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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.

Better Parking At University Hospital In Ayr

From Friday 6 November 2015, patients and visitors to the hospital will find it easier to park in the grounds of University Hospital in Ayr. This follows the introduction of a new managed car parking scheme.

The scheme, approved by Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board earlier this year, will have designated long and short stay car parks for patients, staff and visitors. Parking wardens will also make sure cars are parked appropriately and advise drivers about the availability of spaces. This development has created an additional 225 spaces at the hospital bringing the total number of places to 1,080, including 50 disabled spaces.

At the hospital the short stay car parks will be located in the middle section of the car park to the front of the hospital and the day surgery car park at the rear of the hospital. All other areas will be long stay.

Power To Help Loved Ones

A new Power of Attorney (PoA) campaign has been launched to give people the power to make decisions that will protect them, their family and those they care about should they ever lose the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

The campaign has been organised by Glasgow Social Work Services, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, members of the third and independent sectors and local law firms to raise awareness and promote understanding of the benefits of PoA arrangements.

Although the PoA campaign website is focused around the Glasgow area, the online resources are relevant to all who want to start a conversation about PoA with their family and loved ones.

British Red Cross Volunteers Needed in Irvine

Could you make a big difference to someone’s life?

Volunteers are needed by the British Red Cross in Irvine to help support young disabled adults and adults with learning difficulties to enable them to take part in activities and also to befriend them in a residential setting.

Some of the activities they join in with are the Saturday;

  • Disco
  • Art Sessions
  • Cookery
  • Bowling
  • Gym
  • Computer Sessions

The British Red Cross are looking for people 18 years or over. Full training will be given along with a minimum of a 3 day induction course. Expenses are paid and a commitment of 2-4 hours per week would be appreciated. You can express an interest or apply online by clicking here and following the link.

Scottish Pony Partners Need Your Help

The Scottish Pony Partners is a Community group run by volunteers at Eglinton Country Park in North Ayrshire. They have just managed to secure a 15 year lease for 3 fields at Eglinton Park and they are in the process of building a Therapy Centre.

They need around 600 tonnes of rubble for the base for a portakabin container to sit on as well as to form the base for the disabled car park and wheelchair accessible pathways.

The ponies themselves have had pretty unfortunate pasts and this rubble would enable the Pony Partners Team to develop a project that in the future will enable them to provide Equine Assisted Therapy through’Think Like a Pony’ horsemanship and to be able to offer loans of ponies to people with disabilities

If you would like more information about the project or if you can help with rubble please call Margaret Turney 07525759853.

Ayrshire Care Sector Recruitment Event

Attention all care sector employers! Here is your open invitation to book your stand at the Care Sector Recruitment Event at the Grand Hall, London Road, Kilmarnock on Wednesday 25 November 2015 open to the public between 9.30am and 1pm.

The event will provide an excellent opportunity for your organisation to advertise vacancies you currently have or will be recruiting for in the near future. This event will be promoted widely across Ayrshire to ensure a high number of people attend this event, you can help by displaying the  Ayrshire Recruitment Fayre poster.

Stalls at the event are free of charge but spaces are limited so please complete and return this Booking Form to reserve your table.

There will also be a number of workshops running during the event so people can find out more information on training, working in the care sector, SSSC, Disclosure Scotland.

If you would like to recruit new talent to your business please book your place or if you need any further information please contact


M&S Launches Surplus Food Redistribution

M&S has launched a surplus food redistribution scheme with online Neighbourly. The initiative will help get surplus edible food to where it is most needed in the community.

Neighbourly will provide a simple process for food charities to register and receive food from local M&S stores. M&S will be able to centrally monitor what products are resulting in surplus and manage how this can be reduced. They’ll be the first major retailer to provide live updates on the number of tonnes of surplus food redistributed via their neighbourly homepage!

Redistributed food will include products nearing their expiry date including fruit, vegetables, bread, cakes and groceries, and will vary according to charity need.

Neighbourly are asking charities to get involved:

Food charities should contact them on They will send you a set up guide and match you with a local M&S store if there’s one nearby.

Charities can also sign up at and create a simple project page letting them know you’re interested in food surplus.

If you’re a retailer or manufacturer with surplus edible food, Neighbourly would love to talk to you about redistribution. Drop them a line on


Care & Support Prize Winners Announced

Thank you everyone for coming along to the Care & Support Exhibition at the Magnum on Wednesday 7 October 2015 and for filling out a feedback form. The prize draw has now taken place and Congratulations to the winners;

Shari Gillespie

Zana Lamont

Kirsty Corswell

Zana and Kirsty’s auntie Anne have been in touch and their prizes collected. Kirsty’s on her way home from her holiday, so we are waiting for her smiling ‘selfie’. However, we want to hear back from Shari. If you know Shari Gillespie (from the Kilmarnock, Ayrshire area) please ask her to get in touch with Carena, her prize is waiting.

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