Volunteers from all over South Ayrshire were recognised for their commitment to helping others at a special awards ceremony at Ayr Gaiety this week.
A total of 277 volunteers from 23 community organisations and charities were nominated for the 2022 South Ayrshire Volunteer Awards.
The evening was compered by panto stars Jerry Taylor and Fraser Boyle. Presenting the awards was Professor Fiona McQueen, former chief nursing officer who became well known to the public after regularly joining the First Minister at her daily Covid briefings during the pandemic, and leader of South Ayrshire Council, Councillor Peter Henderson.
Bronze awards were presented to volunteers for one to five years of selfless service, Silver awards for five to 10 years and Gold awards for 10 to 15 years.
Lifetime Awards were made to volunteers who have dedicated themselves to local good causes for 15 years and over.
Young people aged 12 to 25 who have clocked up more than 200 hours of volunteering picked up Saltire Awards on the night.
Exclusively this year, two Special Recognition awards were made to two exceptional Scout leaders – Jane Calderwood who has volunteered for 51 years and Bob McIntyre who has been a volunteer for an incredible 57 years.
Special Community Champion awards were also made to four people who were nominated by local people for their tireless work in their communities – Mary Brown from Mossblown; Mandy Hickman-Ralph from Tarbolton; Patricia Watts from Girvan, and Robert Green from Lochside. Mr Green sadly passed away before the ceremony but his daughters were there to accept the award in memory of their father.
The local heroes who received awards give up their time to make a difference to the following organisations: 48th Ayrshire Dundonald Scout Group Registered Charity (OSCR) SC043158 Ayrshire Cancer Support Ayrshire Council on Alcohol Broken Chains Ayr Clean Up Tarbolton Woods Campaign Community Gift Exchange Craigie Community Association Craigie Intergenerational Gardening Group
Kirkmichael Kids and Community Group; Kirkmichael Village Renaissance, Kyle and Carrick District Scouts Lochside Bingo Volunteers, Lochside Café Volunteers,
Lochside Neighbourhood Group No-one Dies Alone Ayrshire
PDSA Police Scotland Howie Bowling Club, Prestwick The Royal Highland Education Trust Scottish SPCA South Ayrshire Council CLD – Adult Literacies, Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA) and Working For Wallacetown
Lochside Community Centre Kirkmichael Village Hall Kirkmichael Community Shop and Cafe Kirkmichael Community development group
Merry Christmas and stay safe 🎄❤️
We're hosting a free Healthy, Warmer Homes online event to give you lots of free tips and advice on making your home a cosier and healthier place to be. Living in a cold home can affect both your mental and physical health, worsen medical conditions and affect childhood attainment. That's where we can help, with lots of information to help you save money, reduce your energy bills and improve the warmth of your home. We can also tell you about the Scottish Government funding that is available and how Warmer Homes Scotland could help.
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Voluntary Action South Ayrshire
Age Concern Ayr South Ayrshire Council Housing Services South Ayrshire Council Live Ayrshire Housing South Ayrshire Carers Centre Rotaract Alloway Alzheimer Scotland - Ayrshire Ayrshire Cancer Support Ayrshire & Arran Respiratory Circles Advocacy South Ayrshire Dementia Friendly Prestwick NHS Ayrshire & Arran NHS Ayrshire & Arran Diabetes OIR Ayr giveadogabone.net South Ayrshire Council Housing Services South Ayrshire Council Childcare Services NHS Ayrshire And Arran Women and Children’s Service NHS Ayrshire & Arran Cardiac Rehab and HARP South Ayrshire Women's Aid Ayrshire Women's Hub Job Centre Plus Ayr Ayr Salvation Army Lochside Community Centre The 10:10 Trust South Ayrshire Foodbank Unity Grill The Carrick Centre Girvan Community Hospital South Ayrshire Lifeline Support
This Friday we're hosting a free online event to help you understand your bills, learn about meter readings, find out if you can switch suppliers and give you lots of tips on how to save money and reduce your energy bills. Just click on the link to book your free spaces, our friends from East Ayrshire Citizens Advice Bureau will be there to offer help and advice too.
Spooktacular Haunting Halloween menu for Wednesday 30th October 2019.
Devilish, delicious, demonic dishes for you to try! Join us.. IF YOU DARE!
Starter £1, Main Course £2, Sweet £1.
Meal Deal Special: 3 courses with tea/ coffee for £3:50
Lochside Community Centre
Join us tomorrow in North Ayr for a brand new group at Lochside Community Centre, Lochside Road, Ayr between 12:30-2pm. For infant feeding support, toys for under 1s and their siblings, free lunch, tea/coffee and of course that all important, support and chat from other parents/carers. Lochside Community Centre
Our other new group on the Isle of Arran has been running since March and has proven a great success with parents/carers on the island. Our Peer Supporter, Karen, will be providing an “Introduction to Signing with your Baby” session this Tuesday at Arran High School as part of the usual group. Perfect week to come along and give it a go! 👍🏻👶🏻🤱🏻🤰🏻🥪☕