancer. The event will also introduce the new and easier bowel cancer screening test which was launched last year and is already having an impact.

The event will be led by Mr Eddie Leung, Colorectal Surgeon and Director of Ayrshire and Arran’s bowel screening programme.

Delegates will hear from a range of speakers, have the opportunity to ask questions them and visit a number of information stands. This year, the information stands include:

  • Quit Your Way (previously Fresh Air-shire)
  • K:A Leisure
  • Bowel Cancer UK
  • Ayrshire Cancer Support
  • Crohns and colitis Ayrshire and Arran Support Group

Macmillan Online Self-Management Programme I-Hope

If you have had a cancer diagnosis, Macmillan are running a free online pilot of their HOPE programme which is designed to help with the emotional impact of cancer.

HOPE focuses on topics such as smarter goal setting, priorities and values, living positively with fears for the future, character strengths, physical activity, eating well, managing stress, coping with fatigue and finding things to be thankful for.

The programme will commence on Monday 23 April and will run for 7 weeks.

The commitment is a minimum of 2 hours per week.

To register, please contact the Learning and Development Team on:

Phone 01656 867960   Email

Can Collection Volunteers Needed

Alzheimers Scotland, Ayrshire are recruiting for can collection volunteers! Helping them to spread the word!

What does being a can co-ordinator involve?
– finding spots for new cans to go
– collecting and replacing full cans
– keeping a record of amounts collected and where cans are situated

You can take on just one or two cans or spread your net wide and set up a whole network. It’s up to YOU how many hours you’d like to commit. Alzheimers Scotland are super flexible!
If you’d like to find out more or think you’d like to help out, anywhere in Ayrshire, contact Amy on or 07798667565

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is Bowel cancer awareness month and this year Beating Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer UK have merged to form the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity, their new mission is to ensure that by 2050, no-one will die of bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer however it shouldn’t be because it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops.

Early diagnosis is key in catching bowel cancer early so knowing the common symptoms and taking appropriate action can save lives.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

To learn more about symptoms or order information click here.

For more information on the work that is being done in Scotland visit the Bowel Cancer UK Scotland page.




Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Glasgow Youth Film Festival turns 10 this year and your help is needed to make it the biggest and best year yet.

Are you aged 15-19 with an interest in films and events?

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a world-leading film festival?

You can apply to become a Young Programmer for 2018, to find out some more information please fill out the form found here, and return to

Places are offered on a rolling basis so best to get your applications in quickly.

Are you more of a budding filmaker?

Do you want to see your film on the big screen?

To celebrate GYFF’s 10th birthday and Event Scotland’s Year of Young People, GYFF Young Programmers will have the opportunity to programme a series of short films made by their peers

What GYFF are looking for:

Any short film (under 40 mins). This can be documentary, animation or live-action Filmmakers must be between the ages of 15 – 25

The selected films will be shown at Glasgow Youth Film Festival 14 – 16 September 2018.

If you have a film that you would like to be considered, please send to or contact us for more information.

GFF18 14 – 16 September 2018



New Facebook Support Group for ASD

A new online support group has been set up to provide a lifeline to parents and caregivers of children who are on the Autistic spectrum. Your child does not need to be diagnosed.

The aim of the group is to provide a platform to ask advice, share events, go for informal support and to vent when needed and just to generally make friends with people who are walking a similar path.

The group have set up a Facebook page and it is open to any caregiver to a child who has ASD similar.

Celebrating Memories

Celebrating Memories have ten years’ experience working with various client groups but primarily the elderly and people with dementia. They work with groups, or on a one to one basis and look to encourage involvement of individuals at the session.

Reminiscing and music are proven techniques in helping people with dementia. Talking about the golden moments of our past and perhaps singing the songs of our life moments we can help people relive and share memories. Reminiscing and reliving musical moments can help strengthen memories, perhaps bring happiness into a person’s life and can boost self-esteem. These benefits can improve a person’s quality of life.

For group sessions there is a wide range of subjects covered, and these can be personalised. Sessions can be worked around current events such as a “Saints Day”, “Christmas” “a royal wedding day” or a “sporting occasion”. Sessions cover music, movies, television, sport etc.

For one to one sessions Celebrating Memories aim to meet the needs of the individual. They try to get to know the person and then see what can be done to stimulate conversation further. This might involve a trip in the community to a local site, or attending an actual event such as a football match or concert.

The celebrating memories service is based in Ayrshire and they currently work closely with local councils, charities, care homes, hospitals and community groups. They are also happy to work out with the Ayrshire region.

Click here to visit the website.


Sound Sessions At Dalry Library

Every Wednesday as of 25 April 2018 at Dalry Library there will be sound making sessions.

These include:

  • Beginners guitar lessons from 3:30-5:30pm
  • The Garnock Valley Ukulele Orchestra from 6-7pm
  • Electronic Music sessions 7:30-9pm

Places are limited, to book or for more information please call the library on 01294 833 196.


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