School Uniform Bank

Our School Uniform Bank operates annually in partnership with the local SNP constituency. During the summer of 2019, we provided 355 children with school clothing and equipment. This project is very much a community effort. Local organisations get involved throughout the donation, sorting and distributing process such as staff from CTSI, Ochilview Housing Association, Yorkshire Building Society, SNP and Asda. All clothing is donated by the general public, local churches and supermarket customers. We really couldn’t operate this project without the community’s support and our wonderful bank of Gate volunteers.

Jackson helps to connect people all over the world!

THE globetrotting mascot of an Alloa charity has become the organisation’s most travelled volunteer, having visited nearly 20 countries.

Jackson, an adorable fluffy Labrador toy, has been travelling the world with volunteers of The Gate since last summer and has been as far as Australia, the US, Gambia and much more.

He helps connect people, bringing a little joy when things get stressful at the charity, which distributed 80,455 meals from its foodbank and provided 355 children with school clothing this year.

Marie Brownhill, volunteer manager at The Gate, said: “He creates a sociable, informal and joyful rapport with the volunteers which is really important because it can be a very stressful environment to work in. “It is important that people enjoy their time at The Gate and Jackson, who is off to Austria soon, helps to promote happiness within the team.”

The cuddly mascot, who was donated to the charity by a six-year-old, has also travelled the UK extensively and volunteers have also taken him home for sleepovers, BBQs and birthday parties closer in and around the Wee County.

Val Rose, a trustee at The Gate, added: “He has travelled extensively across the UK and has even been to birthday parties and other occasions. Jackson does not say a lot but he is very well known and popular in the local community and people come in to The Gate and ask for him.”

The mascot has also seen Norway, France, Corfu, Poland, Tunisia and Spain. Recently, the list grew with Portugal’s autonomous Madeira region with charity supporter MSP Keith Brown. Wearing a pair of snazzy sunglasses, the representative posed for a snap which will find its place in Jackson’s photo album to showcase his epic travels. Mr Brown said: “I thought this was a great opportunity to show my ongoing support for The Gate and the work it does for our local area.
“From the vital services it delivers like the Soup Pot and foodbank to the more fun, but just as important events, like the Gig at the Gate and Community Café”.

“Since it was established, The Gate has become an integral part of our local community.
“Its volunteers and staff are truly committed to giving help and support to those who are most vulnerable and find themselves in need. I am happy to offer my support in any way that I can – even by stowing a (toy) dog in my holiday luggage.”

School Uniform Bank 2018

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated school uniforms and equipment to support our Annual School Uniform Bank 2018!

We have been overwhelmed by the support, especially from a gentleman who spent £135 on new school bags and Tesco customers who donated new clothing to support vulnerable children within Clackmannanshire.

We provided 318 children with uniforms and equipment such as stationery, school bags and lunch boxes in partnership with MSP Keith Brown and Councillor Ellen Forson. The local Yorkshire Building Society were also a great support towards the end of the project. Staff from the local office provided great assistance to help us with the big “clear up” after the project ended.

We could not have operated this project without the valued support from the community who donated clothing and our valued team of volunteers who supported the operations before, during and after project ended. THANK YOU!

Annual School Uniform Bank to Return July 2018

We are now collecting donations of school uniforms and equipment until the 18th July 2018 to operate our Annual School Uniform Bank.

The purpose of the project is to provide vulnerable children with uniforms and equipment to return to school with dignity and pride. We could not operate this project without the wonderful support we receive from the community. Everyone gets behind this project by recycling good quality used clothes to benefit other children within the Wee County. Last year we provided 318 children with uniforms and we are hoping to reach more children and families this year with the help from the local community.

The OPEN WEEK will be held from Monday 23 July to Friday 27 July 2018, 2pm – 4pm at The Gate Centre. There is no charge for the uniforms and equipment although we welcome donations if possible.

Any professionals supporting vulnerable children can telephone to refer families for support. We offer uniforms and equipment to referrers before the general public to ensure that the most vulnerable children have first access to stock and equipment. Please telephone 01259 218766 for further information. Thank you in advance for any assistance or donations you may provide, we welcome and need your support!

SDS supports our Boiler Room Refurbishments

Recently we secured funding to purchased an urgently needed new boiler.  However, our boiler room was really run down.  The ceiling was full of holes, the walls were desperately needing painted and the whole room generally needed some much needed TLC.  However, with no funds we were struggling to complete the works.  We warmly welcomed SDS (Skills Development Scotland) donation of £75 to purchase paint and items for improvements.  SDS won the cash from a window display competition and were keen to support our needs.  We are now in the process of carrying out repairs and renovations after we all met at Buicks to purchase materials.  Thanks again SDS for the support!

Five Star Football Events Supports Our Foodbank

We would like to thank Five Star Football Events for supporting our foodbank.  Last week, they hosted a Celtic vs Rangers Legions football match and provided 300 children with free tickets on the condition they brought some tins to donate to our foodbank.  Although the day was really cold, everyone enjoyed the match and we welcomed the tins and packets of food donated!  What a great idea!  THANK YOU!

Thank You to Everyone who Supported our Recent Gig at The Gate

We were delighted when all the tickets sold out for our recent Gig at The Gate event.  The main goal of this project is to offer people a venue to socialise and meet with new friends, but more importantly have fun!  And boy did everyone have loads of fun dancing, singing and playing party games on the day!  Our younger volunteers Lily, Erin and Emma also did a wonderful dance whilst our guests enjoyed a drink with delicious home baking.  Thank you girls – you were amazing and of course to all our volunteers who helped this day be so successful!  We are already looking forward to our next Gig which will be held sometime towards the end of June or the beginning of July.  Thanks again to everyone who supported the event!