Vow to WOW Pledge List

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AVQ Management 

"AVQ Management pledge to offer 10, One Day, Health and Safety In A Construction Environment, places to each of the secondary schools in Kilmarnock. These would be aimed at children who are not engaging or who intend to pursue a career in the construction industry. This SVQ would lead to the green CSCS card." 

WorkSmart Contracts

"Invest in young people by supporting work experience placements and apprenticeships. #DYW #REDUCETHESKILLSGAP."

Fraser

"I will, when possible clean the dirt off of the heritage plaques in Kilmarnock town centre. One of Kilmarnock's strengths is its history. I will ensure that when people take part in the heritage trail of Kilmarnock that they can read the signs clearly and that they are gleaming."

Mark 

"Paint the town with colour and laughter."

Deanna

"Litter pick etc"

Stuart  

"Commit to shopping local when possible, Challenge negative perceptions of Kilmarnock when witnessed and experiences, Speak positively about your town, Share positive news of Kilmarnock on social media, Provide a positive welcome attitude."

Abbie

"Provide fun events for children and family’s at least 4 times per year ! I would also like to offer a free party service every year for children within the East Ayrshire community from disadvantaged backgrounds."

Neil Kerr, Chairperson of East Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership

East Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership pledge that we will work together with our communities and partners to ensure that Kilmarnock town centre is a healthy and vibrant place for everyone to visit and enjoy.

Martin - TSB

"I would like to put the Kilmarnock TSB branch forward for the Keep Safe Programme." 

Maggie

"I am a willing volunteer for clean-up duties  removing graffiti, rubbish, chewing gum! etc. I shop locally. I don’t have a car so use my local town.

I can help promote local activities with leaflet drops etc. I don’t do social media because I don’t know how to! ha ha (it’s an age thing)

I’m available for snow clearing duties. It’s important  to make sure the elderly and disabled are safe and not slipping on snow.

Generally I'm here to help.

Let’s all get together and make our wee town fabulous."

Cheryl Ledgerwood

“As a life coach who focuses on mental health, specialising in anxiety and depression. I pledge to run a free weekly mental health group for anyone who are struggling!

I do daily vlogs on my page for inspiration to the community and also have a large comedy night happening in November where all proceeds are going to Beautiful Inside & Out.”

Mark Gallacher- Recovery Enterprises

"I will provide opportunities to reach and engage with marginalised community members experiencing stigma, barriers and isolation.” 

Michelle - Rule  42 Boutique and Alterations.

"Continue to positively promote Kilmarnock across our social media pages. In the hope of encouraging more of our Glasgow customers to visit Kilmarnock."

Stef 

"Share and encourage others to get involved in making Kilmarnock a town to be proud of once again."

Derek

"ETC would be pleased to manufacture and supply a bench which could be situated in the town centre for elderly or disabled person use.
Please get in touch so that we can set this up."

The Galleon Centre

"The Galleon Centre will, at specific times of the year, conduct campaigns to gather important items which can be distributed to children in Kilmarnock. 

Between October and December 2019 staff will be encouraged to bring in toys (new or nearly new) which can be forwarded to Crosshouse Hospital and, through partner organisations, to children from more deprived backgrounds at Christmas time.

Between January and March 2020, the Centre will be a drop off point for Easter Eggs which will be forwarded to West FM as part of their annual appeal to ensure many children in Ayrshire receive an egg at Easter.

The April-June and July-September Campaigns will be publicised nearer the time."

Jane

"Shop locally wherever and whenever possible; to pick up litter and encourage others not to drop litter; to speak positively about my adopted home and promote it however I can."

Ayrshire and Arran

"Through Caring for Ayrshire we will develop a health and care model to meet the needs and aspirations of our local community including modernised infrastructure to improve access."

James

I pledge to get trained in administering the life saving, overdose reversing drug naloxone and I will carry this with me in the town centre. People with drug problems deserve to be helped too.  

Peter - Errata Labs, Hackspace

"Foster a Teach/Learn environment at Errata Labs, and turn community interest into cool projects across a wide variety of skill sets."

