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Celebrity Backing for Improving Mental Health Campaign

Gordon Strachan is among other famous Scots to join in the mental health campaign backing the Equality for Mental Health Campaign.

The campaign has been launched by Liberal Democrat, former mental health minister, Norman Lamb, Time to Change ambassador and former Labour government communications director Alastair Campbell, and former Conservative cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell; all of whom have had their own or family mental health issues.

Film director Danny Boyle said he had “no hesitation” in signing up to the campaign stating: “For too long mental health and mental illness have been surrounded by stigma and taboo and I will support anything that strips that away. There cannot be anyone alive who doesn’t know someone who has some kind of mental illness and yet it does not get the same understanding or support as physical illness. That is an injustice that harms so many lives.”

Campaigners would like to see increased investment in the provision of mental health services and are urging people to sign the petition on social media using the hashtag #Equality4MentalHealth and via the website

To read more on the campaign and those supporting it, click here.


Barnardo’s Open Day Invitation

Barnardo’s North Ayrshire Families have moved to new premises at 39-41a Main Street in Kilwinning, KA13 6AN. To celebrate they are having an Open Day on Monday 16 November 2015 from 1pm until 4pm and are inviting members of the public and agencies to visit their new office.

If you would like more information please contact Barnardo’s on 01294 556208.

Carers Scotland Annual Carers Summit

Carers Scotland will hold their annual Carers Summit on 13 November 2015 in the City Chambers, George Square in Glasgow.

This conference is for carers and organisations.

The programme will include key issues from Carers Scotland’s work, information and priorities for the Scottish Parliamentary elections and a keynote address from Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health.

If you would like to register to attend please click here. Remember booking closes on Friday 6 November 2015.

New Learning Hub Launched

Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation recently launched a new service to support teachers in mainstream schools who have visually impaired children in their classroom.

The Royal Blind Learning Hub will provide training, support, advice and workshops to all those involved in the education of visually impaired children and young people across Scotland. The support delivered will be face to face, through training events, seminars and online learning.

The online Learning platform being developed will provide free educational resources including a new series of ‘How To’ videos which give brief tips on topics like how to use a Brailler, on-body signing, guiding a blind pupil and making sensory stories.

If you would like more information please contact Davina Shiell on 07713987797 or email

Stay Safe Online – ooVoo

Police Ayrshire are aware of an increased number of young people making use of the mobile and desktop app ‘ooVoo‘ , a communications platform which lets you make video calls, voice calls and send texts.

Like many other sites, apps and games (Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram for example) ooVoo’s terms and conditions specify that it is only for people over the age of 13. If under 13’s use ooVoo in the UK, it’s a violation of the site’s terms and conditions but it is not illegal.

ooVoo is used by both adults and children, this means that children could be directly contacted by an adult they don’t know.

The National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command together with Parent Info recommend that sites such as ooVoo should only be used by young people aged over 13 who have set their privacy settings to allow contact only with people they know and trust in the real world.

Find out everything you need to know about ooVoo and keeping safe online by clicking here.

For more information on your staying safe online, go to Thinkuknow for parents and carers.

Shari’s a Winner, Winner

Here’s a picture of the happy winner, Shari Gillespie from social and activity group DM2, Ayrshire. Shari’s name was picked out from the prize draw feedback forms handed in at the Care & Support Showcase Exhibition held at the Magnum on 7 October 2015 and won the star gift.

Congratulations and Well Done Shari from all the Carena Team, enjoy your prize.

Dementia Weekly Newsletter

The Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) based at the University of Stirling shares and distributes Alzheimer’s Insight Newsletter online each week.

DSDC is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia. The Centre is a serious source of information and advice and aims to help improve the standard of care for dementia patients. They draw on research and practice, from across the world, to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on all aspects of dementia.

To sign up to their weekly Newsletter, go to the DSDC Home Page scroll to the bottom of the page where the registration submission box can be found. To keep up to date, you can also follow them on Facebook.



Job Vacancies On Facebook

Are you looking for a job or thinking about a change of career? If you are, then consider following Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Facebook Page, where vacancies are regularly posted with links to applications forms and details of each job.

To ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ SDS North Ayrshire just go to ;

And don’t forget if you are looking for support creating a CV to help get a job SDS have a series of ongoing weekly workshops at their office in the Rivergate Shopping Centre, Irvine. To book a place, telephone 01294 272421 or pop in for a chat.

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