Community groups seeking support

The table below shows current South Ayrshire based community groups that are seeking support. The below list can be a useful guide to contracted suppliers to help provide ideas of what projects South Ayrshire currently has in the pipeline therefore helping the contracted suppliers to determine what they can offer to achieve completion of their compulsory or voluntary Community Benefits, as stated in their contract.

The below table will be updated monthly and will also be sent out to all contracted suppliers bi-annually.

Community requests
Girvan FC run 2 walking football sessions a week for people aged 50 and over. They currently have 30 people attending. The fitness level of some of the over 50's has improved so much that they now play 'normal running' 5-a-sides on a Sunday evening. In order to encourage more activities such as relaxed walking football, relaxed rugby, handball and cycling the group require funding to help cover the cost of hiring facilities, coaches and to purchase equipment.
Prestwick Afterschool Care (PAC) is a registered charity providing a childcare service before and after school for children in the Prestwick area. Around 100 local families use the service and the 7 members of staff provide the children with a welcoming, fun environment to play games, help with homework and breakfast for those who need it. PAC needs funding to cover their running costs and continue to offer this important service.
St Leonards Bridge Club is a group of elderly people who meet regularly to play Bridge at St Leonards Church. The group through their love of playing Bridge tackles social isolation and brings elderly members of the community together. They group are trying to raise funds to purchase a BridgeMate system which means that all scores will be recorded electronically. They have received £750 from Wee Grants for Wee Groups but are still £750 short to buy all the equipment needed.
Coylton Community Association provide activities for all age groups within the community. They support local businesses and groups to hold classes and provide an affordable cost for these. The association would like funding to help them to erect a Perspex roof between 2 walls and create a door frame and door to provide much needed storage area.
The Rotary Club of Ayr is a voluntary organisation and registered charity. The volunteers work to continually improve The Ayrshire Coastal Path, which is now listed as a major Ayrshire tourist attraction. They have just completed their 14th year of the Annual Rotary Beach Clean, which keeps 19 miles of beaches clear of rubbish (from Girvan to Troon) and thereby greatly enhances the enjoyment and pleasure for walkers on the Ayrshire Coastal Path. The volunteers would like funding to improve the signage for the walkers and replace signs that have been lost, damaged, or become illegible to sun-fading.
Belleisle Conservatory Limited Group protects and manage the historic Belleisle Conservatory on behalf of the local community. The group led on the renovation of the conservatory and now, with the support of committed volunteers, it is open to the public 7 days a week for free, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the beauty of plants. The group would like to install portable toilets close to the conservatory to improve facilities for their visitors – many are elderly or very young. The group would like to request support from contractors who could supply the toilets or make a financial contribution to their cost.
Brushstrokes would like to continue providing people with Mental Health illness an art space to help with their mental health conditions. This project gives people a place to come to while waiting on lists to see professionals within the mental health services. The group has been running for over 5 years and helped over 2,000 people. This project helps to reduce isolation, helps people to structure their week, builds confidence, helps with social anxiety, and social inclusion, and reduce stigma. Funding would help towards the cost of hall fees.
North Ayr The Gither builds meaningful relationships with those living in North Ayr and provides activities for those living in the area. They do this by offering an After-School Club for kids who attend Dalmilling Primary and ‘Wild Rhythm’ music for adults with learning disabilities. They also provide mentoring to some pupils at Dalmilling Primary and adults in the early stages of their recovery journeys. As well as this they organise various events throughout the year. The ‘Wild Rhythm’ music group has proved very successful. The group sees around 80 people (carers and those with learning disabilities) attend each week. Of those who attend there are around 10 who are in wheelchairs. Sadly, there are no disabled toilets on the premises. The Church does not have the financial resources to make the necessary amendments, and it is unlikely that this will change any time in the near future. Also, they would like to offer additional activities to those with additional support needs, so it is necessary that they get some support in order to achieve their goals and provide the best service to those in whom we serve.
South Ayrshire Active Schools - Their aim is to increase opportunities for children and young people to get active and stay active through a range of innovative and exciting projects together with their volunteer network. They would like to provide disadvantaged families with sport/activity packs to allow them to participate at home when often equipment is a barrier. Through providing bags of equipment for targeted families they hope to provide them with the resources to support their physical and mental health.
Newton Tenants & Residents Association - This group represent the interests of tenants and residents living on York Street and the surrounding area of Newton. Newton TRA is run by a committee of volunteers who work with the Council and other partners to improve facilities and opportunities available to local people. Newton TRA is requesting a funding contribution or practical support to upgrade their local play park. There are very few facilities available for families and young people to play safely in the area. The plan is to install new fencing, soft surfaces and play equipment to provide a modern, fun space for young people to enjoy.
Dundonald Community Sports, Recreation and Heritage Association - This group provide recreational facilities and organisation of recreational activities to support community integration and cohesion. They would like financial support to purchase a Line Marker to line out the football pitch at a cost of £329.
South Ayrshire Toy Bank - The aim of this group is to alleviate the poverty experienced by children at Christmas by distributing donated toys via a referral system. Due to Covid, lots of their usual funding activities (events, collection tins etc) have been curtailed and so they are looking for other ways to fund the Toy Bank. Their aim is to relieve the effects of poverty on children and families by providing a pack with an age appropriate gift, a pair of pyjamas, wrapping paper and sellotape. They know that around 5,000 kids are experiencing the effects of poverty across our council area and last year they managed to help 1,708. This year they hope to do more, but it obviously depends on getting sources of funding in place. They operate a referral system the same as the Food Bank and this allows them to keep their admin to a minimum.
Vics in the Community - Whitletts VICs In the Community is the charitable arm of Whitlett’s VICS FC. VIC’s are based in North Ayr and aims to offer opportunities for young people and adults through football. VICS offer free football through community football programmes and holiday meals football programmes. In 2018 VICS became a registered charity and now have organised teams from 5 years old through to adult teams. More recently during the Covid response, VIC’s provided support to SAC and delivered free football coaching sessions at the key worker hubs during lockdown. In addition to this VIC’s donated meals to Dalmilling and Braehead Primary and delivered to people in the community during lockdown. VICS’s are currently in discussions with SAC regarding the asset transfer of the Astro Pitch and pavilion located at Whitletts Activity Centre to create a community hub. VIC’s would be interest to know if there are any community benefits such as funding or construction support that they could apply for.

Anyone looking to assist with any of the above projects please contact Marion Young, Community Planning Officer within South Ayrshire Council