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Other help for service users and carers

Healthcare information and support - NHS inform

NHS inform is Scotland's National Health Information service providing information and advice on medical conditions, common health queries, NHS services, national campaigns and links to local NHS board websites.

Have your say - advocacy services

If you find it difficult to get your point across you could benefit from having someone to speak on your behalf. This is called advocacy. Advocacy can help you get your voice heard and give you more control over how services fit around your wishes and aspirations.

Advocacy organizations include Aims Advocacy and Community Housing Advisory Project (CHAP).

Befriending services for older people

The Community Led Action and Support Project (CLASP) based in Stevenston runs a befriending service for older people called the HOPE project. The project aims to reduce social isolation and financial exclusion by pairing older people with a volunteer befriender. The befriender will help by:

  • providing information and advice
  • keeping the person company
  • helping to maximise income
  • encouraging participation in social activities.


The Community Employment Initiative (CEIS) helps the long term out of work get back into employment. They help with:

  • job searches
  • CVs
  • access to training
  • interview preparation

Support for carers

The North Ayrshire Carer's centre in Irvine working with Unity Enterprise is a hub for advice and support on all aspects of caring.

Support for volunteers

Based in Princes Street Ardrossan, the Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT) works to help community organisations and the volunteers that work within them to grow and develop.