David Little - Brass and Granite

"Donate as many as possible AED life saving defibrillators as we can to make the town the safest in Scotland". 

Peter - Urquhart Opticians

"Continue to run the Portland Road Christmas Lights Campaign. Three years ago we raised money from the local businesses to install our own Christmas Lights. We have raised over £6k over the three years and this year we are installing new lights in addition to the ones that we already have. It makes such a difference to our street appearance and hopefully acts as a template for others to follow."

Laura - Arena HR

"Arena HR will pledge 4 x 121 sessions with Kilmarnock based businesses who have no or little HR awareness, completing an HR Health Check and providing guidance on how to better their HR practices and policies."

Craig - UTOPIA Computers

We'll support Kilmarnock in every way we can!

  • Being a proud Living Wage Employer
  • Encouraging other businesses to pay a Living Wage to their employees
  • Supporting Celebrate Kilmarnock in their efforts to build a thriving town centre
  • Working with other local groups to help them meet their goals
  • Providing quality work experience placements for local students
  • Looking after our team with company profit shares, duvet days, flexible working hours and Blue Sky afternoons as well as encouraging them to get involved in supporting the goals of Kilmarnock's communities
  • Delivering fantastic customer service and innovative tech products that will see people coming from all over the country to visit Kilmarnock

Nick - Allied Surveyors Scotland

"Shop locally and promote local businesses and sole traders, particularly in the real estate and housing sector."

Martin Chambers - Galloway Diocese

"Promote Kilmarnock through the Churches"  

Elaine - Ayrshire Roads Alliance

"1. Sign Kilmarnock Shopmobility up as a safe place
2. Provide a service to people with mobility problems, either permanent or temporary, to enable to shop local within the Kilmarnock Town Centre."

Michael Barclay - Barclays 

Engage with business owners and schools across Kilmarnock to work together and raise awareness of the many career opportunities, work experience and apprenticeship programmes available in organisations within our local area

Anne

  • Shop local including the Farmer’s Market
  • Continue to volunteer at Coffee Mates, a community group that provides training for people with learning disabilities at a lunch club on Mondays in the Howard Centre
  • Challenge negative comments about our town and council
  • Weed the shrub bed at the public path beside my house instead of listening to my neighbours complaining that the Council don’t do it

Our town isn’t shops and buildings - it’s a community of people. Instead of being a negative moaner go out and do something positive! 

Maggie

I promise to help the people relax and destress by offering 12 free places at weekly auricular acupuncture with qi gong meditation sessions held in Patchwork recovery drop in centre. 

Margaret - Branching Out, Community Initiative

Help reduce the number of suicides in our town by creating a cleaner, safer, happier and then more abundance of positivity within the community we live in.

East Ayrshire Leisure Trust

East Ayrshire Leisure Trust pledges to:

  • help Kilmarnock residents to ‘Live Their Best Life’ by providing an ongoing programme of innovative, welcoming and ambitious cultural, sport and outdoor activities
  • positively promote Kilmarnock, its attractions, venues and facilities through all our marketing channels in order to attract visitors and tourists to the area
  • offer residents meaningful and exciting work placements, volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities through our culture, countryside and outdoor activities and sports and fitness venues
  • work with local producers and suppliers, particularly through our hospitality and retail offer
  • improve the enjoyment, health and wellbeing of Kilmarnock residents by providing access to an ongoing programme of innovative, welcoming and ambitious cultural, sport and outdoor activities

Laura - Ayrshire Cancer Support

Continue to deliver an exciting charity retail experience that offers opportunities to small traders and community groups.

Jason - Ayrshire Close Up

Ayrshire Up Close pledge to support local businesses and promote local community events throughout social media. 

Killiecast

Keep spreading positivity about Kilmarnock, it's folk, and everything that makes it great. We will try to improve the production value and record more regularly. 

Faye - Sustrans, Active Travel Hub

"We pledge to promote walking and cycling within/around the town and will continue to offer opportunities for residents/shoppers to take part in Instructor led rides and walks within the town and surrounding areas!"

