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Volunteering Opportunity – Breast Feeding Network (UK)

The Breast Feeding Network (UK) plans to train a new group of volunteers soon.

If you are interested please click on the link below and complete the survey.

Breast Feeding Network – Survey Monkey

*Save the Dates* – Irvine Chit Chat Sessions


This year, the Irvine Locality Partnership have scheduled twenty four chit-chat sessions within your local area, where you are invited to go along and get involved in an informal discussion about the needs and aspirations of your community.

The chit-chat dates are as follows:

Bourtreehill, Broomlands & Girdle Toll chit-chat sessions @ Towerlands Community Centre from Mon 28 Jan, Mon 29 Apr, Mon 29 Jul, Mon 28 Oct

Vineburgh Community Centre from Wed 06 Feb, Wed 15 May, Wed 07 Aug, Wed 13 Nov

Fullarton Community Centre from Tues 26 Feb, Tues 28 May, Tues 27 Aug, Tues 26 Nov

Springside, Dreghorn & Drybridge @ Springside Community Centre from Tues 19 Feb, Tues 21 May, Tues 20 Aug, Tues 19 Nov

Redburn Community Centre from Thurs 24 Jan, Thurs 25 Apr, Thurs 25 Jul, Thurs 24 Oct

Castlepark Community Centre from Thurs 07 Mar, Thurs 06 Jun, Thurs 05 Sept, Thurs 05 Dec

Please note that all of the above chit-chat sessions will be on from 7pm to 9pm.

New PEEP Group in West Kilbride

A new PEEP group for you and your child ( from birth to 5) will be starting in West Kilbride Library from Fri 18th January 1:45 – 2:45. Please contact Sandra or Babs on 822353 to register.

Peep gives parents and carers access to fun activities that support children’s learning in everyday situations. Go along to one of the Peep workshops and talk, listen, play, sing, share books and have fun.

For more information

New Clubs And Groups For 2019 At The Playz – Pennyburn

A variety of clubs are available for 2019 at the Playz, Pennyburn.

Thursday morning Music café (Open session for everyone in the community)
Café open all morning- Instruments available from 10:45am- 12pm

High School Social Club – We Should Hang Out More
Gaming, films, chill time, socialising, in house shop, guitars, pool table, music, plus more
Thursday nights – 7pm – 8:30pm – £1

Pregnant or recently had a child? You could be due £600

The Scottish Government has increased the payments available to lower incomefamilies for each child they have.

The Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Paymentwill help children across Scotland have a fairer start by providing cash sums to familiesat crucial times in a young child’s life.

The grant, which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland, is a one-off payment of £600 for your first child then £300 for each younger sibling. You do not need to pay this back. It is there to help you with pregnancy or baby related expenses, including clothes and nursery items.

You can apply for the new Pregnancy and Baby Payment from the 24th week of your pregnancy, up until the child is six months old. Either parent or carer can apply.

Visit or call 0800 182 2222 to find out more.

SHARE – take part in health research for NHS Scotland

SHARE is a new NHS Research Scotland initiative created to establish a register of people interested in participating in health research and who agree to allow SHARE to use the coded data in their various NHS computer records to check whether they might be suitable for health research studies, which can be useful when developing new treatments and cures for a wide variety of health conditions.

When you join, you might be invited to take part in a health research study in the future but it would be up to you at the time to decide if you wanted to participate.

To register at SHARE go to website

The Baby Box

The Scottish Government want to welcome every baby born in Scotland by giving them their own Baby Box.

The Baby Box will help families prepare for the arrival of their baby and provide a safe and comfortable place for them to sleep. The box itself acts like a Moses basket as it comes complete with a mattress and bedding that fits perfectly.

New babies need a surprising amount of stuff! Scotland’s Baby Box is packed full of clothes, bedding and lots of other useful things to help give your baby the best possible start in life.

For more information and how to get your baby box visit The Parent Club’s website.

A School Leavers Guide To Getting a Job In Scotland

If you turn 16 between 1 March and 30 September you can leave school after 31 May of that year. If you turn 16 between 1 October and the end of February you can leave at the start of the Christmas holidays in that school year.

Leaving school can be strange. After spending so much time in education – and looking forward to having some freedom – leaving seems to come around quickly. You’re expected to have plans in place and be ready for the working world. But it’s easy to feel the exact opposite – unprepared and anxious for what the future holds.

If you have just left school or planning for the future this guide from S1 Jobs might give you some helpful tips. The guide looks at apprenticeships in Scotland, where to start looking for jobs and much more to arm you with the right information to make your own choices and start creating a successful career.

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