Groups benefit from housing fund

Annie Murray, Wigtown District Management Committee (DMC) member; Jane Pitcher and Marlane Cash of Machars Basic Bank and Willie Kirsopp of Wigtown DMC.
Annie Murray, Wigtown District Management Committee (DMC) member; Jane Pitcher and Marlane Cash of Machars Basic Bank and Willie Kirsopp of Wigtown DMC.

Two local groups have received a cash boost from a housing partnership’s community fund.

The Machars Churches Basic Bank and the Stranraer Furniture Project have benefited from Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership’s Tenant Community Fund.

Back row: Ryan Strange; Paul Smith; Gavin Murray and Alan McCulloch all from Stranraer Furniture Project'Front row: Stuart McHarg, Stranraer Furniture Project; Doreen Cowan and Mary Bennewith, both members of DGHP's Wigtown District Management Committee.

Back row: Ryan Strange; Paul Smith; Gavin Murray and Alan McCulloch all from Stranraer Furniture Project'Front row: Stuart McHarg, Stranraer Furniture Project; Doreen Cowan and Mary Bennewith, both members of DGHP's Wigtown District Management Committee.

The basics bank, which has been running since December 2012, supplying more than 800 food parcels to families and people in need in the west of the region and has received £1000 from DGHP’s Wigtown District Management Committee (DMC).

This money has been awarded to help the group relocate and purchase goods that are in high demand.

Jane Pitcher, who was involved in the original development of the project said: “We are extremely grateful to DGHP in getting this funding.

“Since the benefit changes in April, our activities have increased and this funding has helped us to set up in permanent premises.”

Stranraer Furniture Project also received grant funding to the tune of £5000.

The group, based at Hillside Drive in the town, secured the funding to help DGHP tenants who need a little bit extra support in making their new house a home.

Tenants who require support from the project are referred for assistance by DGHP staff and the grant funding means that more tenants have received help than ever before.

Paul Smith, manager of the Furniture Project, said: “This allows tenants to create a home environment through the supply of furniture and electrical appliances.

“Ultimately, this should contribute to sustaining tenancies thanks to the donations made to the Furniture Project by residents of Wigtownshire and with the support of DGHP.”

Mary Bennewith, of DGHP’s Wigtown District Management Committee (DMC), said: “I am so impressed with the way the project operates and so glad to see how much the work here is helping people.”