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Pitstop lunch club for the elderly

Pictured in Pitstop Forfar on Friday are, from left - Bobbi Murray volunteer, Mark Graham volunteer, Dawn Mullady and Sylvia Breen who rung the place.

Pictured in Pitstop Forfar on Friday are, from left - Bobbi Murray volunteer, Mark Graham volunteer, Dawn Mullady and Sylvia Breen who rung the place.

The Pitstop in Academy Street, recognised as a valuable asset for the young people of Forfar, is all set to open a lunch club for the elderly.

The Drugs Initiative Group, which runs the project, has received £29,000 to fund the club which will operate for a two year period.

Using money raised by HealthGift through The Health Lottery, grants have been awarded by People’s Health Trust through Active Communities, a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

This project will provide a lunch club for older people twice a week for 50 weeks.

The aim is to open the organisation’s services to the elderly, offering opportunities for the different generations to work together and reduce isolation as well as offer healthy meals at an affordable price.

Local young people will volunteer at the lunch club and serve meals to 20 people.

Welcoming the news, Sylvia Breen, development worker, said: “We have had some of the older generation coming in to help with our refurbishment project. This is a great opportunity for us. It is a starting point and I can see it growing.”

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthGift, said: “The projects are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals and we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are supporting people to live longer healthier lives.”

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said: “We are delighted to be investing in these local organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to grow, live, work and age.”

Active Communities is for community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £350,000 a year that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 a year, for projects lasting up to two years.

 

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