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Park boss creates chances for Dumfries and Galloway’s homeless people

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By Fiona Reid
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Park boss creates chances for Dumfries and Galloway's homeless people

GIVE homeless people a chance at employment - that’s the message from a businessman in Moffat.

The owner of Moffat Manor Holiday Park, Chek Whyte, opened the park to the homeless during the festive season and his work with the homeless led to a job offer for one person.

Mr Whyte, who is managing director of Richmond Wight Estates, said: “We have givenalocal homeless person a full-time job on the park, as well as somewhere warm and secure to live, as a result of getting to know many of these people over the past few months.

“We have been holding free lunches and social events for local vulnerable people including the homeless. We tie up with Dowding House, which looks after ex service personnel, to provide their residents with an opportunity to get out and about to the park for some food, music and games.”

He added: “Particularly, as regards the homeless, we would say that the vast majority of them are not drug addicts or criminals and just need to be given a chance of employment and somewhere to live. We need to give them a chance to better themselves.”

And now, Mr Whyte and his team are calling on more Moffat businesses to consider employing a homeless person and changing their life.

He said: “We feel that our positive experience should be a call to action to get other employers on board.

“We have had really positive feedback on our initiatives, and these will continue in 2017.”

Earlier this month Mr Whyte revealed his plans to turn the former academy into luxury accommodation and reopen the Black Bull as a boutique hotel.

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