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Need help with Reading, Writing and Numbers?

If you or someone you know needs help reading, writing or with numbers, then contact the Big Plus to find help locally. The Big Plus is Scotland’s campaign to promote free help that’s available across the country. But don’t worry, it’s not like being back at school; it’s relaxed and friendly and can take just a couple of hours a week. Explore their site and watch the (signed and subtitled) video to find out how they can help. For North Ayrshire residents, call 01294 604612 or nationally call 0800 917 8000 or email them to be put in touch with your nearest tutor.

Pamper Yourself at Beith Astro

Why not pamper yourself for an hour at Beith Astro Soccer Salon every Tuesday by having a massage, tan, wax, facial or even a spray tan, before or after training and games, or maybe while the kids are training. Available from 6pm onwards, call now to book your appointment on 01505 228141 or visit

Do you own an empty property?

Has it been empty for more than 6 months? Would you like to make it habitable, but haven’t got the money? Then you could be considered for an upgrade/repairs loan from North Ayrshire Empty Homes Recyclable Scheme. The fund offers interest free loans of between £2,000 and £15,000 to owners of empty homes to help with the cost of repairs in order to address the affordable housing shortfall. Properties renovated with loan funding will be let with the assistance of the Council’s Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme and they will help you prepare a loan application and provide information and advice on becoming a landlord in North Ayrshire. Terms and conditions apply, but for more information on the loan scheme, click here.

Barrmill Park Conservation Group Needs You!

The Barrmill Park Conservation Group has a dedicated team of around 25 volunteers who go out into the Park maintaining and preserving the area so that everyone can enjoy it. They meet on the second Saturday of each month at the Barrmill Community Hall and are in need of more volunteers. The work party commences at 11am and continues until 4pm with refreshments provided by another dedicated team. So if you have enjoyed your walks and have some time to spare please call Jean on 01505 502521 or email Everyone will be made very welcome.

Mental Health Charity takes Positive Steps with new service

SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) have redesigned and launched a new approach to community engagement which aims to provide the people of North Ayrshire with mental health problems, a more accessible service to support them build relationships within the community and lead fulfilling lives. The redesigned service is supported by North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

The service, named Positive Steps (formerly known as Buccleuch Clubhouse and Community Horizons) based at 21 Station Road Stevenston, will utilise resources and opportunities that are already available in North Ayrshire to help individuals self-manage their mental health. The service will deliver tailored one-to-one support based on individual needs and provide access to SAMH’s Tools for Living Programme; providing the tools and skills people need to seek and sustain volunteering and employment opportunities.

Positive Steps will also develop peer support opportunities to enable people who use the service to learn and share from each others experience. For more information surrounding SAMH Positive Steps service, please call 01294 604384 or email Ann Reid. Find them on Facebook too.

Tighter laws for Blue Badge Users

The Blue Badge Scheme allows disabled people access to parking bays which are normally closer to work, shops and other community services. When someone misuses a blue badge they do not just take a parking space they deny a parking space to someone with a disability. Tighter laws are due to come into effect at the end of March 2015, including stronger penalties and possibly even having the badge confiscated. To find out more about the changes, click here.

Seen Something? Say Something

The Scottish Government recently supported a national campaign to raise awareness of Adult Support and Protection through articles in the local, national press and video. Westsound the local radio station are running an advert (jointly supported by our Adult Protection Committees in North, South and East Ayrshire) advising everyone that if they are concerned about an adult they should take action. For more information about Adult Support and Protection or training contact Brenda Walker (Senior Officer – Adult Support and Protection) on 01294 317829.

West Kilbride Environment Group Seek Volunteers

West Kilbride Environmental Group are actively seeking volunteers who are willing to give a few hours of their time to help with the village gardens and hanging baskets. If you feel you may be able to help please go along for a “no pressure” visit. They meet in Garratt Gardens opposite the community centre every Friday morning from 9.30am. For further information please email or phone 01294 673039.

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