In response to the devastating impact that drug and alcohol related deaths are having on our communities, Harbour (Ayrshire) was set up to deliver (in partnership) a range of solution-focused options, while creating opportunities for some of the most vulnerable people in our society, allowing them to live a life free of the stigma and suffering of addiction.

We have a Board of committed, forward thinking and strategically-minded Trustees and a professional fundraiser assists us in securing funding.

We have established a series of eleven highly successful voluntary-led peer support groups throughout Ayrshire, including three family support groups ‘New Beginnings’ in North, South and East Ayrshire.

We work hard to raise awareness of Harbour (Ayrshire) in our community, through networking and creating collaborative working partnerships with organisations that share our values and by regular social media presence.

Harbour (Ayrshire) is fully OSCR Registered.


Recent figures published by National Records of Scotland show that there were 1,190 alcohol-specific deaths registered in Scotland in 2020, 17% more than the previous year, when the lowest figure since 2013 was recorded.

Suspected drug death management information from Police Scotland show there were 1,295 deaths between January and December 2021, indicating a fall of 8%, or 116 deaths, from 2020, when the equivalent number of suspected drug deaths had been recorded at 1,411, though official statistics from National Records of Scotland (NRS) showed the confirmed number of drug-related deaths in 2020 was 1,339.

Alcohol Death Rates
Drug Related Death


The Charity has adopted a pro-active approach to establishing relationships with local ADP’S, Third Sector Interfaces and related organisations across all relevant fields and has secured funding with National Lottery Community Fund; Carrick Futures; Foundation Scotland; and the Community Health and Wellbeing Fund.

Extensive research takes place on an ongoing basis to identify possible future funders and partner agencies, both locally and nationally. We aim to be at the forefront of our field and be responsive to the interests and requirements of funders and be aware of the latest developments, including the opening of new potential opportunities.

The aim will always be to continue to provide and enhance the service we offer our beneficiaries, while keeping our funders and partners involved and aware of the difference their funding makes to changing lives throughout our community.

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Harbour Ayrshire

6 Miller Road

Ayr KA7 2AY