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Victim Support Scotland

This week is Victim Support Scotland’s annual awareness campaign.

As part of the week, the Your Space campaign launched. The campaign categorises VSS support into seven themes. These themes explain the emotional and practical help, criminal justice system guidance, rights information and witness support that people can expect from us.

The campaign aims to:

  • inform new audiences about the benefits of VSS support
  • make it easier for partners to understand our services and encourage people to agree to a referral

To find out more about the support available please visit the Victim Support Scotland website.

Hope Project Over 50’s Quiz

Are you over 50, like a laugh and want to test your general knowledge?
Then join the Hope Project every Thursday between 1-2pm for their over 50s quiz on Zoom.
If you would be interested in joining email or and they will send over the link.

Are You Working From Home?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) are sharing a Covid-19 update.

If you are working from home due to Covid-19, look after your mental health by:

Sticking to regular hours

Taking breaks during the day to reduce stress and stay productive.

For more information from the World Health Organisation in regards to Covid-19 click here.

Supporting Someone Through Suicidal Thoughts

Simple actions can help you be there for someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or recovering from an attempt to take their own life.

Advice can be found on the Samaritans website.

North Ayrshire Council Housing Services

Do you receive help with your housing costs through Universal Credit?
Then you must update your online Universal Credit journal with your new rent amount on or after 29th March 2021 or you could lose out on financial help towards the increase in your rent. Please update your on-line journal advising of the date of the increase and the new fortnightly rent charge.
Please note if you are in receipt if Housing Benefit from North Ayrshire Council then you do not need to take any action, their rent department will notify them directly of your rent increase and the increase will be applied to your claim.
You will need to complete the “Confirm your Housing Costs” on your journal or follow the steps below to update your Universal Credit journal:
1. Click on ‘report a change of circumstances’
2. You will see a message “what do you want to tell us about?”
3. Click ‘where you live and what it costs?’
4. Click the green ‘change’ button
5. Click ‘something else’ from the options
6. Add the date you want your rent charge to start
7. Add your new rent charge amount
8. Add any relevant service charge – if it is zero then add 0.00
This should be done within your assessment period on or after the rent increase date and not on receipt of this letter. If you need help to do this contact the Welfare Reform Advice Team on 0300 999 4606.

Introduction to Pollinators

If you’re looking for a beginner’s guide to identifying key pollinators and advice on how to get involved in projects for pollinators in Ayrshire and the Garnock Valley, Scotland, then this information session is for you!

Craig Nisbet, Conservation Officer with Buglife, will give us hints and tips for identifying key pollinating insects such as bumblebees and butterflies. We’ll also find out why pollinators are so important for environmental biodiversity and how we can help to monitor them by getting involved in citizen science projects and take part in surveys like the PoMS Flower-Insect-Timed (FIT) Count.

This event will run on Wednesday 24th February at 14:00,  in partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s – Irvine to Girvan Nectar Network Project and the Garnock Connections Landscape Partnership, both based in south west Scotland.

Please note that the presentation will be taking place on Microsoft Teams. It will be recorded and will be available to watch on the Garnock Connections and Scottish Wildlife Trust YouTube channels after the event.

 This event is FREE but you will still be required to register. Please click here to register.

 If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch.

Garnock Connections – Emma Anderson:

Nectar Network Co-ordinator – Lynne Bates:

North Ayrshire P.E.A.R Service

Would you like to talk to someone about your own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use?

If so the Turning Point are there for you!



#YSNext is Young Scots ‘next steps to employment’ package of support for young people not in employment, training or education. It’s designed to support you to develop new skills, make everyday living easier, and promote health and wellbeing.

If you’re not currently in education, training or employment, you can now sign up for #YSNext and get help on your path to employment.
Get a range of support including digital vouchers, access to learning platforms & more!

Sign up online here.

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