Arran CVS Free For All Event – Lamlash

Following on from the success of last year’s Free For All event we are thrilled to announce this year’s event will take place on Saturday 27th April 2024 at Arran High School in Lamlash.

As a local organisation that is doing great work in your community, we invite you to be a part of this exciting public event.

The event which is open everyone, offers an excellent opportunity to showcase your organisation, the activities you have on offer, promote your cause and recruit new volunteers/members. Most of all, it will be a fun day and a chance to network widely with others. No group is too big or too small to join.

There is a marketplace stall area, and spaces will be available for you to host taster sessions or workshops in keeping with your activities, should you wish to do so. It’s a great way to encourage more people to attend your group, support your organisation and volunteer with you.

Similar to last year, Arran CVS will be providing a limited free buffet arrangement and would really welcome you to bring along some food to share if you can. (please remember to label food correctly for allergens etc). If you are specifically involved in any form of food production and would like to discuss ways you can support that would be fabulous.

It’s all about YOU and this event is completely free to all not for profit groups and organisations with no charge to members of the public. Let’s highlight all that is free and good about Arran!

KA Leisure will be in attendance with a bouncy castle and other sporting activities. We hope to offer free face-art and other fun activities to entertain the children.

Please join us and make this a fun and informative day to remember.  Simply complete the form in the link below by Wednesday 22nd March, advise us if you can offer workshop/taster session and if you will, bring sharing food. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone if you have more ideas or just need more information or assistance with the form.

Form Link: free-for-all-event-2024-signup

Funding and Guidance

Road Safety Trust

The Road Safety Trust, an independent grant-giving trust, supports projects and research that make UK roads safer for all road users.

Public and non-profit organisations across the UK can now apply for the 2024 funding round of Road Safety Small Grants.

This year, grants of £10,000 to £50,000 for up to 24 months is available.

The main aim of the Small Grants Programme is to improve road safety at a local level. The funding is for smaller, local projects with a practical focus. The funder is looking for measurable interventions that link to local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures.

Eligible projects are pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions. Projects should have the potential for being brought to scale, with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK.

Requests for 100% project costs will not be eligible. All projects should have other sources of funding, either cash or in-kind. This contribution can come from the applicant or other partners.

Applications are accepted from local authorities, police forces, fire and rescue services or UK based registered charities, legally constituted not-for-profit social enterprises, or community interest companies.

Groups can now book a 1:1 slot with the Grants Team for 9th April or 16th April 2024.

The deadline to apply is 24th April 2024.

Shared Care Scotland - Creative Breaks Grants Programme

Shared Care Scotland is offering grants of up to £35,000 (up to £10,000 for unincorporated organisations) to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 and over), young carers (caring for children or adults) and the people they care for.

Through the Creative Breaks Programme, a total fund of around £1.1 million for 2024-25 is available to support organisations providing a wide range of different short break activities. This includes breaks away (i.e., overnight stays, residential breaks), days out, and/or shorter sessions (i.e., regular activities).

Activities must be designed to enable carers to have a life outside or alongside their caring role and to support their health and well-being. Short breaks should also benefit the cared-for person and others (e.g., family members) and help sustain the caring relationship.

Funding can be used for costs directly related to projects taking place between 1st October 2024 and 30th September 2025.

Applications are welcome for existing projects and activities that are tried and tested, and for new projects and activities.

Shared Care Scotland will be hosting the following online support workshops and phone-in sessions:

Online support workshops:

  • 11th April 2024 (10:00-11:00).
  • 8th May 2024 (14:00-15:00).

Phone-in sessions:

  • 18th April 2024 (09:30-12:30).
  • 1st May 2024 (13:30-16:00).
  • 15th May 2024 (09:30-12:30).

Applicants can register for the online support sessions through the Shared Care Scotland website and must contact Shared Care Scotland to register for the phone-in sessions.

The deadline for applications is 23rd May 2024 (17:00).

SafeDeposits Scotland – Community Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to groups and organisations across Scotland to deliver a variety of projects and activities that benefit local communities.

Through the SafeDeposits Scotland Community Fund, groups can apply for funding for projects that positively impact local communities by addressing the following priorities:

  • Sustainability and the environment.
  • Employability and career skills.
  • Social inclusion.
  • Technology and digital inclusion.
  • Improving the local community.

Applications are considered on a quarterly basis with up to three grants available in each funding round.

The next deadline for applications is 31st May 2024.

The Weir Charitable Trust

The Weir Charitable Trust offers grants of up to £25,000 to small charities and community groups across Scotland with an annual income of less than £125,000 to deliver projects and activities that improve the quality of life for local communities.

