ILS launch in Stranraer

Russell Brown at the launch of the ILS. KP
Russell Brown at the launch of the ILS. KP

GALLOWAY MP Russell Brown was at the Millennium Centre in Stranraer on Monday to officially launch the Stranraer branch of the charity Independent Living Support.

ILS has been operating in Dumfries but now offers help and support to residents in the west of Dumfries and Galloway.

Morag Notman will be based in Stranraer and will be working with the management team of Claire Ross, Service Manager and Elaine Colquhoun, Financial/Operational Manager.

ILS spokesperson Elaine Colquhoun said: “The launch was a great success with lots of agencies attending. The project is a pilot to be run in the year 2011 and is financed by The Holywood Trust primarily; The Robertson Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Council Housing Support Services and Fairer Scotland.

“There are two projects for the team. The first being to help people learn or enhance their life and employment skills and comes under the banner ‘It’s All About You’ which is appropriate since we focus on assisting clients in the skills they want to develop. Service Users can enter the service at any point be it tenancy support (practical things like decorating, cooking food, dealing with official letters, filling in forms, managing visitors) to Core Skills (numeracy and literacy, IT Skills) Life Skills (self esteem, anger management, assertiveness) to employment skills ( writing CVs, interview skills, volunteering etc).

“Our worker Morag Notman will deliver these in various ways; one to one within a Service User’s home or within the ils office and group work either within the Millennium Centre or within other partner agencies premises.

“The other project is called ‘Keeping Warm’ project which is run in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Seniors Forum. This project provides fuel advice to the vulnerable and isolated over 60s throughout the whole region. It provides advice on energy efficiency, negotiating tariffs as well as help to apply for grants for central heating and insulation or benefits checks. Our worker will do home visits and will see the client through the whole process.”

For more information ILS can be contacted on 01387 262226 or at The Millennium Centre, 75 George Streeet, Stranraer.