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Hamish meets Girvan #OurPeopleOurPlace

Stepping Stones for Families’ Carrick Money Advice Service (CMAS) was delighted to be a part of the festivities at Girvan’s "Our People Our Place" celebration at Girvan Academy and Victory Park on Saturday 9th June 2018! South Ayrshire Council estimates around 1,500 people from the local community joined in the fun of the day!

 Hamish on the CMAS Stall with the Stepping Stones for Families House

Hamish on the CMAS Stall with the Stepping Stones for Families House

Hamish our 30th Anniversary mascot joined CMAS, and helped out at our stall, proving himself to be a very popular bear! Nikki, SSfF Manager of CMAS says “It was a fabulous day, we had a stall outside in the sunshine, which was perfect.  We had lots of visitors to our stall!”

 CMAS provides support and advice to families who may be experiencing challenging circumstances, and who may need help to mitigate the immediate and long term impact of low income, changes to social security benefits, financial crisis or debts.

In the last year alone, CMAS has independently realised almost *£1 million back into the rural Ayrshire economy; and the service is available to children, young people (up to age 24) and families.

The service was accessed by 192 parents, and 113 young people (up to the age of 24). Over £40,000 worth of debts have also been re-negotiated.

 Stepping Stones for Families CMAS team, introducing Hamish the bear our 30th Anniversary mascot to Isaac, South Ayrshire Council.

Stepping Stones for Families CMAS team, introducing Hamish the bear our 30th Anniversary mascot to Isaac, South Ayrshire Council.

“Our People, Our Place” was a week-long initiative that brought together local enterprise, third sector organisations and public sector services; the event on Saturday was a final celebration, allowing everyone in Girvan to come together and enjoy a fun day.

Sporting a brand new toorie on his bunnet, Hamish had a great time at the seaside meeting so many interesting people; learning about all the support, services and activities that exist in the local community.

Find out more about Girvan's "Our People Our Place" initiative here.

*£812,611 is actual figure realised back into the rural economy