The Trust will support projects and activities that fall within the following categories:

  • Sport - Projects to encourage and increase public participation in sport (eligible activities should involve physical skill and exertion).
  • Recreational facilities - Providing or organising recreational facilities (buildings, pitches or similar) to improve the conditions of life for the people for whom the facilities are primarily intended. This is only in relation to facilities which are primarily intended for people who need them due to age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship, or another disadvantage.
  • Animal welfare - The advancement of animal welfare.
  • Health - The advancement of health, including prevention or relief of sickness, disease, or human suffering.
  • Culture - Supporting the heritage - tangible or otherwise - of Scotland, through projects that encourage participation in and preservation of Scotland's distinctive culture.

Examples of eligible activities and costs are as follows:

  • Capital projects (such as equipment, fixtures, fittings, and refurbishments).
  • One-off projects.
  • Running costs.
  • Core costs.

Priority will be given to groups and charities that may have faced challenges in accessing funds from other sources.

There are typically two funding rounds per year.

The next deadline for applications is 30th August 2024 (17:00).

Training and Events

United to Prevent Suicide

Suicidal thoughts can happen to any of us at any time. If you are having thoughts of suicide – Tell, Talk, Seek Help and Hold on to Hope.

To find out more about the support available, visit

Penumbra – Ayrshire's Suicide Bereavement Support Service

Penumbra's Suicide Bereavement Support Service provides emotional and practical support to anyone bereaved by suicide in Ayrshire and Arran. Staff will listen and be a source of support via telephone, face-to-face or video call, whichever is your preference.

You can email direct: or call on 0800 471 4768.

Staff will respond to all email and telephone referrals within 24-hours.

Arran Infomation

Easter Ceilidh

Head over to Whiting Bay this Saturday to hear The Arran Ceilidh Band perform. The event starts at 7:30pm. See the poster below for more details

Arran Well-Being Café

The Arran Well-Being Café dates for 2024 are available from the poster below. The next café will be at Lamlash Church Hall on Wednesday 10th April from 2pm till 4pm. Pop along and meet others while enjoying a cuppa. To book your place, please get in touch with Jennie on 07983 448511 or email on

Zero Waste Café

The next Zero Waste Café will take place on Tuesday 9th April over in Lochranza Village Hall between 12pm and 2pm. There is also a café being held on Wednesday 10th April between 11am and 1pm. The cafés are open to everyone. See below for the rest of the April dates

Food Share

The Food Share is open to all Arran residents, to help prevent short life food from going in the bin. Take a look at when the Food Share is in your village from the schedule below.

Stroll With It

Walking is a great way to stay healthy and get fitter as well as being good for our mental health. If you would like to be more active, walk in company and explore Arran, joining a health walk could be the answer. The Stroll with It! programme run by North Ayrshire Council’s The Trinity Active Travel Hub in collaboration with KA Leisure’s Walking for Health Project and Arran Eco Savvy is running regular walks on Arran led by trained volunteer health walk leaders. The next walk will be on Tuesday 16th April: Meeting at COAST Discovery Centre at 11am.

Contact Diana or Tim on or 01770 860 427 to book a place or find out more.

Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather!

Nordic Walks

Come along and try out these led walks which are gentler on the joints. Booking is essential so that the correct poles can be brought along for you by the walk leader! Please email:

The next walk will be on Tuesday 9th April meeting at Brodick Ormidale Pavilion carpark at 11am. 

First Carers Support Group

This meeting will be held in Banner Lodge in Brodick on Thursday 25th April from 1pm till 3pm. Pop along to hear about upcoming event, support and chat to others over a cup of tea or coffee. For more details see the poster below or contact Sheena on 07799075032 or email her at

Volunteer Opportunities

Lunch clubs – Brodick and Lamlash – Can you cook for 15 to 20 people? A simple two course hot meal? If so, we need you to join our committed friendly group of volunteers! A small commitment of a few hours on a Monday is required but this is rotated with other volunteers. Contact Sheridan on or call her on 01770 600611 to get involved.

Community Transport - We are urgently looking for volunteer drivers to support our Community Transport Project and especially on the look out for drivers in the undernoted areas:

  • Corrie & Sannox
  • Kildonan & Kilmory
  • Blackwaterfoot

Community Transport is aimed at assisting individuals getting to and from medical and social projects here on the Island, where public transport may not always be easily accessible. If you would like more information or have a chat about becoming a volunteer driver, please do not hesitate to contact Jeanette MacLeod, Transport Co-ordinator here at the office.

In Closing

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If you wish to share anything from your group/organisation contact me at by the Thursday before the date you wish for it to be shared.

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