ACDI make £500 donation to Islay Dog Rescue


We are delighted to announce that we have donated £500 to Islay Dog Rescue, a charity based just outside Cumnock, dedicated to helping dogs who have found themselves in dog pounds, specifically those who are on ‘death row’.

Our team of volunteers raised the money by holding raffles at various community events throughout the past year.

We were delighted to have the passionate Lorraine Jardine come along to our recent CommuniTea to accept the cheque from us. Lorraine was accompanied by Michelle Murray, a volunteer at Islay Dog Rescue, who brought along Ruby the dog. We had many residents from local care homes who had come along to our reminiscence-themed CommuniTea and they loved having the opportunity to meet and pet Ruby.

Residents from Glennie House meet Ruby the Dog

Residents from Glennie House meet Ruby the Dog

Lorraine shared her gratitude for the donation, which will cover half of her organisations vets bills for a month.

Auchinleck Community Action Plan Launched


On Friday 31st May, Auchinleck Community Action Plan was formally launched at an event in The Boswell Centre.

If you are interested in reading more about the Commuunity Action Plan, please feel free to download it from the link below.

The Action Plan identified 5 themes:

  1. Community Facilities, Activities and Events
  2. Roads and Traffic
  3. Local Environment
  4. Services
  5. Employability and Enterprise

How the action plan came about: Voting Day February 2019

It was third time lucky for Auchinleck on Saturday 2nd February when local residents turned out in force at The Boswell Centre to vote for the priorities, projects and initiatives which will form the basis of a Community Action Plan to help regenerate the community over the next five years. The day was organised by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust who are making £20,000 available to local groups. These groups were asked to make bids to be voted on by the public. The event was part of an initiative by the Community Council to involve as many people in the community as possible in surveys which would allow them to formulate a Community Action Plan which will address the key issues, concerns and priorities as determined by the residents themselves.

Spokesperson for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Pauline Grandison explains, “The Community Council with the help of the Council’s Vibrant Communities staff made two previous attempts to carry out surveys in the community with a view to developing an action plan. Unfortunately due to lack of volunteers coming forward to help carry out the surveys the plan never came to fruition. However, we were asked to assist and I am delighted to say that with the help of ACDI we have been able to survey a substantial number of the population and today was all about giving them the chance to view some of the issues which have been identified by residents and also to vote on their preferred groups to receive a share of the money we have made available for development and delivery”.

“We are busy collating the information from the surveys,” she continued, “and the full results will be published in due course. Thereafter we will meet with groups and volunteers to put together the Action Plan and determine who will be the best people to implement it.”

If the turnout of local residents on at the Voting Day is anything to go by then the future looks bright for Auchinleck as adults and children alike enjoyed a cuppa and a breakfast roll while perusing the stalls staffed by the various contenders for the funding available and at the same time adding their comments on what they see as being the priorities for the village over the next few years.

Guide Dogs ‘cheque out’ our Fundraisers


We had great fun raising money by holding raffles at various community events throughout the past year. We chose to donate the £500 we raised to Guide Dogs, helping them make a difference to the lives of people in the UK living with sight loss.

We were delighted to have Robert Blackwood, a local guide dog owner, visit us to collect a donation on behalf of Guide Dogs. Robert and his guide dog were accompanied by Tammy Robinson, Community Fundraising Development Officer at Guide Dogs. Tammy said that every penny of our donation will help another person who is blind or partially sighted get out and about and do the things many of us take for granted.

We chose to support Guide Dogs because they rely heavily on donations to continue their work. It costs the charity £55,000 to train and support and guide dog partnership. The cost of a guide dog to its new owner is a nominal 50p, ensuring that no-one is prevented from having one due to lack of funds.