NORTH Ayrshire Council is looking for your ideas to help challenge poverty across the region.

As part of Challenge Poverty Week – which takes place from October 1-7 – North Ayrshire Council leader Joe Cullinane is launching a survey looking for your ‘Big Idea’.

It is hoped at least one resident can provide a ‘real nugget’ of a solution which can genuinely make a difference to North Ayrshire’s high poverty rates.

The results of the survey – which can be filled in online or by paper – will be discussed at various event across the six council localities during Challenge Poverty Week.

Councillor Cullinane said: “Challenge Poverty Week is something we take very seriously every year. It gives us a chance to highlight the real issues here and shine a light on some of the help and support out there.

“We really feel that it’s important that more people take part in the debate. That’s why we want people to come forward with their big idea.

“The council is working hard to challenge poverty. We are the first council in the UK to provide free sanitary products across facilities, while our Better Off North Ayrshire team is having a massive impact on helping vulnerable people make vital savings. We are also launching our own energy supplier at the end of this year which will help those suffering from fuel poverty.

“There are many other initiatives out there but we want to do more. And we want everyone to get involved in an open and ongoing conversation on this massively important issue.”

If you have a suggestion, you can post on social media using the #MyBigIdeaNA.

Check out the Council Leaders’ – NAC_Leader – twitter page for a link to the video and survey.