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Reminder: There are a few events tomorrow for the local community to vote for charities to be awarded funding from Clacks Council. Our manager will be at the Civic Centre from 12 – 3pm if you would like to come along to support the gate to vote or to find out more information about our application – Bright Developments!

Due to a significant increase in people requiring support from our Charity we urgently need to upgrade our electrical system as only half our premises has lighting and electricity. Our back hall is rendered unusable due to this issue. Funding would allow us to install a more suitable system to deliver some services full time to the most vulnerable within our community.     Please Help! Thank You.

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Community Matters Funding

Hi there,

There are a few events coming up soon for the community to vote on various projects to secure funding from Clack’s Council Community Matters Fund.

We have submitted an application to desperately upgrade our electrics.  At present, we have no electricity or lighting in our back hall rendering the space unusable.  We really need to use this space to expand our project storage and space.  The number of people using our services have significantly increased over the last year.  For example, we distributed over 70000 meals via our foodbank during 2016 in comparison to the 55000 in 2015.  There was an increase in 300 people attending our soup pot totalling 1755 people receiving support.  More people are attending our community cafe each Friday to socialise with friends in a safe warm and welcoming environment.

Please come along to the Civic Centre this Sat 28th January 2017, between 12 – 3pm, or the Sauchie Hall between 11 – 3pm or the Dumyat Centre, Menstrie between 1 – 4pm to vote for The Gate’s Bright Developments Project.

You can vote at any or all the venues if you wish to do so!!   Please support The Gate!

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Toy Shop Success

We were delighted when the Woman for Independence organisation opened a pop up shop during the month of December to raise funds for local foodbanks.  Linda popped along to the gate to donate £731 cash so we could purchase fresh items to accompany food parcels.  During 2016 we distributed over 70000 meals to people in crisis within Clackmannanshire so we thoroughly appreciated this cash donation to support the increased needs.

We would like to thank everyone who helped the team to work long hours in the shop and of course for all their help during the collection, sorting and cleaning up process.

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SNP Supports The Gate

We were delighted to receive a cheque from the local SNP office to support our project operations.  After such a busy Christmas season, we really appreciated this gift of money to help us provide food parcels and support for the most vulnerable within our Community.


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Lily Saddled Up for The Gate

Our youngest volunteer, Lily Christie age 10, cycled from Glasgow to Edinburgh last weekend during the Pedal for Scotland event and raised over £2,250 for our Charity.   Many of these donations are eligible for Gift Aid which will boast the overall total raised.

What an absolute star!  Speaking with Lily, she said “I found it quite difficult cycling up the hills but then I remembered why I was taking part in the event which gave me strength to carry on.  I want to help people in the community who may not have as much as I do”.

If you would like to support Lily, her JustGiving page is still open at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lily-Christie

Thank you!  And, WELL DONE LILY!!

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Recovery Cafe Developments


We were really pleased to host Forth Valley’s Recovery Cafe on Easter Monday which went really well despite the date being a bank holiday.

The Recovery Cafe will be open every Monday from 4pm – 9pm at The Gate Centre.  For further information contact Jardine Simpson, 07920 234694 or email jsimpson@asc.me.uk or pop along to The Gate Centre for a chat with our staff or volunteers about this service who would be happy to assist with your enquiries. 

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Well Done Emma & Mariam!

Two pupils from Redwell Primary called Emma McCurdie and Mariam Akhtar recently held a sale during a parents evening to raise funds for our Charity.  The pupils sold Vegetable Pakora, and carried out a “Guess the Teddy’s Birthday” to raise money.  Our Centre Manager, Marie Brownhill visited the pupils today at their school where she was told by the headteacher that the fundraising efforts were entirely Emma’s and Mariam’s own idea.  They worked hard to prepare and throughout the evening, raising a grand total of £74.50 for our Charity.  Well Done Girls!! 

A true inspiration for the young people in Alloa.  We were absolutely delighted to receive this donation!  Emma and Mariam asked if the money could be used to help with our overhead costs to house and operate our projects.

Huge thanks to Emma and Mariam!!!!!

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Fundraising Success!!!

On Saturday 6th Feb 2016, we hosted a concert featuring David Sangster and the Forth Valley Chorus.  Over 200 people bought tickets and attended the event.  David and The Chorus were simply amazing! We received lots of positive feedback from audience members stating that they thoroughly enjoyed the evening!

The purpose of the evening was to raise much needed funds for The Gate Charity.  We raised just over £2000 so we are absolutely delighted with the outcome of the event.

The Gate Charity would like to say a huge Thank You to all for coming along on the night and for supporting our cause.

Currently, our Fundraising Committee is putting together plans for the next fundraising event so watch this space!!!

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Books n Blether

We plan to introduce a Book Group called “Books n Blether” in our Centre.

The purpose of the group is to encourage people to read whilst building friendships and having fun.

The group will meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 10am – 12noon.

We are going to have an introductory meeting on Wednesday 4th November 2015 at 10am.

If you are interested in joining this group, please come along to the first meeting to find out more!!


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Dollar Academy Pupils help out at The Gate

As part of a Community Project, pupils from Dollar Academy helped out at The Gate on Friday 19th June 2015.

A number of pupils carried out a bag pack at Morrison’s Superstore raising over £300 to support our projects.  Other pupils assisted for the day in our Foodbank, Community Cafe and Gardening Project.

A huge well done and thank you to a very dedicated team of pupils supporting by their teacher Karen McBean.


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Lottery Funded Clackmannanshire Council Volunteer Friendly Award Voluntary Action Fund