C & S began in 2008 as a collaboration between Riverside Church and Ayrshire & Arran NHS Trust. Its initial aim was to support people affected by homelessness through providing a drop-in facility (with a meal) where health support could be provided and clients could be sign-posted to other relevant services.
It has evolved over the past 12 years into an organisation providing a range of services to people in recovery from alcohol & drug issues and people affected by homelessness. The core event each week is the drop-in facility where an average of 60 people per week can access 10 different social care, health care and financial services on a one-stop-shop basis.
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
Riverside Community Trust recognise the need to help those vulnerable people in the local community struggling to start up and maintain a tenancy. This may be due to various reasons e.g. moving out of homelessness, struggling with addiction, mental health issues etc.
The service collects donations of furniture and aids service users in furnishing their new accommodation. The service is provided free of charge, and is run by our part time Coordinator and his team of volunteer with support provided mainly on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Our Peer Support Workers provide an Outreach service every Tuesday from 12 – 2 p.m. This provides the opportunity for them to engage with those harder to reach individuals in some parts of the town where people are known to gather.
As an organisation our aim is to bring compassion, understanding and support to individuals with complex needs that might not otherwise engage with services. We provide information and get to know them in order to gain a greater understanding of their needs. We aim to encourage and support them by signposting them to the most relevant services who can meet their needs.
☑ Approx. 3400 people attended the Tuesday Breakfast Club and the Wednesday Drop-In service where they were provided with a hot meal
☑ Over 1300 engaged with a variety of professional services including NHS Addictions, Social Work Services, Seascape, Computer/Internet access, Dept of Work & Pensions, Advocacy services, South Ayrshire Housing, NHS Oral health Promotion, Credit Union and Community Care Opticians.
☑ Over 180 Furniture uplifts and over 130 deliveries for users moving from a homeless shelter into rented accommodation.