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Voluntary Action South Ayrshire

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Nextdoor Ayr, Old Belmont

Nextdoor Ayr, Old Belmont

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Information and Advice Services in South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Council provides comprehensive information and advice services for local residents Please find below a link to an e-brochure (which can also be downloaded below as a PDF) giving information and guidance for residents on how to access the wide range of advice services available:

South Ayrshire Council Information and Advice Services

The brochure includes information on how to access:

  • Impartial welfare benefits and money and debt  advice from our  Information and Advice Hub, including tribunal representation;
  • Crisis Grants;
  • Food bank Vouchers;
  • Community Care Grants;
  • Blue Badges;
  • Free School Meal and Clothing Grants;
  • Council Tax Reduction and Housing Benefit.


For more information, please call 0300 123 0900 or  contact

Download the brochure in PDF format »

Tenant participation newsletters

South Ayrshire Council publish a Tenant Participation Newsletter every quarter. The Spring 2019 newsletter can be downlaoded here.

Also, previous newsletters can be found on the South Ayrshire Council website »

The latest news from the Scottish Community Councils website

Read the latest news here »

Act now for Safer Streets!

The Safer Streets Bill will save lives, make our communities better places to live, and get more children and adults out cycling and walking. Yet the SNP, Tories and Liberal Democrats have come together to try and torpedo it. They’re ignoring advice by child safety, cycling, walking, environmental and health organisations, and instead have been cowed into defending the status quo by the motoring lobby. The Bill comes to the Scottish Parliament for a vote on Thursday 13 June. Let’s inundate MSPs with calls to do the right thing. Let’s save the Safer Streets Bill!

Please ask you MSPs to vote for the Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill on Thursday 13 June. You can write to your Regional and Local MSPs using the links below. Keep your email brief, polite and to the point. As well as any personal reasons for backing the Bill, here are some key points you might like to make:

  • The evidence is clear that the Bill would save lives, improve communities and get more children and adults cycling and walking
  • Child safety, cycling, walking, environmental and health organisations back the Bill, as do the majority of the Scottish public. Voting against this Bill is to side with the motoring lobby alone.
  • This is a chance for the Scottish Parliament to demonstrate leadership and to build a country that puts communities and children first.

You can write to your local MSPs easily using and entering your postcode.

Good Practice Guide on 20mph speed restrictions

Download the guide here »

Scottish Ambulance Service - Patient Survey

Take the survey here »

South Ayrshire Council External Funding Newsletter - May 2019

Download the May 2019 Newsletter here »

GDPR Information Sessions

Session on 17th June - Saltcoats Town Hall »

Local Governance Review Newsletter

View the Newsletter here »

Community Council Boundary Review Consultation

South Ayrshire Council is undertaking a formal review of its Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils (the “Scheme”) in line with procedures outlined within the Local Government Scotland Act (1973), and we want to know what you think about the proposed amendments to the Scheme. 

The review is happening in 2 phases. The first phase relates to the composition and boundaries of community councils; and the second phase will address the Scheme governance documentation (this will be publicised once the first phase of the review is completed).

You will find a link to an online survey related to the first phase below, which enables you to provide your feedback.

The review will take place from Wednesday 1st May 2019 to Wednesday 26th June 2019 - 4pm

Paper copies of the questionnaire with maps will be available at County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr and:

Customer Service Centres

  • The Wallace Tower, 172-175 High Street, Ayr
  • 17-19 Knockcushan Street, Girvan
  • 64 High Street, Maybole
  • 4-6 The Cross, Prestwick
  • Municipal Buildings, South Beach, Troon


  • Alloway Library, Doonholm Road, Ayr KA7 4QQ
  • Ballantrae Library, The Hall, Ballantrae KA26 0NB
  • Forehill Library, 31 Mount Oliphant Crescent, Ayr KA7 3EN
  • John Rodie Library, 39 Annbank Road, Mossblown KA6 5DZ
  • Symington Library, Brewlands Road, Symington KA1 5QZ
  • Tarbolton Library, Tarbolton Community Campus, Montgomerie Street, Tarbolton KA5 5QA
  • Mobile Library (from Thursday 2nd May 2019)

You can find out more information about the Mobile Library at the following link

The Ayrshire Link of Chernobyl Children's Lifeline

The Ayrshire Link of Chernobyl Children's Lifeline raises funds to support the children of Ukraine and Belarus, whose lives will be forever affected by the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

The charity helps the children by providing holidays, medical treatment, and ongoing support and will be bringing a group of girls from the Ukraine to Ayrshire at the end of June.

