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Where Are Your Children?

Are they in their room on their computer?

If they are, make sure they are safe; every year thousands of children across the UK are affected by sexual exploitation. The internet and mobile devices make it even easier for adults to trick vulnerable children.

In order to help protect them, click here to download, text or call Barnardo’s for their free guide which tells you how to spot when a child is at risk, and help keep them safe.

New Cookery Group in Saltcoats

Are you interested in good old-fashioned down-to-earth value-for-money cooking?

Saltcoats Link Up Community Group is setting up a new Cookery Group in the coming weeks and there are still a couple of places available. So if you’re interested in being involved and learning and sharing simple and nutritious meal ideas, let them know via their Facebook Page.

Saltcoats Link Up focuses on increasing opportunities for local people to come together, develop friendships and networks, and contribute to community life so get involved, meet new and existing friends and have some fun. Open to all ages.


Barbie Just Got Real

Barbie, the iconic plastic toy doll model, is getting three new body types this year. The US company behind the famous toy, Mattel, is adding “tall, curvy and petite” body shapes to its line-up of the fashion dolls.
Several skin tones, eye colours and hair styles will also be added to the collection, the company said.

Barbie’s figure has come under fire for years, with critics arguing it set an unrealistic body image for girls. With the new body shapes, the toy makers say they are “offering girls’ choices that are more reflective of the world they see today”.

To read more go to, click here.

Call For All Young Carers To Be Offered Support

Young adult carers have united at an event in Glasgow to call for support services to be made available across Scotland.

With an estimated 30,000 young adult carers in Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland organised for some to speak at the ‘Time to be Heard for Young Adult Carers’ conference.

There they shared their testimonies of how have been helped by support services and projects to an audience of 150 people including MSPs and representatives from higher education and local authorities.

In Scotland, Carers Trust is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services, but believes that there are thousands of young people who are hidden carers and are not being supported.

Young speakers urged decision makers to ensure every young adult carer in Scotland has access to a support service.

The charity hopes that the event will help to raise awareness of the positive impact services and projects such as Time to be Heard, which launched a year ago, can have on young people with caring responsibilities.

Steps For Jo’s

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is a national charity and they are hoping that you will sign up for the Steps For Jo’s 5k charity walk/run which is being held in Eglinton Park in Kilwinning, on Saturday 11 June 2016.

By taking part you can help this charity to raise the profile of cervical cancer in the UK while fundraising to support the women and their loved ones affected by this disease. All registered participants will receive a goody bag and will be presented with a medal afterwards.

Any donations for the event of info leaflets, notepads, pens etc for their goody bags this year would be greatly appreciated. If you can help please email

To sign up to join Team Jo’s at their special Ayrshire event now just click here.

To watch last years event click here.

Dear Diary – Dr Paul Kerr’s Blog

This week’s Ayrshire Health blog is by Dr Paul Kerr, a GP at Frew Terrace Surgery, Irvine and Clinical Director [CD] for North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership [NAHSCP] he also manages the training of GPs within Ayrshire & Arran. Read his blog here to find out more.




Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command that has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation since 2006.

Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them. Alongside the Thinkuknow website the programme provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness.

Click here if you would like advice or information on;

  • Protecting Your Children from Abuse Online
  • Nude Selfies – What parents and Carers need to know
  • Using Parental controls
  • Reporting Social Media Sites
  • A Guide to ooVoo

The lifeblood of the CEOP Command is intelligence; how offenders operate and think, how children and young people behave and how technological advances are developing – all are integral to what they are about and what they deliver, if you have any concerns, go straight to their site.


Depression – Asking the Right Questions

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions, affecting 1 in 10 people each year in the UK, which equates to more than 6 million people. Yet little is known about the condition or how best to treat or prevent it.

The Depression: Asking the Right Questions project set out to identify what ‘unanswered questions’ people affected by the condition had about depression and healthcare professionals. This project has identified the Top 10 ‘unanswered questions’ for depression research, as agreed by people affected by the condition and healthcare professionals.

These results provide researchers with a clear picture of the issues that matter most to people affected by depression. Through exploring these new perspectives, it is hoped the research community will discover new approaches to improving treatments and care.

To read the full report, click here.


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