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Riverside Community Trust

RCT work in partnership with drug and alcohol addiction services and housing departments across South Ayrshire to support those in need through our weekly drop-in service.

Care & S harebegan 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.

Find out more about RCT here: 

Ayr Debt Centre

If you are feeling weighed down by debt, then we can help. You may think your situation is impossible, but there is hope. Our friendly team will give you a listening ear in the privacy of your own home and provide a real solution to your debts.

If you need help please call 0800 328 0006 to book an appointment. A debt coach and volunteer from The Ayr Debt Centre will then arrange an appointment to help you begin your journey out of debt.

Christians Against Poverty or CAP is an award winning national debt counselling charity. It works with a network of local churches and the Ayr Dent Centre is run in partnership with Riverside Church Ayr, Southside Church Ayr, and Seagate Church Troon.

CAP offers hope and a solution to absolutely anyone in debt, open to all faiths and none. Our service is unique, in depth and absolutely free.

For more information please contact:

John Hunter – Debt Centre Manager & Coach, Tel: 07522 075988

Mary McGarva – Support Worker & Lead Befriender

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and website page CAP Scotland

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