The charity is looking for your help by asking for donations of clothing and items that will help the girls get the most out of their visit.

Items that they particularly need include unused PJs, pants, socks, t-shirts, leggings, hairbrushes, and hair bobbles - suitable for girls aged 9-14.

Items can be left at the collection point at South Ayrshire Council, County Buildings, Ayr KA7 1DR during normal office opening hours.

The deadline for donations is Friday 21 June so that the items can be ready to be handed over when the girls arrive.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Caring For Ayrshire

Caring For Ayrshire

Ayr Town Centre Conference

A conference on RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR SMALL SCALE CONSERVATION AND REDEVELOPMENT took place on Wednesday 10th April in Ayr Town Hall.

Conference Program

You can see the feedback from attendees here and read the report from the conference here

Unconventional oil and gas addendum consultation

The Scottish Government continues to take a cautious, evidence-led approach to considering unconventional oil and gas. On 03 October 2017, the Scottish Government set out a preferred position that it does not support onshore unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland. The preferred policy position is subject to statutory and other assessments before the policy is adopted.

An Environmental Report for a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Scottish Government’s preferred policy position was published in October 2018, alongside the updated preferred policy position and a partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA). Views were invited on the contents of these documents, and the Scottish Government’s preferred policy position, during an eight-week consultation from October to December 2018. The responses are currently being analysed; the Scottish Government is  grateful to all those who took part in the consultation process.

Scottish Ministers remain committed to transparency and public engagement on this important issue.  As confirmed via Parliamentary Question on 26 March, the responses received to the recent consultation have led the Scottish Government to form the view that it would be helpful to provide some further clarification on a number of points raised in response to the consultation documents, specifically regarding the preferred policy position and its objectives. The Scottish Government is also taking the opportunity to update its position on the reasonable alternatives to the preferred policy position which were considered as part of the SEA process.

Our approach to the addendum consultation is in line with the cautious, evidence-led approach we have consistently taken towards the development of an unconventional oil and gas policy for Scotland. This is an important issue with strongly-held views on all sides, and it is only right that we continue this approach as we move towards confirming and adopting a final policy.

I can confirm that the Scottish Government has today published an addendum to the SEA Environmental Report, the preferred policy position statement and the partial BRIA, and will invite further comments on the points covered. Responses to the addendum will be considered in detail prior to any  policy position being adopted.

Responses are invited via the Scottish Government’s online consultation site, Citizen Space: Alternative formats can be made available on request by emailing, or calling 0131 244 9380.

In line with the initial consultation in late 2018, the consultation will run for eight weeks until 25 June, after which the responses will be analysed. Our final policy on unconventional oil and gas will be confirmed as soon as possible after this process is complete.

Urgent: I need your help to get my Safer Streets bill passed!

“I’m writing to let you know where my Safer Streets 20 mph Bill is at in the parliamentary process and to ask for your help.

Firstly many thanks for engaging with the bill over the last two years, it has been a long haul and the case for 20mph as the default speed limit on the streets where we live, work and play has grown a lot stronger, as has public opinion in favour. We know now that even a small reduction of speed on our streets will save lives and hundreds of injuries every year. The support of your organisation has been invaluable.

Since December, the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee at Holyrood has been scrutinising the bill and there has been strong evidence given from public health, road safety, active travel and environmental organisations, as well as councils, road engineers and others.

Unfortunately, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport Michael Matheson is now opposing the bill.

He wants to see the current approach to designating small piecemeal 20 zones left in place. This is despite the current system costing more and resulting in a postcode lottery.

He is writing to councils to ask how the designation system could be made simpler, but we already know after nearly 3 years of research what councils think. The majority want to see 20mph as a default limit, while retaining a limited number of through roads at 30mph. My bill allows this to happen. Five councils have now stopped their roll out of 20 zones until the bill comes into force.

