There are over 40,000 people living in Ayr with many others visiting for work and leisure. Some local businesses and community organisations are well established but there are new faces choosing to make Ayr their home or place of work all the time.
This means there are always new and interesting people to meet but we don’t always get the opportunity to make new connections in our daily lives. Humans are creatures of habit. It can more comfortable and less effort to stay within the networks we know. As a result, people often miss out on making the right connections for them.
Sometimes people just need a good excuse to get together. So, Happy Connections hosted a supper event to bring together creative, optimistic people who all doing things a bit differently - but perhaps hadn’t met one another yet.
Braving the rain, enthusiastic individuals came along to share pizza and ideas about what we can do to make Ayr a better place for everyone to live, work and visit.
Many guests were surprised about the number of people and organisations working around them that they didn’t know about. All too often we can miss out on the fantastic resources on our doorstep because we choose not to make the time to build new relationships.
One of our guests said, ‘I had no idea what I was coming to. I thought we were going to exchange little stories about loneliness and making happy connections. I had no idea that it was going to have such an impact on my life, business life and Ayr.’
There was a wealth of local knowledge from transport, commerce, law, health, culture and more. There was a passion to share information and the beginnings of new collaborations.
We’re already hearing about exciting activities happening as a result of new connections made. As one participant said, “Events can be a bit hit and miss–this was definitely a hit!”
People value the community organisations who can help people to increase their resilience to loneliness but acknowledged with funding cuts, these organisations are struggling for resources. We heard from local businesses who want to tailor their offerings to make a difference but are disconnected from established groups.
Many guests recognised these challenges and see the way forward being to work together.
We're here to help make that happen. Who would you like to connect with?