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Information and Advice Services in South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Council provides comprehensive information and advice services for local residents Please find below a link to an e-brochure (which can also be downloaded below as a PDF) giving information and guidance for residents on how to access the wide range of advice services available:

South Ayrshire Council Information and Advice Services

The brochure includes information on how to access:

  • Impartial welfare benefits and money and debt  advice from our  Information and Advice Hub, including tribunal representation;
  • Crisis Grants;
  • Food bank Vouchers;
  • Community Care Grants;
  • Blue Badges;
  • Free School Meal and Clothing Grants;
  • Council Tax Reduction and Housing Benefit.


For more information, please call 0300 123 0900 or  contact

Download the brochure in PDF format »

Tenant participation newsletters

South Ayrshire Council publish a Tenant Participation Newsletter every quarter. The Spring 2019 newsletter can be downlaoded here.

Also, previous newsletters can be found on the South Ayrshire Council website »

SEEAYR, A pamphlet by Robert Bennie

Robert Bennie is a child of the fifties, a Glaswegian by birth and Honest Man by upbringing. Robert lived for many years almost within earshot of the Kelvingrove organ and enjoyed the many artistic treasures of City of Glasgow, the world class city archives of the Mitchell Library and the treasures of the Burrell collection. Robert is of course everyman.

Download the pamphlet ‘A visit to Ayr in 2030’ here »

The Ayrshire Link of Chernobyl Children's Lifeline

The Ayrshire Link of Chernobyl Children's Lifeline raises funds to support the children of Ukraine and Belarus, whose lives will be forever affected by the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

The charity helps the children by providing holidays, medical treatment, and ongoing support and will be bringing a group of girls from the Ukraine to Ayrshire at the end of June.

The charity is looking for your help by asking for donations of clothing and items that will help the girls get the most out of their visit.

Items that they particularly need include unused PJs, pants, socks, t-shirts, leggings, hairbrushes, and hair bobbles - suitable for girls aged 9-14.

Items can be left at the collection point at South Ayrshire Council, County Buildings, Ayr KA7 1DR during normal office opening hours.

The deadline for donations is Friday 21 June so that the items can be ready to be handed over when the girls arrive.

Thanks in advance for your support.

South Ayrshire Council's online brand new newspaper

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FreshAyr Creative Aspiration

Information on the FreshAyr project.

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Download the SPIRE information leaflet »

EConstruct and Design — Seafield House

EConstruct and Design purchased Seafield House 3 years ago and no renovations have started. Planning discussions have taken place for development of the house and new houses in the grounds. The Community Council is concerned that the building is falling into more disrepair.

Residents are also concerned who is responsible for maintenance of the wall around the grounds. This affects houses in Arrol Drive and Auchendoon Crescent particularly.

The Community Council understands that the Health Board was responsible for maintenance of the wall but if there is to be sales of housing plots, who is to be responsible? The Community Council has written to the developers asking for an update and clarification.

If any residents have concerns please email us and we shall raise with the developer.

Representing Community Councils

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A website for anyone interested in community councils as well as both new and experienced community councillors. The site has up to date information on news, events, guidance, and grants that are related to community councils as well as advice on how to be a community councillor.

Join the Scottish Community Councillors Development Network Knowledge Hub Group.

A friendly group aimed at enabling community councillors to share questions, ideas and good practice about running a community councils. This group is open to anyone with an interest in community councils.

Follow us on Twitter: @ScottishCCs for networking and news about community councils.

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Riverside Community Trust

The new website and facebook page for Riverside Community Trust are now live.

View the website here »

View the facebook page here »

In 2001, local residents formed the Friends of St John's Tower group to take this landmark of Ayr under their wing and grow community pride. Their new website can be seen at

See their videos about the tower here.

Children from Newton Primary School enjoyed a trip to St.John’s Tower.
Children from Newton Primary School enjoyed a trip to St.John’s Tower.
The children and staff had a great time and reported the outing as a big success. The children were intrigued and excited exploring the Tower. Thanks to Peter and Yolanda McCall for organising and Judith Paterson for assistance. Thanks also to Bill and Agnes Grant for making the tennis pavilion available.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Singleton , SAC

South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership has drafted a new Strategy and Implementation Plan to support adults in South Ayrshire with Mental Health issues.

We have been asked to raise awareness of the draft strategy for people to read, comment on and complete the online survey.

The Strategy has been developed with support and assistance from Health Improvement Scotland and covers the period 2017-22.

The full draft strategy and a summary version can accessed by clicking on this link

The online survey can be access here:
take the survey »

South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership - Draft Learning Disability Strategy for 2017-23

We have been asked to raise awareness of the draft strategy for people to read, comment on and complete the online survey.

The strategy has been designed to ensure that organisations operating in South Ayrshire are able to meet the principles set out in the National Strategy for Learning Disability - “The Keys to Life.” Given this, the Health and Social Care Partnership has agreed local outcomes in keeping with the national approach and an Implementation Plan to deliver against these outcomes.

The full strategy, a summary version and support information and evidence can accessed by clicking on this link

The online survey can be access here:
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New Police Scotland Public Consultation Survey. Your View Counts in Ayrshire.

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The Scottish Community Councils website ( has been redesigned and relaunched. Could you please pass the following information to community councillors?

The redesign is the result of a wish to create an improved website for community councillors and for people interested in community council work to find up-to-date information and advice. The new website has a more inviting visual appearance and provides a clearer structure, which makes the site easier to navigate and the information more accessible to users.

The new site also introduces new features, such as:

  • An improved community council location finder based on open data from the local authorities. The location finder will provide easy access to finding any Scottish community council, with all community council boundaries being available for the first time in a single online and searchable map. As an extra feature the map will also make it possible to see live Public Information Notices through data from The application has been created especially by the Improvement Service's Spatial Information Programme.
  • A dialogue area, where guest editors will be given a voice on community council issues. This area will be linked with the Knowledge Hub Community Council group and further discussion will be encouraged in the forum of this group
  • An event calendar to highlight any events relevant to community councils.
  • New channels to create networks for community councillors, including highlighting the CC twitter accounts, links and info about the Community Council Knowledge Hub group, a regular newsletter.
  • A new well-defined link section for the site to provide a portal to other relevant organisations.

The new website is going to be a live and changing website and a central place for information for community councils. The site already has a variety of useful resources to help with anything from planning to community engagement, and onwards there will be an emphasis on creating even richer content with more showcases of the fantastic work being done by community councils across Scotland. In collaboration with community councillors and other organisations, we will create more online guidance and help for current community councillors with a focus on becoming a genuine portal for all community councillors in Scotland.

We welcome and appreciate all feedback. We want the website to be a resource community councillors will want to come back to, so please let us know if you find any errors, if there is anything you feel is missing, if there's anything you would like to see, or anything you feel could be made better. email me at


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