• The Team complete Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Team receive new jackets and complimentary treatments
  • Stacey’s funding awarded for another 12 months
  • Harbour Volunteer awarded Peer Addiction placement


We now have fully qualified mental health first aiders and would like to extend a huge thank you to Marna and Anne-Marie from Believe Ayrshire C.I.C for delivering a 2 day, fully-accredited “mental health first aid” training course to some of Harbour Ayrshire and Broken Chains staff and volunteers, in the following services: Womens well-being; Empowerher; Mot Ayr; Mot Girvan; Mot Irvine; New Beginnings South; New Beginnings North; Out of Hours Helpline; and Head Office.

Our team are now confident to chat about Suicide to anyone who may be struggling to cope and who may require some assistance. Thank you to the Ayr Salvation Army for providing us with our venue to train.

The Team are Treated!

We are absolutely blown away this morning by the generosity of Debz AD of Align Complementary Therapies who has gifted our staff and volunteers with FREE complimentary treatments such as Reiki, Refloxolgy and Massage for our hardworking staff and volunteers. Thank you so much for your kindness Debbie, we are all thrilled to bits to be receiving these treatments. 

New Jackets Required!

We are delighted to have received £500 of funding from CMHMP Construction for some new jackets for our hard working staff, through the NHS Business Gateway funding programme. Here are some of the staff – I think you will agree they look great! Thank you so much, from all the Harbour Team, for your kindness.


Stacey is delighted to have been awarded another year of funding for her role through the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults, a program supported by The Scottish Government and managed by Voluntary Action South Ayrshire.

We were delighted to be amongst the successful and very worthy organisations at the Horizon Hotel for a celebratory lunch and networking event, marking their achievements Pictured below are representatives from the funded groups, members of the decision-making committee and key VASA management, including Chief Officer Marie Oliver and Deputy Chief Officer Angela McWhinnie, and staff members Stacey and Vicki.


The pupils at Irvine Royal Academy have been working hard the past few months on a YPI presentation of their chosen charity to be in with a chance of winning £3000. We are delighted to announce that Teagan, Arran, McKenzie and Josh got into the finals and the went onto WIN it for Harbour Ayrshire!! Well done guys, we are really grateful that you chose our charity and these funds will help us carry out the great work throughout Ayrshire. THANK YOU from all at Harbour.


A huge congratulations to Neil who has been consistent in his quest for recovery since leaving rehab. A fine example of the adage that “hard work pays off” as he has just been rewarded by an offer of employment and will now be a fully self supporting member of society. Well done Neil and all at Harbour wish all the very best on this next phase of your journey. Thankfully, Neil isn’t leaving us at Harbour (we wouldn’t let him) he is sticking around to offer support, through our Buddy service, to continue the life changing work he has done with us, supporting men through the transitional period after leaving rehab. Well done mate you are a true gentleman.



We would like to congratulate one of our dedicated and much loved volunteers “Wee Linda” on her recent good news that she has been accepted to carry out a placement as a peer addiction worker with WithYou (in South Ayrshire) , LInda has a also recently completed a Peer Worker Programme with RecoveryAyr. Linda is a huge asset to our organisation, she kindly completed over 1 year of service within our EmpowerHer Women’s Group and has now moved to our “out of hours” drug and alcohol helpline service, assisting individuals who are looking to access support for drug and alcohol addiction. WELL DONE LINDA FROM ALL OF YOUR HARBOUR TEAM, WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU


Our volunteers and staff have been voting the month of February for “volunteer of the month” for our Helpline Team and WE HAVE A TIE! Congratulations to “Roberta and Brian” – here are some of the comments from staff and volunteers;

“Roberta gives her all in everything she does, and goes above and beyond to help everyone she possibly can, what an asset she is to any organisation she works with. She’s a credit to Harbour”

 “Dedicated volunteer with a passion for helping others. Inspiration to many”

“Roberta promotes Harbour Ayrshire in her work and personal life with a positive and passionate attitude! She invites everyone to any groups available. Although she doesn’t facilitate a group… can tell people about each group and knows who facilitates each group. Her attitude about Harbours support system speaks volumes ( its not like she’s a quiet person anyway) her positive vibes are carried through each person she communicates with”

“Brian has worked on the helpline since its opened with Harbour Ayrshire, he is very consistent with his shifts and writing up his notes, Brian is a great example in the recovery field, he has a lot of time for the callers and is always able to provide a wealth of local recovery options! Brian deserves to win”

 “He’s competent, consistent and cuddly”

“Brian is always a calming influence and there for those in crisis”