Dundee Soup win will help group to fund minibus

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A GROUP that or­gan­ises tea dances for older res­i­dents in the city is celebratin­g af­ter win­ning the in­au­gu­ral Dundee Soup event.

Life­gate Tea Dances, which pro­vides a place for older peo­ple to gather and so­cialise, was the first win­ner of the mi­cro com­mu­nity grant.

Three other groups — Dundee Dressed Her­rings, Up­per­tu­nity Com­mu­nity Gar­den, and Flow! Kids — also took part in the open­ing event.

Dundee Soup was or­gan­ised by Cre­ative Dundee, Along Came Kirsty and Shona Lit­tle­john.

For a do­na­tion, at­ten­dees re­ceive a sim­ple soup sup­per and hear up to four short pre­sen­ta­tions from lo­cal peo­ple run­ning com­mu­nity projects.

At the end of the evening, ev­ery­one votes on their pre­ferred ini­tia­tive, the bal­lots are counted and the win­ner goes home with all of the money raised on the night t o de­velop project.

Life­gate Tea Dances man­ager Deb­bie Findlay said the money awarded at the event — £188 — would go to­wards a minibus.

Life­gate Tea Dances pro­vides en­ter­tain­ment and danc­ing as part of ef­forts to re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion, as well as of­fer­ing the chance for older adults to ex­er­cise and re­duce t he risk of de­men­tia.

Deb­bie said she was over­joyed to have been awarded the grant.

“This has been a fan­tas­tic event,” she said.

“The money will make a dif­fer­ence to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who can­not walk to Whitfield Church but can in­stead be picked up by a minibus.

“Due to so­cial iso­la­tion peo­ple are tend­ing to stay in the house and not go out to meet.

“Of­ten the peo­ple we sup­port have no liv­ing rel­a­tives.” their

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