Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) have had a resounding success with the introduction of Allpay cards, which enables tenants to make payments to their rent or contents insurance through local stores and Post Offices. One ACHA tenant, Miss Ferguson who resides in Cowal Place commented “I can use the card at the local shop which is just round the corner. This means I can pay all of my bills in once place at the one time”Tenants can now make payments at a venue or time that is more convenient to their daily lives. A number of tenants previously had to make a journey to their local offices specifically to make a payment. As well as the new payment card, tenants can make payments using direct debits, standing orders, online through ACHA’s website: www.acha.co.uk or using ACHA’s Customer Service Centre Freephone number 0800 028 2755.
For information, support and advice relating to any aspect of volunteering or service provision within the volunatry sector in Argyll and Bute contact the Community Education Centre in Edward Street, Dunoon on 01369 700100. Or email Development on email@example.com or Youth on firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide person centred support and information; on helath issues, police, courts and legal procedures (should you choose to report)
Our helpline is open at selected times 7 days each week. The helpline number is o800 121 4685. For helpline opening times and additional information – please visit our websitewww.rapecrisiscentre-argyll-bute.org.uk Or young women and young men (13-18 yrs) can visit out Tessa website at www.tessaproject.co.uk Support e-mail email@example.com
AUTISM ARGYLL – ROVING AUTISM LIBRARY
Autism Argyll has a specialist library of books and videos which deal with various aspects of autism and Asperger’s syndrome. This resource will travel around the main libraries in Argyll and Bute and items can also be requested at any local library. For further information please contact Maureen Mackintosh, Autism Argyll on 01546 600004 or Karen Strutt at Library HQ on 01369 703214.
Thrive – nhs counselling service for non-offending male adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Your have survived, now its time to thrive. Sandyford Building, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock Contact us to book an appointment or for more information: 0141 211 8133 firstname.lastname@example.org
HOME START MAJIK
Home start Majik is a stand-alone community resource and charity that is managed locally offering consistent and quality support for parents and children. It is supported and affiliated by the national charity Home start UK which provides the local scheme the expertise, guidance and training of the strong national organisation, the scheme uses Home start UK’s monitoring and evaluation procedures. Home-Start offers a unique one to one, personalised and tailored but informal regular support service for parents with at least one child under eight . The aim of the scheme is to enable families to achieve independence from statutory services. The simple formula of volunteers from the community putting something back to help others from their community is one that clearly works well. Every family is special and we respond to each family’s needs through a combination of home visiting support, group work and social events packaged for the families individual needs. Home start aims to reach out to families who are at risk of social exclusion, who are geographically isolated and aims to include/support those who do not normally engage with other services. Home start Majik is the only service provider in the area that supports families with young children and with statutory services being scaled back it is needed more than ever.
Majik occupies an important role within a network of agencies, statutory and voluntary, which are committed to the welfare of families with children. Apart from the council this includes Community living and regeneration partnership, social inclusion partnership, childcare partnership and the locality arms of getting it right for every child, the public health network the family centres, early years development, local primary and secondary schools youth groups, drugs and alcohol partnerships all committed to joint working, women’s aid and rape crisis The current economic environment is likely to increase the need for the service provision and further cuts to council services will exacerbate this. We support parents to grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and to widen their links in the community. We offer consistent adult role models for parents/carers and children. We promote active citizenship by involving people in planning and provision of services We will promote their social confidence and self awareness and to encourage and help them to achieve their potential. (Some families lack confidence and self esteem and need continuous emotional support) We provide consistent, high quality services through monitoring and quality assurance. We aim to reduce isolation in the community for those who have no family support or friends nearby and be struggling to make friends
Home Start Majik have launched a new fundraising initiative offering locals in the communities they support in the chance to win money prizes. It is called the 100 plus club which allows up to 100 members to participate in the monthly prize draw. For an annual on off fee of £15, members will be entered in to the draw each month. The prizes each time are First £30 Second £2- and third £15. The first draw takes place on 30th April 2012. For your chance of winning a few extra pounds of the financial kind Please contact Dee Hancock on 07887 511 022 or send an email to her at email@example.com The areas that home start supports in are Mid Argyll, Jura, Islay, Kintyre, Cowal and Bute. If you would like support or know of a family that could us a helping hand or indeed you have a few hours to volunteer to help this worthy cause contact Dee
Learning Bytes are short, online courses, which you can undertake at a time and place suitable for you. there are over 600 learning topics, covering a wide range of topics. learning Bytes available can be seen in our Learning Bytes catalogue, or via the online directory at www.learningbytescatalogue.com which allows you to search by key word or by topic. Each learning byte provides you with a course descriptor and estimated time of completion, an example of some of the courses available include “Coping with Stress”, “Project Management”, “Know your Computer”, “Architectural Features” and “Dealing with Debt”. Contact the Argyll and Bute Volunteer Centre at Edward Street in Dunoon, forfurther information or to register for Learning Bytes. Tel: 01369 700100; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SHORT BREAK BUREAU
The British Red Cross is launching a valuable new service for people receiving care and those who look after them. Working in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council, the Red Cross is extending its Short Break Bureau to Dunoon and area to help service users find their ideal respite break.
The bureau is being launched on Monday (16 May), at 10.30am, with an open meeting for anyone interested in learning more about the service at the Red Cross Hall at 66 George Street, Dunoon. Bureau staff will advise on the range of breaks available and provide a personal service to help find the best option according to the needs of the individual.
Fiona Johnstone, senior manager for Red Cross Health and Social Care in Argyll, said: “This short break bureau will offer a personalised service to people in the Dunoon area who are carers or being cared for. “The service is aimed at all adults from the age of 18 upward, who have mental health issues, learning disabilities or physical disabilities. “We will be looking beyond the traditional form of respite breaks such as residential care and helping to match people with the type of break they want to have. We want to improve the range of short breaks available and to tailor them to the needs and aspirations of the individual. The breaks can vary in length from one night away to a maximum of two weeks.”
Referral to the Short Break Bureau will come through the Argyll and Bute Council’s social work department. The bureau will operate from the Red Cross premises at 116 East Princes Street, Helensburgh from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. To contact bureau staff, telephone 01436 672744 or email Lbarr@redcross.org.uk or Cmacdonald@redcross.org.uk