Care & Share
Who We Are
Care & Share (C & S) began in 2008 as a collaboration between Riverside Church and the Ayrshire & Arran NHS Trust. Its initial aim was to support people affected by homelessness though providing a drop-in facility (with a meal) to access health support. It has evolved over the past 9 years into an organisation providing a range of services to people in recovery from Alcohol & Drug issues and people affected by homelessness. It is funded largely by the South Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, the local Community Planning Partnership and the South Ayrshire Housing Options Team, but funding is now in place from the Robertson Trust and the Integrated Care Fund.
The core event each week is the drop-in facility where an average of 50 people per week can access 13 different social care, health care and financial services on a one-stop-shop basis. C & S also provides a range of other services including a breakfast club, skills activity groups (knitting, baking, cooking, photography etc.) and provides access to IT and formal qualifications. C & S is a central component of South Ayrshire’s alcohol and drug strategy and implements the Scottish Government Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC). C & S won the COSLA Gold Award in 2009 for its innovative practice.