North Ayrshire Council has a number of Charitable Trusts for particular towns and villages which are intended to provide assistance to those in need. The areas covered by these trusts and the purposes for which funds are held within each trust are determined by the terms of the original bequests made to the Council or its predecessors. Any organisation providing assistance to persons in these areas, or any individual living in these areas, may apply for assistance from the relevant trust. Areas Covered by the Town Charitable Trusts are Beith & Gateside, Dalry, Irvine, Kilbirnie & Glengarnock, Kilwinning and Largs. The Trust purposes applicable are: the prevention or relief of poverty; the provision of recreational facilities or the organisation of recreational activities with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended; the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage; the advancement of education (applicable to Beith & Gateside Charitable trust only).