Lending a hand to people in need

Despite having to postpone a lot of our Spring/Summer activities and fun events in order to support our most vulnerable residents, our team are still working hard on behalf of our community.

We are one of several organisations who have mobilised to provide support to the local community as part of the Covid-19 resilience response team. Since the end of March, ACDI team have been volunteering with other organisations such as East Ayrshire Council Vibrant Communities, Auchinleck Community Council and Centrestage to reach and support the most vulnerable in our community. With over 100 food parcels delivered to date, both ACDI & Centrestage will continue to deliver these essential food supplies to those who need it and for as long as they need it. ACDI have also put in place a range of additional support services which have been accessed by dozens of local residents, unable to leave home to buy shopping, collect prescriptions or to top-up power and phone credit. We are also acting as a point of contact for all residents who need advice and signposting to other support agencies. In addition, we are committed to supporting those in financial crisis with one-off payments towards power, food and connectivity.

If you need any of the support listed above, please contact us – our team are ready to help.

  • You can e-mail Paul paulacdi.step@hotmail.com
  • Call/text Stuart on 07597 603 517 for general enquires (Monday – Thursday 9am – 3pm)
  • Call/text Alison on 07555 060 664 for benefits advice (Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm)

Local resident Mr Loy receives supplies from our team

This is just one of the many #NeverMoreNeeded stories from organisations across the country which remind government, funders, donors and the general public of how essential the voluntary sector is now and in the future.

Give your favourite walk a shout-out online!

‘My Wonderful Walk’ is a project for local young people aged 7-25 funded by the Growing Community-based Youth Work’ programme.

At our recent Creative Community Asset Mapping activity, young people told us they value having access to the greenspace around Auchinleck to go for a walk. Walking is a good way to get your daily exercise when done safely, with respect for social distancing. The latest tips for enjoying a socially-distant walk can be found on the Paths for All website.

Participants will plan and create a video using photos and video clips taken during a walk in their favourite local location. Support will be provided by our co-ordinator via video calls.

For young people bored of being stuck indoors, this is a great way to beat boredom and share the wonderful greenspace we have locally via virtual platforms.

Participants will work towards a Hi5 Award, an accredited award administered by Youth Scotland.

If you’d like to learn new skills, gain an award and share your favourite walk, please get in touch to request a sign-up form:


07597 603 517 (Mon–Thur 9am-3pm)

Funded by ‘Growing Community-based Youth Work’, which works with youth groups across Ayrshire and is also funded by the STV Children’s Appeal.

Here’s one of the finished videos:

Thank-you team!

A message of gratitude from our Senior Engagement Worker:

I would like to thank my team at ACDI for really stepping up for their community…

In the first 2 weeks of the lockdown they have engaged with 130 vulnerable people, totalling 300 phone calls to elderly residents 7 days a week offering a friendly voice and a wee chat, making sure no one is left alone.

  • Supported and advised 20+ residents with regards to claiming much needed benefits
  • Contacted and delivered food and essentials to 20 households
  • Set up an activity Hi5 group to help school students during the lockdown

Thank you Alison, Amy, Jack & Stuart