Right now it looks like the motoring lobby have won, but there is still a chance we can make all of Scotland’s streets safer and healthier by putting pressure on the Scottish Government to back my bill at the Stage 1 vote in the weeks to come.

The First Minister has been supportive of what the bill is trying to achieve, but right now needs to hear why her government must back it. Please contact Nicola Sturgeon and let her know the difference 20mph would make to your community and that the bill is the best way to deliver it across Scotland.


In addition, if you were able to email your own MSPs that could also help to tip the balance in our favour. Many thanks.


Kind Regards,

Mark Ruskell MSP — Mid-Scotland & Fife Region
Scottish Green Party”

We're Frog!

We're Frog!

Access to Financial Services inquiry

The Scottish Affairs Committee wants to hear from you on your experiences of accessing financial services in Scotland.

The Committee is examining how access to financial services in Scotland has changed since last year, and what impact ATM and bank closures have had on rural communities.

As someone who lives in a community that has recently had a bank branch closure, your experience would be welcomed.

How can you help?

Send a written submission. The deadline for submissions is Monday 25 March 2019.

Animal Health & Welfare Act Amendment consultation

Read the amendment and give your feedback »

Police Scotland—Shaping our Direction and Delivery 2019–22 - Engagement

Police Scotland want to hear from the public and our partners about how we shape the service that we provide.

In 2017 we agreed a ten year strategy for how we want to build a sustainable service able to adapt to the needs of a changing Scotland. Since then, we have been planning for and delivering change, whilst continuing to provide the local and specialist services that keep people safe.

Each year we are required to publish an Annual Police Plan which sets out our operational priorities for the year ahead.

This year we will enhance that, by bringing together the work we do locally and nationally across all our functions with our change activity, into one plan covering the next three years.

This will show how all the parts of the service come together to make a positive impact for policing and society and to keep people safe across Scotland against a set of strategic outcomes.

As part of our ongoing engagement, we are looking for opinions from people across Scotland on our proposed outcomes, our approach, and how you want to be involved in working with us to continue to shape future services. We are also keen to hear your views to help shape our future strategies in respect to prevention and public contact and engagement.

Your opinions will help us to make sure that our plan fits with expectations and enables continued collaboration, and that we identify any areas of the plan that require to be amended or strengthened.

Our plan will be laid before the Scottish Parliament by the end of March.

The survey will be open until 18 March 2019.

To take part, please visit:

We will continuously monitor the responses on Citizen Space also ask you to circulate this to your colleagues, communities and networks to help us reach a large and diverse audience.

Let's discuss our future – budget engagement activity for 2019/20 now underway

As you will know, we are currently working to set our budget for 2019/20, at a challenging economic time. South Ayrshire Council and the Social Work element of the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership face a significant forecast budget deficit of £17m* in 2019-20 (*£11m and £6m respectively).

To help inform the decision making process, public engagement activity is now underway, asking people which areas they feel most strongly about. Information will be gathered online and at a series of face-to-face drop-in events ahead of Councillors considering final proposals on Thursday 28 February.

All final decisions will support South Ayrshire’s people and places in line with the six strategic objectives set out in the Council Plan 2018-2022:

·         Effective leadership that promotes fairness

·         Reduce poverty and disadvantage

·         Health and care systems that meet people’s needs

·         Make the most of the local economy

·         Increase the profile and reputation of South Ayrshire and the Council

·         Enhanced environment through social, cultural and economic activities.

This latest exercise builds on the response for the 2018/19 budget where more than 2,800 took part, with that feedback playing an important role in guiding decisions for 2019/20.

You can take part in the public engagement survey here, with responses made by midnight on Sunday 17 February considered as part of the 2019/20 budget process.

A summary of responses will be included in the report considered by the Council when agreeing the budget on 28 February 2019.

Online feedback and discussions with the community will continue through the year via our budget webpage and at community events to help assess the budget’s impact and to inform future decisions.

