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A-Z List of Professional Service Providers Represented at Care and Share

Alistair Paterson, Creative Writing Tutor/Creativity Coach-Trainer

As a published poet registered on the Scottish Book Trusts Writers’ Register, I run community and school-based creative writing classes, workshops, field trips and retreats.  As a creativity trainer, I deliver training sessions on the use of creativity in the workplace within the public, voluntary and corporate sectors.

Prismatic Creativity Training:


Care and Share at Riverside Church – A View from the Kitchen

1.  We aim to provide a warm friendly welcoming service, encouraging attendance, and encouraging caring and sharing with each other.

2.  We provide a healthy, well-balanced two-course meal. We offer a choice of two home made soups, a main course or sweet, followed by fresh fruit and home bakes. Tea, coffee and juice are freely available at all times.


To provide the above, we are indebted to the help given by the voluntary kitchen staff. 

Bert, Beryl and Avril  
Gary McIntyre ......................................................................................TBA.............................


Gillian Beech, Visual Arts Worker

My purpose as Arts Tutor for Care and Share is to provide clients with the opportunity to discover the ability to develop thoughts and ideas from words and images relative to Care and Share, and homeless/life experiences. This is a cathartic experience for clients allowing them to reflect on negative issues in their history and current lives, and turn it into a positive experience by the means of mental and physical creativity. It allows clients to discover confidence, through conversation whilst working and development skills learned throughout the workshops.


The arts group works around a variety of arts and crafts, performance and photography. We have discovered creativity and confidence in the members who participated in a DVD project based on their personal lives combined with their creative writing. Others have enjoyed hands-on arts and crafts to create jewellery, ornaments, cards, and a banner of photographic and drawn images and writing based on experiences at Care and Share.

The most recent venture is workshops for the creation of a logo for Care and Share, and a large mosaic project using found objects, both based on personal life and Care and Share experience.

Job Centre Plus

Job Centre Plus aims to help unemployed and people on health related benefits move forward or into work.  Services include advice, job search, better-off calculations, specific training, courses, health advice and pre-work and in-work support!

Oral Health

Oral Health Promotion, NHS Ayrshire and Arran


The main aim of the Oral Health Promotion department within Care and Share is to provide oral health advice, and provide toothbrushes and toothpaste to the homeless community.  We give the latest advice on how best to look after your teeth, advising toothbrushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and stressing the importance of limiting sugary snacks to mealtimes.  We also cover relevant topics such as the effects of Methadone on your teeth.


Often going to the dentist is something that causes a lot of anxiety, so we take advantage of the relaxed comfortable environment at Care and Share to talk to people about their fears, and encourage them to get registered with a dentist.  We can also signpost them to our local access centre where they can have one full course of dental treatment.  This allows the clients a little extra time while they are trying to get registered with a General Dental Practitioner.   


Sexual Health

Ayrshire and Arran Health Board is committed to reducing Health Inequalities.
Sexual ill health in Scotland is common and increasing, particularly within vulnerable groups such as homeless.


It is well known that vulnerable clients encounter many challenges in accessing main stream health services so it is of benefit to provide an outreach Sexual Health Service for this client group. Care & Share is a safe place for homeless people, people who have been homeless and vulnerable people who are at risk of homelessness. Members feel free within this informal environment to utilise the various services on offer e.g sexual health consultations.


Within a Sexual Health Consultation a variety of services are offered:-
·        Contraception
·        Pregnancy testing
·        Testing for Blood Borne Viruses e.g. HIV, Hep C
·        Screening and treatment for Chlamydia plus Partner Notification    
         and treatment   of partners
·        C- card sign up and distribution point (free condoms)
·        General Sexual Health advice


 Useful web site is http://www.shayr.com
 Sexual Health Office Tel: 01294-323228

Social Work

Our aims are to provide assistance and advice to vulnerable adults and to support people in cash or kind.  We are accessed by referrals from other organisations or self after comprehensive assessment of unmet need.


The Skills Towards Employment Project (STEP) develops employment and personal development skills for vulnerable young people and adults. The specific target groups are young and adult homeless, young people who are looked after and accommodated by South Ayrshire Council, young people affected by disability and young people with additional support needs. In addition STEP delivers a Homelessness Education programme in secondary schools and targeted youth groups throughout South Ayrshire.

Tel: 01292 612301

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