During lockdown we managed to keep on track with the refurbishment of Peggy's Cafe and I am sure you will all agree it has been a great improvement along with plenty more space for a bigger choice of stock. We have been kept busy with the ever changing guidelines to whether it has been only take away, outdoor seating or indoor seating. A new lockdown menu was designed, it was lovely seeing so many of you enjoying it outside in the lovely weather we had & then the big hall was turned into distanced indoor seating.
PROJECTS OF HELP
We gave out Cleaning Bags to individuals & families in need of this help in the Garthdee & wider Aberdeen South areas.
We also had over 70 Volunteers purchasing & dropping off Shopping to people who were shielding during this pandemic.
We were also very lucky to secure funding so we could also pay for gas, electric, clothes & entertainment for children and families in the Garthdee & wider Aberdeen South areas..
We managed to receive funding for IT Equipment such as laptops, tablets & Mifi devices which we gave out to many sheltered complexes, elderly, families & individuals to help people stay in contact with family & friends who did not have this means of communication before this pandemic.
Some of our Volunteers & staff made social calls to our classes just to touch base & find out how people were coping.
HELPING THOSE WHO HELP OTHERS During this pandemic we have realised that helping others is really important so while keeping the centre safe & secure, we have also reached out to help other organisations keep up their good work out with the centre too.
Inchgarth Community Centre is always dedicated to keeping the children entertained so a pandemic was not going to stop us. We managed to organise a fair few things during the months of lock down. We posted up on our Facebook page shows by magician Dean Spruce and a Zoom link with a show by the Critter Keeper. As well as giving out some One Seed Forward, grown your own packs for the kids to try out their green fingers. Then you could get your photo taken beside our very brightly painted Oor wullie and post it onto the #Archiesgardentrail page. Also we organised a Stone Painting Competition with great 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes the winners chosen by Ian Yuill. Last but no means least Bryan our legendary volunteer gardener built a peek a boo Woodsman for our garden.
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE COMMUNITY CENTRE
During these lockdown months each staff member has taken on tasks such as tidying and weeding the play park and car park areas, Cleaning inside and outside the portacabins. The whole of the Centre was scrubbed top to bottom inside and lots of areas fixed up and improved. we had a huge clear out of all cupboards and board games the soft play all scrubbed too. So the centre feels amazing and spacious now!