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New home for Kate’s Kitchen

Section:  Annan and Eskdale  | Tags: ,

A CHARITY helping vulnerable people in Annan has moved to new premises

Kate’s Kitchen, which is a cafe run by volunteers, has now opened its new High Street site – where the former Royal Bank of Scotland was previously located.

The new site will help the charity to continue providing an outreach service that seeks to identify and support those in the community who are socially isolated.

Project manager Hazel Thompson said: “We needed to move to a bigger location as the demand for our services is always increasing.

“We now have a bigger kitchen area so we can serve up hot meals to people who are in need and hopefully we can invite the public in the future.”

Kate’s Kitchen was established in January 2008 and gained charitable status five years later. The group had been based at Bank Street for over a decade before moving to High Street.

The former Bank of Scotland vault is now a foodbank, which volunteer Pam Emmerson helps organise and unpack.

She said: “The building is bigger which is a great boost as there is a huge amount of food donations to sort out.”

The charity provides support through one-to-one sessions and it is hoped the new facilities can help boost how staff and volunteers can help their clients more.

Mrs Thompson said: “The move has certainly opened many doors. Now we have the potential to add services.

“We have big plans for the future. We hope to have a cafe and even a community shop set-up. We want to help anybody who is in need locally.

“Everybody has been supportive of the move and we’d like to praise the community of Annan for continuing with their kind donations.”

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