Ferry Friends, our community project for over 60s in our parish, has been shortlisted as finalists in the running to receive funding from Dumfries and Galloway Council fund, “Your Community, Your Money, You Decide”. It now all comes down to a community vote to determine the winner of the funding.
How to Vote
You can vote in person on Saturday 7th March at the Douglas Ewart High School 11am – 2:30pm. Or on Saturday 29th February at Stranraer Academy 11am – 2:30pm.
Or, you can vote online by clicking here. Online voting opens on Saturday 29th February and you need to register with an email address to be able to vote online.
About the Fund
The “Your Community, Your Money, You Decide” fund is part of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Participatory Budgeting for Dumfries and Galloway; tacking poverty 2019 – 2020. Ferry Friends proposal is to run five types of events tackling poverty with added benefits to our members. 1. Financial planning and wellbeing 2. Fuel comparison sites 3. Cooking healthily on a budget 4. Exercise at home 5. Upcycling and skills sharing.
Promoting Social Interaction and Reducing Feelings of Loneliness
Ferry Friends aims to promote social interaction by providing a range of activities that the people of the Kirkmabreck Parish area decide upon. The project also reaches out to people in their own homes who perhaps don’t find it so easy to get out and about. Events in the past have included coffee mornings, trips to the Newton Stewart Cinema, chair yoga, quiz afternoons, Citizen’s Advice coffee mornings, plant pot painting, afternoon tea dances and many others.
The wider goals of Ferry Friends are to reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation. As people get older, and particularly in rural settings the possibility of reduced contact with friends and family increases, and this can have a very significant affect on someone’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Ferry Friends works to alleviate these effects by providing new opportunities for social contacts and friendships.