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They say charity begins at home and we’re proud to support eight very worthy local organisations as our official Council charities.

Ayr Housing Aid

Ayr Housing Aid Centre, located at 7 York Street, Ayr, was established in 1987, it is a registered charity helping South Ayrshire residents with housing problems.

A major part of the Centre's work is to provide advice, information, advocacy, representation and tenure sustainment for people who are homeless or are threatened with homelessness.

People can call at Ayr Housing Aid Centre, telephone 01292 288111 or email or at

Chernobyl Children

The charity was founded in 1992 to raise money to support the children of Belarus, whose lives will be forever affected by the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. The charity provides recuperative holidays, medical treatment, and ongoing support for the innocent victims of the world's worst nuclear disaster - the children of Belarus and Ukraine.

The Ayrshire Link, with a growing band of people from all over Ayrshire working towards improving the lives of the Chernobyl children they make a real difference. Local businesses, clubs, schools, tourist attractions and individuals have raised money, donated clothes, and worked tirelessly to help the children who have visited Ayrshire.


The PDSA cares for the thousands of sick and injured pets across the UK. The organisation relies solely on public support and receives no HM Government or National Lottery funding donations help to ensure that they have PetAid hospitals, veterinary staff and medicines to enable them to treat the thousands of sick and injured pets we see each day.

Find out more about PDSA at

Riverside Care and Share

Riverside Care and Share is for people who are homeless, have been homeless or are vulnerable to homelessness. At the heart of Care and Share is a weekly drop-in every Wednesday 2-4.30pm at Riverside Church (next door to the Job Centre Plus) on John Street, Ayr. Here they provide a great meal, the opportunity to make new friends and to find out all about their various activities.

Find out more about Riverside Care and Share at

RNLI (Troon and Girvan)

The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea. The volunteers provide an on call search and rescue service 24 hours a day 365 days of year.

The brave volunteers of the lifeboat stations at Troon and Girvan provide a service to everyone who passes through the waters along the coast of South Ayrshire and beyond. Whether it is a rescue at sea, at a river or helping with serious flooding in towns they are always there.

The charity relies on funding from the public to support the invaluable work it carries out, find out more at


Each year SeAscape helps around 180 households to find suitable affordable accommodation and provide on-going housing support. It provides a rent deposit guarantee scheme, tenancy support and a befriending service. Since 1999, it has helped people aged sixteen and over who are in housing need and wish to rent a property from a private landlord but do not have the deposit.

People already in a local authority property can apply for help, but first they must contact South Ayrshire Housing Offices to arrange a Housing Options Interview. The Council can then refer people to SeAscape for an appointment. You can contact SeAscape on 01292 611600 or call at their offices in Kyle street, Ayr.

If you are not accommodated by the local authority or are in a private let, you can make a self referral to SeAscape's Main Street office on 01292 290035 or at

South Ayrshire Women's Aid

Women's Aid is the national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year. It works to end violence against women and children, and support over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.

More than two women per week are killed by current or ex-partners, and one in four women in the UK experience domestic violence in their lifetime, so the work they carry out is vital.

Domestic abuse knows no boundaries it can happen in poor households and rich ones, to women and children of all ages. Men can also be victims of domestic abuse.

Find out more at

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Last updated: 30 August 2016

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