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Organ Donation Scotland

Being able to donate organs and tissue to help people who desperately need transplants is one of the great miracles of modern medicine. However, it is important to reassure people that if they are admitted to hospital in a critical condition, the absolute first priority of doctors is always to save their patient’s life. It is only if a patient has died or is expected to die imminently as their injuries are not expected to be survivable that donation is considered.

This generosity was life changing for 467 people in Scotland last year and 50% of us have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register.

But it’s still not enough. People are still dying while waiting for a transplant. Right at this moment in Scotland, around 550 people with life-threatening illnesses are on transplant waiting lists.

Join the register today by clicking here.

Carers Allowance Supplement

Eligible carers in Scotland will receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement from Thursday 13 September. In recognition of the important contribution carers make, these payments will mean that people in Scotland, who were in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on the qualifying date of Monday 16 April will receive a supplementary payment of £221. This payment will be issued automatically to eligible carers.

More information is available at Scottish Government has also issued links to three clips of film introducing Social Security Scotland, the policy intent behind Carer’s Allowance Supplement and details on the way in which this benefit will be delivered:

  • Introduction to Social Security Scotland
  • About Carer’s Allowance Supplement
  • Questions Arising

North Ayrshire Council Rent Reminders

Did you know that if you are a North Ayrshire Council tenant you can import the dates that your rent is due into your smart phone or calendar?

With these handy alerts you will never miss another payment!

Download by clicking here.

Ayrshire College Princes Trust

Unemployed? or know someone who is? Are you between 16-25, lack confidence, looking for more qualifications?

Princes Trust offer a 12 week programme that can build on these skills!
The Next course begins on 1st October 2018 and participants will take part in:

Teambuilding, Workshops, 4 day Residential, Community Project, Work Placements, CV and interview skills, Team Challenges and a Presentation.

North Ayrshire contact: Jackie McFadzean
Tel: 01294 559000 Ext 5348
Mobile: 07545436394

Click here for more information.

Power Of Attorney

Every year thousands of people across Scotland lose capacity – it could be an accident, a head injury, a stroke or an on-going progressive illness. The only way you can plan for your future is to appoint someone with Power of Attorney.

Power of attorney is for when you are still here. If you are in hospital or a care environment or even your own home, no one can act for you – pay bills, manage your welfare or make key decisions unless you have made your plan.

Think and act now: If ill health or an accident means you can’t make decisions for yourself, who do you want to make them for you?

Have a look at this guide for more information.

You can also find more information online.


North Ayrshire Welfare Reform Advice Team Are On The Move

The Welfare Reform Advice Team have moved to Saltcoats Townhall however staff will still be operating as normal in all areas of North Ayrshire.

The Welfare Reform Team can help North Ayrshire Council tenants with a variety of financial problems including Universal Credit Claims, Discretionary Housing Payments, Sanctions,  Debts, Income Maximisation,  Rent Arrears and PIP Claims.

Contact them on 0300 999 4606 or by email



Volunteering Opportunities For Young People

Capall Dorcha is a not-for-profit organisation, welcoming participants from North Ayrshire to find new ways of creating and expressing themselves through our Ensemble Programme as well as offering Professional Development opportunities for those seeking a higher level of experience in drama and the theatre industry.

Young people, aged 16+, who volunteer with Cappall Dorcha can now receive a Saltire Award for their dedication. Young people gain nationally recognised certificates, signed by Scottish Government Ministers.

To find out more you can use the contact us page on the website or call 01294 475 648.


Money Matters

Benefit/s been refused, reduced or stopped?

Decisions can be challenged.  Money Matters can advise, assist and represent at appeals.

Their success rate is on average 70%.

Anyone looking to seek advice and assistance. Contact their help desk on 01294 310456.

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