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See Me, Hear Me, Support Me

Do you work with a child who has a sensory impairment? Blind Children UK, National Deaf Children’s Society and Sense Scotland are working together to deliver this unique training opportunity for mainstream professional working with children aged 0-8 years.

This free event will take place on Monday 26 October 2015 from 10am until 4pm at Touchbase Glasgow, Middlesex Street in Glasgow G41 1EE.

With speakers including Dr Paul Hart, places will fill up fast, so secure your place now by booking here

Samaritans To Launch New Free To Caller Number

Samaritans will be launching a new free-to-caller number (116 123) as their main number on 22 September 2015. This number will be free to call from landlines, mobiles and payphones. It will enable more people who may be struggling to cope to access this vital service, which provides round the clock support, every single day of the year.

The new 116 123 number will replace Samaritans’ national UK number, 08457 90 90 90. Anyone who calls the old number will now hear a message telling them that they can now call Samaritans free of charge on 116 123. People calling from a dedicated Samaritans phone (or any phone that is pre-programmed to dial 0845 90 90 90) will still have the option to stay on the line and be connected to a volunteer.

With the launch of 116 123, more people will be able to access this service even if they are unable to afford the cost of a phone call or have run out of minutes or credit on their mobile phone. The 116 123 number does not show up on phone bills, which also means that callers will no longer have to worry that other members of their household might notice the Samaritans number on the bill.

116 123 is a pan-European number reserved for helplines offering emotional support. It is operated by Samaritans in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The number was successfully launched in the Republic of Ireland early last year and resulted in a large increase in calls, which shows that cost is a barrier to many people who want to call us.

This Weeks’ New Providers 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.

Mittuno Machino Judo Club is a local Judo group based in Park Church in Ardrossan. They offer sessions for children and adults.

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

Interested in a Career in Health & Social Care?

Workers Educational Association (WEA) Scotland is running a Employability Funded course; open to applicants of all age groups across North, East and South Ayrshire. The stage 3 course, designed for those with an interest in working within the Health and Social Care sector but with little or no experience, starts on Monday 5 October 2015 and runs for 4 weeks. To book an interview, which will take place weeks beginning Monday 14 or Monday 21 September 2015 please call Sharon or David on 01563 522551 or speak to your Job Coach.


Ayrshire Film Company Interview

You can now watch and listen to the Ayrshire film Company’s recent interview with Suzanne Fernando, a local champion and campaigner on autism and cervical cancer. Epiosode 1, sponsored by the Greggs Foundation is available here. The programmes are presented, filmed, edited and produced by volunteers, if you are interested in getting involved, go to the Ayrshire Film Company profile to find out more.

International Suicide Prevention Awareness Day

Today is International Suicide Awareness Day. As well as the ‘Choose Life’ campaign which is supported by the Scottish Government there are many worldwide awareness websites which provide crucial advice and support for people.

We should all know the warning signs of suicidal behaviour. Although the signs can be subtle, they are there. By recognising these signs knowing how to start a conversation and where to turn for help, you have the power to make a difference, the power to save…

For more information please visit this suicide prevention website.

‘Choose Life’

The choose life co-ordinator in North Ayrshire works with individuals, communities and organisations to raise awareness of suicide. Through the provision of ‘Safe Talk’ and ‘ASIST’ (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) training they help people to recognise the signs of someone in distress and give them the confidence to intervene.

If you, or your organisation, would like further information on suicide prevention and training, please call the Choose Life Co-ordinator on  01505 685657.

The North Ayrshire Choose Life initiative has produced a September CL Newsletter 2015 with local information.

Red Arrows Flying visit

Irvine resident can catch a glimpse of the famous Red Arrows this weekend.

The aerobatic flight team will feature as part of the Scottish Airshow which it taking place in Ayr on Saturday and Sunday, but will also make a flying visit through the town. The Red Arrows are set to fly past Irvine Maritime Museum’s, Linthouse building on Saturday between 4.52pm and 4.57pm so why not pop along and catch a glimpse of this famous display

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