Circles Advocacy in South Ayrshire

Circles NetworkDownload their leaflet



Adult Support & Protection

Tackling Learning Disability Hate Crime: 
Resources Guide

Tackling Hate CrimeA collection of resources (pamphlets, videos etc.) to help tackle learning disability hate crime.  Download here.


Disability Hate Crime - What to do guide

Disability Hate CrimeEasy Read Guide produced by Central Advocacy Partners



Ann Craft Trust

ACTing Against AbuseACTing Against Abuse, safeguarding vulnerable adults and disabled children. ACT provides advice and training and undertakes research and campaigning.

South Ayrshire Council

South Ayrshire CouncilSouth Ayrshire Council's  guide to identifying and helping Adults at Risk of Harm.



Behaviour that Challenges

CALM Training®

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.




Supporting You at College

Supporting You at CollegeA guide for young people with additional needs on support in Scotland’s further education colleges. This page also contains links to colleges and local authorities.




Marketing for Community Enterprises (Community Catalysts)

Community CatalystsDownload their booklet.





CEA Card

CEAYou 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 & DrugsScottish 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


SibsSibs 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.




Epilepsy Scotland

Scotland's Voice for Epilepsy

Epilepsy Consortium Scotland

The Consortium is a new collaboration of organisations and individuals in Scotland coming together to highlight epilepsy issues.  You can download their flyer and membership list



Learning Disabilities


Association for Real ChangeAssociation 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. 


BILDBILD 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

Keys to LifeThe 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

Learning Disability CoalitionThe 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)

Scottish Consortium for Learning DisabilitiesSCLD’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 ScotlandIn 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

Our own Guide to Personalisation and download.


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.



Public Services


Government UKDirectGov 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

Local Authorities

DirectGov includes a list of Scottish Local Authorities with links to their websites and contact details. 



Social Care

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

Accessible travel

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.

Blue Badge scheme

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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