Victims Awareness Week 2021

Victims Awareness Week takes place between 22 – 28 February, coinciding with European Day for Victims of Crime on Saturday 22 February. It is Victim Support Scotland’s annual national awareness week which provides the opportunity to promote messages in support of those affected by crime by championing their voices, experiences and rights. This year, they … Read more

New way for clients of Social Security Scotland  to tell them when their circumstances change

On Monday 1 February, Social Security Scotland launched a new way for some clients to tell them about changes to their circumstances. With the new “game-changing” Scottish Child Payment which started on Monday 15 February – with the first eligible families due to get payments from the end of this month – and Best Start … Read more

Independent Advocacy Service

We know that some people, especially those with a disability, may have issues in accessing our services and applying for the support they are entitled to. To assist our clients and make the application process for our benefits as easy as possible, we have an Independent Advocacy Service. This free service is open to anyone … Read more

Scottish Child Payment has started

This new benefit is unique to Scotland and will give eligible parents and carers £40 every four weeks for every child under six they look after. Since the benefit opened early for applications in November 2020, we have received more than 77,000 applications. We are doing final eligibility checks on applications already received and we … Read more

A budget for wellbeing, recovery and renewal

Today East Ayrshire Council launches an online conversation as part of its annual budget setting arrangements. Following the Scottish Government’s funding announcement on Thursday 28 January, plans for the Council’s 2021/22 budget are currently being finalised. With a continued focus on recovery and renewal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans include investment to … Read more

Open Doors

Open Doors is a new community hub in the heart of Kilmarnock town centre which will provide 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. Open Doors will not only further the priorities identified … Read more

Voluntary Health Scotland Conduct Survey

Voluntary Health Scotland is conducting research to help ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, among all those who need it and would like your help to complete this short survey. VHS would like to identify who you think the vulnerable demographics are who for a range of reasons may not access the vaccine, even … Read more

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