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Puppy Socialisers Needed

Would you be willing to care for and socialise a puppy (for between a year and 18 months) in readiness for it to be fully trained as a Medical Detection Dog?

No previous experience is needed but you must be able to keep the dog with you for most of the day and be free to attend regular puppy training events held locally. You must have a secure puppy friendly garden and be willing to following a puppy training schedule. Expenses, such as, food, equipment and vet costs will be met. The dogs, if suitable, will then go on to help the charity Medical Detection Dogs and researchers from NHS Trusts and Universities to become specialist in detecting human conditions, such as diabetes and some cancers.

If you can help or would like to find out more please contact the area co-ordinator, Mandie Danks, based in Kilbirnie, by email, phone 07946 202756, Twitter @MDDScotland or through their Facebook Page.


Dementia Friends Needed

Scotland is on target to become a dementia friendly nation with up to 13,000 Scots so far taking part in Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Friends initiative in the last year.

With numbers increasing and no known cure, over 90,000 people are living in Scotland with dementia and the number set to double in a generation to 180,000. The Dementia Friends initiative aims to make everyday life better for people with the condition, and change the way the nation thinks, talks and acts when it comes dementia.

Anyone can become a Dementia Friend, from affected families to the whole community, including workplaces.  To find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend and what a difference it could make, watch this short video and read more here.



Volunteers Urgently Needed

Could you help someone with some hearing or sight loss lead a more active life, or even assist with admin or hearing aid support? If you could then both RNIB Scotland and Action on Hearing Loss Scotland are looking for you to volunteer for a wide variety of roles they need help with. Both organisations offer full training, on-going support and reimburse expenses. Applications are welcomed from all age groups and backgrounds; all you need is enthusiasm.

If you are interested please contact;

RNIB Scotland on 01563 526011 or Action on Hearing Loss Scotland on 01563 539900

Care & Support Exhibition

You know that this year’s Care & Support Exhibition will be taking place at the Magnum Leisure Centre in Irvine from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday 7 October 2015.

Over 135 stands have been confirmed, this means there is an even bigger choice of health and social care services and community activities available.

Visit the exhibition, have an informal chat over a cuppa at the free Café Solace or attend a seminar and demonstration. It’s your choice.

Come to the biggest and the best ever. You can even let Carena know you are coming along by clicking on Upcoming Events on the left of this page.

If you need more information just email us here at Carena; or visit our webpage here

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.

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