Massive boost to North Carrick Regeneration!

‘Foundations for Recovery’


NCCBC’s successful application for funding from the UK Government will see £565,000 invested to develop projects in North Carrick to the point where they are ready to be implemented.

South Ayrshire Council received over £12m worth of project proposals and had to whittle that down to a shortlist of projects with a total value of not more than £3 million. NCCBC’s project made it onto the shortlist of five projects put forward by the Council and is one of only two of the shortlisted projects that has been approved by the UK Government.

The money, which includes a £50,000 contribution from North Carrick Community Benefit Company, will be used for an intensive programme to convert community and business aspirations, ideas, and proposals into investment-ready projects. The Government specified that this funding has to be used for revenue and not capital costs. So NCCBC will employ consultants, engineers, architects, and other experts. They will work on a range of projects covering tourism, community assets, and workforce development.

The best thing about this “Foundations for Recovery” programme is that the work that these experts will do will lead directly to further funding applications. Those new applications will be to cover the capital costs of making big improvements in North Carrick. All in all, North Carrick could be in the early stages of a huge positive change. Every community in North Carrick will be involved in Foundations for Recovery in one way or another.

A very exciting time for our area!

Contact your local NCCBC Director or Stuart Lindsay to find out more – [email protected]

See North Carrick on the map of UK projects here- View Interactive Map!

Gifting Scotland, Supporting Scotland's businesses!

Introducing the Scotland Loves Local Gift Card scheme!

You may have seen some of the Scotland Loves Local campaigns in recent press or tv adverts, or you may have taken part in our very own ‘North Carrick Loves Local’ project! The Scotland Loves Local gift card is part of an overarching campaign to encourage local spending and support local businesses.

The Scottish Government has funded a gift card programme for each local authority area in Scotland for one year, and has funded the production of 5000 gift cards. The gift cards have multiple uses including traditional gifting and as corporate reward initiatives etc.

South Ayrshire Council are encouraging local businesses to register their business to benefit from the opportunity of an additional income stream. This initiative is free to register to accept the gift card! For more information about SAC’s recent work on this, check out their Business Beat Newsletter here.

To register your business to accept the Gift Cards - click here.

Buy a Gift Card now!

Co-op star retires after 36 years service!

The Team at Maybole's Co-op Food would like to wish their amazing manager, Alastair, a very Happy Retirement! Alistair finished up on Saturday 9th October after 36 years of service to the Co-op, with 10 and a half years spent managing our very own Maybole store!

Thank you Alistair!

Community Wellbeing Hub launches new programme of free wellbeing activities for young people!

New initiative in Maybole, Community Wellbeing Hub, launched their amazing new programme of free activities on Sunday 10th October - which was a fantastic way to celebrate World Mental Health Day!

''Providing a quiet nurturing space to learn, rebalance, focus & protect health & wellbeing. When we started our free sessions for young people in secondary school & their families in August we knew that our CWH would help those who needed it most. The drop in sessions have re started last week and will run every Thursday 8.00-845pm until the 6 week block begins on the 21st October with slightly longer sessions of 8-9.30pm. Our 6 weekly block will run throughout the year focussing meditations, relaxation, art & sound therapy, holistic treatments to help improve mental health & wellbeing.''

The CWH had a welcome session on the 10th October which gave the community & local organisations a flavour of what they will be offering including meditations/mindfulness, sound therapy, arts and crafts & holistic therapies.
The sessions start from 21st October are are based within Ayrshire Healing Centre, Maybole - to find out more contact Anya or Ruth on [email protected]

7th Ayrshire Scouting – Ready for new members and leaders!

Scouting is back in Maybole, and they are on the lookout for new members and leaders!
Maybole Beavers and Cubs are welcoming new members ages 6 - 8 years, and 8 - 10½ years for their packs!

Maybole Scout Troop is also looking to restart, and they are encouraging people to get in touch if they are aged 10.5-14 and are up for new challenges, and lots of adventures!

Beavers – 6-8 years

Cubs – 8 – 10.5 years

Scouts 10.5 – 14 years

‘’Scouting gives young people aged between 6 and 25 years old the opportunity to discover just what they can do and what they can achieve. From spending their first night away from home to planning an international expedition, the unique experiences Scouts of all ages enjoy help them to realise their full potential and set them up with skills for life.’’

