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Women at the “Heart and Soul” of Cumnock

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All are welcome to join the celebrations in Cumnock this Saturday (15th July) as the first of two women's centres in our Women's Centre programme launches.

Claire Leitch, Depute Provost of East Ayrshire Council, will officially open Heart and Soul (38-42 Ayr Road) at 12pm and this will be followed by a celebratory "Nashville Knees Up" at 2pm in Cumnock Town Hall. 

The centre has been developed in partnership with Centrestage Communities, while the Innovation and Learning programme it is part of, which also received funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, aims to test the benefits of a gender-based, community-led approach to engaging and supporting all women within a geographical community, and particularly those experiencing challenges in their everyday life. Options for a second centre are currently being investigated with Active Communities in Renfrewshire, where a Development Worker was recently appointed. 

Programme Manager, Fiona Jamieson of our Innovation and Learning team, said: “The team at Centrestage have done a fantastic job, both in developing a beautiful centre and in engaging the local community. We have been thrilled to see local women make the decision to base everything that happens in the centre on kindness and compassion and it’s encouraging to see a number of programmes in development, even at this early stage."

Project Manager, Valerie Barr, added: “Heart and Soul is a really amazing thing. We all have challenges but when we are together it’s all about belonging; it’s about feeling positive and having a place together. Heart and Soul is all about kindness and compassion. It’s about women being the best that they can be. It’s about sharing skills and ultimately having fun in a nurturing environment.”

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