Funding reprieve for CAFE Project

The CAFE Project has raised enough funds to stay open until at least next July.
The CAFE Project has raised enough funds to stay open until at least next July.

The short-term future of a much loved Arbroath youth organisation has been assured thanks to a a flurry of fund-raising and grants.

The CAFE Project on Brothock Bridge had feared they would have to shut their doors for good in January due to a chronic shortage of funds.

But thanks to some generous donations, fund-raising events and applying for various grants, the organisation has announced they now have enough cash to carry on running their services until at least next July.

And project worker Mark McWalter explained they were grateful to everybody who has helped secure their short-term future.

He said: “We have managed to raise enough so that we can stay open until at least July through donations, fund-raising and applying for national grants.

“We are delighted that we can stay open until at least July because the CAFE Project is a much needed resource in Arbroath.

“At one stage it looked like we might have had to close by Christmas but we have also managed to reduce a few of our overheads too.

“We’ve had a great response from the public and we want to say a big thank you to everybody who has donated money or given up their time.”

But despite the good news, the long-term future is still not so certain.

And Mark added that hard work is still ongoing to make sure the CAFE Project can survive for many years to come.

He explained: “The hard work starts again now to secure our long-term future.

“We are speaking to organisations such as national trusts and organising more fund-raising.

“But we are like all other charities which are in the same position as us.

“There is a smaller pot of money that more people are tyring to claim.”

However, on Monday it was annouced the Project was to receive a £3,000 grant courtesy of the Bank of Scotland Community Fund. Four groups from the Angus Coastal region were nominated for the cash and members of the public were asked to vote for who they thought were most deserving.

Graham Lindsay, group director for responsible business at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “Bank of Scotland scaled up the Community Fund considerably in 2013 and in return we have had an incredible response from the public, which has resonated right across the country.”

The CAFE Project offers a range of services for young people such as youth drop-in sessions and a parent and toddler group.

It is also home to the prestigious Angus Darts Academy, where darts coaching is offered by RBS Sporting Volunteer of the Year Alan Soutar.

They also cater for young adults as well as those with learning difficulties.