CENTRAL Ayrshire’s MP, Dr Philippa Whitford, dropped in to see the hardworking women at the Ayrshire Women’s Hub to help raise awareness of Challenge Poverty Week

The Ayrshire’s Women’s Hub is a hugely valuable local service which has five caseworkers dealing with hundreds of cases on issues ranging from complex benefit problems to social care for individuals and families across the whole of Ayrshire.

The Hub also provides a drop off point for the South Ayrshire School Clothing Bank.

Following her visit last Monday, Dr Whitford said: “I was delighted to visit Angie and her team at the Ayrshire Women’s Hub today to hear about the fantastic but also immensely challenging work they do to support individuals and families in need.”

“The Hub itself is a lovely, welcoming space with a warm stove and comfy chairs to help make those who use it feel at home - even if all they have come for is a cup of coffee and some company. Unfortunately, it is currently quiet, due to COVID, but the team have continued to provide benefit advice or social support through telephone and video consultations.

“As we plan our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that we take the opportunity to build forward, rather than going back to ‘business as usual’. We need to build an economy that is more socially just - focussed on fairness and sustainability rather than on greed and consumption.”