Social Isolation Consultation

Download the Social Isolation and Loneliness Strategy »

Download the Social I solation and Loneliness Strategy Implementation Plan »

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South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership draft Adult Carers Strategy 2018–2023

Sharing on behalf of SAHSCP. Please direct all enquiries to Gabrielle Coyle on 01292 612340, email:

South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership is currently consulting on their draft Adult Carers Strategy 2018–2023. Have your say to help shape support for carers over the next 5 years.

The consultation is now open and can be found at

Ayrshire Roads Alliance - Public letter

Ayrshire Roads Alliance - Public letter

Scottish Health Council Ayrshire & Arran Local Office Newsletter

Scottish Health Council Ayrshire & Arran Local Office Newsletter

Suspect It? Report It!

Suspect It? Report It!

Trusted Trader Scheme

Trusted Trader Scheme

Trading Standards Bulletin

Trading Standards Bulletin

Beware of Scam Mail

Beware of Scam Mail

Beware of Bogus Callers

Beware of Bogus Callers

Scottish Community Alliance

We have been asked by the Scottish Community Alliance to share information about the Community Learning Exchange. We would appreciate if you could pass this email onto community councils in your areas.

The Community Learning Exchange, funded by the Scottish Government and administered by the Scottish Community Alliance, aims to promote learning and the exchange of ideas between communities in Scotland. The Exchange will cover the cost of travel and subsistence for a community group to go and visit another community that is doing something of interest to them. The exchange will also cover the cost of a small ‘hosting’ fee paid to the organisation being visited to compensate them for the time and effort involved. The application process and reporting requirements are minimal.

Last year, Scottish Government agreed that the scope of the Exchange could be extended to include community councils. For more information please visit: community-learning-exchange

If you have any questions about the Exchange, please email

Licensing Board

The Licensing Board has now produced its draft licensing policy which sets out how the Board will carry out its functions. It also includes the Boards view on overprovision of licensed premises. The document is available at and the Board would welcome any comments you wish to make on the draft by 31st August.

You can respond by email to

Planning Officer's Report

The Planning Officer's Report can be downloaded here »

RVS Sheds Grant

RVS is offering grants and support to establish Men's/Community Sheds. More information can be found here »

Trading Standards

Trading Standards

Beat Doorstep Crime

Beat Doorstep Crime

Rural Watch Scotland

Below is information in relation to Rural Watch Scotland. This is part of Neighbourhood Watch and relates directly to the rural community. It is a way of providing information on areas of concern directly to individuals who reside in rural locations or are regular visitors to the countryside. The system allows the alert messages generated to be area specific and also allows the user to select who they wish to receive alerts from.

Download the Rural Watch Scotland information leaflet here »

Briefing from Helen McPhee,
Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer

As you may be aware, the implementation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 reintroduced shooting rights and deer forests to the Valuation Roll from 1 April 2017.
As a result, Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board (AVJB) has identified 834 new entries to the Valuation Roll in Ayrshire (359 in South Ayrshire) and is issuing valuation notices to these land owners, farms and estates this week.
It is anticipated that a further 500 entries to the Valuation Roll will be created by March 2018, once AVJB has sufficient information to complete an accurate valuation.
The payment of non-domestic rates by these properties will be the first they have had to pay since 1995 and a negative response is expected from the agricultural community, as well as land owners and those with shooting rights.
Most of the affected Ayrshire properties are expected to be eligible for 100% rates relief under the small business bonus scheme; however, a small number are likely to exceed the exemption threshold and will incur a tax liability.
It is up to eligible ratepayers to apply for the Small Business Bonus Scheme upon receipt of their bill, once issued by the Council – this will not apply automatically.
Full information and a detailed FAQ section is available on the Scottish Assessors' Association web portal at

Gym and fitness—Sport and Leisure—South Ayrshire Council

Gym and fitness at South Ayrshire Council Sport and Leisure.
Get information on South Ayrshire Council Leisure facilities here »

South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

The Health and Social Care Partnership is responsible for the planning, funding and delivery of a range of community health …
Read all about it here »

A77 Action Group

The campaign by the A77 Action Group is moving on.
Find out the latest info here »

South Ayrshire School Clothing Bank

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