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Know the Signs of Delirium

Delirium is a state of mental confusion that can happen if you become unwell. It is also known as an ‘acute confusional state’.

Illness, surgery and medications can all cause delirium. It often starts suddenly, but usually improves when the condition causing it gets better. It can be frightening – not only for the person who is unwell, but also for those around them. For more information on Delirium click here.

School Information Evening

Are you interested in attending a class at College whilst you are still at school?

Are you the parent/guardian of a child who is considering taking part in a school-college course or attending as a full time student this year?

Do you know the opportunities for school pupils both whilst at school and as a full time college student?
Come along to Ayrshire College, Kilwinning Campus, on Thursday 28 February, 5pm – 7pm.

Free Online Platform to Support Carers

North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership are joining forces with national charity Carers UK to offer support to carers via an online platform that can be accessed 24/7. At a click of a mouse registered carers in North Ayrshire will have free, 24/7 access to the Digital Resource for Carers, including:

• About Me: building resilience for carers: an e-learning resource that helps carers identify and build networks of support and promotes self-care.
• Jointly: a care co-ordination app for people sharing care that offers group messaging, task, calendar, medication and contacts management.
• Looking after someone: Carers Rights Guide: helps carers understand their rights as a carer and where to go for financial or practical help.
• The role of good nutrition when caring for someone: an e-learning course that aims to help carers understand the role of nutrition both for themselves as well as the person they are looking after.
• Upfront Guide to Caring: a simple assessment tool to guide people new to caring or seeking support for the first time to navigate Carers UK website.
• Being Heard: a self-advocacy guide for carers: which helps carers develop the skills to self-advocate.
• Technology and care: information and resources on how to access products and services to help with care and caring.
• Plus links to local information and support for carers in North Ayrshire.

For further information contact Unity North Ayrshire Carers Centre on 01294 311333 or visit the office at 174 High Street, Irvine, KA12 8AN.

Friends Against Scams

Scams affect the lives of millions of people from all backgrounds and ages across the UK, often they experience shame and social isolation as a result.
Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering you to “Take a Stand Against Scams”.

Royal Bank of Scotland are currently running awareness sessions, sessions are run by Lisa, who is fully trained and supported by the NTS Scams Team, sessions normally last 30/45 minutes, these are fun, interactive and gives you the chance to meet other people who want to ‘”Take a Stand Against Scams”.

Tuesday 19th Feb
Ardrossan Library 10 – 11.30
Saltcoats Library 12 – 1.30
Kilwinning Library 2.30 – 4

Monday 25th Feb
Dalry Library 10 – 11.30
Beith Library 12 – 1
Kilbirnie Library 2.30 – 4

What’s On In The Garnock Valley For Youth?

A wide range of regular activities for young people are available throughout the Garnock Valley.

See the link below for further details.


Meditation Online Group

It’s can often be difficult to maintain a regular home-practice, with other things on the to-do list being given priority. We don’t usually give ourselves permission to just sit and be restful!
Kay Young has created online sessions, so that no matter where you are, no matter what else is going on, you can take a pause, take a little time out, and join a group session to practice mindfulness meditations together!

These half-hour sessions will include a brief introduction to mindfulness followed by a 20-minute meditation and the session will finish with a closing bell. The type of meditation will vary each week and they will be guided.

Sessions are suitable for anyone who is looking to engage in meditation and mindfulness, and who wishes to spend a little time out their busy week opening up their awareness to the here and now. Practicing mindfulness meditations can be extremely beneficial in reducing stress, building resilience, and gaining a sense of balance in what’s normally a very busy week.

Session Details:
Dates: 18/2/19 – 4/3/19
Time: 19:30 – 20:00
Cost: £4 (plus Eventbrite charge)

Click here to book.

Nip Cervical Cancer in the Bud

The benefits of going for a smear test are being highlighted as part of a campaign to encourage young women not to ignore their next invitation.

Practice nurses have added their voices in a bid to help reassure women who put off going for the test, as figures show one in four women (27.5 per cent) aged 25-34 in the NHS Ayrshire and Arran area didn’t go for their smear when invited in 2017/181.

With six women being diagnosed with cervical cancer every week in Scotland2, the campaign aims to get women aged 25-34 talking about cervical screening, to boost uptake and save lives.
All women in Scotland aged 25 to 49 are offered a smear test every three years, while those aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years.

Women are being urged not to ignore their next smear invite, or contact their GP practice if they’ve missed their last smear test to find a time that suits them.

For further information on cervical screening, visit: getcheckedearly.

Applying for Education Maintenance Allowance

EMA is a weekly allowance of £30.

It provides financial assistance to help young people from low income households to:
• Stay at school
• Continue their education

Can I get EMA?
• EMA’s are available to young people between 16 and 19 years of age. They are assessed based on
• Gross taxable household income
• The number of dependent children living there

Income No. of dependent children in household Award
£0 – 24,421 1 £30
£0 – 26,884 2+ £30

Click here to see restrictions and apply.

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