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Get into Film!

The Three Towns Youth Film and Drama Group are looking for budding actors, film technicians, script writers, camera operators, make-up artists, musicians, editors and others to help produce a film. The film will made up of four short stories about what life is like for some of the community’s most vulnerable.

No previous experience is needed and there may be a future opportunity to make other films.  The project is open to those aged between 12 and 25 years. If you would like to find out more about the project, contact North Ayrshire Council’s Youth Team on 01294 602027.

New Skills and Play Centre

Ayrshire Children Services CIC is developing a new Skills and Play Centre in North Ayrshire for children who require Additional Support Needs ages 3 to 18 years. The Centre will be split into 4 areas. The first will have interactive toys and equipment, which will help children have free play in which to express feelings and emotions through creative and expressive play, then there is a cool chill area for young people to meet and build friendships, this area will have house games, TV and IT equipment. The third area will be a calming sensory room specially designed for children who have severe disabilities, hypersensitivity and limited communication, and the final area will be a kitchen area, well stocked with baking and cooking facilities, which will be used to teach home skills.

Ayrshire Children Services are looking for some sponsorship, for some equipment, so if you can help in anyway please telephone Marianne Greenway on 01294 601974 or check out the website

Good News For Geilsland Campus Beith

Geilsland Campus, Beith is now becoming a reality as the Scottish Land Fund announced a grant of over £1/2 million to Beith Community Development Trust. The award of £512,200, means that Beith Trust is now able to purchase Geilsland House and School Campus and secure its future as a community asset.

Beith Trust have thanked the Scottish Land Fund for funding this project and the community now hope, to position the campus as the ‘Gateway to North Ayrshire’ providing new job opportunities and the delivery of a range of economic activities including business accommodation and support, start-up and incubator units.

If you would like more information about this or any other events and activities happening at Beith Trust , click here to visit their website, email or call 01505 228141.


Autism Development Funding

The Scottish Government is accepting applications for ‪‎Autism Innovation & Development Funding for 2015/16 but the deadline is fast approaching.

The Scottish Strategy for Autism provides a framework to build on improvements to autism services in Scotland, including support to families to access services such as social care, education, housing and employment. The Autism Development Fund has funded a number of statutory organisations and local and national third sector organisations for a variety of local and national projects that support and improve the outcomes for people with autism.

Working with a wide range of stakeholders funding in 2015/16 will focus on identified priorities. Including the development of services that focus on outcomes based approaches; locality based integrated partnership working and national projects delivered in partnership.

You can find out more and apply here.

The deadline for applications is this coming Friday, 18 September 2015; late applications will not be considered.

Ayrshire Film Company Fitba Shorts

The Ayrshire Film Company (AFC) were asked by Irvine Meadow Junior FC to film their early season home games and volunteers Beverley Mclaughlin and Dean Mcmillan produced a TV style programme on the highlights and interviews with staff. The project proved very successful, with volunteers gaining so much from the project, not only media training but other skills too. AFC are now looking for funding streams for the project to continue with the programme, if you can help or advise please contact the Ayrshire Film Company.

Click here to view an example of one of the programmes produced.

P.S They are also looking for sponsors for games, do contact them if you can help.

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

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