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Park School kicks off this year's Schools Programme

Seven pupils from Kilmarnock's Park School participated in week long work experience placements in our supported businesses. This gave them valuable experience in the workplace to help ready them for the world of work. Read more

Calling All Artists

We are inviting leading Scottish artists to take part in Hansel’s next Little Paintings Art Event. Read more

Golf Day 2014

Sadly the sun didn’t make an appearance at our 20th Golf Spectacular on Thursday 1st May, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of our keen golfers who all had a great day! Read more

Lots of Muddy Fun in Aid of Hansel!

Wow! What a day we had on Saturday 3rd May at the Mud Run Mayhem with more than 240 people coming along to show their support and raise a fantastic £6500!
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Hansel / Ayrshire Hospice exchange visits.

Tracey and Marion were the first to take part in a series of exchange visits between Hansel and the Ayrshire Hospice. This exciting development brings two established local charities together to the benefit of both organisations and the people they support: partnership working at its best! Read more

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The Baird Centre is open!

What a fantastic day we had today! The last Friday in April has been designated as Hansel Day and this year it was marked with the official opening of our Space at the Baird Centre. Michael Baird, whose family's generosity planted the seed which grew into this fantastic new community resource, joined our Practice Development Director, Blanche Nicolson, to cut the ribbon. Read more

Hansel Psychic Night

What a great night we had on Thursday at the Hansel Psychic Night at Prestwick Indoor Bowling Club raising £1060! Read more

Step Into Spring 2014

What a great 2 days we had at Lochgreen for our annual Ladies event Step Into Spring, raising a fabulous £3,839! Read more

Supper Club Easter Creations

Supper Club members Norma Prince and Sandra David were on hand last night, at our bi-monthly Supper Club to impress the ladies with their sugar craft creations made from a simple cream egg! Read more

Kingcase Players Coffee Morning

On Saturday 8th March, the Kingcase Players of Kingcase Church in Prestwick held a coffee morning in aid of Hansel, raising an amazing £581! Read more

Carers Legislation Consultation Events

As you may be aware, the Scottish Government is currently consulting on proposed new Carers Legislation which aims to ‘accelerate the pace of change’ so that more carers across Scotland receive the support they need to safely carry out their caring role, and to have a life outside of caring. Read more

J P McLaughlin Art Donation

Established artist J P McLaughlin has furthered his support of Hansel by generously donating 35% of the sale price of one original work of art every month. Read more

Our Space

The latest additions to the album. Read more

Adam Ingram Visit

We were delighted to welcome local MSP, Adam Ingram, back to Hansel last month. He came to find out about our Employment Services activities and about our enterprising plans to sustain Ayrshire’s only recognised supported businesses through the anticipated withdrawal of DWP funding in October 2015. Read more

She's Gotta Have It

Cocktails, canapés and couture - what a night we all had at Elliot's last week! Read more

Our Space at the Baird Centre - Album Updated Again!

Things are moving on apace! Everything is coming together for the launch on Hansel Day, 25th April. Read more

East Ayrshire Employment Fair

Cathy Jamieson (MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun) hosted an Employment Fair organised in partnership with the Department for Work & Pensions, Skills Development Scotland, East Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Council of Voluntary Organisations and Ayrshire College on the 20th February 2014. Read more

Our Space at the Baird Centre - Album Updated

Apologies for being so very remiss in not keeping you up to date with developments at the Baird Centre. The album has now been updated but watch this space for further photos as we run headlong towards the grand opening! Read more

Bridgend Group Ladies Night

It was a great night at the Bridgend Groups Ladies Night in aid of Hansel last week. Everyone had a fabulous time, raising a fantastic £299 for Hansel. Read more

Bonspeil 2014

A great day was had by all at the Charity Bonspeil in aid of Hansel. Read more

Get Away!

Our short break brochure is winging its way to all local authorities in Scotland marking a significant expansion in the availability of these unique supported holidays. Read more

Short Story Competition 2014

We held our first short story competition last year, as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations. We were overwhelmed by the level of enthusiasm and the standard of the entries received, and have decided to make it an annual event. Read more

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Blanche Nicolson, our Practice Development Director, on winning the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award 2014! Read more

Gordon Cree Goes Down A Treat!

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon lunch with the multi-talented Gordon Cree this week, he truly is an amazing all round entertainer!
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Hazel's Sponsored Slim

Our very own Hazel Hunter, Acting Service Manager of our Lifestyle Supports service is doing a sponsored slim to raise money for Hansel! Read more

Robert Burns Humanitarian Award

Blanche Nicolson, our Practice Development Director, has been shortlisted for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award. This award recognises those who have saved, improved or enriched the lives of others or society as a whole through personal self-sacrifice, selfless service or 'hands-ons' charitable work. We certainly think Blanche fits the bill! Read more

Our 50th Year Draws to a Close

It has been a whirlwind year of celebration events across Hansel. Read more

Trellis comes to Broadmeadows

We were proud to welcome Trellis, Scotland's Therapeutic Gardening Network on the 6th of December. Read more


To mark 50th anniversary our Central Services held a Thanksgiving celebration Hansel-style. Read more