Our People, Our Place at Girvan Academy
The sun was out in Girvan on Saturday as around 1,500 people from the town and South Carrick celebrated the conclusion of the Council's Our People, Our Place initiative at a fantastic fun and information day.
The highly successful week long campaign – which saw the Council and a broad range of partners delivering services in a more joined-up way to make them more accessible to people and communities – culminated in a family fun day at Girvan Academy and Victory Park organised in partnership with Girvan Town Team.
Based around the theme of creating a safer, healthier and friendlier Girvan, there was a carnival atmosphere throughout the day as families took part in a range of fun activities which included climbing walls, roller disco and Girvan's very own 'It's a knockout' competition. Brakes, Fergusons Bakery, George Carruthers Fruit and Veg and GMC Corsehill provided free lunches and later in the day the Quay Zone opened its doors for a free pool party so everyone could cool down!
There were cooking demos and sporting taster sessions to encourage people to get active and eat healthier, as well as dedicated information on living with a disability and managing dementia.
There was also plenty of advice and support available as the Council and partners including NHS Ayrshire & Arran, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue and the voluntary sector took their services right into the heart of the community.
Throughout the week, adults in and around Girvan were able to access advice and support on money and debt management, health and wellbeing and employability and skills.
There was also support for children and young people with local schools hosting various services with advice on mental health, staying safe and employability.
South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Douglas Campbell, said: "I'm really happy with the way the people of Girvan and South Carrick have embraced Our People, Our Place. Throughout the week, we've seen lots of interest and engagement and the overwhelming response has been really positive, which tells us we're moving in the right direction.
"It shows that providing access to a range of services, focusing mainly on the schools as hubs, has been really worthwhile. The result is that a lot more people now realise the depth of support that's available to them – and how to get that support.
"We will continue to work with our partners and our communities to build on the success of the events in north Ayr and Girvan and South Carrick. We want to provide the right services to the people that need them in ways that remove as many barriers as possible.
"My thanks to everyone who helped make the week such a success and contributed to the longer term goal of improving service delivery for Our People and Our Places – hopefully it's only the start of things to come.
Irene Climie, Chair and Trustee of Girvan Town Team, said: "The Town Team was delighted to join South Ayrshire Council, the Health and Social Care Partnership and our many other partners to deliver this hugely successful event. Not only was it a great day out for everyone who came along, but it also gave us the opportunity to speak to local people and get their views and input into how we make Girvan and South Carrick safer, friendlier and healthier for everyone.
"This builds on work we're already doing that indicates that making our places dementia and disability-friendly has a positive impact on the whole community, which is really encouraging. My thanks to everyone who came along on Saturday - we'll be using all the feedback from the event to help develop a community action plan that will shape the bright and positive future we all want for our town and help ensure to we do become safer, friendlier and healthier."