Friends of Riverside Nature Park and Starter Packs AGM

Earlier tonight, I attended the latest meeting of the Friends of Riverside Nature Park committee that took place at the Mitchell Street Centre.   
 
There were useful discussions on a whole host of issues affecting the park.   There’s a useful Friends of Riverside Nature Park Facebook page you can access here.
 
Later this evening, I had the pleasure attending the Annual General Meeting of Starter Packs Dundee, which took place at the Salvation Army Gatehouse in Ward Road.
 
It was a well-attended meeting and there was an interesting talk by Lorna Tunstall. Session Clerk at Inchture & Kinnaird Parish Church, who spoke about the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council projects tackling homelessness – particularly in relation to the Nepal earthquake aftermath and helping refugees from the Syrian conflict.
 
Supported by local churches, Starter Packs seeks donations of good unwanted basic household goods, bed linen and curtains that are recycled and made up into ‘starter packs’ by a team of 20 volunteers working on a rota basis.   The  packs are of huge need to many families,couples and single people who obtain a tenancy but lack basic items.
 
You can read more about Starter Packs here.

Central Waterfront site visit – and Starter Packs Official Opening

Yesterday, I had a highly informative tour of the Central Waterfront kindly provided by the City Engineer and one of his Senior Engineers.    
 
It is only when you walk round the main civic space (to be known as Slessor Gardens) that the sheer size of the new civic area becomes apparent, as does the high quality of the work undertaken and finished result – something the city will be really proud of.
 
Here’s a couple of photographs :

 

I also had the pleasure yesterday of attending the Official Opening of the new Starter Packs premises in Forest Park Road, and saying a few words at the opening about the great work the charity undertakes in providing vital home ‘starter packs’ for resettling homeless and needy individuals and families in the Dundee area.
 
You can read more about Starter Packs here and here’s a photo from yesterday’s opening :

Visit to Starter Packs’ new offices

Yesterday, I had a very interesting and useful visit to the new offices of Starter Packs, who recently moved from Perth Road to Forest Park Road.
 
Starter Packs Dundee is a voluntary charity, initiated by Scottish Churches Housing Action in 2000, and provides vital home ‘starter packs’ for resettling homeless and needy individuals and families in the Dundee area.
 
The team are always looking for donations of good, unwanted basic household goods, bed linen and curtains. These are then re-cycled and made up into ‘starter packs’ by a team of volunteers working on a rota basis.
 
Last year Starter Packs Dundee responded to almost 700 referrals, helping over 1000 individuals.   You can read more about its excellent service and how to donate here.
 
The new offices are a great step forward for the Starter Packs team as they are light and spacious and make an excellent new base for this vital local charity.
With two of Starter Packs’ friendly volunteers during my visit yesterday

Starter Packs – and the Liver Birds!

Last month, I was pleased to be guest speaker at the Dundee Starter Packs AGM.   
 
I am therefore delighted that Starter Packs is one of the good causes to benefit from the Wednesday evening performance of the September “Liver Birds” performance by Act IV at the Gardyne Theatre.   Starter Packs has tickets at its office – 223977.    Tickets for the Wednesday night performance as well as the other performances are also available from the box office. 

Starter Packs Dundee AGM

Last night, I had the pleasure of being guest speaker at the Annual General Meeting of Starter Packs Dundee, which took place at Meadowside St Paul’s Church in the Nethergate.
 
It was a well-attended meeting and I was grateful for the warm welcome!
 
Supported by local churches, Starter Packs seeks donations of good unwanted basic household goods, bed linen and curtains that are recycled and made up into ‘starter packs’ by a team of 20 volunteers working on a rota basis.   The  packs are of huge need to many families,couples and single people who obtain a tenancy but lack basic items.
 
You can read more about Starter Packs here.

Starter Packs

One of the community groups that took part in the Community Fayre a fortnight ago that launched West End Christmas Fortnight was Starter Packs.    It is an excellent group doing great work for the homeless and needy across Dundee.   Earlier this year, on behalf of Barney’s Fund, I was pleased to make a donation towards Starter Packs’ work.
 
Starter Packs has asked that its work is highlighted and details of its aims are below – you can download a leaflet on how you can help Starter Packs here:
 
STARTER PACKS DUNDEE is a voluntary charity, initiated by Scottish Churches Housing Action in 2000, responding to positively to the problems faced by resettling homeless and needy individuals and families in the Dundee area.
AIMS
⃰   To assist individuals and families who are unable to provide themselves with basic household goods and bedding as they prepare to take on a tenancy.
⃰   To help such tenants to sustain their tenancies by relieving them of the drain on their resources of providing essential  household equipment and bedding.
⃰ To provide churches with the opportunity to make direct response to homelessness and poverty in Dundee by working collaboratively, collecting goods and volunteering to make up starter packs.
⃰  To foster a partnership approach bringing the churches and other agencies together to work alongside the user group and the wider community.
⃰  To raise awareness of the problems needy and homeless people face within the community, being suitably equipped as they take a  tenancy, formerly homeless individuals and families are more readily accepted.