Lilian

"Use and support the town centre stores encourage and support others to do the same."

Alistair, Alison, Peter,- Kilmarnock Business Association

As representatives of the Kilmarnock Business Association we VOW to continue to promote all businesses within Kilmarnock as positively as we can. We will engage proactively with all parties and represent the views of all businesses in relevant matters. We will organise events for opportunities to network and learn, and we will share information as widely as possible for the benefit of all. We will partake in initiatives that promote the Town Centre and surrounding areas and talk positively about the many great things about Kilmarnock.

Barbara - local resident

Speak positively about Kilmarnock as there are many good things happening. Shop locally whenever I can. 

Kay Park Parish - Church of Scotland

Promises to carry out litter picking in the town centre making the town centre a more inviting and attractive place for people to visit.

Carol Turnbull - Principal and Chief Executive, Ayrshire College

Approximately 4,000 people access the first class facilities and curriculum provision of our Kilmarnock Campus, and Ayrshire College will ensure that it continues to deliver the professional, technical and vocational training required to meet the future economic needs of Kilmarnock and the region. In addition we will:

  • encourage our Student Association to work with Kilmarnock Town Centre businesses and other organisations to develop a loyalty card offering discounts to students
  • encourage students and staff to shop ‘local’ and to actively support the regeneration activities
  • encourage students to participate and volunteer in local activities as part of regeneration
  • incorporate Kilmarnock town centre into our health and wellbeing ‘Daily Mile’ walks
  • promote local attractions, events, concerts etc to staff and students

Carolyn Hope

Continue to be a volunteer litter picker in my local area ensuring that the areas are free of litter for residents and visitors to some of the stunning assets Kilmarnock has. (Dick Institute, Remembrance Garden, Kay Park etc). 

Drew

"Help as much as I can. And do more local shopping."

Marie - Newmilns Regeneration Association

Newmilns Regeneration Association pledge to work in joint partnership with celebrate Kilmarnock. To share experiences, knowledge, values and have a joint project in the future, to promote volunteering and the enjoyment brought by being part of a group.

Hillhead Primary School

Clean up our playground and ensure recycling is part of our school day (Hillhead Primary's Eco Committee) 

Provost

I pledge to continue to support local charities and particularly my chosen charity, The Kris Boyd Charity, to help with its aims of encouraging and supporting people to engage with others when they really need help.

The charity was set up by Kris, a former footballer with Kilmarnock Football Club, after the tragic death of his brother Scott who took his own life in September 2016. The charity wants to raise awareness about tackling the stigma surrounding mental health and ultimately finding better solutions to mental health issues.

Cllr Reid

My personal pledge to Kilmarnock is to shop locally. I have always strived to shop locally as I know how important it is to support the people in our community, to help boost the local economy and in turn help create employment opportunities.

Ann - East Ayrshire Resident

For my pledge I will shop locally. I have set myself an individual challenge to make purchases between the 1 December 2019  to 31 January 2020 in Kilmarnock. It’s so important to support local traders and help the local economy, even a small purchase regularly can make a huge difference. 

East Ayrshire Council Registrars

  • Commit to shopping locally
  • Positively promote Kilmarnock and the services we provide on our Facebook page EAC Registrars to attract tourists to the area
  • Work with local wedding suppliers to promote their businesses though our Civil Wedding Services Directory that we give to every couple when they book a ceremony with us
  • Volunteer at local events
  • Promote equality and diversity within the local community
  • Assist the local community throughout various life events, for example births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships.

HALO - Urban Regeneration Company

Our vow is to bring a high quality, low carbon, Enterprise and Innovation Centre to the former Diageo site in Hill Street, Kilmarnock by the end of 2020.

Kilmarnock Locality Group

To work together with our communities and partners to realise the vision of the Kilmarnock Locality Planning Group: to collectively improve the health and wellbeing of people in Kilmarnock and reduce health inequalities.

Ayrshire Credit Union

To keep The Foregate area as free from litter as possible by doing daily checks.

Allen Kyle of Kilmarnock Football Club

  • Commit to shopping local
  • Speak positively about MY town
  • Share positive news of Kilmarnock on social media
  • Pick up litter in the town centre

Tracy Greer - TG Beauty

Clean the pavement outside my salon.

Scottish Enterprises

  • Work with East Ayrshire Council to identify and support Kilmarnock businesses with growth ambition
  • Engage companies in Kilmarnock that work with Scottish Enterprise to promote the principles of Fair Work
  • Promote the benefits and ambitions of Kilmarnock to Scottish Enterprise Staff based in our Kilmarnock office and encourage them to support local business

Ashley - local resident

Try to make strangers days better in Kilmarnock with A Wee Note. A wee thing can sometimes have a big impact on someone’s day. Spreading kindness through A Wee Note’s Take What You Need posters being put up in local cafes with notice boards. Leaving kind messages on post-it notes on empty shop windows for people to take in the hope it helps their day in some way. Being kind and helpful to people in the town and helping to improve the town however I can.

Kilmarnock Academy

Help maintain the local area around our school and town, for example, picking up litter and tidying areas when necessary. We pledge to help create equal opportunities for the young people in East Ayrshire. An example of this is our first initiative which is the Kilmarnock Academy Prom Dress appeal which will bring many young people into our town in a positive way.

Jennifer 

To shop locally whenever possible. 

East Ayrshire Advocacy Services 

We pledge to develop further Advocacy groups throughout East Ayrshire for people with addiction issues. 

Stagecoach

  • Following the refurbishment of Kilmarnock Bus Station  - we will provide planters in the travel shop to provide some colour to the area 
  • We will operate Kilmarnock local town services on Boxing Day and 2nd January to allow passengers to shop and visit friends on a national public holiday
  • Publicise that we have supervisory staff on duty in Bus Station between 06.00-24.00 to provide assistance and information
  • Continue to support our staff in their fundraising efforts for local charities such as East Ayrshire Foodbank etc

St Andrew's Primary School and Early Childhood Centre

Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) working with PC Dempster, Campus Police Officer, to tackle the issues of misuse of parking facilities within the campus in an effort to encourage drivers to be considerate of all users and park responsibly and safely.

Making monthly visits to Take a Bow to visit the various community groups, including opportunities for inter generational learning. Also, a Foodbank donation box is situated in the foyer of the centre and so far three large donations have been delivered to the local area foodbank in St Matthew’s Church. This is a pledge that will continue all year round.

Scottish Fire and Rescue

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service pledges to work in partnership with communities, public bodies, third sector organisations and businesses to make Kilmarnock Town Centre a safe and vibrant place to work and visit.

The Cook School

The Cook School pledge to open their doors on two evenings in December to host a Christmas dinner for 50 people each night from the Befriending project. They will invite 25 people along with their befriender to be treated to Christmas dinner from Braehead Foods and the Cook School on each evening.

Michael Douglas Caldow- Rowallan Surveys

Participate in any town centre initiatives.

Christine Alexander- CJ Alexander Associates

To continue to spread the word about what a great place Kilmarnock is and to volunteer my services to help community projects whenever I can.

Depute Provost- Cllr Claire Leitch

To promote and encourage any efforts that helps and aids in breaking down stereotypes of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our town centre.

Alice Mitchell- Papeterie Bespoke

As a small business in Kilmarnock, I'm interested in finding out what I can do to spread the word of other small business and encourage a wider audience to use their/our services. In terms of profit from the business I would try where possible to donate what I could to provide needed items for the town. I am interested in providing flowers/hanging baskets as suggested in list. Basically, I'd love to do what I can and any info would be gratefully received.

Neil Clelland- WJ Clelland Landscapes

Use the high street. Pass trade to the local shops and keep it alive while also pledging to clean up the river passing through the town! 

Contact Information

Town Centre Regeneration Team
Council Headquarters
London Road
Kilmarnock
KA3 7BU
Telephone: 01563 576075