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Red Arrows Flying visit

Irvine resident can catch a glimpse of the famous Red Arrows this weekend.

The aerobatic flight team will feature as part of the Scottish Airshow which it taking place in Ayr on Saturday and Sunday, but will also make a flying visit through the town. The Red Arrows are set to fly past Irvine Maritime Museum’s, Linthouse building on Saturday between 4.52pm and 4.57pm so why not pop along and catch a glimpse of this famous display

Group seeks members

Weymss Bay Primary Parent Council will be holding their AGM on Tuesday 8 September 2015 at 6.30pm in the primary School. All parents/carers are welcome to attend.

The group are actively looking to recruit new members onto the committee. They meet on the second Tuesday of every month for two hours to discuss a wide range of topics including school policies, changes within the school such as staff etc., new ways to engage with parents about their child’s education and a host of other things. If you are interested in joining, turn up on the night, or contact Donna

Invitation to Apply for Research Project for SDS

Providers and Personalisation (P&P) are inviting applications for a research project into the implementation of Self-directed Support from the perspective of voluntary sector support providers.

P&P is programme of policy and practice change working towards the following outcomes:

  • Providers have the systems, skills and information needed to deliver more personalised services: this leads to increased choice and control for people receiving care and support.
  • Providers have a stronger voice in Self-Directed Support (SDS) policy development and implementation. Policy is more effective where it is closely linked to practice and implementation is improved where policy is brought closer to the frontline.

This research project is intended to contribute to both of these outcomes by identifying:

  1. The progress providers have made with changing their systems, workforce, finance, support provision and organisational culture for delivery of SDS.
  2. The different approaches taken by providers to delivering personalised support.
  3. The internal and external factors which enable voluntary sector support providers to deliver fully personalised, outcomes based support and which in turn leads to greater choice and control for individuals.

For further information on the project, the application process and timeline: Download Research Brief

Change Of Homecare Name

Alpha Homecare and Lowland Care Services will soon merge and become known as 1st Homecare.

There will be no changes to either the current service provision or to the carers who visit service users. This will be a name change only.

This merge is expected to happen in the next few weeks and staff will be in touch with everyone to discuss the name change when it happens.

If anyone has any concerns or questions in the meantime you can contact Ashley Scott on 01294 277165 (Alpha Homecare) or Maureen Stewarton on 01294 277872 (Lowland Care Services)

Care & Support Showcase Exhibition

This year’s Care & Support Exhibition will take place at the Magnum Leisure Centre in Irvine on Wednesday 7 October 2015. Building on the success of last year, the event will showcase over a 110 service providers and organisations, with an open invitation to the public to meet and find out more about what each of the services and organisation have to offer.

This event will run from 10am until 4pm with exhibitors being able to access the venue twenty four hour prior to the event in order to set up their stalls, if required.

Whether you are a service provider or community organisation this event is not to be missed.  There will be opportunities to present seminars and demonstrations throughout the day, as well as enjoying a cup of tea or coffee at the free event café.

To ensure you are part of this exciting event please complete this Booking Form and return it to by Monday 31 August 2015.

Peace of Mind Cultivating Communities

Peace of Mind brings people with small hours of self-directed support together to cultivate communities.This a new tailored programme to support people who are using or considering using self-directed support. Developed by Respite Now and SPAEN the catalyst for this innovative program is the new self-directed support legislation and the historic difficulties where small hours support and continuity of quality support has been evident over a number of years. However, the motivation and rationale behind creating a small hours hub through Peace of Mind is much wider than just the creation on a new partnership approach to a new service provision.They share a wider vision and purpose to increase and extend services in response to the need for tailored services including: management, staff training, health & safety awareness, pooled insurance, financial inclusion as examples to meet disadvantaged people’s needs both in relation to support and delivery of ‘small hours’ self-directed support packages. They also want to assist people who have aspirations to gain access to meaningful employment and training opportunities. Peace of Mind then provides a one-stop-shop of critical services; expert advice and support that ensures the individual’s daily needs and quality of life are met.Peace of Mind has been supported by the Scottish Government and has 3 years funding. The project is now operational Ayrshire and S.W Scotland and will also provide job opportunities for Personal Assistants.

If you have any further questions you can contact them at or call Jim on 01290430323/08456011156

Volunteer Vacancies an’ a’ That

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, run by the National Trust for Scotland is looking for volunteers to help in their gift shop in Alloway Street, Ayr. If you have a few hours to spare, an interest in crafts and would like to meet new people, help brighten up Ayr town centre and have some fun, then please contact They will be delighted to hear from you.


Sign Up For A Memory Walk

From the Borders to Shetland, Arran to Aberdeen, Alzheimers Scotland have over 25 Memory Walks taking place across Scotland this Autumn. Take this opportunity to get together, celebrate loved-ones and show your support for people living with dementia in your area. Sign up today at

There will be a Alzheimers Scotland , North Ayrshire Memory Walk along Ardrossan and Saltcoats Promenade on Sunday 13 September 2015, between 1pm and 4pm.  If you would like more information or a sponsorship form please click here or email Alzheimer’s Scotland, Ayrshire at; or

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