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A retired GP (who is also an Oir Ayr member) spoke at the Speakers meeting held in Newton Wallacetown Church Hall on 18th July 2017 about Message in a Bottle.  He had brought along a pack of Message in a Bottle from the Rotary Club.  If you happen to live alone, this is a wee plastic bottle with a green cross to put in your fridge which holds a form detailing your medication and contact numbers.  It's recommended that you stick the green cross sticker on the inside of your door so that ambulance crew etc. realise that your details can be found in the bottle in the fridge.  Amy Kinnaird recalls having had one since another meeting in the Town Hall in 2003, so it's obviously been a successful venture.  Read more about Message in a Bottle here.

NEW GREEN GYM AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AYR & AILSA:  Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA) has asked us to raise awareness of this new concept which may prove beneficial to our members.  Please read the documentation attached, which also includes contact information.  

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S.I.S.G. (Sensory Impaired Support Group) charity:  Improving Participation and Developing Coping Strategies for Older People with Sensory Disability.  Were you aware that if you are age 50+ you can visit the FREE SERVICE at drop in centre at SISG Resource & Information Centre, Suite 5 Beresford Court, 6/8 Beresford Lane, Ayr KA7 2DW every Monday & Wednesday  10am-12 noon or the Book & Bun, New Market Street, Ayr on the second Thursday of every month from 2-3pm to get:

  • hearing aid batteries
  • cleaning of your mould
  • your tubing renewed
  • advice and assistance on sight and/or hearing loss
  • signposting and onward referral

SISG provides support and information to thousands of deaf, hard of hearing and visually impaired people who otherwise would miss out on valuable and important information and support – support that is specifically geared to the individual by caring, professional staff and volunteers. There are various hubs scattered around ie, Ayr (2), Cumnock, Girvan, Largs, Fenwick, Stewarton (2), Millport, Troon, Barassie, Galston, West Kilbride, Ballantrae, Prestwick, Kilmaurs and Kilmarnock and useful information can be found on the SISG website - Tel: 01292 266791 - Email:  Some information leaflets available below.

Skills for hearing     Skills for seeing training     Help & advice hubs     Participate support groups     SISG volunteer

Resource & Information Centre

AGE SCOTLAND Early Stage Dementia Project:  93,000 people in Scotland have dementia, a number expected to rise steeply over coming years.  Dementia is a serious topic, but that doesn't mean that learning about it can't be fun.  In fact learning, that's enjoyable, is more likely to be remembered.  That's why Age Scotland has designed workshops so that everyone can join in and have fun.  Free dementia awareness workshops for Age Scotland Member Groups, of which OiR Ayr is one.  The workshops cover:

  • Dementia - what it is, its early signs and symptoms
  • How to communicate with and include someone who has early stage dementia
  • How to reduce the risk of getting dementia
Short workshop (60-90 minutes) Ideal for speaker slots at group meetings - up to 32 participants.

Long workshop (2½ hours) Ideal for volunteers in more formal roles and staff members - up to 16 participants.

Tel: 0333 323 2400 or email  You will find lots of helpful information and advice on the Early Stage Dementia Project on the Age Scotland website.

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