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Ahoy There, Irvine Sea Cadets Need You!

Irvine Sea Cadets are calling out for new cadets and for new adult volunteers to organise the fun. The youngsters enjoy a great range of activities with a water-based theme and, with the long summer nights approaching, there is no better time to get involved.
Boys and girls can join the Sea Cadets as a Junior from 10-12yrs and as a Senior from 12-18yrs. A uniform is provided along with lessons in how to wear it and look smart.

None of this would be possible without the help of adult volunteers whether uniformed or management committee members. Uniformed staff receive free clothing and certain expenses in return for one or two evenings per week and some weekends throughout the year. For more information email or go along to the Unit at TA Centre, Corsehill Mount Road, Dreghorn on a Tuesday or Thursday between 7pm and 9pm.

Can you read outloud?

The Arran Sound Talking Newspaper Group are looking for new readers to record newspapers onto tapes, which are then sent to people on the island and mainland who are blind or partially sighted.

If you could spare some time to help, or know someone else who could, please contact Elinor on 01770 860310.

Odeon Silver Cinema

ODEON Silver Cinema is a season of films for fans over the age of 55 and is available locally at both Odeon Ayr and Odeon Kilmarnock. Relax with tea or coffee and a biscuit and enjoy the most recent films on offer. ODEON Silver Cinema offers great value with with tickets from just £3.00* when booked in cinema.

Tickets can be booked up to four weeks in advance, which gives plenty of time to plan what to watch so that the latest films are not missed. Showing this week, 21 and 23 April is Foxcatcher, a dark drama centred on millionaire John du Pont. Next week’s screening on 28 and 30 April is The Theory of Everything – a moving biopic about the life and work of Stephen Hawking.

ODEON Silver Cinema is every Tuesday & Thursday with screening at 11am and & 2pm, there are no screenings during the school holidays.

Free ‘Report it’ App for North Ayrshire

Download this free app that uses mobile technology, maps, photographs and GPS so that you can report issues anytime, anywhere. Track repairs and clean ups from start to finish through live progress updates. North Ayrshire Council is the first Scottish local authority to launch an app that gives residents the opportunity to log and keep track of local problems and repairs on the move.

By downloading the free North Ayrshire ‘Report it’ app you can report:

  • dog fouling
  • fly tipping
  • graffiti
  • potholes
  • road and pavement faults
  • street and lighting faults

Watch this short video to find out more, or go to the website. You can still report issues online or by telephone on 01294 310000.

Need Help Starting a Social Enterprise?

If you are thinking of starting a social enterprise and have a  great business idea that would benefit people, communities and the environment, then Firstport could help. They support individuals  through business support, resources, training and funding, they could help you start something good!

Firstport can also help with issues such as choosing a legal structure, developing a business model, writing a business plan and making sense of cash flow projections and can signpost you to other sources of support and finance. To find out more, go to their website or call 0131 220 0511 or 0845 478 6336 to speak to an advisor.

Vibrating Pen fighting Parkinson’s disease

Students at the Imperial College London and Royal College of Art have developed a vibrating pen that hopes to help patients with Parkinson’s disease. The team of engineers and designers created the pen to try to combat a condition known as micrographia which causes people to write in small or cramped handwriting. The pen is still in the testing phase but watch this short BBC video to find out more.






Scouting Recruits Wanted

Kilwinning Scout Group provides a range of outdoor-based activities for young people between the ages of eight and eighteen.

The group is very busy but still has some vacancies in some of the sections. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact the Group Scout Leader on 01294 823525.

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.

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