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Callcare 365 to launch in the Autumn

Ayrshire Healthy Living Enterprise and Accessibility Project are developing a new and improved telephone support service in North Ayrshire. This service will provide telephone care support tailored to the individual’s needs, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Callcare 365 is supported by North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. This service will be developed over the summer and will be launching in the autumn. For further information telephone Bobby on 01294 311701.

Autism And Employment

Autism Network Scotland’s Employment Network has been continuing to work on its project targeting employers to show the benefits of hiring autistic people, and the website is now in its final stages of development. Look out for the launch of this material, and read on below to find out about the Employment Network’s upcoming event.

On Monday 5th October 2015, the Employment Network will host its third annual event on Autism and Employment at the University of Strathclyde. The event will look at the employment process through finding and getting a job, starting in a new job, and support once in work from the perspectives of people on the autism spectrum, services that support them, and employers. Attendees will also hear an update on the work of Autism Network Scotland’s Employment Network, and the Scottish context for supported employment.

This free event is open to anyone with an interest in autism and employment, and they would particularly welcome attendance from employers and HR professionals.

For more information and to register for a place at the event, please contact 0141 444 8146, or email

NHS Living Life Day

NHS Living Life Day will be marked on 25 August each year, which is the date the NHS Living Life phoneline service (0800 328 9655) was launched 6 years ago. NHS Living Life is funded by the Scottish Government and NHS 24 to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Guided Self Help to the people of Scotland who present with mild to moderate issues of stress and anxiety. It provides an appointment based service free of charge between 1pm and 9pm Monday to Friday.

The theme for Living Life Day is ‘Make your day different…..’ and will encourage the Scottish public to stop and take some time to think about their emotional health and what changes could be made to their wellbeing. The day will raise awareness of the Living Life phone service and the need for all of us to take some space to maintain positive mental wellbeing. To find out more please visit the Living Life website.

Do You Know About SCOVI?

No, then read on and find out more about the Scottish Council on Visual Impairment (SCOVI). It is an umbrella organisation that links and supports statutory and voluntary services for and of visually impaired people in Scotland.  Their mission is for blind and partially-sighted people throughout Scotland to lead independent and included lives.

They work towards this goal by informing and supporting their members, promoting member activities, encouraging collaboration and raising awareness to improve opportunities, rights, equality and inclusion of visually impaired people in Scotland.

They’re also on Facebook and Twitter where they share the latest news and innovations, and lot’s more by visiting SCOVI’s website.

Do You Feel Inspired To Bake Something For Charity?

Research has shown that an estimated six million people have been inspired to take part in charity baking sales because of a hit TV programme.

The Great British Bakeoff has mobilised folk across the UK to start baking, many of whom have not done so before, says the Charties Aid Foundation (CAF).

Last year bake sales in the UK helped raise an estimated £185m for charities, with many organisations reaping the benefits.

“There is no doubt that programmes like GBBO have had a positive impact on our flagship fundraiser World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and over the past few years the event has grown and grown,” said Hannah Redmond, head of national events marketing at Macmillan Cancer Support.

“Every year we are blown away by the amount of people baking up a storm.  Last year over 200,000 people signed up to host a coffee morning and raised a record breaking £25m for people affected by cancer,” she said.

BookBug Bags, What Did You Think?

Hundreds of children and parents have been along to BookBug sessions in libraries across North Ayrshire or been given one or all of the three BookBug bags (Baby BookBug, Toddler BookBug, Pirate/Nursery BookBug) by a health worker.

Now BookBug would like to know what you thought about the contents. This on-line survey will only take a few minutes and your feedback will be really useful. To find out more and to complete the survey, click here.

If you haven’t received a bag, click here to find out how to get yours.



Feeling a Bit Bored, Lonely or Isolated?

If you live in North Ayrshire and feel you could do with some company and would like to meet new friends then search for things to do. There are plenty of events and activities that take place locally, for example learn to speak Gaelic, learn to dance – did you want ballet lessons as a child? If so, there are adult ballet lessons – for beginners. There are walking groups, football reminiscence groups, arts and crafts and plenty of other things to do. Browse through the website and check us out on Facebook too for all the latest news and events.

Volunteers Urgently Sought

The Cancer Research Shop in the Bridgegate Irvine is urgently in need of volunteers. If you could commit to a morning or afternoon per week then they would love to hear from you. Volunteering brings lots of rewards; learning new skills, meeting new people, helping others, adds to your CV and can lead on to other things. If you are interested in volunteering and would like to find out more, call 01294 277347 or pop in to collect an application form.

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