Charity registered in Scotland - SC012153.

Groups

Useful Links

OIR Ayr - www.oirayr.org.uk
Office address: 61 Main Street, Ayr, KA8 8BU; Telephone 01292 260086
Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10am - 2pm

OIR Troon - www.oir-troon.org.uk
Chairman: Raymond Howes

OIR Kilmarnock - www.kilmarnockoir.org
Chairman: Robert McWilliam - 01563 522421

OIR Three Towns (Stevenson/Ardrossan/Saltcoats)
Marion Watson: 01294 601243

Other links

Here are some handy links to other websites that might be of interest to you. Just click once on the blue text below to be transferred to the site you'd like to visit.

Information about Largs

Largs Online.co.uk is a comprehensive guide, containing information about getting to Largs, accommodation, what's on, entertainment, food and drink, family fun, sport and leisure, historical information, walking, parks, festivals, the Largs marina, churches, and local news.

Ian Dalgleish's site contains archive and contemporary photographs of scenes, activities and events in and around Largs and Millport. It also has links to local organisations such as the Largs Lifeboat and the Largs Model Boat Club. There is a map of the area, a guide to a night out in Largs, and tide times.

BBC Five-Day Weather Forecast for Largs

Local Amenities

North Ayrshire Council has links to a very wide range of local services and information, including the Benefits Service, consumer advice, council tax, libraries, refuse collection, roads, trading standards, as well as online computer learning resources. There are also links to the business of the Council itself.

The Ayrshire Electronic Community offers information and communications technology support to community and voluntary organisations and small businesses. Its Web site contains an A-Z of Ayrshire community groups, links to water, gas and electricity providers, information on organisations that offer funding and various forms of support, as well as many other matters.

Health Care

NHS 24 is mainly a telephone service. You can call 08454 24 24 24 at any time of day or night when you, or someone you look after, are unwell, or when you are looking for more information about a health matter or local healthcare services. The website gives information about the service.

The Ayrshire & Arran NHS Board Homepage contains various news items and information about the health services offered in Ayrshire and Arran.

GP Practices in North Ayrshire is a listing provided by the Ayrshire & Arran NHS Board.

NHS Scotland maintains a national site, called Scotland's health on the web.

Organisations for the Elderly

Age UK Scotland manages the Scottish telephone Helpline for Older people, which gives information to older people in Scotland and those concerned about them. Call 0845 125 9732, Monday to Friday, 10 am - 4 pm. Age Concern also produces over 40 comprehensive factsheets designed to answer many of the questions older people - or those advising them - may have. You can download individual factsheets from this website or ask for them to be sent to you by post.

Help the Aged in Scotland lobbies on behalf of older people. Its website contains general advice and information, as well as more specific information on health and care, money, services for the elderly, and home shopping. Help the Aged also runs SeniorLine, which is a free telephone advice service for older people, their relatives, carers and friends. Call 0808 800 6565, Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm.

Saga is a commercial organisation aimed at the over-50s. Its website includes information about the Saga Magazine, Health, Holidays, Finance, and even Saga Radio.

Financing Retirement is a general website with a variety of information about financing retirement.

The Voluntary Sector

The Office of the Scottish Charities Register is the national organisation set up to regulate charities in Scotland. Its website contains a list of active charities.

The main portal to the voluntary sector in Scotland is workwithus.org.

Websites for Our Groups

Badminton
sportscotland National Centre Inverclyde

Bookworms
BBC Books Homepage

Bowls: Carpet/Indoors
Largs Bowling Clubs

Bridge
Scottish Bridge Union.

Calligraphy
The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society

Computers
Largs Cine and Video Club
Learning in North Ayrshire Libraries
James Watt College (for ITC courses) 

Cycling
Scottish Cycling Union

Languages
Online translation dictionaries and Collins English Dictionary
The School Gaelic Dictionary    The Gaelic Books Council

Music
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

Scrabble & Board Games
Anagrams
Association of British Scrabble Players

Stitch 'n Craft
The Embroiderers' Guild

T'ai Chi
The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain is the largest collective of independent Tai Chi Chuan Instructors in the British Isles.

Walking
Cotswold Outdoor shop - 15% discount to OIR members! Contract No. available from OIR Office

The Ramblers' Association
Ordnance Survey's Get-a-map service.

General Online Services

To save you having to phone one of the many new directory enquiry services, here's a link to BT's online service. There's also a link to the nation-wide Yellow Pages directory.

BT Directory Enquiries    Yellow Pages

Off to visit relatives or friends? There are various online services to help you plan your route. Here are some.

AA Route Planner    Green Flag Route Planner     RAC Route Planner

Suggestions

This list is by no means complete. If you'd like to suggest any extra links for our members, or if you find any 'dead' links, we'd be delighted to hear from you. Just click here to send us a message.

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