News & Events


Volunteers Week 2017






1-7 June 2017

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place on 1st – 7th June every year. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.

The Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT) organised their Annual Volunteer ‘OSCARS’ Awards Ceremony at the Lauriston Hotel on Wednesday 7th June 2017. This was an evening of celebration to recognise and reward the tremendous work of Volunteers here in North Ayrshire. We were fortunate to have Robert Somerville volunteer his services as compere for the night and Courtney Kirk volunteer her time to entertain our large audience of over 120 attendees to a few songs. We had over 50 Volunteers and Volunteer Teams receiving certificates on the night with seven category winners and the overall Most Inspiring Volunteer of 2017 picking up their trophy – the winners are detailed below:

· Tremendous Trustee Volunteer – Alan Bell from Scottish Centre of Personal Safety

· Long Standing Volunteer – Bob Lochhead from Scottish Maritime Museum *

· Support to the Community Volunteer – Shelley Elliott from Little Box of Distractions

· Environment and Conservation Volunteer – Bert Bettaney from Eglinton Community Garden

· Art, Culture and Heritage Volunteer – Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society

· Young Volunteers – Ardrossan Youth Association

· Health and Social Care Volunteer – Joint winners Yvonne Attwood from Saltcoats Link Up and Kenny Vallance from Recovery at Work

· Most Inspiring Volunteers of 2017 – Garnock Valley First Responders

Staff at The Ayrshire Community Trust would like to thank our sponsors of this year’s event, Cunninghame Housing Association and North Ayrshire Council – if it wasn’t for their continued sponsorship we wouldn’t be able to acknowledge the tireless effort of Volunteers in North Ayrshire. We would also like to thank Criminal Justice Services for the fantastic awards that they created for all our winners.

We would just like to say ‘Well Done’ to all Volunteers – without your contribution our communities wouldn’t be the same. You are all fantastic!

If you would like any more information or would like to discuss Volunteering please contact our office on 01294 443044 or drop us an email at

* Unfortunately Bob Lochhead wasn’t available to attend but he will be presented with his Award by staff at The Ayrshire Community Trust at a suitable date.

Volunteers Week Award Ceremony Nominations

June 1st – June 7th is Volunteers Week and we’d like you to help us celebrate by putting forward names for our annual awards ceremony.

This year the awards will be presented at a Celebratory Event at the Lauriston Hotel, 15 South Crescent Road, Ardrossan, KA22 8DY on Wednesday 7th June at 6.30pm.

Please visit and nominate your volunteers in any one of our six categories before or on Friday 19th May.

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” ― Sherry Anderson


The Scottish Government recognise that the local third sector infrastructure in Scotland is an important part of the landscape and they are focusing on how to improve and strengthen it.  As a first step, the Scottish Government commissioned an independent evaluation of the Third Sector Interface model and Voluntary Action Scotland.

Scottish Ministers have made it very clear that they want to increase the scale and pace of change, and have stated: “We need to disrupt current assumptions about delivery to get the best value for public money and the best outcome for everyone in Scotland”.  They acknowledge that the Third Sector has a crucial role to play in delivering change and they need your help to do it.  Hence the Scottish Government want all 32 TSI’s to discuss with their Third Sector partners and produce a report of the findings by 9th June, 2017.

You will play a key role in shaping a collaborative approach to the provision of services and delivery, both locally and nationally short, medium and long term.  It is crucially important that you have an opportunity to examine how the sector is structured and organised and to input your views. The Ayrshire Community Trust and Arran CVS as partners in the Third Sector Interface in North Ayrshire would invite you to have your say.

The Scottish Government have stated “Third Sector is no longer being seen as passive deliverers of public service outcomes but rather as co-producers, leaders in your fields, agents of change

Please visit our Downloads page and take the time to read the full Evaluation and please take a note of the Recommendations. We would like to capture your views on both the findings from the Evaluation and the Recommendations along with your ideas of how to make change happen in the short, medium and long term both locally and nationally.

Once you have had a chance to read the Evaluation please visit the link below and take the time to complete the short Survey Monkey by Friday 26th May 2017.

If you would like to discuss in more detail please feel free to contact the office on 01294 443044.

Community Empowerment Act Workshop



















Getting in on the Act – FREE workshops for community organisations on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act.

Wednesday 31st May 2017, at the Ayrshire Community Trust, Princes Street, Ardrossan.

10am – 1pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm (dependant on numbers)

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act is starting to come into effect, with most of the regulations and guidance now finalised.

This free workshop for community organisations is a chance to find out what the Act contains and how to make use of it in order to do the sorts of things you want to do as a community. The main focus will be on how community organisations can use ‘participation requests’ to start a dialogue with public bodies about things that matter to them.

The workshop will also introduce you to:

• New opportunities to be part of community planning processes in your local area

• Provisions around asset transfer and community right to buy

• Other parts of the Act such as changes to National Outcomes and duties for local authorities around community food growing

To book your space please telephone the office on: 01294 443044 by Friday 12th May.


T.S.I Monitoring Report

Our monitoring report for 2016/17 is now complete and has been submitted to the Scottish Government.

You can find it on our Downloads page.

