Ayrshire Childrens Services
Established five years ago by Marianne Greenway, Ayrshire Childrens Service (ACS) is all set to move into new premises and expand their services with the help of a £25,000 loan from the Asda Community Capital Fund.ASDA Community Capital, a fund set up in partnership between SIS and Asda, and which uses proceeds from the Scottish Government’s 5p single use carrier bag charge, has lent more than £1million in small loans to communities across Scotland. Asda’s partnership with Social Investment Scotland represents a significant commitment by the retailer to develop the UK’s social enterprise sector and create a long term sustainable impact within communities across the country.
“ACS provides vital support for children and young people aged 3 – 18, living in Ayrshire who have additional support needs. Since we started over 5 years ago, ACS has really grown and now provides a one to one support service alongside their Why Don’t You Clubs. These clubs offer ‘Fun through Play’ allowing the children and young people we support to try out new activities and make natural friendships.”
Growing demand for ACS bespoke services encouraged ACS to think big and an ambitious plan to create Ayrshire’s first specialised Skills and Play Centre for children and young people with additional support needs was born. The centre will offer flexible support 12 hrs per day 7 days per week giving control over the time of support back to the families when they need it the most.
Marianne picks up the story: “We spent a lot of time looking for suitable premises for our new Skills & Play Centre but came up trumps when we found premises in Ardrossan. They were perfect and I knew immediately they fitted exactly what we required”.
“Our new premises are located a stones through from the coast with views across the firth to Arran. Ardrossan is a vibrant town, up and coming through the efforts of the local ‘Ardrossan Town Centre Initiative’ community. The loan from SIS has allowed us to refurbish the building as well as cover additional staffing and rental costs and the patient nature of the loan – we don’t need to make repayments for 12 months – means we can build new services and income streams during this vital development phase”