(Our picture shows Tom Gillan, William McVeigh, Willie Kirsopp, Alison Bennewith and Vikki Binnie)
Staff and clients of Apex Stranraer were delighted to receive a donation from Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership’s (DGHP) Community Pride Fund for their Moving In project which aims to help homeless people when they get their first tenancy. Moving In involves making up packs of basic household items that anyone would consider necessary for starting life in a new home.
Alison Bennewith, Apex Personal Development Mentor said
“For people who have been homeless, having such items may not have been a consideration or even a possibility. Packs consist of items such as cutlery, mugs, bedding and cleaning materials and so far it has proved a great success.”
Vikki Binnie, Apex’s Service Development Manager for SW Scotland, highlighted that the funding from DGHP has allowed the Moving In project to be rolled out across the whole of Wigtownshire which was not possible before.
“Apex service users have played an active part in the project as they have assisted in making up the packs, been involved with fund-raising and even created their own artwork which is available for sale.”
DGHP Board member Tom Gillan said “The Apex service is an asset to our community and I am very impressed with how much their own clients have been involved with this particular project.”
District Management Committee member Willie Kirsopp agreed.
“DGHP were delighted to have been involved with this – it is really what the Community Pride Fund is all about.”
Moving In relies on donations and Vikki confirmed
“We are always looking for any items that you would use yourself and donations can be made at our office at Backrampart, High Street, Stranraer or you can contact us directly on 01776 700973 and we will arrange to have items uplifted.”