A fantastic start and an exciting future ahead…a Trustee’s view.

Harbour Ayrshire’s very first trustee meeting was held on 28 April 2022. Ten months on I am delighted to say that the progress achieved by the organisation has exceeded even our own expectations. OSCR approval was granted within 10 weeks of that initial meeting and that allowed our activities to really get going.

Our unique approach is already changing people’s lives and as a trustee, I would like to thank our Management Team and our Volunteers, many of whom are driven by their own lived-experiences and who care passionately about helping those in most need.

Thank you to our funders, big and small. You have given us the financial means to accelerate and grow the services we provide and right now we are able to secure another two full-time employment positions within Harbour Ayrshire, widening further the number of people we help in our communities.

At this moment, we have 23 volunteers and over 100 attendees each week at our various Peer Support groups. We also have 2 people in Prehab, 3 in residential Rehab and 5 in Aftercare following residential rehab.

I have personally made guest attendances at our peer support meetings and a CA meeting, to see at first hand the great work our team are doing and the life changing impact it has on our clients and their families. Very recently, the good work of Harbour Ayrshire was recognised by Siobhian Brown MSP during a discussion on tackling the stigma surrounding drug deaths in the Scottish Parliament.

But this is only the beginning. Thank you again to everyone involved and every organisation that has shown us support in these early days, an exciting future lies ahead which I know will change many people’s lives for the better.

David Hughes

Chair of Trustees, Harbour Ayrshire