Advocacy in South Ayrshire (Circles Network)
Adult Support & Protection
Tackling Learning Disability Hate Crime:
A collection of resources (pamphlets, videos etc.) to help tackle learning disability hate crime. Download here.
Disability Hate Crime - What to do guide
Easy Read Guide produced by Central Advocacy Partners
Ann Craft Trust
ACTing Against Abuse, safeguarding vulnerable adults and disabled children. ACT provides advice and training and undertakes research and campaigning.
South Ayrshire Council
South Ayrshire Council's guide to identifying and helping Adults at Risk of Harm.
Behaviour that Challenges
A BILD accredited training provider, offering high quality, effective services and training programmes to enable better organisational and individual responses to challenging behaviour, including aggression and violence from users of the human services.
Marketing for Community Enterprises (Community Catalysts)
You can apply for a CEA card which entitles your supporter to free entry to the cinema with you. Application forms should be available at participating cinemas or can be down loaded from here. The Odeon at both Ayr and Kilmarnock take part in this scheme.
Autism Friendly Screenings
Special screenings with low lighting, low volume, no trailers and other autism-friendly features take place about once a month at some Odeon cinemas. Kilmarnock Odeon takes part in this scheme.
Click here for forthcoming films
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs supports families across Scotland who are affected by alcohol or drugs misuse and raise awareness of the issues affecting them. They provide a free and confidential helpline on 08080 10 10 11 or you can get information by email at
Sibs represents the needs of siblings of disabled people. Siblings have a lifelong need for information; they often experience social and emotional isolation, and have to cope with difficult situations. They also want to have positive relationships with their disabled brothers and sisters and to be able to choose the role they play in future care.
Scotland's Voice for Epilepsy
Epilepsy Consortium Scotland
Association for Real Change. ARC is a membership organisation whose mission is to champion the development of high quality person centered services for everyone with a learning disability within the UK.
BILD helps develop organisations and individuals who offer support to make sure people with learning disabilities are supported with dignity and respect and can make choices and decisions about their lives.
The Keys to Life
The Keys to Life: improving quality of life for people with learning disabilities. The Scottish Governement's strategy for people living with learning disabilites.
The Learning Disability Coalition
The Learning Disability Coalition represents 15 learning disability organisations, and over 160 supporter organisations who have come together to form one group with one voice. They believe that people with a learning disability have the right to live independent lives, with the support that they need. They want to make sure that the Government provides enough money so that people with a learning disability have the same choices and chances as everyone else.
Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities (SCLD)
SCLD’s mission is to work in partnership with people with learning disabilities of all ages, and family carers, to challenge discrimination and to develop and share good practice. Their goal is an inclusive Scotland where everyone is valued and respected for who they are and what they contribute as equal citizens
Citizens Advice Bureau
Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can undertake benefits checks and give free independent advice about entitlements.
In Control Scotland
In Control Scotland’s mission is the transformation of social care into a system of self-directed support in Scotland so that people get more control over their support and their lives, and are able to fulfil their role as citizens.
Empower - Quality Support Counts
Empower is committed to supporting people who use social care services to transform their lives by planning and organising their own support.
Hansel's Guide to Personalisation
The Ayrshire Independent Living Alliance (AILN) is a user-led organisation which works to promote the principles of Independent Living and in particular, to assist people in Ayrshire who want use Self Directed Supports to take more control over the support they need.
DirectGov is a government website with information about all public services. It is a big site but well worth exploring
There is a section of the DirectGov site with information specifically for people with disabilities
DirectGov includes a list of Scottish Local Authorities with links to their websites and contact details.
The Social Care Ideas Factory
“Bringing fresh ideas to social care”, the Social Care Ideas Factory aims to improve networking and involvement within social care and drive social change and partnerships.
The Care Inspectorate
The independent regulator of social care and social work services across Scotland. The Care Inspectorate regulates, inspects and supports improvement of care, social work and child protection services for the benefit of the people who use them. The Care Inspectorate was formerly known as SCSWIS (Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland). The work of the Care Inspectorate was formerly carries out by the Care Commission.
You can find registration, quality grades and inspection details for Hansel services by entering ‘Hansel’ as the provider name on the Care Inspectorate’s Care Service List page
“Training with attitude and participation with passion.” Heartfelt are a training and consultancy organisation based in Scotland but working throughout the UK. Most of the people who work for Heartfelt are people who have experience of using social work or social care services or care for someone who does
Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS)
CCPS is the association of voluntary sector organisations providing care and support services in Scottish communities. Its membership comprises the majority of the leading national non-profit and charitable service providers in Scotland. Its mission is to identify, represent, promote and safeguard the interests of third sector and not-for-profit social care and support providers in Scotland, so that they can maximise the impact they have on meeting social need.
National Entitlement Card
If you have a disability and are resident in Scotland you could be entitled to free local and national bus travel with the National Entitlement Card. You may also be entitled to free train travel and, if you live on the islands, two free ferry journeys to the mainland each year. If you need support to travel you may be able to get a companion card to allow someone else to travel with you for free. See the Transport Scotland website or, if you live in Strathclyde the SPT website
A webpage designed to provide useful information for travellers with disabilities in Scotland
‘On demand’ bus services
SPT run MyBus a bookable bus service for people who can’t use regular bus services.. If you live outside the Strathclyde region you should check your local authority’s website for on demand transport services.
This scheme allows parking concessions for disabled drivers, or drivers with disabled passengers. It is administered by local authorities who can charge a fee. When using a Blue Badge you should make yourself aware of local restrictions – you can’t park everywhere and parking is not necessarily free
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