Third Sector Conference 2017 – ‘Connecting the Sector’

The Third Sector Conference, hosted by The Ayrshire Community Trust and Arran CVS as the partners for the TSI North Ayrshire, took place on Thursday 30th March 2016, 10am – 2pm, in the Argyle Community Centre, Saltcoats.

The Conference began with the Leader of North Ayrshire Council, Joe Cullinane welcoming everyone and acknowledging the great work that happens throughout the 3rd Sector here in North Ayrshire. Delegates then had the opportunity to network with each other and browse the wide range of Stall Holders in attendance. Throughout the day the delegates were encouraged to attend the varied Presentations that also took place. This enabled delegates to find out more about a range of providers and also partake in a question and answering session. We were also fortunate to have various local and national Funders in attendance to offer advice, guidance and support about a range of funding streams that may have been of interest to the delegates attending.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Conference and provided feedback for future delivery. All suggestions will be taken on board before arranging our next Event.

You can read the evaluation of the event on our Downloads page.


Third Sector Conference 2017 – ‘Connecting the Sector’

The Third Sector Interface for North Ayrshire is holding a ‘Connecting the Sector‘ event for charities, community and voluntary groups within North Ayrshire.

We’d love for you to come along and get the chance to network with organisations and discover the range of projects and services they have to offer.


Argyle Community Centre

Campbell Avenue


KA21 5AG


Thursday 30th March 2017

10am – 2pm

Registration from 9:30am

Funders attending to offer information advice are:

Royal Bank of Scotland

North Ayrshire Council

The Big Lottery Fund

Tesco: Bags of Help

(More TBC)

If you are interesting in attending or hosting a stall please visit our Eventbrite page (link below) to book your tickets.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day.


PVG Scheme Information Workshop – Wednesday 15th March 2017

Call us on 01294 443044 to request a booking form.

Legal Advice Sessions – Tuesday 28th February 2017

Call us on 01294 443044 to request a booking form.

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Margie Moffat Legacy Fund

We’re pleased to announce that the second round of applications are now open for the Margie Moffat Legacy Fund.



Participatory Budgeting Event, Irvine – Sunday 6th November 2016


North Ayrshire Social Enterprise Surgery – Thursday 29th September 2016

All your questions about social enterprise answered and info on business support and funding.

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Eglinton Demonstration Garden – Open Day 3rd June 2016


Information Day

Please get in touch today to book your place.

Call us on 01294 443044

Information Day 19th January



Funding Fayre


Please get in touch today to book your place.

Call us on 01294 443044

Data Protection Workshops

Data Protection Workshops

Please get in touch today to book your place.

Call us on 01294 443044

Digital Media Workshops

Note: The workshops are now finished. Thanks to everyone who attended!

Are you interested in learning how to create your own movies?

In conjunction with the Ayrshire Youth Arts Network, The Ayrshire Community Trust are running a digital film-making course that will teach young people the skills for writing, directing and producing their own movies.

Aimed at young people aged 8 – 25 yrs, this FREE course is a creative and fun experience with the added bonus of your finished film being shown online at URTV and also the huge Town Centre TV screen at Irvine Bridgegate.

Please get in touch now to express your interest or just come along!

Call us on 01294 443044

People’s Health Trust Funding Workshops

The Ayrshire Community Trust in undertaking it’s functions of the TSI and in partnership with Arran CVS are working in partnership with the People’s Health Trust.

We are hosting four workshops to support organisations based in North Ayrshire to work up robust Stage 1 online applications to The People’s Health Trust Active Communities Funding Programme.

Are you a voluntary group focusing on people’s well-being?

Do you have a project that requires funding?

Do you fit the following criteria:

• You are non-profit

• Your income is less than £350,000 a year

• You have less than six months’ annual running costs in savings

• Your organisation is constituted and is more than three months old

To confirm eligibility please visit and follow the criteria checker and postcode map.

Please check your eligibility and contact us with any questions or to book on to one of the workshop dates below:

23rd July 1-4pm Presentation and overview then online application

29th July 1-4pm Presentation and overview then online application

5th August 1-4pm Presentation and overview then online application

10th August 1-4pm Presentation and overview then online application

These workshops will be held at our premises at:

The Ayrshire Community Trust

93 Princes Street


KA22 8DQ

01294 443044

Volunteers Week 2015

This year’s Volunteers Week takes place from Monday 1st to Sunday 7th June 2015.

We have a range of events taking place including:

Volunteer Recruitment Fayre

The Ayrshire Community Trust, as part of the Third Sector Interface, are holding a free Volunteer Recruitment Fayre in the Volunteer Rooms, Irvine on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 from 10am – 2pm.

This event showcases a wide range of organisations and gives information on the services they provide. It will give people the chance to browse a large range of volunteering opportunities available throughout North Ayrshire.

Please come along and join us in a relaxed ‘carousel style’ event where you can have an informal chat with the Stall Holders in attendance who are seeking volunteers. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer Awards Ceremony

We’ll be hosting our annual awards ceremony on Monday 1st June 2015 at 6.30pm in the Ardrossan Civic Centre. This evening is dedicated to the recognition of the many volunteers who give their time and provides an opportunity for organisations to say thanks.


Please get in touch today to book your place.

Call us on 01294 443044