Welcome to CVO East Ayrshire

At CVO East Ayrshire, we are dedicated to supporting the local community and voluntary sector throughout East Ayrshire. As the Third Sector Interface for East Ayrshire, our organisation plays a vital role in empowering community groups and volunteers to succeed and make a positive impact.

Our Mission and Objectives

  • Support Local Community Groups: CVO East Ayrshire provides support, advice, and resources to local community groups, helping them to grow and succeed.
  • Volunteer Coordination: The organisation facilitates volunteer opportunities, matching individuals with local groups and projects that need assistance.
  • Capacity Building: Offering training and development programmes to enhance the skills and capabilities of community organisations and volunteers.
  • Funding Assistance: Helping local groups to identify and apply for funding opportunities to support their initiatives.
  • Promoting Community Engagement: Encouraging active citizenship and involvement in community activities and decision-making processes.

Services and Activities

Volunteer Services

  • Volunteer Recruitment: Connecting potential volunteers with opportunities that match their interests and skills.
  • Volunteer Management: Providing training and support for organisations to effectively manage their volunteers.

Training and Development

  • Offering workshops, courses, and training sessions on various topics relevant to third sector organisations, such as governance, fundraising, and project management.

Funding Advice

  • Assisting local groups in finding suitable funding sources and guiding them through the application process.

Community Projects

  • Initiating and supporting various community projects aimed at improving local areas and addressing social issues.

Networking and Collaboration

  • Facilitating networking opportunities for community groups to share knowledge, collaborate on projects, and strengthen their impact.


Impact on the Community

  • Enhancing Local Services: By supporting third sector groups, CVO East Ayrshire helps to enhance the range of services available to local residents.
  • Empowering Individuals: Providing opportunities for volunteering and community involvement empowers individuals and promotes social inclusion.
  • Strengthening Communities: Through capacity building and support, CVO East Ayrshire helps to create stronger and more sustainable communities.

CVO East Ayrshire plays a crucial role in fostering a vibrant and active community in East Ayrshire, ensuring that local groups and volunteers have the support they need to make a positive impact.


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 574000.


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

Our Positive Destinations bus is a double decker catering bus, equipped with fully functioning kitchen downstairs and an upstairs seating area. Our bus is available to hire for events and we have a range of catering options available. Our bus lends an opportunity for hospitality trainees to demonstrate their skills and provide a range of delicious hot foods, tea and coffee or cold snacks. Our skilled staff will also be in attendance to ensure that catering runs smoothly. Upstairs can be used as dining space or for seated activities such as arts and crafts, face-painting, glitter tattoos and much more. Our staff can facilitate activities at your event if required and the bus is popular with children, young people and adults alike.


For further information, please contact us:
Email: bookings@wg13.co.uk
Phone: 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 01563 574000 or email volunteering@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 Connect Call telephone service for older people.

For more information, please call 01563 574000.


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.

Training and Events Schedule

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