Firstport client to appear on BBC 2 documentary

April 16, 2013

Marianne Patterson, Level 1 and 2 winner and founder of Ayrshire Children Services to appear in BBC documentary next week.



Ayrshire Childrens Services is an innovative forward thinking child support service which supports children aged 7-11years who have additional support needs.

It’s been an eventful 2 years for Marianne building up ACS, and it has brought it’s challenges big and small. Over the past 10 months, 13 families received support through an Awards for All Lottery Grant. The award gave ACS the boost it required to ensure we became a service run for the benefit of the community and with a 100% positive feedback from parents, children and professionals ACS is on track to make this happen.

Twelve volunteers completed ACS induction training through their pathways to employment programme, of which 5 are now in full time employment with other services, 1 has been promoted and works for ACS, 1 returned to college and 3 remain as volunteers. ACS is currently training 10 new potential volunteers with another 8 beginning in June this year.

Ayshire Children Services have won a few grant awards on its journey and this month they will secure one of their biggest contracts to date. Winning the RBS business award 2012 for Biggest ‘Social Impact Company’ was a great achievement and it hopes it’s the first of many. ACS exhibited at this year’s Social Enterprise Exchange held in Glasgow SECC which open many doors to partnership working.

ACS continually strive to be innovative in its approach and remain the first and only social enterprise child care service in Ayrshire, ready to take on the challenges that SDS will bring for families, by tailoring our service around each individual need.

You can watch Marianne on The Entrepreneurs next Wednesday 24th April on BBC 2 Scotland at 9pm.