Another cheque for £500 presented to the ladies from the Golden Oldies Cinema Club
A monthly event, Golden Oldies Cinema Club aim to replicate the experiences of their childhood/adulthood when visiting the Cinema. They show classic films which help aleviate loneliness in older people and strengthen mental health - everyone loves to reminisce!
Our funding will help towards their Christmas lunch this year, meaning they can double the amount of people invited.
These ladies do an amazing job, talking to them today I could really feel the passion they have for this project and the people they support and we wish them all the very best.
Pictured is Shop Manager Paul Smith presenting the cheque to Mary Cavin and her team.
Very happy to present a cheque for £500 to Dundee Food Train
Since 1995 Food Train has been making daily life easier for older people, providing vital services to those who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability.
Food Train makes hundreds of grocery deliveries every week, ensuring those most in need have access to fresh groceries. Teams of dedicated local volunteers across the region also go that extra mile by helping with household jobs, delivering books through our library service and providing much needed friendly social contact and meals through our Meal Makers and befriending services.
We are very proud to support such a wonderful cause.
Accepting the cheque from Shop Manager Paul Smith is Grant Simmons, Regional Manager of Dundee Food Train.
The Grey Lodge Settlement is a local charity, based in the Hilltown, Dundee. It works with all ages and groups across the community, striving towards making a progressive, positive and significant difference. It has carried out such work since 1888. It particularly presents opportunities to teenagers, youths and young adults, who might be facing challenge, disadvantage and a lack of future direction.
We think this is great and we are happy to help with their activities.
Here we have Sharon from my team presenting the cheque to Alan from Grey Lodge Settlement.
More funding this week.
This time to our near neighbours in the Wellgate Centre, Wellbeing Works Dundee
They are organising a community greenhouse and our funding will help towards everything they need to set it up. Such a great idea!
Accepting the cheque from Manager Paul and volunteer John is Wendy from Wellbeing Works Dundee
More funding from our wee shop.
This time it's to Glebelands Primary School.
We were contacted by teacher Gary Jamieson whose class have been doing a Social Enterprise Project and came up with the concept #dontrecycleracism.
They won in a Dragon's Den style competition and have secured partnerships in the local community with Biffa, Xplore Dundee and Jigsaw Media who are having a website built with information on racism for primary aged children across the Country.
Their aim is to have their sticker/QR code in every primary classroom so children can access the website. The stickers are also going onto busses around Dundee and Biffa bins.
They are looking to raise further funds to stock their online shop and stock for the upcoming Science Festival at Dundee Science Centre where they have been promised a stall and space in their public shop.
We at Dundee Community Grants think this is an amazing concept and a wonderful thing to teach kids at a young age and we are very happy to support them in their endeavours. #dontrecycleracism
Gary Jamieson is seen here receiving the cheque from Shop Manager Paul Smith, Assistant Manager Sharon Moran and volunteer John Colquhoun.
A couple of weeks ago I read a story in the Dundee Evening Telegraph of a local community organisation Freya's Wish who had 3 of their collecting tins stolen from an event they were hosting. I couldn't believe people would stoop so low so we stepped in to donate £300 to their wonderful cause.
Here we have Brook and Demi accepting the cheque.
This time it's to The Miley Nature Reserve a group of local volunteers who look after The Miley, a wildlife reserve that runs along the route of the former Dundee to Newtyle railway. It is locally known as a place of peace and quiet, a sanctuary for people and wildlife in the heart of the city.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust began creating a place for wildlife here in 1992. Lots of hard work was done by volunteers, trainees and school children involving planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers and removing rubbish which has transformed a once derelict piece of land into an urban treasure.
Our grant will go towards the restoral of the Miley mural in the tunnel, first painted in 2012 by Pammie Bennett-McGurk of PB Process Design that has now degraded quite a bit.
We are very happy to donate £500 to help support this restoration.
Another round of funding from us today.
We happily granted £500 to Dundee Starter Packs who do an amazing job responding positively to the problems faced by resettling homeless and needy individuals in the Dundee area. I was shown around by Fiona to see the amazing work she and her team do....we are proud to be able to help such a worthwhile cause.
Something a bit different for us.
We were contacted by a local sheltered housing complex after they had their television stolen from their lounge. The residents had all saved up a lot of money for it and sadly someone broke in and stole it.
We were very happy to replace the TV for them.
Very happy to support two more local projects.
The first is the Relax With Crafts group. A long established group with an age group of 50-80 they do painting, knitting, jewellery making to name a few. They make their own stuff to sell at fairs to boost their funds for tutors etc and they like to get children involved in crafting. Over the last year or so the group tell me that their crafting has done so much to help their mental health so we are very happy to donate £500 to their funds.
Second funding is to Missing Pets (Dundee And Angus) who are saving for a thermal scope to assist with their searches for missing animals. A truly wonderful cause.
New Shop Sign
So pleased with our new sign that has just gone up.
Many thanks to Icon Signs for a wonderful service.
We are very happy to support four more local community projects.
Dundee Bairns - A charity providing food and fun to children in Dundee.
Dundee Age Concern -Provides day care for older people. Clients find companionship in a safe and secure environment with a variety of activities.
Hilltown Community Larder - Providing food and essentials to their community.
Our first fundings
We are very happy to be able to give out our first funding after only 2 weeks trading.
Today we presented 2 cheques for £500 each. Firstly to Ken Linton for the Dundee Foodbank and secondly to Claire Taylor for the Archie Foundation (Tayside). Both wonderful causes and they all do a fantastic job.
For more info on Dundee Foodbank click here
For more info on Archie (Tayside) click here
We are Open!
At last! It has happened, we are open! So excited for what lies ahead and hopefully raise lot's of money for some very worthy local projects.
A few pics of our new shop and some of our lovely volunteers.