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West Kilbride Grant Funding Available

West Kilbride Community Trust is inviting charitable organisations and groups or groups with charitable purposes within the KA23 postcode area to apply for 2015 grant funding. Application forms are available by post, on written application to; West Kilbride Community Trust, c/o/ The Village Hall, 1 Arthur Street, West Kilbride, KA23 9EN or by email to;

All applications submitted must be returned, completed by Monday 3 August 2015.


Clare’s Law to be rolled out across Scotland

A trial scheme which allows people to be told if their partner has been violent in the past is to be extended across Scotland.

The six-month trial in Aberdeen and Ayrshire saw 22 people warned their partners had history of domestic abuse. Disclosures can be triggered by victims, friends, relatives, social workers or police officers.

The disclosure scheme, known as Clare’s Law, will be rolled out across the country later this year.


Online Today Project

Technology can make life easier when you have sight or hearing problems, but knowing where to start isn’t always easy.

The Online Today Project will be helping people with sensory loss, gain and develop skills that allow them to use technology and the internet with confidence. So whether you need help with using your smartphone, setting up social media accounts, or simply browsing the internet – they will help you to make sure you’re getting the most out of it! They even provide a free support service.

The project will hold group sessions as well as workshops, home visits and one to one sessions.

For more information about the project visit the dedicated webpage, call the Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email

This Week’s New Provider Profiles on Carena

A warm welcome to our newest providers who have put their profile on Carena.  Visit their profiles to see what they offer and how they can help you.

Mission Fit: Join Our Mission

Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company

To publish your service, social or activity group or oganisation on Carena, go to the Home Page, click on Register Provider and follow the instructions. If you need any assistance please email us at

New Beginnings for Dirrans After Grand Opening

It’s the service that helps rebuild lives. And Kilwinning’s Dirrans Centre was celebrating it’s own fresh start earlier this month.

The original head-injury unit – which has rehabilitated hundreds of people since it was first opened in 1996 – has recently been given a new home. It has also expanded its services to include reablement services to adults with physical disability, brain injury, neurological and long term conditions.

After months of hard work the new Centre was officially opened by Shona Robison, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, in a special ceremony on Monday 15 June 2015

She was shown around the new-look state-of-the-art building, where she met dedicated staff and the service users determined to make a difference to their lives.

Councillor Anthea Dickson, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “You can’t help but be inspired when you speak to the staff and services users when you visit Dirrans. It is always truly humbling. The passion the care professionals show on a daily basis is remarkable and proves this is much more than a job to them. Now they have a facility to match. The elected members and staff in North Ayrshire are extremely proud to have such a first-rate service and facility.”

The original Dirrans Head Injury Service opened in 1996 in a local sports pavilion and provided specific services to people who had sustained a brain injury. By 2012 the service had grown and  North Ayrshire Council embarked on an ambitious project to provide a purpose designed, new build initiative that would meet the future development needs of the service and also serve the local community.

The new building has a range of features including a training kitchen, gym, lounge/dining room, multi-purpose rooms for a wide range of activities, an I.T room with Smart Board and computer access and a quiet room. Externally a wonderful garden area is being developed with patio and barbeque area, greenhouse and raised beds for wheelchair users.

Also proudly on display within the facility is the Gold Investor in People Award 2014 which was recently delivered to the service.

After the visit, Ms Robison said: “The Dirrans Centre has been providing a valuable service to the people of North Ayrshire for nearly 20 years, and I was delighted to be able to visit its brand new home. It’s important that people living with conditions like brain injury have access to the best possible care and support, and the Dirrans Centre is perfectly placed to deliver that care.”

Volunteers Wanted for Coach House Project, Beith

Beith needs you. A grant has been received from North Ayrshire Council to assist in cleaning up, landscaping and turning the former Coach House site in Mitchell Street, Beith, into a community garden.

Several local contractors have offered assistance to clear the site initially and thereafter soil will be laid down and garden will be created together with seating. All volunteers are welcome.

For further information contact 01505 506194.

Race, Ethnicity and Employment Inquiry

The Equal Opportunities Committee of the Scottish Parliament have produced a video as part of their Race, Ethnicity and Employment Inquiry. They want to hear about the challenges facing ethnic minorities accessing employment support and advice; the experiences of ethnic minorities in employment; and the measures being taken and those that are still required to achieve positive outcomes in employment. Watch the video here to find out more.

To comment and join in the conversations please follow @scotparl on Twitter or like them on Facebook.



Ayrshire Health Blog on Enterprising Minds

Helen Lynn, Clinical Director, Learning Disability Services, NHS Ayrshire & Arran has written a very interesting blog about the Enterprising Minds project that is run by Hansel and has been so successful.

Read the full blog here.


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