The Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT) is a small charity based in Saltcoats offering services to the community and voluntary sector (also known as third sector) across North Ayrshire.
There mission is: to deliver programmes and projects that make a difference to people’s lives by encouraging, supporting and promoting community action.
They have 14 staff and 5 volunteers and have been in existence for nearly 20 years.
They continue to grow and develop offering new and exciting opportunities for residents in North Ayrshire.
Key role is to engage with individuals who wish to volunteer and match them with an appropriate volunteering experience.
Volunteering activity is massive in North Ayrshire with more than 32,000 people who give of their time to help others.
People volunteer for all sorts of reasons, to try something new, to meet new people, to get out the house or feel they are contributing to their community. Staff respect and value all volunteers irrespective of why they do it.
TACT also engage with over 800 community and voluntary organisations, they try to help where they can, if its committee skills, funding, photocopying they will do there best to help.
TACT has evolved over the years and carries out a range of additional functions which believe work towards making North Ayrshire a great place to stay:
• employability – offer training to help people into work
• training – offer training to local organisations and third sector businesses
• youth work – work with others who work with young people to promote volunteering, in particular encouraging young people to gain a Saltire Award for their efforts.
• social enterprise development – are keen to develop social enterprises in order to provide more work opportunities for local people.
They hold an awards night every year throughout 'Volunteer Week' where they recognise and celebrate people from North Ayrshire and the incredible services theyprovide to their community.