Why are we doing this?

We are doing this because there is a need for it. With so much going on in the world, sometimes we forget about the problems that are right here on our doorstep. With nearly a quarter of people in Stranraer and the Rhins classed as in poverty, something needs to be done locally.

We are doing this to give people the chance to get themselves out of this situation. This is done by offering a place for anyone to come along, somewhere where people can get the needed advice, support or training to get them back on track.

People don’t want to be living constantly on handouts; they want the chance to fend for themselves. This can only be done if they are given the chance or assistance to do this.

We have started this process by opening a cafe supported by local businesses and funding organisations to be able to offer all our services for free. This allows anyone who needs it, to come along, have something to eat and drink, chat to us as to what they need or want to do.

Depending on the needs of the individual, this could be just a friendly ear, or we could direct them to a professional service that they didn’t know about, or even enroll them on the skills transfer programme that we offer through volunteering at the cafe. Our cafe will be able to train people wanting to get into hospitality or cheffing which will give them a bigger and better chance of getting a job in this sector

All this will, in turn, reduce poverty and at the same time get people back into work, by giving the necessary support and training needed.

While all this is happening we hope that everyone will make new friends and know that help is out there for those who need it.

 

Some of our funders