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Youth Café in Stevenston

Ardeer Neighbourhood Centre is holding a Youth Café every Friday night from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Stevenston Community Association have joined with North Ayrshire Council Youth Services to provide a safe place for young people to meet with their friends to play music, ipads, pool and air hockey, or just sit around with their friends. For further information telephone Caley Centre on 01294 602027.

Searching for Scout Leaders

The 102 Ayrshire (Beith) Scout Group is keen to recruit new leaders for all section. Meeting are held in the Scout Hall, Head Street, Beith, on Mondays (Explorers), Tuesday (Scouts) and Wednesday (Beavers and Cubs).
If anyone is interested in becoming a leader/helper, please get in touch with Robin Menzies, 01505 502999 or 07515902385 who will be happy to discuss this with you.
Anyone willing to help must hold or prepared to undergo a PVG check. This is also required for anyone staying overnight on a camp/sleepover

Kinship Care

A new support service for Ayrshire kinship carers and their families had its official launch recently, with a call for more carers to get in touch.

Ayrshire Kinship Care, run by charity Children 1st, matches skilled workers with families so that children, young people and kinship carers can get the right support at the right time.

For further information of advice telephone Ayrshire Kinship Care on 01294 214884

This Week’s New Provider Profiles 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.

CEIS Recruitment Ltd – providing recruitment services

Elderly – Sunday Teas – Supported network of volunteers organise monthly Sunday afternoon Teas (Isle of Arran)


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

Happy Birthday Carena!

Carena is celebrating its second birthday today. The website is still gaining in popularity and is receiving more information profiles as well as enquiries for signposting. Carena now has had well over 2 million hits and over 400 organisations have been involved. Its Facebook page now has over 1,000 followers and has recently got messages to 30,000 people a week.

Carena is still looking for more organisations and local groups keen to publicise their activities and services. And watch this space, the new developments will keep on coming…

Why not check out  Carena website

Steps for Stress

In 2012 the new mental health strategy for Scotland was published.”Commitment 16 states that NHS Health Scotland will work with the NHS, Local Authority and the voluntary sector to ensure staff are confident to use Steps for Stress as an early intervention approach to address common mental health problems” (CMHP).

Steps for Stress was established in 2010 and is a suite of public-facing evidence based resources that aim to increase understanding of common mental health problems. It provides practical ways to deal with stress and tips to help it stop building in the future. Have a look and see if some of these tips are helpful for you.

Vote for the Lego Cumbrae Ferry

Lego publish design models that people can vote for online, if a model gets 10,000 or more votes, Lego ‘review’ the idea, which may then go onward into production and onto the shelves for sale. An idea for a Lego set titled The Great British Holiday – Off to the Scottish Isles, is currently a ‘staff pick’ featuring the Caledonian MacBrayne, MV Loch Shira, ferry which runs between Largs and Cumbrae. If you would like to go to the Lego site to vote for this model, click here.

Fancy a Holiday or a Break Away?

If you have a spinal injury or use a wheelchair and would like a holiday or just a short break away then consider Clober Farm run by Spinal Injuries, Scotland. Their accommodation has fully accessible living accommodation and accessible garden with patio area and raised beds, designed with the wheelchair user in mind. Clober Farm, Milngavie is close to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and is open all year round.

Other facilities include;

  • Combined kitchen/living area with patio doors leading to garden
  • Three bedrooms, two of which are wheelchair accessible, sleeping 5-6
  • Tracking hoist, height adjustable profiling bed with air mattress
  • Ensuite wetroom with shower chairs
  • Fully accessible kitchen with fridge, freezer, microwave, induction hob and oven
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Private parking
  • Pets Welcome
  • No Smoking



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