NCCBC has been awarded funding from the Community Anchors Fund to help support people in our communities by helping to alleviate some of the immediate cost of living pressures.

A voucher scheme is being set up to help people who are most in need due to financial circumstances, health, isolation, and other similar factors. The vouchers can be used in several local shops to pay for gas and electricity, food and mobile phone top-ups and will be distributed through a number of different channels.

In addition to the voucher scheme, a limited number of ‘techy’ bags will also be made available. These bags will contain various items such as LED battery operated light switches, stainless steel flasks and mobile phone power banks.

This month, NCCBC is launching a knitting campaign, where children and adults can learn to knit (or help each other to knit) a Centipede Draught Excluder. This project will soon be commencing in our schools, with members of the community getting involved to help teach the children how to knit. NCCBC are offering a free pack, with all the materials required, to anyone who would like to get involved. Packs will be available to collect from Libby’s Handbags, School Vennel, Maybole from July onwards, on a first come first served basis. The draught excluder can then be used to ‘keep the heat in’ over the winter months.

The final part of this project is to provide a goodie bag for school children of varying age groups who live within North Carrick. The goodie bag will contain items focussed on keeping children warm and healthy. NCCBC is in dialogue with schools and other organisations and groups to identify what items are best suited to the needs of the children.

For more information or to get involved, please email [email protected]