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Self harm is often a private and personal act, and many people who self harm struggle to approach others for help.

Penumbra wanted to do something to increase understanding and awareness around self harm, and to reduce stigma.

As part of the campaign a series of #talkingisharmless articles will published on social media that will focus on raising awareness, debunking myths, and providing information on how to get help.

Use the #talkingisharmless hashtag to get involved, show support for the campaign, and share your own thoughts on self harm.

Book Keeping Course For Voluntary & Charitable Organisations In North Ayrshire

Are you a small voluntary and charitable organisation in North Ayrshire and looking for some basic bookkeeping skills? If so why not sign up for this free event!

It will take place on Wednesday 28 March 2018 from 10am until 12noon at The Ayrshire Community Trust offices: 27-29, Vernon Street, Saltcoats, KA21 5HE.

The session will provide templates to take away and use. It will ensure that your books balance and are ready for end of year reports, annual general meeting and independent examination.

If you want to find out more and book your place please call Susan or Agnes on 01294 443044.

Volunteers Needed To Participate In The MoonWalk Scotland

Keen volunteers are needed to support The MoonWalk Scotland on 9th and 10th June 2018. Do you know someone who would love to be involved? Are you part of a team or group that would enjoy sharing a Saturday night or Sunday morning volunteering together and help raise millions of pounds whilst doing so?  Who wouldn’t want to miss this fun and rewarding opportunity!

Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport

SAMH have launched their latest project, funded by Comic Relief, ‘Scotland’s Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity and Sport’ which aims to use sport to improve equality and reduce stigma through positive conversations and action on mental health.

The project encourages physical activity and sporting communities from grassroots to the elite level to incorporate mental health into their strategies to make sport more accessible to people with mental health problems.

Read more here.


Are You A Fibromyalgia Sufferer Looking For Support?

FFU-Scotland (Fibro Friends United) are a registered social enterprise that provides support and advocacy services for fibromyalgia suffers across Scotland.

There is online support, craft retail, volunteering opportunities as well as monthly support group meetings. There is one at Crosshouse Hospital every first Tuesday of the month from 7-9:30pm and at Fullarton Connexions, Irvine every third Thursday from 7-9:30pm.

There is also going to be a lot happening soon with a new website, information and support drop-ins, training, one to one support and fitness sessions.

For more information or to get involved you can get in contact by phone 01294 537566 / 07951 678213 or by email


Three Towns Locality Participatory Budgeting Event

On Saturday 24 March 2018 local people will be bidding for funds to make a difference to their community at the Three Towns Locality participatory event which will be held in The Civic Centre, Ardrossan, 10.30am – 1.00pm.

Local people and groups are invited to bid for up to £1,500 from a pot of £34,234 at this marketplace event.

Applications should demonstrate that they will help with at least one of the following:

  • Ideas that promote the Three Town Locality and encourage tourism
  • Ideas which promote community regeneration, civic pride and community engagement
  • Ideas which improve the physical environmentApplication forms are available by email or telephone: / 01294 604612.
  • Closing date for applications is 8 March 2018 at 5pm
  • An additional £5,000 is available from North Ayrshire Green Health Partnership for bids of up to £1,000. Bids should help improve nature based activities in the area e.g. community growing, health walks and green gyms (separate application available).

Dementia Friendly Golf Or Slow Golf As Its Known

Do you know someone who plays golf but has been diagnosed with Dementia, then these new golf rounds may be of interest as these new dementia-friendly sessions enable people to play golf but at a slower pace. Take your time round Fullarton Golf Course in Troon.

Instead of taking 7 minutes to golf from hole to hole, tee times have been extended to 14 minute intervals to allow for a more relaxed and enjoyable round of golf.
Slow Golf Days are held on the third Thursday of each month. Tee times available from 12noon.
Club hire is also available for £10, with the sessions costing November-March £12.50 and April-October £17.25.

If you want to find out more or book a round of golf just call South Ayrshire Golf on 01292 616255.

Scotch Whisky Action Fund 2018

The Fund is looking to support and develop a range of projects/initiatives which will deliver targeted interventions designed to tackle alcohol-related harms across three themes:

Young people (aged under 18)



Awards of up to £25,000 for a one year period can be made through this Fund. There are two categories of award as follows:

Seedcorn funding- Awards made under this category could fund new initiatives and test out innovative approaches designed to reduce alcohol-related harm. Awards could also be used to fund existing smaller scale projects that are seeking to expand or develop their services.  You must tell us how you plan to evaluate your project if seeking an award under this category. Please note that whilst you can apply for up to £25,000 under this strand, an award of this level would only be granted in exceptional circumstances. In practice, we would expect to make awards in the region of £10,000 for new or innovative projects.

Growth and Development- Awards made under this category could fund projects that are seeking to consolidate and build on emerging, successful practice in relation to the reduction of alcohol-related harm. You must be able to provide evidence of any evaluation of your work to date. We will look for evidence that the project is needed and that the approach taken has proven to be effective.

For 2018, the closing date for the receipt of applications will be 29 June 2018 with applications being considered by the Awards Panel in September 2018.

For further details about the Fund, including the fund profile and guidance notes, and to access the online application form click here.

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