We wanted to let the Clacks community know about our upcoming plans for operating our annual School Uniform Bank that is more needed this year than ever before. Last year we supported 358 children to return to school with dignity and pride and we hoping to support a wider group of children again this year particularly families most affected by COVID.

The donation dates are as follows:

Monday 29th June – 10th July 2020.
The Gate Centre. Strictly between 3pm and 5pm.
Tesco and Morrison’s superstores – anytime.

The very final day for collections at The Gate Centre is Wednesday 15th July 2020. Please do not drop off donations after this date as we will be unable to accept items due to limited storage space available.

Please can you let your family and friends know of these dates and that we welcome donations of NEW and good quality used school clothing and equipment such as school bags, lunch boxes and stationery to distribute to vulnerable children.

Due to the increased referrals for support via our foodbank, there is insufficient room to operate the project from The Gate Centre this year.
Therefore, we will operate the project from the Ludgate Church for sorting donations, and the Open Week will take place at Alloa’s Town Hall. Dates are as follows:

Open Week. Alloa Town Hall. Monday 20th July to Friday 24th July 2020. Opening times: 11am to 3pm.

If further information is required, please do not hesitate to call The Gate Centre on 01259 218766.

Keep Smiling!

A cheerful photograph of some of our volunteers who are working hard to help the Clacks’s Community.

Staff and Volunteers Enjoy A Recent Training Exercise

Our staff and volunteers thoroughly enjoyed learning how to use our fire extinguishers in the event of an emergency yesterday at The Gate Centre. They all had a turn at using one of the fire extinguishers and Martin Williams from Secure Fire Protection Ltd also provided our team with some valuable advice on fire management and fire safety. Hopefully we will never need to use the training in real life but at least we are all prepared now in case of an emergency!

Welcoming Royalty and VIPs to The Gate Centre

We were absolutely delighted to welcome Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent alongside his Private Secretary Nick Turnball, the Lord-Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire Johnny Stewart, Vice Lord-Lieutenant John Spruce and Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant Craig Dunbar to meet our volunteers. The CEO of Clacks Council Nikki Bridle and Provost Tina Murphy also came along on the day to chat with our volunteers and to learn more about our projects and future plans.

The visit was arranged by Mr Johnny Stewart who said “His Royal Highness, the Duke of Kent was delighted to visit The Gate on Wednesday 30th October 2019. He enjoyed his short visit and was fascinated by what he heard and saw. His Royal Highness was particularly pleased to meet so many volunteers and to hear what they do for so many people requiring help in Alloa”. Mr Johnny Stewart has always supported our organisation and further stated that “The Gate is very special place and he would always look for ways to support us”.

School Uniform Bank News 2019

We provided 355 children with school uniforms and equipment this year thanks to donations from our generous community and the help from many organisations, including our wonderful Gate volunteers.

We received 75 referrals and 194 children visited our “Open Week” to access support, supporting 21 schools and nurseries within Clackmannanshire.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported this project, including staff from CTSI, Yorkshire Building Society, Ochilview Housing Association and the local SNP office for all their support during the sorting period and our Open Week.

Also, thanks to Paula Paton, Asda’s Community Champion for her continued assistance and Tesco’s customers and local organisations for donating a huge amount of old and new clothing and equipment for this project. Thank You So Much for the Support!


Due to unforeseen circumstances, our Knit N Natter group which usually operates on a Wednesday afternoon is closed temporarily. As soon as we have a date to reopen this group activity we will let everyone know.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The Generosity of our County Residents “knows no bounds”.

We would like to say a huge “thank you” to the people of Clacks following an incredible outpouring of generosity from locals over the festive season.

Our charity, which provides a range of services including a foodbank, soup pot and community cafe, received over eight tonnes of donations in just two months. With demand massively increasing over Christmas, everything that was contributed went to good use and helped make the festive season that bit easier for those who were struggling.

Marie Brownhill, The Gate’s centre manager, said “Between November and March, every single year, without fail, all of our services are really busy. “Whilst it’s a joyful time for most, it can be the most difficult time for many.
“So what I want to get across on behalf of The Gate is to thank the public and small and large businesses because they all played a part in making Christmas more special for the most vulnerable in the community.”
Marie made clear there were so many people she could thanks that it was impossible to name everyone, but mentioned a few examples of locals helping out. She added: “One community group held the Christmas fayre at the town hall and donated £411 to us from that and it was great – it was run by Hellen Woods. “And one woman came in with her two wee boys who, with their pocket money, bought selection boxes, and they’d bought wee cars too. “That’s not a huge donation but for small children to do that is great. “All of these little things and everybody doing their little bit made a huge difference to The Gate and what we were able to deliver.”

To spread a little festive cheer, food parcels were significantly increased and included festive treats like chocolates and sweets too. Marie said that she could not thank The Gate’s dedicated team of volunteers enough either, given their hard work over the festive period.

Adrienne Hilton, the foodbank’s coordinator, also made clear just how big the operation was to deliver The Gate’s services over Christmas. She continued: “December and January are our busiest months. “We probably get about a good quarter to a third of our annual donations in a six week period between the beginning of December and the middle of January. “We started off with three tonnes of food in November, and in December it went mad. We probably got about five tonnes of food in one month, so in two months we had eight tonnes.” Staggered by the sheer scale of support shown by Clacks residents, she added: “We are an area that is very deprived and has got high levels of poverty, but we are a community that looks after itself, and the generosity shows no bounds.”

IGNITE Social Group for Young People between 11 – 17 years of age!

A Social Group operated by members of Ludgate Church.

Where: The Gate Centre, 2 Ludgate ALLOA.

When: Starts Friday 12th October 2018
(afterwards the group will operate every 2nd Friday of every month)

Time: 7.30pm – 9pm

The purpose is to provide a free space for youngsters to come along to take part in games, have a snack and participate in some craft work in a supportive and welcoming environment. No Referral Necessary!

Volunteers are also happy to chat & listen to the young people if they feel the need someone to talk too!

For further information, call DANA on 07578055294

Would you like to join a social group to meet new friends?

Do you like to knit and natter and/or meet up with new friends? Come along to our Knit N Natter / Social Group at The Gate Centre, 2 Ludgate, ALLOA. Every Wednesday, 2pm – 4pm. Don’t worry if your cannot knit, we can teach you and there are also other social activities to get involved in. Some of our group members enjoy a game of dominos, cards or even connect 4. You can get involved or just come along for a coffee and a natter amongst others.

For further information, please call The Gate Centre 01259 218766.


We will be hosting a fundraising event on Saturday 29 September at Weir Pumps Social Club from 8 til late to raise much needed funds for our charity. Tickets cost £5 and are available from The Gate Centre, 2 Ludgate ALLOA.

We have excellent raffle prizes and the night promises to be an evening to remember!

Don’t miss out on a fun evening whilst supporting a local charity.
For further information, please call 01259 218766.