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Dunoon Burgh Hall lifeline COVID-19 response

Scottish Government Supporting Communities Fund

Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust (DBHT) amongst first to secure Supporting Communities Fund award

The group, which set up a community kitchen to deliver meals to the most vulnerable residents in the Dunoon area, has been awarded over £30,000 from the Scottish Government fund.

The Trust is well known for its exciting and varied arts and culture programme and now the team is demonstrating that it is truly there to serve the needs of the community by diverting its efforts to deliver the community kitchen initiative. 

It has been overwhelmed by the generosity of local people, with many new volunteers stepping up to help with the seven day a week service preparing and distributing not-for-profit meals to vulnerable and isolating local homes.

The service is a huge relief to clients, the volunteers, the Burgh Hall staff, family and friends who are unable to go see their loved ones but know they’re getting a daily visit and a meal.
Gill Robertson, director, Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust

Help where it's needed

To ensure the meals are reaching the right people DBHT is working closely with Hubgrub, Dunoon Food Bank, local Community Councils and other similar organisations. 

Gill Robertson, a director of DBHT, commented: “The community kitchen is going really well and is hugely popular with clients. Apart from providing food it’s created a routine for many as deliveries are the same time each day. The residents look forward to their morning call. On one of our recent runs we took out two highland dancers and a piper when delivering the food. The reception from the residents was overwhelming.

Reaching those in need

The Scottish Government fund, which is administered in the region by HIE, will contribute to the costs of ingredients required for the production of meals, electricity/gas costs, and the additional wage costs in relation to the preparation and cooking of the meals. It will also support a COVID-19 welfare programme for the area.

Gill added: “We’re reaching out to the whole community, and the award will allow us to continue to deliver our community kitchen service while it’s needed, and look at how we can support the area over the coming months. We’ll be distributing funds to local organisations who are directly involved in caring or supporting the elderly, isolated and vulnerable.”

Claire McMurchy, HIE’s head of strengthening communities in Argyll and the Islands, said: “The community kitchen initiative is a great example of how local social enterprises – with support from the Covid 19 Supporting Communities Fund - are responding to the needs of their communities during these challenging times.

"The team at the Burgh Hall have worked incredibly hard to get this vital service up and running and we are delighted that the fund will contribute towards the costs of keeping the service in place for as long as it is needed."

I cannot overstate how proud I am of the Burgh Hall members of staff, board members and volunteers who initiated and are carrying out this project. It’s benefiting so many vulnerable residents in our locality at this very difficult time.
Bruce Marshall, chair, Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust