This week’s Carrick Chatter

Ballantrae WRI February meeting was held on 1st Feb in the Community Centre, president Jessie Brown welcomed members and the rural song was sung.

Jessie introduced Mrs Betty McCreadie who brought along lots of different things she has made, dungarees from a dress, shower cloth from fine handkerchiefs, hats to match wedding outfits,cards with presses flowers on them. Jean Davidson gave the vote of thanks for a very clever lady.

Summer trip is to Belfast on 14th May. Next meeting 87th birthday competition is bulbs and a sweet (donate to party)

BRICC shop

BRICC Thrift Shop has now reopened after the Christmas holiday. Be sure to visit our refurbished counters full of new bargains from furniture to frocks and everything in between, with something for all the family. Donations can be uplifted on arrangement by contacting 07765 915268.

GIRVAN

Craft fair

A note for your diary. Girvan South Parish Church are holding a Craft Fair and Car Boot sale on Saturday 2nd April, 2016 in their halls from 10 am to 2 pm (later if required).

The price is as usual £10 per table. To reserve a table and avoid disappointment please book early by phoning 01465 713427. All usual stalls expected. The Church will be taking a craft and car boot stall too so if you want to donate to either of them please let us know. Hope to see you there.

Beetle Drive

A beetle drive will be held in Girvan Bowling Club on Tuesday, February 16 starting at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. £1 entry.

Dailly

Community council

Due to retirement of the current webmaster, Dailly Community Council is looking for someone to take on the running/updating of the community website.

Also, the community council elections are coming up, with applications to be in by 25 February.

If you are interested in becoming a community councillor or taking on the role of webmaster, please get in touch with Louise Murdoch on 811 434.

Straiton

WRI

President Margaret Logan welcomed members to the January meeting where the entertainment took the form of an illustrated talk by Brian young. Brian has converted a basic garden into a wonderful haven of colour-matched shrubs, flowering plants and trees and now has a garden centre and gift shop at Holmes Farm.

Competition winners:

Hot water bottle cover 1 Frances Murray 2 Margaret Boyle 3 Nan Harkness

Garden Limerick 1 Belle Shaw 2 Christine Welsh 3 Frances Murray

Maybole

Quiz night

Carrick Academy Parent Council has organised a quiz night on Friday, March 4.

It will start at 7pm and will be held in the Carrick Centre.

The cost is £10 to enter a team of four people.

You can buy your team on the night or pay in advance; these can be bought from parent council members or Shona, head teacher.

There will be refreshments sold on the night but there will be no alcohol.

All money raised will support the purchase of ‘bag dumps’ as requested by pupils in their Pupil Improvement Plan.

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Get online

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation (SCVO) has received investment of £528,219 from the Big Lottery Fund to help more people connect with the online world by training hundreds of people in charities across Scotland as digital champions. With 77% of people offline citing lack of interest as their main barrier² and 26% of computer beginners not using their new digital skills without ongoing help³, people who aren’t online yet are now becoming harder to engage and need personal long-term support. Training digital champions will help address this.

This activity is part of a UK-wide Big Lottery Fund £2 million digital skills programme, One Digital, which has been developed by SCVO along with digital skills provider Digital Unite, and Citizens Online, Age UK, Ability Net and Affinity Sutton.

One Digital will ensure that people with disabilities and accessibility needs, young adults seeking work, the over 65s and charities, and the people they support, get the help they need to make the most of the internet.

SCVO will use this investment of over £528k to work with organisations in every local authority area to run a programme of training and support for over 600 charities and third sector organisations. Three different streams of activity will support these organisations to create digital champions and transform the way they engage with digital.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said:“Getting online is more and more important to let everyone in Scotland take part in society, as well as using digital services, product and social networks.

“But nearly one in five Scots still don’t have internet access, and 16% don’t have the basic skills they need to make the most of going online.

“These digital inequalities mirror and reinforce the social inequalities in Scotland. If we invest in digital participation, we can help those groups who are currently left outside of the digital world take part – and thereby support a better economy, better health access, and better inclusion overall.

“To get people online takes time and investment, and this can be a huge challenge.

“That’s why the Scottish Government and SCVO have been working together to help people get online at a national and local level. The “One Digital” programme I’m launching today will create “Digital Champions” all over Scotland, who can help others to get online and reap the benefits – whether it’s doing the weekly shop or talking to family far away.”

Sally Dyson, Head of Digital Participation at SCVO, said: “This is an important step towards changing the lives of some of the million people in Scotland who lack the skills to get things done online.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with One Digital partners to help charities pass on digital skills to the people they work with on a daily basis, helping them to understand the benefits of using the internet and giving them the ongoing support they need to become more independent in a digital world.”

A launch event will take place on 11 February at 9.15am at EVOC. 1st Floor. 14 Ashley Place, Edinburgh.