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Confidence Building

A free course will be starting soon in the Stevenston and Irvine areas.

The course will cover:

  • Developing self esteem and a positive attitude
  • Set goals and build rapport
  • De-stress and feel good about yourself
  • Identify personal barriers and be more assertive

The locations and dates are as follows:

Fullarton Hub, Irvine, Monday 21 May – Monday 11 June, 3pm – 5pm.

Stevenston Hub, Stevenston Library,  Thursday 24 May – Thursday 16 June, 11am – 1pm.

Places must be reserved prior to attending to ensure a place is available.

Where courses are full, names will be held on a waiting list until the next delivery date.

If you would like to find out more about this course or any other courses running call Norma on 01294 475900 or email


The 10 Dignity Do’s

Before the Dignity in Care campaign launched, numerous focus groups took place around the country to find out what Dignity in Care meant to people. The issues raised at these events resulted in the development of the 10 Point Dignity Challenge (now the 10 Dignity Do’s). The challenge describes values and actions that high quality services that respect people’s dignity should:


  1. Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse
  2. Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family
  3. Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service
  4. Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control
  5. Listen and support people to express their needs and wants
  6. Respect people’s right to privacy
  7. Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
  8. Engage with family members and carers as care partners
  9. Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self-esteem
  10. Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation

The Dignity in Care campaign endeavours to promote awareness of these 10 points to everyone connected with health and social care. If you can help promote awareness of these by putting up posters, or handing out leaflets and cards, please download and print them to help you promote the campaign.


For more information click here.


Hydration Campaign

The Scottish UTI Network has launched a public information campaign informing people of the benefits of staying hydrated.

The aims of the campaign are:

  • To support the prevention of urinary tract infection (UTI) blood stream infections within the general population
  • To convey the public health benefits of good hydration in terms of UTI
  • To support the work of other national health programmes where good hydration can be beneficial e.g. falls, pressure ulcers, delirium and acute kidney injury

Please click on the links below for more information about the areas of work that are directly linked to the hydration campaign.

SPSP – Acute Kidney Injury

SPSP Acute Adult – Falls

Acute Adult – Older People in Acute Care

SPSP Acute Adult – Pressure Ulcers

SPSP Primary Care – Pressure Ulcers

Living Well in the Community – Falls

Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group


Mental Health Awareness Week

The campaign call for change is for a less stressed nation.

Stress is what happens when we can’t control what happens to us: stress itself isn’t a mental health problem. Ongoing persistent stress increases our risk of mental health and physical health problems.

North Ayrshire Health and Social Care teams will be in the community promoting mental health awareness:

Community mental health team will have a stall in each of the three Ayrshire college campuses with information and activities, including a ‘tree’ for students to ‘dress’ with leaves with messages about their mental health. Enabling expression of feelings and talking is hugely beneficial and can improve our mental health.

Learning disability liaison team will be facilitating training sessions on Supporting people with learning disabilities to access equal healthcare. Please register by email ( or telephone (01292 614910).

  • Monday 14 May, 2pm to 3pm (Room 7, Education Centre, University Hospital Ayr) Speakers include: Clare Smith, LD Liaison Nurse; Steve Wright, Team Leader CLDT; Carol Gray, LD Liaison Nurse
  • Friday 18 May, 1.30pm to 2.30pm (Room 7, Education Centre, University Hospital Ayr) Speakers include: Dr Omer Rashid, Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disabilities; Clare Smith, LD Liaison Nurse; Susan Patterson, LD Liaison Nurse

A learning disability awareness information stall will be in the canteen at University Hospital Ayr throughout this week.

Prevention and service support team will be delivering activities in support of MHAW across Ayrshire and Arran. Over the last few weeks the team has highlighted the topic of mental health and encouraged involvement in activities for the week to come, including work with Ayrshire College and Ayrshire Veterans Services.

Pop Up Positivity Café will take place on Cumbrae on Tuesday 15 May 11am–12.30pm. This is part of Breathing Space’s 365 Brighter Days positivity campaign. All welcome.

The Mental Health Foundation also have useful links, resources and stories that can help people be more aware of their stress levels.

Click here to find out more.



Any CPR Is Better Than No CPR

Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone but with CPR they are twice as likely to survive.

Save a life Scotland have teamed together with Scottish TV presenter Carol Simile to create a video to teach people CPR using the famous song from the Proclaimers, Gonna Be (500 Miles).

You can find out more in the Save A Life Scotland Website.

AMINA Launch Self-Care Manual For Women

The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre (AMINA) have published a self-care manual for women.

The self-care manual is designed to support women in establishing and maintaining an approach to self-care that fits with their life circumstances, strengths, challenges and needs.

This manual is for all women. However, it has been developed with the following audiences in mind:

  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women
  • Women who have experienced trauma and/or domestic abuse
  • Women who would like to become group facilitatorsThey deliver a range of services including a National Helpline, Befriending, Refugee Support, Employability, and campaigning against Islamaphobia. The Violence Against Women Programme has created a platform for minority ethnic and Muslim women to speak out against issues such as domestic abuse and honour-based violence, and has created a safe, healing space for hundreds of women across Scotland through the delivery of their self-care workshops.For more information contact or call 0141 212 8420. For their Helpline dial 0808 801 0301 (Freephone).
  • Click here to download the Self-Care Manual for Women
  • The work of Amina is underpinned by the principles of community empowerment, participation and partnerships. They are leading specialists in supporting minority ethnic and Muslim women and are recognised by minority ethnic communities within Scotland for their pioneering work.

North Ayrshire Libraries Reading Hack Volunteering

Young people in North Ayrshire are being given the opportunity to volunteer for the library service over the summer break.

To find out more about Reading hack click here to watch the YouTube video.

If you are interested in volunteering you can pick up an application form from your local library.


Tackling Period Poverty

The Red Box Project is a project that quietly ensures constantly stocked Red Boxes of sanitary wear in schools for young women to access,  Aiming to reach those who may not be able to afford these vital items and aiming to tackle period poverty throughout UK.

For more information on the project and to find information on your local area please visit Red Box Project for more details.

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