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

Nationwide recruitment campaign to support Disability Payments

Later this year, we will start to deliver the first of our disability benefits to the people of Scotland. Child Disability Payment, which is our replacement for the UK Government’s Child Disability Living Allowance for Children, will be the first of our disability benefits to launch, initially taking applications in the pilot areas of Dundee, … 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

Citizen’s Advice Scotland launch Money Map

Citizen’s Advice Scotland have launched a new tool to help people navigate money issues during this uncertain time. The Money Map is a free, easy to use service that is designed to help people find sources of online support to enable them to: * Maximise their money – for example, accessing benefits and grants * … 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