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Shared Lives Plus

Shared Lives plus are a UK membership charity for more than 6,000 Shared Lives carers, 150 Shared Lives schemes and a growing network of over 25 local Homeshare organisations.

You could visit or move in with a Shared Lives carer and their family, when you are looking for support during a life change:

or for longer term support:

  • have a learning or physical disability
  • experience dementia
  • mental ill health
  • or want to live with your child while needing care yourself.

If you are interested please visit the website for more information.

North Ayrshire Council School Payments

North Ayrshire Council will be emailing parents and carers soon with details about the new cashless catering system – iPaylmpact which launches on the 18th October 2021!  They will also email details on how to pre-order school lunches.

For more information on North Ayrshire Council cashless catering system click here

Scottish Arts and Crafts Fair

The Scottish Arts and Crafts Fair next event will take place in their fabulous new venue CentreStage in Kilmarnock, on Sunday 3rd October.  With over 30 stalls of quality, hand-crafted items at affordable prices, and different crafters every month, it’s a great place to buy unique gifts or just to treat yourself!

Entry is FREE and they are open from 11:00am till 4:00pm.

There is Free parking available for over 100 cars and CentreStage has it’s own café/bar so you can enjoy a great day out with family & friends.

1 to 1 Befriending for People With Learning Disabilities/Autism

Equal Futures recognise the importance of social connections for a good quality of life. Equal Futures offer 1 to 1 befriending for people with a learning disability and/or autism to support them to create long-lasting and meaningful friendships.
If you would like to find out more information on how you can access their befriending support, or would like to find out how to become a volunteer befriender, please visit:…/support-we-offer/befriending/

mPower – Using Technology for Long Term Conditions

mPower is a service for older people (age 65+) living with long-term conditions that aims to encourage them to take an active role in their communities and independently self-manage their long-term conditions by utilising Digital health technology.
mPower Digital Navigator’s offer a holistic approach, by providing 1:1 support to enable individuals to understand the options for self-management and develop long and short-term health and wellbeing plans.
If this service is of interest to you, please call your GP practice to speak to your Community Link Worker to arrange to see a Digital Navigator.

Worried About The Impact of Personal Debt?

The National Debtline have set-up the option to undertake a webchat with a Debt Adviser, Monday to Friday 9am-8pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 1pm 💬
The debt advice that they offer is always free, impartial and confidential.  For more information, click the link:
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Care at Home Information Days

Are you interested in making a difference?

The North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership are holding information days for those interested in a career in Care at Home.

Information days will take place on:

28th September 2021 @ Volunteer Rooms, Irvine

30th September @ Saltcoats Town Hall, Saltcoats

Information days will run from 9:30am – 4:30pm.

Great opportunity to meet care at home staff and fid out what it’s like to have a careers in care.

For more information call 01294 310222 (Mon – Fri 9-4:30pm)

Funeral Support Payment

Social Security Scotland Funeral Support Payment is available to people in Scotland who get certain tax credits or benefits and need help to meet the costs of a funeral.

Remember that you don’t need to apply straight away, you have up to 6 months after the day of the funeral.

To speak to a specially trained advisor, call them on 0800 182 2222 or visit

for more information.

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