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Can You Help? Host Families Needed

North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership are looking for host families for young male asylum seekers.

Host families are needed to provide safe and nurturing environments for male teenage asylum seekers, aged 16-18 years old from Sudan. They have limited English and may have travelled for many months before arriving in Scotland. Within this time travelling they may have experienced refugee camps, living in war zones and not having their basic needs met such as food, water, clothing and separation from their families. Now they need a safe, caring environment to help them develop independent living skills as they move into adulthood.

To register your interest or to find out more please call 01294 311505 to speak to a member of the team or email


Meet OrCam: An Advanced Wearable Artifical Vision Device

North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Sensory Impairment Team will host an OrCam Demonstration Day.

Free OrCam Demonstration:
On:  Thursday 24 August 2017
From:  10:30am – 3:00pm
At:  Dirrans Centre, Irvine Road, Kilwinning, KA13 7PF.

For more information on the day or to book a demo, please call Mr I White on 07980 302743 or Mr N Cook on 07794 629279.
Further information on OrCam can be found on the website at:

Need To Sort Out Childcare

CARIS, the Childcare and Recreation Information Service has a contact number that is cheap, or in some cases free,  for residents to get in touch.

The service provides free, accurate information and advice covering North, South and East Ayrshire on childminders, nurseries, out of school care, breakfast clubs, playgroups, parent and toddler groups as well as a range of parenting and family matters.

So if you need to get in touch with CARIS, make sure you call them on 0345 351 3000.

This Weeks’ New Provider on Carena

A warm welcome to our newest provider who has added a profile of their services on Carena. Visit their profile to see what they offer and how they can help you.

ALBA(Active Living Becomes Achievable) is a SAMH project aiming to help improve someone’s mental and physical health through being more active. They offer a 1:1 support service for up to 16 weeks.

To publish your service, social or activity group or organisation on Carena, go to the Home Page, click on Register Provider and follow the Carena User Guide.

If you need any assistance please email us at

Families Outside

Families Outside is an independent charity which has been helping prisoners’ families in Scotland for over 20 years. They offer support and information to families affected by imprisonment.

Some services available are:… –

  • Support and information helpline (0800 254 0088)
  • Direct family support
  • Help with travel costs –
  • Prison visit

Please visit to see the full range of services available

Montgomery Court Activities August

CLASP are at Montgomery Community Hub Kilbirnie running a service for residents and people from the community. Here is some information on up and coming activities. There is a new knitting group meeting on a Wednesday from 2-4pm. There is also lots of new groups/activities starting up soon.

  • Hairdresser/Barber – Mondays 11-3 with Isabell & Thursday 10-2 with Caroline
  • Bingo – Every Monday except first Monday 2-4
  • Memory Café – Tuesday 5 September 2-4
  • Nail Cutting Services – Tuesday 5 September 2-4 Cost £7
  • Football Reminiscing – Monday 6 August 1.30-3.30
  • Tablet/Smartphone Lessons – Thursday 24 August 1-2
  • Arts and Crafts – Thursday 3 17 & 31 August 2-4pm
  • Musical Memories – Thursday 10 August 2-3.30
  • Talk of the Town – Thursday 24 August 2-3.30
  • Cowboy Movie Afternoon – Wednesday 30 August 12.30-4
  • Knit n Natter – Wednesdays 2-4
  • Quiz – Tuesdays 2.30-4
  • Hope Project Outing – Wednesday 30 August Willowbank Largs (£17 includes meal and entertainment).

Drop in for coffee and a chat -Saturday 12 & 26 August 11-1.

Form filling and advice-By appointment.

Coming Soon – Men’s sheds, lunch clubs and keep fit.

For more information call the hub and speak to either Bill or Geri 01505684757.

Housing Support Team

The Housing Support Team can provide information and advice on a range topics while living in temporary accommodation as well as within your own NAC Tenancy.

They can help to develop a support plan based on your individual needs.

They can provide information on homelessness, housing options, tenancy rights, welfare/housing benefits, budgeting, debt, form filling, accessing GP’s/Dentists, education, training and employment, other support services and act on your behalf.

You can refer yourself by calling the Housing Support Team on 01294 317370 or email to arrange for a support worker to call you back.


50 Years of Marymass Folk Festival

This year from 24-26 August 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Marymass Folk Festival in Irvine, making it the longest continuously running event of its type in Scotland.

Its story is an important one, not just to Irvine but for its relevance to the history of folk song and music throughout Scotland. The festival has everything from fireworks to folk music, crowning of the Marymass Queen to comedy, racing to rock music, horses to history.

The Irvine Carters Society and the Marymass Festival Committee have ensured that the Marymass Festival will not disappoint.

For more information click here

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