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Posted 20th - 22nd August 2017

Care Opinion - What's Your Story?  Visit the Care Opinion website and tell them what you thought of your recent health care experience.  They send your feedback to the right staff so that your story can make a difference to health services.  They promise that your story will be published on their website, will be seen by staff, will make a difference without anyone knowing who you are.  

Posted 16th August 2017

As the school term has started, Silver Cinema showings have returned to their 4 showings every week.  September showings will be:   Whisky GaloreGoing in StyleBeauty and the Beast, Their Finest, My Cousin Rachel

Posted 17-21 July 2017

Amy Kinnaird has passed the following two pieces of information which may prove useful to many.  

A retired GP (who is also an Oir Ayr members) 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 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.

Big Lottery Community Assets Award to The Ochiltree Community Hub 21st July 2017

Congratulations to this small group of people who have worked extremely hard to win a Big Lottery Fund Award to help them have a Community Hub.  They do need another £300,000 to reach their target and a diagram in their window in Ochiltree Main Street shows a coloured type of graph capturing their progress to date.  Details are attached of their £958,800 award

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.  


Posting for w/c 12.06.17

Thank you to Amy Kinnaird for forwarding the following two pieces of helpful information on S.I.S.G and Early Dementia Awareness.
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 - this link will take you directly there. 

Betty McDonald asks:   Is rain forecast?  Are you tired of looking at the same four walls?  Have you considered asking a couple of friends in for a “movie afternoon”?  I recently discovered that you can still rent a DVD from your local library for only £1 a day.  You can choose from lots of films, many of which are recent releases. If you'd like a recommendation, I recently borrowed “Eye in the Sky” starring Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman.   A UK-based military officer (Mirren) is in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya.  I have to admit it doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but I was soon sucked in to the story and found it utterly compelling viewing.  Why not live dangerously, splash out a pound and give it a go?   We would love to hear if anyone else has seen a film recently which they would recommend to fellow members.  Join South Ayrshire Library 

Plan your 'What shall we do today" by keeping in touch with the examples below:

"What's On" in South Ayrshire Council's information page   

"What's On" at The National Trust for Scotland

"What's On" at Dumfries House

"What's On in What's on Ayrshire

"Whats On" in Ayr Town Hall

"Whats On" at The Gaiety

Posting for 30th March 2017  

Craigengillan Estate & the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory (SDSO) and Planetarium.  Craigengillan was first established as an estate in 1611 as the seat of the McAdam family.  In 1757 John McAdam, the great engineer and innovator, took over the estate. He and his cousin, John Loudon McAdam, invented tarmac and became road and bridge builders.  When the estate changed hands in November 1999, the new owner, Mark Gibson, took down the ‘Keep Out’ signs and embarked on a policy of encouraging public access.  Craigengillan welcomes visitors from all walks of life.   Over 45,000 visitors now enjoy the unique beauty of this very special place each year.  OiR Ayr is priviliged and honoured to be associated with the Craigengillan and owner, Mark Gibson, who is a Patron of OiR Ayr.  

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is located within Craigengillan.  Please do not let another season go past without a visit (all visits to the SDSO must be pre-booked).  The website tells us the  SDSO occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. This publicly accessible educational observatory has some of the darkest skies in the UK and two large telescopes through which to observe the night sky.The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and Europe, and was award a Gold-tier status by the International Dark-Sky Association.  There you have it - a very quick summation to nudge you into activity. 

Age Scotland 'Advantage' magazine 

There's a wealth of information in this magazine which you may view online, or download it to read and refer to at your leisure  Download useful fact sheets too  Find out about 'Silver Line Scotland'', a free*, national helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, 24 hours a day, every day of the year - telephone them free on 0800 470 80 90.  *Some mobile phone operators may charge. 


This is a Voluntary Action South Ayrshire (VASA) project designed to deliver a competent and affordable community toenail cutting service in various locations in Ayr, Troon, Girvan and Maybole.  All foot carers have been trained by the NHS podiatry team and have learned the necessary skills to carry out basic foot assessment, nail cutting, filing and foot care advice.  There is a small charge of £8 per session for nail cutting and filing. People using the service will be issued with their own nail care kit (which includes quality nail clippers and a Diamond Deb® emery board) at a cost of £10.00 at their first appointment. This one-off-fee includes your nail cutting. 

Those who wish to continue to use the service will be asked to bring their nail care kit with them to each visit.  If you wish to make an appointment or would like more information, please contact 01292 281800 or email:

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