Girvan community groups shortlisted for top award

Two Girvan community groups have been shortlisted for a Bank of Scotland Award.

The Girvan and South Carrick Community Action Network and the Adventure Centre for Education (ACE) feature in the bank’s 2013 Community Fund shortlist of four fromSouth Ayrshire.

The other two groups shortlisted in South Ayrshire are Headway Ayrshire and the Ayrshire Hospice, both of whom are based in Ayr.

Voting is now open and you can vote until 1 November at 11.59pm in a variety of ways.

Visit the Bank of Scotland community fund website at www.bankofscotland.co.uk/communityfund, visit any local Bank of Scotland branch and you can also vote for the two Girvan groups by text.

If you wish to vote for the Community Action Network, simply text VOTE MQSD to 82332 or if you wish to vote for the Adventure Centre for Education then text VOTE MQSA to 82332.

The Girvan groups have reached the shortlist of 208 from 50 communities across Scotland and could win up to £3,000 each.

That’s the sum of money on offer to the two good causes in each community who receive the most votes, whilst the other two groups will get a sum of £300.

Based in Girvan’s Dalrymple Street, the community action network team of volunteer drivers provide assistance to elderly and infirm patients to get to their hospital appointments in Ayr, Kilmarnock, Irvine, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

They are open Monday-Friday from 10am-12 noon and 2pm-4pm.

The Adventure Centre of Education is based at the Z1 Youth Bar in Girvan and since starting as a small project in 2005, they have grown into an indepndent charity. ACE specialise in harnessing the power and energy of adventure sports.

Four years ago they worked with 500 individuals using adventure sports and over 700 people on an environmental education pilot project.

They also offer people the chance to try adventure sports through schemes such as the ACE apprentice scheme, trainee schemes, work experience placements and employment as well ensuring youngsters are well set for the future.