Our People Our Place comes to Girvan this week
People in Girvan and South Carrick are set to benefit from easier and direct access to a wide range of public services this week.
Services are being delivered through a variety of community hubs as part of Our People Our Place – South Ayrshire Council's innovative approach to public service delivery. This is part of trying out how to deliver services in ways that people can access more easily and in a more joined-up way.
The programme, which runs from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 June, will see the Council and its partners provide advice and support on numerous topics – ranging from money and debt management to health and wellbeing and employability and skills – from buildings across Girvan, engaging with people right in the heart of the community.
Partners include NHS Ayrshire & Arran, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue and the voluntary sector.
It will culminate in a fantastic fun and information day – organised in conjunction with Girvan Town Team – that is open to everyone across Girvan and South Carrick.
Girvan's Our People Our Place kicks off with a fantastic day of fun and learning for parents and pupils at Girvan Primary, which sees the primary join forces with families from Sacred Heart Primary and Invergarven School. Activities will include learning about the human body, a party area, a chill-out zone and cooking/food demonstrations. A free lunch will also be provided to parents during a lunchtime 'marketplace' where services will be on hand with information, advice and support.
This joined-up approach continues throughout the week with partners working together to target support for young people at Girvan Academy, including – for example – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
Our People, Our Place finishes with a flourish on Saturday 9 June with a family fun day at Girvan Academy and Victory Park from 10am-2pm, offering great activities and something for everyone.
Kids are sure to have a blast at the roller disco, climbing wall, and the ever-popular 'It's a knockout'.
There will be taster sessions in archery, volleyball and basketball, encouraging people to get active and stay active. There will also be cooking sessions to promote health and wellbeing, while Girvan Town Team and others will be on hand with advice on living with a disability and managing dementia.
Our People, Our Place partners will also be in attendance to provide information, advice and support on a wide range of topics.
And the fun keeps going, with a free swimming after-party at The Quay Zone between 2pm and 4pm, ensuring Our People, Our Place finishes with a splash.
To make it as easy as possible to join the fun, there's free transport between Victory Park,
The Quay Zone and the Glendoune Centre, as well as community transport between Dailly and Girvan, and Barr and Girvan.
South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Douglas Campbell, said: "Taking Our People, Our Place to Girvan allows us to build on the success of our pilot in north Ayr while using the learning and experience from that to better tailor the services we put in place to improve how we connect with local people and communities in Girvan.
"One of the big things we're hoping to get out of this new approach is that people have a better idea of what services and support are available to meet their needs and know where to go to get that help when they need it. Pulling these services together in one place – like a school at the heart of the community – therefore makes perfect sense.
"We have a great programme in place for Girvan and I look forward to seeing it in action and, most importantly, seeing the difference it can make for our people and places. And the family fun day is the ideal way to end such a packed week and to showcase all the great partnership working that will have taken place over the course of the week.
"I have no doubt the people of Girvan and South Carrick will come out in force to support such a terrific event and support the partnership work underway to create a safer, friendlier and healthier Girvan and South Carrick."
Full details of Girvan's Our People, Our Place programme can be found at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/our-people-our-place.