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Care & Share is for people who are homeless, have been homeless or are vulnerable to homelessness. At the heart of Care & Share is our weekly drop-in every Wednesday 2-4.30pm at Riverside Church (next door to the Job Centre Plus) on John Street, Ayr. Here you'll get a great meal, make new friends and find out all about our various activities. At Care & Share you can (if you choose to) access a range of help and advice... help with health, benefits, housing, addiction advice, education, getting back to work and lots more!

Have a look at our site here, and you'll see for yourself what we're all about. Please come along or feel free to get in touch.

Please come along or feel free to get in touch.

Ian Gall (Associate Pastor - Riverside Church)

Horse Riding

Activities Posted on 27 Mar, 2012 08:19PM

Craigengillan Estate is located just outside of Dalmellington. As we made our way up the drive two wild deer skipped across the road in front of the mini bus.

We were heading for the Riding Stables. As we entered the yard we could see the horses patiently waiting.

Our first task was to introduce ourselves to our mount. What do you say to a horse you have never met before? Just tell them your name and give them a pat on the neck said Roslyn our instructor.

Grooming was next on the agenda so armed with brushes and combs we diligently combed the mane and tail till the staff and hopefully the horses were happy.

Bridles and saddles were fitted and the excitement was mounting. Now it was our turn to dress up. Riding hats in all sizes were tried until one fitted!!

The command was given “mount up” and with a bit of help we all managed at least to sit in the saddle.

We were given basic instructions on horse control and signals and off we set.

The trek lasted just over one hour and included the horses walking and trotting.

Back in the yard we dismounted then helped to remove the saddles and do a bit more grooming. It was now lunchtime for horses and riders before heading back to Ayr.

Words Play Songs

Poems and writings Posted on 27 Mar, 2012 03:15PM

As part of our class we listened to songs and wrote. The first one was Somewhere Over The Rainbow sang by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole. The second one was Sultans Of Swings by Dire Straits.

The first time I heard this song was when I was a baby. My mum who had a lovely voice sang it to me and my two sisters.
And it really is a wonderful world seeing the rainbow and people smiling, especially at Christmas awaiting the arrival of Santa and prezzies. By Burky


Dire Straits reminds me of my almost youthfull days when life was for living to the full. We went dancing at weekends and working hard the rest of the week. One of the best bands of their day brought those memories back.

Lisa and Tony’s writings still to come.

My Favourite Place

Poems and writings Posted on 27 Mar, 2012 10:33AM

Where is your favourite place in Scotland? What makes it special to you?

Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland
want people to write about their favourite place in Scotland, whether it’s a
remote beauty spot or an urban hideaway, a famous landmark or a
favourite cafe. They want to get Scotland writing, inspired by our country’s best-loved

So in our Creative Writing class we just did that and Burky and Lisa submitted their written work to the Scottish Book Trust website.

Burky wrote his story on Dailly and talked about his moving friendship reunion with his best friend Poker McBride.

Village Life by Burky

My favourite place is a mining village called Dailly where I was born
and I had many happy days with lots of friends and memories of the past.
I had a friend from birth until 19 years of age called Poker McBride. I
lost him for many years.

You can read Burky’s story here.

Lisa wrote to Iona. She wrote a beautiful letter to this breath-taking place.

Letter to Iona by Lisa

My Dear Beautiful Iona

I have been fascinated by you since I first heard your name. I wanted
to know more about you. So I went and saw pictures online. You looked
so glorious, specially in the sunset. I longed to visit you and set my
feet on the silver white sands that surround your body. Last year, I
rented a holiday flat in Oban and caught a ferry to Mull. Then a bus to
the place where we could sail to you. I could see you before I got in
the ferry and your beauty and splendour overwhelmed me. I felt like I
was almost dreaming. When we set sail you beckoned me closer.

You can click here and read Lisa’s story.