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Fundraising gets underway for residents' social space project.

Residents of a Dunblane sheltered housing complex have been gathering support from the wider community in a bid to create a new'social space'.

Hanover Court is a sheltered housing development for older people, situated on Springfield Terrance.

There are 31 one-bedroomed properties over six separate, two-storey blocks.

However, the community is now hoping to create a new area where they can get together more easily and are aiming to raise around PS45,000.

Pauline Clarke, organiser for the residents' group, said:"Our sheltered housing complex currently has no suitable area we can gather together for social purposes.We need to raise funds to help build a sun lounge extension on the premises, which will help combat loneliness and isolation experienced by some of the residents.

"A couple of years ago we put out a questionnaire and, while we hadn't specifically asked about loneliness and isolation which there is much more awareness of these days, it was a topic which came up spontaneously.We thought therefore it would be good to create a communal area.

"We are planning to submit applications for grants but we also have to raise money ourselves.

"Our recent coffee morning at Dunblane Christian Fellowship, which also featured home baking and craft stalls, was just one of the fundraising activities we have been planning in order to raise the funds necessary to complete the build.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to family, friends and the members of the church for their help and support."

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Group effort Some supporters of the Hanover Court appeal at the recent fundraising coffee morning in Dunblane Christian Fellowship

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Aug 28, 2019
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