The Scottish Governments’ Communities Recovery Fund has awarded the Erskine Reid Macewen Activities Centre a grant of £24,998, via The National Lottery Community Fund.
This incredible donation is being used to open up the Activities Centre again, after a prolonged period of closure due to the pandemic.
The Activities Centre provides support services, social opportunities and a range of meaningful classes to veterans in the local community. Classes include art, Tai Chi, woodwork and IT, all at no cost to its members. The Centre closed its doors in March 2020, and adapted to a remote service. The majority of classes were held over Zoom along with time to chat and socialise remotely. The Activities Centre staff have maintained regular contact with all members throughout the past challenging 13 months. One of the key purposes of the Centre was to combat loneliness and isolation, and the need for this service has never been more prevalent.
With restrictions lifting, it’s time to start welcoming our veterans back on site. In reopening the Centre, all possible measures have been considered to ensure the safety of the members as the absolute priority. Funding from the Communities Recovery Fund has provided an outdoor shelter, along with heaters, to allow staff to carry out as many classes outside as possible. Funding has also allowed staff to hold more classes, to ensure all social distancing measures can be adhered to. Erskine is providing additional transport for any members who would like to avoid using public transport in the current climate.
The Activities Centre Manager, Debs Dickson, said: ‘We’re delighted to get the guys back on site, it’s been a tough time for everyone. The money from the Communities Recovery Fund means that we have taken every precaution possible, making the transition back to on-site service delivery, smooth and safe for the members and staff.’