Community Engagement Fair

Community Engagement Fair held at Prestwick Airport

Dr. Philippa Whitford, MP for Central Ayrshire, sent out the following invitation:

“I like to invite a representative of your organisation to a Community Engagement Event, organised to provide an opportunity for local charities and community groups to meet local businesses and branches of nationwide chains. The aim is to bring together charities/community groups and businesses to work collaboratively on community projects.”
Charities are to propose a primary community project for the event which would benefit from corporate support. Businesses can identify projects which they feel fit with what they can offer, whether that be manpower, IT experience or funding.
The event will be held over two days, with one based in Irvine and the other at Prestwick Airport. On each day, local charities and community groups will set-up stalls ready to explain the nature of their cause and objectives to local businesses who have agreed to take part.

Community Gift Exchange attended and displayed the laser cut scale model created by Scott Wham Architects to Ayrshire business leaders and Philippa Whitford MP for Central Ayrshire – whose constituency includes Prestwick and the proposed North Beach Regeneration site. 

People were interested in the community build, employability skills and supported employment opportunities of the project and we had some encouraging initial conversations regarding potential donation of some specialist charitable work by company staff and site equipment.

report by Al Priestnall


Community Gift Exchange SCIO

Scottish Charity 047814

Vote ‘Prestwick Beach Wheels’ in the AVIVA Communities Fund Competition!

Prestwick Beach Wheels is a collaborative project coordinated by CGX and local volunteers to provide an adult and a child sized Beach Wheel-Chair to enable people with limited mobility to enjoy a ride on the sand or a round on the putting green at Prestwick Shore. Please gift us ten minutes of your time to visit the AVIVA Community Fund website, watch our Prestwick Beach-Wheels promotional video, register and vote! With enough votes we get into the finals and could be awarded £10,000 to make this great idea a reality for people with disabilities visiting Prestwick!

The voting window is Tuesday 24th Oct to Tuesday 21st November – Please vote today and spread the word among your family, friends and colleagues!


Holiday Heritage Conversation

Prestwick school-children interview their Golden-oldies about their holidays' in the Good Auld Days!

Local school-children have been interviewing senior members of their families and neighbours about how they spent their holidays when they were young.

We provided questions for children to ask senior members of their own family, or well-known senior neighbours, about memories of childhood holidays or about day visits to the sea-side. For some this included Prestwick Shore but we hope they enjoyed sharing stories about other places too!

Press on the picture of the wee girl and her granny to see what we have learned!

We have been financially supported in this inter-generational health and well-being project by an award from the Prestwick Locality Health and Social Care Partnership.

Interviewing Grandma

Beach Hut Design Competition

To help us generate some artist's impressions of our proposal to rejuvenate Prestwick’s sea-side holiday heritage by returning beach-huts to Prestwick North Beach, we engaged the pupils of Prestwick's Primary Schools in a Beach Hut Design Competition. Following a fun assembly featuring all the equipment a family takes to the beach, many of the pupils drew their own designs as a homework choice task. We think they are great and feature them in a gallery on this website. Press on the door to enter the gallery and take a look!
We have been financially supported in this natural heritage and community building project by an award from the the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.