Thursday, 1 July 2021

Your Voice, Your Solutions

Share your voice to help shape the solutions! Take part in the survey here:

Over the past year, Your Voice has engaged with and listened to the voice of people in our communities. You have shared concerns, and more importantly, the solutions - what you feel is important to have in place so that we can recover from the impact of COVID-19 and overcome the challenges that many of our people experienced before it. 

It's important to work together for a better Inverclyde for everybody - no matter what age - and important that there is something for everyone. 

We have put together a survey to gather evidence and to show decision makers the possible solutions. This will be used as evidence to change the things that you have raised this past year. 

If you need help to complete the survey, please contact Dawn, Jamie or Liz on 01475 728628 or:

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Shopmobility Update

We are delighted to announce that Shopmobility at Your Voice is now open again! 

Due to the ongoing situation, we have new procedures to ensure staff and customer safety at all times, and a new booking/appointment system is now in place. Remember, there is no criteria to join or become a member! 

From Monday 3rd May 2021, our Shopmobility Service will be available by appointment on:
  • Monday 10am - 3:15pm 
  • Wednesday 10am - 3:15pm 
  • Friday 10am - 3:15pm 
  • Saturday 10am - 1pm 

Please get in touch with Andy on 01475 728628 or email to book your slot!

Annual Report 2019-20 available online.

 Our Annual Report for 2019-20 is available to read online: CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

COVID 19 - 2021 Update

Our office remains closed to the public.

The Scottish Government has advised Scotland should remain in the highest level of lockdown. For what this means for Inverclyde, please CLICK HERE. Accordingly, we have once again taken the decision to close our offices, including Shopmobility Services, and all staff will be working from home. We will continue to be available by telephone, email and through our social media and website.

Our staff, including our Community Connectors will continue to communicate regularly with local people to check in on them and action accordingly.

We did not take this decision lightly, but as a Community Organisation we are obligated to do our utmost to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the people who use our service, as well as that of our staff team.

If you can not get out, please contact us as follows;

Telephone 01475 728628.
If you leave a voice message we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We continue to monitor the situation with regards to the Coronavirus Outbreak.

For medical advice on Coronavirus, check NHS INFORM: CLICK HERE
For Scottish Government Guidance CLICK HERE

Once again, many thanks for your patience and understanding at this difficult time.

Friday, 6 March 2020

Whats On March 2020

Monday 9th March
10.00am – 12.00 noon     Crafty Hands Group
12.30pm –  1.00pm          Tai Chi  £2.00 charge
1.00pm   -   2.00pm          Health Walk with Inverclyde Bothy

Tuesday 10th March
10.00am – 12.00 noon      Debaters – Men’s Drop In
10.00am – 12.00 noon      Community Hub
10.00am  - 1.30pm             Mark from Citizens Advice Bureau
10.00am -  12.00 noon       Camera Club

Wednesday 11th March
10.00am – 12.00 noon      Digital Support Group
10.00am  -  12.30pm         HSCP Advisory Group
10.30am  -   1.00pm          Recovery Jam
10.30am  -   12.30pm        Proud To Care
1.00pm    -   3.00pm          Family Responce
1.00pm    -   3.00pm          Mark from Citizens Advice Bureau
5.00pm    -   8.00pm          Inverclyde Recovery Café (Crown Care Centre)

Thursday 12th March
10.00am – 12.00 noon       Your Voice Art Class
10.00am  -  12.30pm         Kinship Carers
1.30pm   -  3.30pm            Macmillan  Health Hub
1.30pm   -  3.30pm            Best Friends Group (BFG)
2.00pm   -  4.00pm            Physical Disabilities Support Group

Friday 13th March
11.30am -    1.00pm          New Scots
12.00 noon - 4.00pm        Inverclyde Buddies Craft Group
1.30pm   -    3.30pm          Cool Café Chat
5.00pm    -   8.00pm          Inverclyde Recovery Café (Crown Care Centre)

Saturday 14th March

10.00am -    4.00pm         Shopmobility Only

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Challenging Inverclyde Poverty Group

Challenging Poverty, 365 Days a Year

Effects of poverty on Inverclyde’s people and families…
Poverty in Inverclyde affects many people and is an issue that the Challenging Inverclyde Poverty (CIP) Group and partners are keen to address. 
For the most part the highest poverty rate is experienced by:
  • Lone parent families
  • Single adults
  • Two parent families

The CIP group and community members highlighted that lack of:
  • Money
  • Food
  • Appropriate housing
  • Transport
  • Childcare
  • Opportunities for extra activities/holidays etc.

can make it difficult to raise a family and / or get on with everyday life / living.

People shared that due to poverty, they deal with stress on a daily basis. This can lead to health problems and also impacts on all who are living at home. Those with families feel that they have let their kids down and it is also evident that people can be embarrassed by their situation.
  • Tend to buy/access processed, frozen food etc. – aware this is not as good for you as fresh
  • Reliance on food banks – hand outs, not good for self esteem
  • Stressed - not meeting needs of kid/s - cost of the school day and things that parents are expected to pay for, kids feel embarrassed when they are not doing things with / having things that their peers have
  • Not meeting own needs – tend to use money for other essentials e.g. rent/heating, enable kids to participate in extra activities as worry about how they are feeling and the impact that this can have on them (ACE’s)
  • Worry that kids will not have as many opportunities as other children – sports, music, fun activities
  • Kids feel pressure from their peers / social media on how to dress, what to do
  • Failed as a parent - cannot afford to give them all the things they want
  • Feel ashamed about living in poverty and it is very difficult to ask for help with costs for trips or other things
  • Go without things I need to be able to give more to my kids

We here at the CIP Group hope that:
  • Things will change for families / individuals living in poverty and all of Inverclyde’s people will get the opportunity to succeed in life
  • People will have more support and greater awareness of what is available locally to address needs and concerns 
  • There will be more options available for day-care / nursery needs so parents can work
  • Government/employers will raise the minimum wage for everyone,  more equality for pay and more affordability for basic needs

Scarcity is an economic term that describes the mind-set people develop when they have many needs and not enough resources to meet those needs.

An example of scarcity is found in people who live in poverty. Research has found that living in poverty can greatly impair peoples’ decision-making abilities, often resulting in making poor decisions.

This is because poverty leads to a scarcity mind-set that negatively changes the way a person thinks, plans, and operates. Living in a state of scarcity:
  • Imposes a cognitive load that saps attention and reduces effort – too busy worrying about other things to concentrate on the task in hand
  • Impairs peoples’ ability to make and carry out healthy long-term goals. People become focused on present, short-term goals such as how to deal with immediate expenses
  • This is called tunneling – the brain becomes so focused on a particular short-term problem that it can’t focus on anything else

may make bad financial decisions such as playing the lottery or borrowing too much money – in the hope that this will help them deal with the short-term problem of paying for a bill, can lead people into worse situations than they were in before

Scarcity is also present in other situations such as:
  • When workers are not given enough resources to do their jobs
  • In the aftermath of a natural disaster when there aren’t enough goods to go around
  • Sometimes people even live out of a scarcity mind-set when there are plenty resources to go around - when people make decisions from a scarcity mind-set, they hoard resources, only think of themselves, and live with a lot of anxiety

 Steven Covey is a businessman who wrote a book entitled The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

In the context of business, Covey encourages people to embrace an abundance mentality over a scarcity mentality as they make decisions about their lives and careers.

People with an abundance mentality make decisions out of a mind-set that there is enough to go around. They are more generous with their resources, more gracious when other people succeed, and less anxious that they will miss out. They make decisions out of a belief that there is enough to go around.