Project to unite community

Pictured are Karen Carle, Specsavers; Gordon Grewar, Communities Officer, Angus Council; Lynne Farnan, Glenview Community Group; Jonathen Smith, Colin Smith; Frances Carnegie, Glenview Community Group.
Pictured are Karen Carle, Specsavers; Gordon Grewar, Communities Officer, Angus Council; Lynne Farnan, Glenview Community Group; Jonathen Smith, Colin Smith; Frances Carnegie, Glenview Community Group.

Two Forfar women are opening the town’s first soup kitchen in a bid to combat isolation among elderly people in their area.

Frances Carnegie and Lynne Farnan, members of the Glens View Community Group, will run the facility at the community flat on Strathmore Avenue every Tuesday, beginning on April 28, the culmination of months of planning and preparation.

They already work with the area’s youth group, which also meets at the flat, and they hope that the new service will help to bridge the generation gap as well as give elderly people somewhere to meet.

So far the response to the plan has been positive and an open day for the community will be held at the flat, at 64 Strathmore Avenue, on Thursday, April 16

Frances said: “Lynne suggested that we open a soup kitchen for the elderly to get them back into the community because some of them are isolated.

“We’ve completed our course in health and hygiene so we can work to the standard expected and the open day will be for people to come along to see the flat, taste the soup and baking and give us an idea of how many people would be interested.

“We’ve been going door-to-door speaking to people and it has been quite positive and we’ve only had one person scoff at us. We’ve also had quite a good response from the youngsters in the youth group and we’re hoping to maybe get them into help during the holidays.”

To help get the soup kitchen off the ground Frances and Lynne have organised a raffle which, with the backing of a number of businesses including Colin M Smith and Specsavers, will feature more than £1,000 of prizes.

Whittons Flooring has also provided support by supplying flooring to bring the flat up to a safe standard for older people to use.

Tickets for the raffle, which will be drawn on April 16, are available now from Hampton’s Newsagent, the Toy Castle, Richardson’s Newsagent, Element hairdressers, Colin M Smith, Nickel and Dime and Kenny’s Cafe.