The Nest – Cumnock

We and are delighted to share exciting news about plans for a new wellbeing hub in Cumnock at the former Bakehouse – 12 Kilnholm Place. The Nestwill be developed alongside local people, and supported by CVO East Ayrshire, Corra Foundation and What Matters to You.

The Nest will provide a welcoming space at the heart of the community. The “your community, your choice, your voice” approach we have adopted will encourage a better sense of togetherness locally and help create a community led space that is built around people’s strengths, interests, and aspirations.

Securing this space has demonstrated that community voice has been heard. There is an incredible energy behind this idea, and it is so important that local people are driving change they can really connect with. Creating a safe place for people to feel at home, feel loved and listened to will be invaluable. Together we can take care of each other.” (Natalie)

This home from home’ will offer a Camerados style area and kitchen downstairs, a large, dedicated wellbeing space on the first floor, and informal spaces throughout the building for people to relax, connect with others or gain support if needed.  https://www.camerados.org

We would like to thank the Scottish Government who supported this project by awarding the funds to purchase the property.  Moving forwards, the partnership will look to secure a funding package to fully renovate the building, with any works completed within an estimated 18-month timeframe.  .http://cvoea.co.uk/the-nest-cumnock/

CVO East Ayrshire manages and delivers services for the community including:

Ayrshire East Foodbank

Feeding local people in crisis. Donations can be handed in at:

Open Doors Community Hub, 11-15 Old Irvine Road, Kilmarnock

Monday to Friday between 10 am and 3.30 pm.

For more information, please call 01563 550951.


Cleaning with a Conscience

Offering domestic, commercial and hoarding cleaning services.

If you are considering using Cleaning with a Conscience there are two ways to contact us.

By Telephoning 01563 574000 or see our page for further details.

Our new information leaflet and referral forms are also available for download>>


Open Doors is a Community Hub

In the heart of Kilmarnock town centre which provides a safe place where people can access
a wide range of activities and supports aimed at providing health and social benefits,
improving life chances and signposting to opportunities within the community.

For more information please call 01563 550951.

Open Doors Community Hub, 11-15 Old Irvine Road, Kilmarnock KA1 2BD


The Graft Project

A range of gardening services to support tenancies.

For more information, please call 01563 574000.



Social enterprise restaurant, venue, and community digital hub delivering good food, retail,
entertainment, training, and telehealthcare in the heart of Kilmarnock on West George Street.

For more information, please call 01563 594600.


Door 2 Door – Catering with a Conscience

Our Social Enterprise Restaurant WG13, on West George Street, Kilmarnock has been delivering freshly prepared frozen meals from November 2020. This has been proving as an essential service for those experiencing difficulties accessing or cooking meals.

Please visit our page for our Door 2 Door Menu, Registration, and Order forms or call 01563 594600.


Positive Destinations @ WG13

Award-winning Social Enterprise supporting children and young people to develop skills, confidence, and self-belief.

We plan to have our double-decker catering bus serve great food, provide opportunities, and raising aspirations.

We will attend local and national community events, a unique venue for special events.

For more information call WG13 on 01563 594600.

Feet 1st

Feet 1st is a low-cost toe nail cutting service, managed by The CVO East Ayrshire for anyone
who is unable to cut their own toenails.

It is delivered by the service team leader, who manages a team of volunteers, all of whom
have undertaken appropriate training and are supported by the NHS Podiatry Team.

For more information, please call 01564 574000.



CVO East Ayrshire is the main contact for Volunteering within East Ayrshire. If you are an organisation and you would like to advertise a volunteering opportunity, or if you are interested in volunteering please contact our Partnership Manager Jacob Hodge on 01563 574000 or email Jacob.Hodge@cvoea.co.uk

Find us on Facebook @VolunteeringCVOEastAyrshire


Our Wee Place Shortlees

A community-based project in Shortlees (Kilmarnock) to involve local people in new activities.

For more information, please call 01563 259058


Digital Hub

Pro-active peer support for East Ayrshire Seniors including ConnectCall telephone service for older people.

For more information, please call 01563 594600.


Shop Social with CVO East Ayrshire

Our online store encompasses three of our Social Enterprise ventures.

Little Shop Big Stories on Bank Street Kilmarnock is our Retail Store that stocks Social Enterprise and Fair Trade gifts from suppliers all over the UK.

Grafix Printshop is a personalised print house based at our Open Doors Hub. They work closely with our retail store to provide the most fantastic gifts and at the same time provide an avenue into employment for those with additional barriers, creating a practical workspace offering commercial work experience.

Carving Futures is a Social Enterprise that provides quality craftsmanship and bespoke design.
We support our trainees to gain qualifications and offer them diverse training which will enhance their chances of sustaining future employment.

All three are featured on our online store www.shopsocialcvoea.com

CVO (East Ayrshire) Ltd supports the growth of a diverse third sector in East Ayrshire

We do this by providing services, support and representation at strategic and operational levels. The sector is large and complex ranging from small community groups run by one or two volunteers, to large social enterprises with many employees. Whatever the size of the organisation, CVO East Ayrshire is the conduit to the private and public sectors.

Part of our remit is as a partner in the Third Sector Interface, and in that role, we represent the sector on over 20 different partnerships, locally and nationally.  These include Community Planning, Financial Inclusion, Employability, Reshaping Care for Older People, Health and Social Care Integration and Early Years.

We deliver training, capacity building and development support to our members and the wider sector.  Topics range from fundraising and social enterprise to committee skills and charity law.

In addition, we believe in leading by example and have set up and grown a number of social enterprises, supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our community and providing employment and volunteering opportunities.

More recently we have assumed responsibility for the management of Ayrshire East Foodbank and co-ordinate the supply of emergency food to those in need across the area.