Char­ity Hope fund­ing bid is cook­ing with gas

The Oban Times - - News -

JEWSON in Oban has nom­i­nated lo­cal char­ity Hope Kitchen for a chance to win fund­ing as part of its Build­ing Better Com­mu­ni­ties project.

Hope Kitchen has now been short­listed for a pub­lic vote, the re­gional win­ner of which can re­ceive fi­nan­cial sup­port of be­tween £ 500 and £10,000 with a £150,000 ‘my com­fort’ mul­ti­com­fort build­ing re­fur­bish­ment avail­able for the over­all win­ner.

The vot­ing will close on June 19 and the win­ners will be an­nounced on July 4, fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion of a judg­ing panel based on both the en­try in­for­ma­tion and the vot­ing re­sults.

Hope Kitchen pro­vides a range of ser­vices to vul­ner­a­ble and marginalised peo­ple in the community.

Set up in 2009, the project was ini­tially in­tended to pro­vide hot food and a safe and warm envi- ron­ment for home­less peo­ple in the area. Since then, it has ex­panded to help a wider range of peo­ple, in­clud­ing those with men­tal health is­sues or learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, as well as lonely and iso­lated in­di­vid­u­als.

It now of­fers a laun­dry ser­vice, com­puter ac­cess and as­sis­tance with job searches and train­ing to get back to work. It also pro­vides home­less peo­ple with tents and sleep­ing bags.

They cur­rently have 100 peo­ple com­ing through the doors ev­ery week, which works out at ap­prox­i­mately two to three per cent of Oban’s pop­u­la­tion. The char­ity also has two part-time staff and a team of 15 vol­un­teers to run the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Fund­ing through the Build­ing Better Com­mu­ni­ties project would mean Hope Kitchen could move into big­ger premises, there­fore al­low­ing them to help even more peo­ple in the community.

Speak­ing about what the fund­ing could do for the char­ity, ser­vice man­ager Lor­raine King said: ‘It would be amaz­ing. We are cur­rently third out of five char­i­ties across Scot­land.

‘It would trans­form what we could do and would make such a dif­fer­ence to the ser­vice we can pro­vide.’

To vote, visit www.facebook. com/jew­sonuk

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