Our vision of creating great places to live extends beyond the provision of housing. We are keen to engage with our local clubs, businesses and organisations in order to help build successful and thriving communities across Dumfries & Galloway. Over the past few years our staff at Loreburn have undertaken a number of great activities to raise money for good causes and looked to donate and recycle as much as possible in order to benefit each area of our region.
After recently updating their communication technology we found that we had a number of surplus pieces of equipment including mobile phones and LCD screens. With a culture of value for money and recycling we decided to donate the equipment to local groups.
After advertising the surplus equipment in the hub – a community action centre’s weekly e-bulletin, circulated to around 1,700 local contacts - a number of local organisations came forward to say they could make good use of the equipment.
The organisations which benefitted include Dalbeattie Men’s Shed, Dumfries Sea Cadets, the Dumfries & Galloway Carers Centre, Dumfries YMCA, The Gatehouse Bunker and Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway.
The annual Stranraer Loony Dook on January 1st is becoming a firm (yet cold!) favourite fundraising activity.
In 2017 seen Alyson Kinalczyk brave the icy waters in aid of raising money for Motor Neuron Disease Scotland, with her donations adding to other events held by Millburn Court customers to raise a total of £1030 for the charity.
In 2016 staff members Alyson and Ian McGeoch raised £1,000 for Bloodwise, an established UK cancer charity. Bloodwise, formerly known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, aims to beat all forms of blood cancer of which there are 137 different types.
Housing & Community Engagement Officer Clare Burns and other ‘Mad Dookers’ were raising funds for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, Alzheimer’s Scotland – Stranraer Branch and Millennium FC Youth Football team. Over £3,000 was raised, £295 by Clare herself and was equally split between the three charities.
The festive period can be both stressful and expensive, causing a lot of people to struggle. For the past two years our staff at Loreburn have kindly donated a large number of goods to local food banks in order to provide those in need with some essentials so that they could enjoy a Christmas meal.
In addition to many tinned goods, items such as tinfoil, crackers and even children's toys were also donated so that Christmas day could be that bit more special for local families experiencing difficulty in providing food for hungry mouths.
If you require any information or would like to make a donation, please contact your local Food Bank.
A Choir for Charity
Last year some of our staff joined up with members of DGHP to form a 'Homes 4 D&G' team and took to the stage as part of the second A Choir for Charity. Various choirs competed against each other to raise money for different charities throughout Dumfries & Galloway, with Homes 4 D&G being crowned the valient winners on the final night.
Through a number of fundraising events and ticket sales a massive £34,000 was raised and shared among 10 chosen charities.
A donation of £3400 was made to Dumfries Welfare Rights on behalf of the Homes 4 D&G team.
If you are interested in entering this years competition please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can also view last year's highlights video.