Huge Thanks to the Forth Valley Hospital’s Acute Mental Health Team

The Gate Foodbank would like to give a huge thank you to the nurses and doctors from the Acute Assessment Mental Health team at Forth Valley Hospital, for their fantastic effort of raising £3,080.00. We hope you have all recovered from your 10k running challenge and that the knowledge that you have helped support some of the most vulnerable people and families in Clackmannanshire will ease your aching muscles!

Well done, and thank you to all who took part and to all who donated money to this worthwhile cause. We very much appreciate it!!

Thank You Clacks Community for Supporting Our School Uniform Bank

Due to the kindness of the Clacks community we were able to provide 568 children with essential school clothing and equipment in July 2020. We were overwhelmed by the support on offer and we would like to say a huge thank you to the parents who donated lots of clothing and equipment on the lead up to the Open Week of our School Uniform Bank.

Also huge thanks to Clacks council for providing the premises, and vans and drivers to transport the stock from Ludgate Church who kindly allowed us to use their premises during the sorting period. We also need to thank Ochilview Housing Association, CTSI, Clackmannanshire Council, and Ludgate Church who provided us with staff to operate the project, we could not have operated the project without their valued help and hard work. Also MSP Keith Brown and Cllr Ellen Forson who lent a hand during the sorting period and open week. Also everyone’s kind donations from Ochil View, Barnardo’s, Menstrie’s Jett Filling Station, Alloa’s Resilience Learning Partnership and many more kind organisations who donated items to help this project throughout the summer of 2020. Parents and children were absolutely delighted to receive the essential clothing and equipment and goodie bags as they exited the hall.

Last but by no means least, we would like to thank Rob McLean, Manager of Tesco’s superstore who kindly, once again, supported this project by donating hundreds of carrier bags and by allowing The Gate to have a donation station for 2 weeks within the store to encourage donations.

Keep Smiling!

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

Where Can You Go For Help?

We have received many phone calls from the general public requiring assistance for many matters. We are very happy and proud to be able to help people requiring a food parcel. We are delivering food parcels directly to people’s doorstep who have been referred through our usual referral system. However, we are unable to assist with other matters. CTSI are working in partnership with Clack’s Council to support people in need of help or support. Please see the above photograph for useful information and contact numbers. Hope this helps!!

Easter Weekend Update!

The Gate Centre will be closed over the Easter weekend. However, our Foodbank will remain open on Friday and Monday for urgent referrals only. The project will reopen on Tuesday 14th April at 10am to 3pm. The usual referral system is still in place during the difficult time.

Thank You Clackmannanshire!

We want to thank the Clacks Community for their support during this national crisis. We have had a huge response to our plea for volunteer support. We have a full working team at the moment and over 20 people on our reserve list should things change. People have also been really kind in donating food. We have a good stock of food at the moment to distribute parcels to vulnerable people within Clackmannanshire. However, we are running really low on the following:

Tinned fruit
Rice pudding
Custard powder
Potato powder
Jam
Meat pastes
Tinned ham/Corned beef
Tinned meatballs/mince
Coffee
Tea
Cereal – variety packs
Mug shots
Noodles
Biscuits
Spread
Cheese
Eggs
Milk

If you are able to help in anyway, we would be very grateful. Donations can be dropped off at The Gate Centre between 10am to 3pm or at our permanent trollies in all local supermarkets. Thank you so much in advance for any support that you are able to provide!

We Are Working Hard to Support People Affected by the Coronavirus!

Our Staff and Volunteers are working hard to support people affected by the national crisis. It has been agreed that The Gate Centre will remain open from 10am – 3pm Monday to Friday.

Soup Pot – This project will remain open for the time being every Tuesday 12 – 1pm providing the usual service supporting vulnerable people within the community.

Foodbank – This project will remain open for referrals and we may be required to adapt the referral system throughout the next few weeks to support people affected by the coronavirus. We are working closely with our partners to ensure that we are strategically managing our stocks to support vulnerable people fairly within the community. In order to do so, we are appealing to the general community for donations of carrier bags and food to meet with the potential extra demand. We are also appealing to the Clacks community for additional volunteer support should our volunteers be affected by the virus. We are asking that if you or anyone you know can assist that you pop along to The Gate to discuss your availability and to consider roles that you may be able to get involved in.

Community Café – The café will close until further notice. Further information will follow.

Home Starter Pack project – We will provide starter packs for emergency referrals only.

All other projects will be suspended until further notice. In particular, our Books N Blether reading group, Gig at The Gate and other projects including Gate Catering Services and planned fundraising events too.

Forth Valley Recovery Community has also decided to close their cafés for the foreseeable future. Additional help will be provided by staff at FVRC to support people who usually attend the cafes for support.

As discussed, we are calling upon the Clacks community for support should we need it. Activities may involve delivering food parcels, sorting through donations of food and distributing parcels to our service users or referrers when they come along to our Centre for support. We may introduce new initiatives in the near future to manage any potential increase in the need for vulnerable people within Clackmannanshire, therefore there may be other ways in which you could get involved. Any support that you could provide during this time would be greatly appreciated.

Stay safe, stay well and stay happy. We will get through this!

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

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.