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Volunteer Drivers and Shop Assistants Needed

North Ayrshire Cancer Care, which is run entirely by volunteers, urgently needs volunteer drivers to help those undergoing treatment for cancer to get to and from appointments. They also need people to help in their charity shops in North Ayrshire.  If you could spare a few hours to help, please call 01294 552223.

Scotrail New funding Opportunity

ScotRail has launched a new Cultural and Arts Fund worth £80,000 to local communities across Scotland and is set to give out £40,000 to community arts and culture projects before the end of January 2016.

Applicants can receive grants up to a maximum of £5,000 to support and develop their plans in line with the Scottish Government’s cultural policy. Charities, individuals and community groups are welcome to apply.

Award recipients will be expected to use the funds to promote creativity, the arts, community recreation, sports themes and other cultural activity, as well as celebrate Scotland’s cultural heritage in its full diversity. Public art, children’s play areas, sport outreach programmes and promotion of performing arts are among the projects which will be awarded funding.

For more information and to apply, please follow this link.


Are You An Autistic Female Who Is Also A Mother?

Monique Blakemore has been an advocate and raising awareness for autism and autistic motherhood since 2012 and is midst research for the book connected to the present research by Cambridge University, called Autism and Motherhood.

Monique needs more, self identified or diagnosed, autistic mothers to come forward with their knowledge and write approx. 1,500 words about your experience as an autistic mother.

This might include:

  • the strengths and positive affects (or not) on parenting.
  • managing our own needs as well as our family’s needs.
  • managing relationships, communication with professionals involved with your child/children.

Your help will contribute to what is expected to be awesome reading material, edited by an autistic individual, giving real experiences and insights into autistic motherhood.

If you are interested in contributing to this book, please contact Monique prior to Tuesday 15 December 2015. Email:

The Big Lottery – New Funding Open

The Big Lottery is opening their new funding offer to applications. They have £250M of life changing Lottery funds to commit in Scotland over the next five years and  want to ensure that Lottery funds support people and communities most in need across the country so they have designed their new funding here in Scotland to achieve that aim.

For the first time they are asking communities to tell them how their approach to what they want to do is people-led, strengths-based and/or connected. New funding will focus on working with groups that are improving lives.

For more information on The Big Lottery’s new plans, eligibility and how to apply please go to their website or you can email them at


When You Are Ill Know Who Turn To

As part of the ‘When You are ill know who to turn to’ campaign, watch this short video, giving advice on visiting your NHS Minor Ailments Service available from community pharmacies (see; covering conditions such as eczema, upset stomach, indigestion, migraine and cystitis.

Transgender Inclusion Within Alcohol And Drug Services Research

The Scottish Transgender Alliance are conducting some research in partnership with North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership to inform work on projects relating to transgender inclusion within recovery and addiction services. The survey is open to all transgender people in Scotland. They use trans as an umbrella term for all people whose gender identity or gender expression is different to the one assigned to them at birth, including trans men, trans women, non-binary people, and cross dressing people. If you want to take part please click here.

London Man Wins Trip To Space, Dedicates It To Mental Illness

A young man who won a trip in to space, dedicates the journey to:”every young boy, girl, man, woman who sits in their bedroom crying and you don’t know why, everyone who avoids mirrors because they don’t like what they look like”.

He went to add; “I want to tell you, if you are suffering from mental health it is absolutely fine. Welcome to the club, there are seven billion of us.”

You can read more of the story, here.


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