Grant helps the homeless

Tom Gillan, DGHP Board member; William McVeigh who helped put the packs together; Willie Kirsopp, DGHP Wigtown DMC member; Alison Bennewith and Vikki Binnie, both of Apex (Scotland).
Tom Gillan, DGHP Board member; William McVeigh who helped put the packs together; Willie Kirsopp, DGHP Wigtown DMC member; Alison Bennewith and Vikki Binnie, both of Apex (Scotland).

A “moving in” project to help people in and around Stranraer has benefited from a grant by Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership’s Community Pride Fund.

Staff and clients of APEX (Scotland) were delighted to receive funding of £5000 for their project, which aims to help homeless people when they get their first tenancy.

Alison Bennewith, personal development mentor with Apex, said: “The project involves making up packs of basic household items that anyone would consider necessary for starting life in a new home. 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, the service development manager for south-west Scotland, highlighted that the funding from DGHP has allowed the “moving in” project to be rolled out across the whole of Wigtownshire – something which wasn’t possible before.

She added: “APEX clients have played an active part in the project as they have assisted in making up the packs, been involved with fundraising and even created their own artwork, which is available for sale.”

DGHP tenant members went along to see first-hand how the project works.

DGHP Board member Tom Gillan, who also sits on Wigtown District Management Committee (DMC), who awarded the group the money, 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.”

Fellow DMC member Willie Kirsopp added: “DGHP were delighted to have been involved with this project, which fits in really well with DGHP’s own work in terms of helping people sustain their tenancies. It is really what the Community Pride Fund is all about.”

APEX relies on donations and Vikki said: “We are always looking for any items that you would use yourself. Donations can be made to the office at Backrampart, High Street, Stranraer, or you can contact APEX directly on 01776 700973. We can even arrange to have items uplifted.”