Club hear from mental health action group

Billy McLeod of Ayr Action for Mental Health, Margaret Murdoch of Girvan and two Rotarians John Barr and Findlay Mills.
Billy McLeod of Ayr Action for Mental Health, Margaret Murdoch of Girvan and two Rotarians John Barr and Findlay Mills.

At last week’s Rotary Club of Girvan meeting the club had the pleasure of a talk by Billy McLeod a former nurse at Ayr Hospital.

Billy then changed to manage the Ayr Action for Mental Health and played a big part in the progress and running of its Day Centre in Ayr.

Billy is well aware that the life expectancy of patients with Mental Health problems can be around 10 years shorter than the average resident of Scotland and the day centre is a very important lifeline for those with mental health issues.

Ayr Action for Mental Health provides for people who suffer the effects of continuing mental ill-health, are aged between 18 and 65 and reside in South Ayrshire. They provide a Café Turnaround which offers a complete café service in a modern gallery style setting. The menu includes homegrown organic produce (when in season) and a variety of healthy eating options.

The drop-in centre provides company, conversation, arts and crafts, recreational and social activities, information on a wide variety of activities and organisations.

They also provide laundry and bathing facilities. Other services include an organic gardening initiative, access to information technology and free internet access during opening hours and a wide ranging activity programme.

Billy has worked for the service for many years and was able in a generous way to make us fully aware of its value and its need in Ayrshire communities.

The evening was chaired by Dr. Jimmy Flowerdew the Girvan Rotary President and the meal was provided by the Royal Hotel in Girvan.

At this week’s meeting we had the pleasure of the company of Margaret Murdoch who is making great improvements to the appearance of the Rockery on the north side of Girvan Harbour.

The Rotary meetings are held at the Royal Hotel every Tuesday at 6pm, call in and see us.