The North Carrick community would like to say a huge thank you to Jackie and Len who will soon be retiring from their volunteering duties after an amazing contribution to scouting during their time as leaders!
Len was a cub and a scout himself and has dedicated over 35 years’ service, and Jackie joined the committee, and the rest was history – 33 years ago! A huge thanks to both for their service to local young people.

Volunteering Opportunities!
7th Ayrshire have a new leader who is currently in training, but they need more to help the unit grow and thrive! It has never been easier to get involved, and the training process is so easy now with so many resources available online!

Why not find out more? -
Check out Facebook group – ‘MAYBOLE SCOUT GROUP, 7th Ayrshire’
Iona Barrie (Beavers and Cubs Leaders) – 07909 124 220 – [email protected]
Jackie and Len Boughen – 07712 257 960

NCCBC Youth Strategy!

If you’re a parent or work with young people – or better still, if you’re a young person – please follow and share our social media channels for upcoming polls, activities and events! 💙👇

New signage has arrived!

The Biosphere team, alongside Ayrshire Roads Alliance and South Ayrshire Council have recently designed and installed new signs to promote the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere in the villages that are part of it! You can find out more about the new signage here:

'Biosphere' recognises areas with notable landscapes, wildlife, culture and heritage and South Ayrshire has been internationally recognised through the scheme!



'Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature.'

The area was awarded the title in 2012 in recognition of the landscapes, wildlife, culture and heritage that make South West Scotland so special.


G&SA-BiosphereMap from


To find out more about the Biosphere and the benefits of being a part of it, check out their website:


COP26 Community Benefit Challenge

COP26 Community Benefit Challenge

Scottish Power are inviting community groups eligible to apply to ScottishPower Renewables’ community benefit funds across the UK to bring forward Net Zero initiatives for the chance to access additional funding through the COP26 Community Benefit Challenge. Depending on the value of the initiative, ScottishPower Renewables will award up to £5,000 towards the best idea! 💚♻️

Further information available on their website or you can direct any questions you may have to [email protected] 😃

View the PDF poster here: COP26 Comp poster A3 V2

Mobile Library Returning!

South Ayrshire Council have announced that the mobile library will be returning in a reduced capacity to communities across South Ayrshire from Monday 14th June 2021.

  • You can contact the mobile library by emailing [email protected], by calling 0797349523, you can also request items via their online catalogue
  • You can request up to 10 titles, either by author or genre
  • please bring your own bag to put your books in
  • books can be returned in the drop box provided

The Mobile Library is coming back to the Crosshill, Straiton & Kirkmichael area on the following days:

Straiton - Wednesday 16th June 10am to 12pm, Main Street

Kirkmichael - Wednesday 16th June 1pm to 2pm, Bolestyle Crescent

Crosshill - Wednesday 21st July 10am to 10.45am, King Street

Volunteers Week in North Carrick!


VASA said: ''An amazing army of volunteers were honoured this week for their tireless work throughout the Covid pandemic.
To celebrate national Volunteers’ Week, VASA hosted three outdoor awards events – one in Kirkmichael and two at Rozelle in Ayr, to say ‘thank you’ to the local heroes who have stepped up to support people in communities across South Ayrshire.
Over the three events, 286 volunteers were treated to afternoon tea on the lawn, entertainment and a huge round of applause as their names were read out in a roll of honour.
''Paying tribute to the award winners, Marie Oliver, Chief Executive Officer of VASA, said: “The South Ayrshire Volunteer Awards are a chance for us to say a very big thank you to the people who give their time so generously to help others, and this past year has highlighted more than ever just how valuable their contribution is.
“Volunteers have been vital in supporting their communities through the pandemic and it is no exaggeration to say that we couldn’t have got through it without them.
“From delivering food and prescriptions to befriending calls and checking on the vulnerable and isolated, each one of our local volunteers has made a real difference and we hope these awards let them know how much they are appreciated.”
Congratulations to all our amazing North Carrick Volunteers!