C.L.A.S.P

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About Us

CLASP provides a range of services across North Ayrshire including:

  • Localised access to advice and information on issues affecting social inclusion.
  • Advice to ensure local people and groups gain an increased knowledge of their rights and their capacity to actively address issues affecting the quality of their lives.
  • Assistance in accessing training and educational opportunities to gain transferable skills, enabling individuals to access employment and further educational opportunities.
  • Support to ensure that local people and groups are able to access training in the use of Information Technology to meet their personal needs.
  • Support to older people through provision of a range of services and activities to reduce isolation and loneliness, and improve health and wellbeing.

We use a collaborative working model, linking with other local voluntary and statutory organisations, working together to fill gaps in service provision.

Our History & Values

CLASP (Community Led Action and Support Project), was established as a charitable voluntary organisation in January 2000 taking over the former Hayocks Information and Support Project, a Social Work Urban Programme funded project.
CLASP also became a Company Limited by Guarantee in March 2005.
Initially, CLASP was established to support residents of the Hayocks and Stevenston communities but developed and expanded their services and now support residents from across the North Ayrshire local authority area.

The aims of the organisation are the relief of poverty and advancement of education. The charity’s objectives are:

  • To develop a community managed and run sustainable project in the Stevenston area but serving the North Ayrshire area.
  • To encourage a more empowered, informed and socially active community through community capacity building and active citizenship training and activities.
  • To support and facilitate individual and group activity on issues relating to social inclusion.
  • To provide a local base for information, advice, assistance and resources on issues such as poverty, health, unemployment, money advice, literacies and local training opportunities in partnership with other voluntary and statutory organisations.
  • To recruit and train local volunteers in the above activities offering, where possible, recognised accredited opportunities in partnership with training and education providers.

Our Staff

Rosemary McCurdy

General Manager

Salena Riley

DIGITAL PARTICIPATION MANAGER

Jim Montgomery

HOPE Project Manager

Margaret Hammond

CLEANER (PART-TIME)

Nikki Pitt

HOPE Activities Coordinator
(Part-Time)

Sessional Staff Team

Susan Seenan – Digital Participation Coordinator
Paul McCurdy – Digital Tutor & Telephone Befriender
Christine Kennedy – Telephone Befriender

Our Board of Directors/Management Committee

Helen Bruce – Director and Chairperson
David Wilson – Director and Vice Chair
Jean Cousar – Director and Treasurer
Barbara Richards – Director
Councillor John Sweeney – Committee Member
Anne Harvey – Committee Member
Pam Crosthwaite – NAC Adviser to the Board/Committee

Our Volunteers

Volunteers are important and at the heart of the CLASP organisation. Becoming a volunteer with CLASP helps us build a bridge between us and the community we support, and brings the diversity which enriches our organisation. To find out more about volunteering with us please see our Volunteering page.

Our Partners

North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

Third Sector Interface North Ayrshire

Better Off North Ayrshire

North Ayrshire Council

East Ayrshire Citizens Advice Bureau

CHAP (Community Housing Advocacy Project)

The Ayrshire Community Trust

North Ayrshire Money Matters Team

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

 

In addition, we work closely with a number of other organisations to deliver our HOPE project, including the Church of Scotland, Dementia Awareness Largs Group, Arran Community & Voluntary Sector and the NHS Older Adult Psychology Service.

Our Funders

We are grateful for the support of our funders including:

National Lottery Community Fund

North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership
(Who provide match funding for our HOPE project)

North Ayrshire Council
(Whose funding allows us to support their Gaelic learners)