Launch of Dementia Friendly Troon

I was delighted to do the honours of formally launching the Dementia Friendly Troon  at the Walker Hall on Saturday to help make the town surrounding villages more Dementia friendly and enable those with the condition, as well as their carers, feel more comfortable and more welcome when out and about.

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‘Wet to the Neck’ Easter Dip

Proof that we did it – Provost Clarkson and I getting wet to the neck in the sea off Irvine on Easter Saturday to raise funds for the Ayrshire Hospice and Cash for Kids.

Pistols at the Ready…

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Wet to the Neck…

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Enjoying some very welcome hot soup courtesy of Coastwatch…

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Troon Water Sports Centre – Public Consultation

The plans for Troon’s Water Sports Centre will be presented on Sunday 9th April from 1pm to 4pm in the Walker Hall.  There will be lots to see, as well as presentations at about 2pm and again at 3.30pm with members of the Working Group on hand to tell you all about their ambitious plans

There will be boats on display as well as a range of fun activities for children too!

The proposal for Troon’s Water Sports Centre (TWSC) is for a community facility providing a base for water-sports based activities including Coastal Rowing (Troon Coastal Rowing Club); the development of a wide range of water-sports skills for young people (Ayr & District Sea Cadets); and Sea Kayakers and Wind-surfers.  It will also support activities such as walking (Ayrshire Coastal Path) and cycling (way-station for SusTrans Cycle route 7), and provide facilities for community and education activities.

For more information see or email

Troon Water Sports Centre

Benefit Sanctions Day of Action – March 30th

On Thursday 30th March the Unite Community and friends will be out in towns and cities across the UK to say #no2sanctions.

Since the Tories came into power in May 2010 over 3 million people have been referred for a benefit sanction over 8 million times. Some of those referrals will have been appealled successfully but whatever the outcome it is still a punishment. The stress and damage this causes has been well documented, but still sanctions continue to do harm to many families.

Those of you in Central Ayrshire can show you support at the following event:

Unite Community & People’s Assembly
10am – 11am, Irvine Job Centre
129 High St, Irvine KA12 8AA

For further information contact Arthur West –, Tel: 07826127759

Sanctions Day of Action

Prestwick Decides

People in Prestwick and surrounding villages are being encouraged to show their support for local community groups by voting on their favourites. The Prestwick decision day will be held at Prestwick Academy between 11am and 2pm on Saturday 18 March.

A fund of up to £14,500 is available at the event, for community groups in the Prestwick area, with 25 community groups pitching to an audience of local people about their proposal and how it will benefit the community. After all the pitches have been heard, the audience will vote to decide which groups should receive funding. Groups can be funded up to £750 for use in local projects.

South Ayrshire Council and the Prestwick and Villages Locality Planning Group is inviting people from Prestwick Airport & Monkton, Prestwick East, Prestwick West, Symington, Heathfield, and Newton North. Anyone over the age of twelve is able to take part in the electronic vote.

The ‘Decision Day’ event takes place at Prestwick Academy, Newdykes Rd, Prestwick KA9 2LB on Saturday 18 March between 11am and 2pm. Anyone wishing to vote must register between 10am and 11:00am.

For more information on general community grants call 01292 612 626 or email Marion Young at

Who is your local health hero?

Do you know someone working in the NHS or the health and social care partnerships in East, North and South Ayrshire, who has gone the extra mile to help you? It could be someone who works in a hospital ward or behind a desk; it could be a clinician or a volunteer.

Now local people – and other NHS and partnership staff – have the chance to recognise the contribution of health workers and volunteers through the Ayrshire Achieves 2017 awards scheme.

Ayrshire Achieves, funded by NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Charity Fund, is a staff recognition scheme which applauds excellence and innovation, demonstrates continuous improvement in the quality of care and celebrates exceptional achievements during the year.

John Burns, Chief Executive – NHS Ayrshire & Arran, explains: “Last year’s award scheme was a great success, with nominations from across the NHS and health and social care partnerships.

“We want to build on this success, and hope that even more members of the public and staff nominate their health hero.

“We want to hear about the many wonderful people, projects and plans that recognise the purpose, values and commitments of our organisation.”

There are nine award categories this year:
• Building relationships
• Caring for people – incorporating the Isabella Kimmett Compassionate Care Award
• Caring for our staff
• Light bulb moments – creativity and innovation
• Behind the scenes
• Leading by example
• Rising star
• Volunteer of the year
• Team of the year

Members of the public, employees of NHS Ayrshire & Arran and partner organisations can all nominate an individual or team employed by NHS Ayrshire & Arran or the three health and social care partnerships for an award. You can also nominate a volunteer, voluntary group or charity for the volunteer’s award.

For a nomination form:
• Telephone free to 0800 169 1441
• Write free to Ayrshire Achieves, Communications Department, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, FREEPOST RRZ-TYRA-LGCT, Eglinton House, Ailsa Hospital, Dalmellington Road, Ayr  KA6 6AB
• Email
• Visit our website and click on the Ayrshire Achieves button on the home page.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 19 May 2017.
Ayrshire Achieves is supported by NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Area Partnership Forum.

DICE Event for Ayrshire Employers – 27th January 2017


Ayr Choral Union 140th Anniversary

At the end of October, I had the opportunity to exercise my vocal chords in a more unusual setting, singing with the Ayr Choral Union at Ayr Town Hall in celebration of their 140th anniversary. It is a fantastic achievement, in honour of which they have been awarded a ‘Scotland Sings Milestones’ accolade. As further recognition, I have submitted a congratulatory EDM to the House of Commons, which has been supported by all the Ayrshire MPs. A huge well done to all those who have been involved over the years, raising funds to pay for venues and accompanying orchestras, enabling a broad range of amateur singers to experience the thrill and sheer joy in performing some of the great choral works.


Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thanks to all who baked for and came along to our Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 30th September. You helped raised a fantastic £226