Ayrshire ‘in small steps’ is a fun way of getting out and about, perhaps getting a bit of exercise and if you want, raising some funds for a very worthwhile charity – the Ayrshire branch of the Samaritans.
As well as getting out and about, you might want to have a cup of tea or coffee with friends in nice locations where you might also enjoy a stroll. This site will also list various Tea Rooms around Ayrshire – many of them offering a chance to ‘walk off’ the cake that you might have consumed.
If you are the competitive type, you may want to climb the many ‘steps’ which will eventually be listed on the site, add up the combine heights and climb you own personal ‘Everest’. OR you may want to tick them all off, like a ‘Munro Bagger’.
So that is the basic site – Tea Rooms, Coffee Shops or places to enjoy the outdoors. Whatever you choose, we hope that you will have fun.
Why Ayrshire Samaritans?
In recent years, Ayrshire Samaritans has been the chosen charity of the Councils in Ayrshire. That support made a big difference to Ayrshire Samaritans, and this particular project aims to provide some of the funds to help Ayrshire Samaritans to keep up the services that that support has provided.
This project is not yet officially launched. We have various plans for fundraising and these will be listed on this site as they are agreed. We will be producing a ‘Step Listing’ card which will list the various locations and which you might want to use to tick them off as you visit them. As this website develops we will provide information to help you to monitor the height that you have climbed – in small steps of course.
Donations to Ayrshire Samaritans is NOT compulsory. You may choose to donate to your own favourite charity or participate for fun – BUT – funds raised by Registration Fees and Card Purchases are for Ayrshire Samaritans who are Partners in ‘Ayrshire in Small Steps’. How much you choose to donate is up to you. You might consider ‘ £1 per thousand feet/steps’ to be a good incentive to get you walking – but the choice is yours.
We will also be looking for help from individuals, groups and organisations who would like to be In Small Steps Sponsors or In Small Steps Supporters.
The value of ‘Small Steps’ goes beyond money of course. Small Steps can make a BIG difference in all kinds of ways. Few of us are ever going to climb Everest, and for most of us the challenge is daunting. But even the longest journey starts with one small step. Don’t be put off by the challenge; be inspired and take those few small steps. You may be surprised how far you will go.
Ayrshire Samaritans can also make a huge difference in small ways. They provide a listening ear to people who may feel that the challenges they face are impossible. Read more about the work of the Samaritans on the Samaritans page on this website or on the main Samaritans website.