In October 2018, the Calders Outreach Project had been running for a full year. Our outreach services are delivered from the community flat located on the ground floor of Dunsyre House. We work out of the flat on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm, and provide the following services:
- Advice provision
- Hot lunch, tea and coffee.
- Support services
Throughout 2018-19, we distributed 912 food parcels at the Calders Outreach Project. Each individual who visits the project is also offered a hot lunch, and tea or coffee and a warm space to chat and relax.
In December 2018, Vicki Kerr, local hairdresser, visited the outreach project and gave 16 residents haircuts just in time for the festive season. Having local businesses and services visit our project is one way in which we hope to develop our impact in the Calders area in the next year.
Data from the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation highlights the area is in the 5% most deprived in Scotland relating to health, education and income, and above 50% of residents are living in poverty.
Reason for access is varied, however, the primary reasons identified for the cohort are:
- Drug use, in particular the use of intravenous drugs
- Homelessness and vulnerable housing
- Intergenerational poverty
- Functional illiteracy
- Long term illness
- Financial crisis – including benefit sanctions, rent arrears and debt repayments or having no money left after payments
If you are a business in the local area and would like to support our outreach project, we encourage you to get in touch.