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Scotland’s First Community Supermarket

Ground-breaking plans are afoot, put forward by the North Ayrshire Foodbank,  for Scotland’s first ever Community Supermarket to open in North Ayrshire. If plans come to fruition, the shop would source surplus food from existing supermarkets, have charitable status and be staffed by volunteers; serving disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the local community.

The scheme would benefit those on a low income, who would be able to buy the goods rather than rely on free donated Foodbank supplies and at the same time prevent food waste and landfill. It would also provide an opportunity to volunteers to gain formal training, through modern apprenticeships and employability schemes, possibly leading to future in mainstream employment in retail.


CoderDojo Sessions

Are you interested in computer coding? CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people between 8 and 17 years old, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment.

A CoderDojo is being held at the Scottish Maritime Museum within the Education Room of the Linthouse Building, Harbour Road, Irvine, KA12 8QE on Saturday 19 September 2015. They are holding two sessions: 10am to 11.30am or 12noon to 1.30pm. You will need to book in advance to secure a place. On the day just remember to take your laptop with you!

It’s All About SPIN

When the NHS Ayrshire & Arran, SPIN project, funded by North Ayrshire Council, was set up in 2014, the small but unique team comprising of Lynne Johnston, Lorna Smith, Shona Fletcher and Alison Gooding jumped at the chance to help build strong communication capacity in parents, early educators and communities as well as meeting individual children’s needs.

The team of one full time and two part time Speech and Language Therapists and a part time Speech and Language Therapy Assistant really enjoy the opportunity to work closely with Parents, Carers, Communication Champions and Early Educators, supporting them to meet children’s communication needs and create communication friendly environments. Read Alison’s blog here to find out what the team’s working week is really like.



Is there anyone out there….?

Who would be willing to be the treasurer/organiser of the Kilbirnie and Glengarnock Age Concern to save the group from closing. They are still looking for people who would enjoy organising and promoting the welfare and social activities for local senior citizens, which include outings, Christmas lunch and other events as well as visiting local housebound residents. If more than one person is interested the roles can be divided. If you would like to find out more or express an interest in the roles please contact Nan on 01505 682728.

The Committee meets on the last Thursday of each month in the Imperial Hall annex of the Walker Hall, Kilbirnie at 1.30pm.

Ayrshire Independent Living Network (AILN) Launch Brand New Website

AILN staff and people who use AILN’s services, together with representatives from North Ayrshire Council, The Ayrshire Community Trust, the user-led board of directors, BBD Creative and Patricia Gibson MSP all gathered in the Michael Lynch Centre, Ardrossan to see a demonstration of the new website and its features.

The website was created with the help of a peer-led focus group and provides clear information about AILN and Self-directed Support. AILN also enlisted the help of the RNIB and the design team at BBD Creative in Ayr to ensure full screen-reader support, contrast and sizing options, making the site as accessible as possible. Go to; to see the new site.

You can find also AILN here on Carena or if you need more information please contact Gillian McBain on 01294 475682 or email;

Glasgow Students to Launch Dementia App

Four students from Glasgow, Patrick Renner, Rogelio Arellano, Susanne Mitschke and Gabriela Matic have won £6k funding to launch an interactive app that can improve the mental and physical well-being of those living with dementia and their carers. Using research which found brain training, the right nutrition and physical exercise can slow memory loss and enhance the lives of dementia patients they developed the app called MindMate, designed to be as user-friendly as possible for older people.

The technology is undergoing preparations for a public launch with a closed Beta version currently being tested by 40 volunteers affected by dementia and their carers. For more information on this exciting award winning project, click here.

What Would You Like to Learn?

FutureLearn offers everyone access to free online courses, allowing you to study and to choose from hundreds of courses, which run for approximately 6 weeks and take up about 3 – 5 hrs per week. You can learn together, meeting other learners online from around the world; just like chatting with a group of friends. You learn with experts, meeting educators from top universities who’ll share their experience through videos, articles, quizzes and online discussions. You can learn anytime and anywhere that suits you; on your mobile, tablet or desktop.

Courses about to start include;

  • Childhood in the Digital Age – Open University
  • Basic Science, Understnding Experiments – Open University
  • Preparing for University – University of East Anglia
  • Nutrition & Wellbeing – University of Aberdeen

To find out more and to sign up for free, click here.

This Weeks New Providers on Carena

A very warm welcome to our newest providers who have put profiles of their services on Carena. Visit their profiles to see what they offer and how they can help you or someone you know.

Sensory Impairment Team within North Ayrshire Council offers a range of support services if you are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired or deafblind. They also offer support and advice to family members, including children.

Fresh Air-shire – Stop Smoking advice and support groups with regular weekly meeting across Ayrshire, including new meetings in Kilwinning. For a list of sessions near you, click on the title link above… just think how much better you could feel and how much money you could save!

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 we are happy to help.

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