Ayrshire community groups are being encouraged to highlight smoking harms.

ASH Scotland is asking local groups to address the harms caused by smoking by applying for a package of tailored support to improve mental, physical and financial wellbeing.

The £500 grants are part of the health charity’s initiative to reduce the harms caused by smoking and deliver a tobacco free generation by 2034.

Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, Sheila Duffy, said: “As community groups are embedded in their local areas and their staff and volunteers are widely trusted, ASH Scotland recognises they have a vital role to play in improving the health and wellbeing of Ayrshire residents through helping to address the long-term threats of smoking tobacco.

Applications from community groups and small charities supporting people in areas of high deprivation are particularly encouraged. The charity cites those experiencing poverty, homelessness and mental health problems as well as young carers and people who have spent time in care amongst those who face the greatest challenges to good health.

In addition to the £500 grant, successful applicants will gain access to free expert advice, training and resources to help their staff and volunteers become more informed of smoking issues.

The deadline for applications is Monday, May 23.

To apply visit: www.ashscotland.org.uk/smallgrants