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Health Walk Grants 2015-2016

Paths for All fund projects in order to improve Scotland’s health through the delivery of local Community Health Walk and walking projects. They invest in community projects which build local capacity, delivering a volunteer led solution to improve physical activity levels.

Two levels of grant are available:

  • Small Grant of up to £5,000
  • Large Grant of up to £30,000

**If you have previously received grant funding from Paths for All, the Large Grant limit is £20,000.

Who can apply?

Constituted groups, organisations and workplaces can apply for funds. You do not need to be a registered charity. Private sector organisations may apply as long as the benefits to inactive people are made clear. Public sector bodies may also apply for funding, as well as workplace walking groups.

To find out more about the grants, for guidance and to apply, click here.

Prescribing Antibiotics App

A topic much in the news over the past few days has been the prescribing of antibiotics. NHS Ayrshire & Arran have a very interesting blog online; with Derek Barron talking to Dr Nicholas Reid, Principal Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacy and Medicines Utilisation, NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

The blog is well worth reading as it also includes information and advice on the new NHS Ayrshire and Arran MicroGuide app.

You can read the blog  here.

Meet Jaynie Mitchell

We all have busy lives but for Jaynie Mitchell, married with two young adults living at home, life has taken her down an unexpected path, one that has enriched not only her own life but also of those she and her family come in contact with. It began when her younger son Ross, was diagnosed with Autism when he was only 20 months. Following this news she began researching her son’s diagnosis. Jaynie explained that by the time he was attending a nursery for children with additional support needs, it had become clear that her two sons were “now on completely different paths”.  Jaynie, an optimist, felt that she needed to find a more positive way of enabling her son to engage with education and the world around him.

Shortly after Ross’s diagnosis she applied to complete an 8 month course called Partners in Policymaking which she recalls as being a life changing experience. She advised that when she went on this course” it was to find out more about how the system worked and how she could enable Ross to get the best of opportunities”. She recalls Angela Quinn, a Social Worker inviting her to speak to other social workers about her experiences as a mother of a child with additional support needs. In 2000 she completed in a four day Person Centred Planning Course. With her confidence increasing she spoke at a Scottish Human Services (SHS) Conference. This was the organisation that was fundamental in bring person Centred Practices to Scotland. She recalls this experience as a “baptism of fire”.

It was as a result of Partners in Policymaking that Jaynie decided that Ross had the right to attend the local school with his brother. Jaynie always wanted her younger son to have the same opportunities as her eldest, wanting him to experience inclusion in all aspects of his life, particularly education where she hoped he would meet new people and develop friendships. She believes this is the only way we will create a fair and just society where every-one is valued. His education to date has been a mix of specialist and mainstream schools. Barriers have been encountered but Jaynie has met many friends and professionals who have been supportive and played their part in promoting social inclusion. Jaynie recalled an event when her friend, Dr Mary C Schuh, Director at the National Centre in Inclusive Education at the University of New Hampshire, visited and observed her son in class and helped staff and Jaynie gain new insight into how Ross was able to communicate and how others should communicate with him. That moment helped Jaynie’s son to find his voice and vocalise it for the first time. Ross has just left secondary school and Jaynie has been considering how she can help him to fulfil his interest in art and design.

Over the past few years she has continued to build up her professional network by working freelance, ”learning her trade” as she sees it. She has worked with Equal Futures (circles of support) as well as with local authorities in England and Scotland.  Jaynie now provides training through Inspiring Inclusion and is also an In-Control associate. She states that “she could not work at all unless it was flexibly and could juggle all of her responsibilities”.

Always a passionate advocate for Self- Directed Support, in 2010 Jaynie and her family participated in the Self- Directed Support pathfinder within North Ayrshire and since then they have utilised SDS. This has enabled the family to achieve “more of a balance in everyone’s life”. For the first time they have been able to have a short break where a Personal support worker joined them for a weekend. Jaynie and her husband were then able to enjoy some time to them-selves. They hope for more opportunities such as this and find that using an SDS budget gives them this flexibility and enables Ross to begin to have a life independent of them.

So what’s next for Jaynie?

“I am going to be delivering the Partners in Policymaking course, facilitate training via In-Control Scotland & Self-Directed Support, looking at its: History, Person Centred Planning and Support Planning as well as Inclusion in Education. There has been a ten year gap as we didn’t have any funding, but I’m delighted more families and disabled adults in Scotland will again be exposed to the best practice in the world”

In additional to this she is also looking at setting up a Social Enterprise scheme with her sons’ need to be in a car utilised to provide a service to the community.

So when does she relax? Jaynie is part of a small knitting group who meet up in each other’s homes. This time is really important to her and gives her time to be creative with craft.

It is apparent that Jaynie Mitchell is a woman who is focussed, assertive, passionate and inspirational in so many ways. She relates much of this back to her son and states that “It is Ross who has enriched my life”. Jaynie has learned so much from him and how he experiences the world and in doing so this has mapped out many new, challenging and rewarding opportunities for her.

If you are interested in finding out more about Jaynies work you can email her at

Is It You They Are Looking For?

Barnardo’s provide children and families with a range of support to help them to reach their full potential. They aim to create opportunities for people to make the most of their abilities, changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in Scotland.

Volunteering and befriending helps by providing children and young people with opportunities to develop their social skills, resilience and taking part in activities within their community.

You could help by becoming a volunteer. Volunteering can range from being a befriender to a child on a 1 -1 basis or working as part of a team and becoming involved in group work activities; for as few as 2 hours a week. Full training is given and out of pocket expenses paid.

If you live in Ayrshire and are interested in volunteering and/or befriending please e-mail or leave your contact details on 01292 610479.

UK’s First Wheelchair-Using Referee

Being in a wheelchair didn’t put 19 yr old Nathan Mattick off becoming a football referee. Despite the fact that he couldn’t follow his dream and actually play for Chelsea because of his pesky cerebral palsy, he has now qualified as an indoor and outside, able-bodied and disabled football referee. He is  the first wheelchair user in the UK to do so! To read more about his amazing achievement and watch his short video, click here.

Can You Help?


St Margaret’s Parish Church, Dalry urgently needs your help! Could you spare a couple of hours on a Tuesday morning to help them welcome babies, toddlers and their families in and to prepare some snacks. It doesn’t have to be every week as they are setting up a rota system, so the more volunteers they get the merrier! Don’t be shy or wait to be asked, everyone can help and they are looking forward to welcoming known and new faces.

For contact details and more information see their Facebook Page.

Callcare 365 to launch in the Autumn

Ayrshire Healthy Living Enterprise and Accessibility Project are developing a new and improved telephone support service in North Ayrshire. This service will provide telephone care support tailored to the individual’s needs, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Callcare 365 is supported by North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. This service will be developed over the summer and will be launching in the autumn. For further information telephone Bobby on 01294 311701.

Autism And Employment

Autism Network Scotland’s Employment Network has been continuing to work on its project targeting employers to show the benefits of hiring autistic people, and the website is now in its final stages of development. Look out for the launch of this material, and read on below to find out about the Employment Network’s upcoming event.

On Monday 5th October 2015, the Employment Network will host its third annual event on Autism and Employment at the University of Strathclyde. The event will look at the employment process through finding and getting a job, starting in a new job, and support once in work from the perspectives of people on the autism spectrum, services that support them, and employers. Attendees will also hear an update on the work of Autism Network Scotland’s Employment Network, and the Scottish context for supported employment.

This free event is open to anyone with an interest in autism and employment, and they would particularly welcome attendance from employers and HR professionals.

For more information and to register for a place at the event, please contact 0141 444 8146, or email

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