About Us

About Us

Who we are and what we do

Deveron District Age Concern dates back to the early 1990's when Jo Maley opened an office and shop in the former Chalmers Bakery in Duff Street, Macduff. Operations then moved to 26 Shore Street, formerly Aberdeen Savings Bank, and then to existing premises at 34 Shore Street, vacated by a bookmaker.

Since our formation over 20 years ago, we have been there to support and help the local community. We are a registered charity (SC007671) for the relief of those in need by reason of Age, Ill health, Disability, Financial hardship or other disadvantage. Our services are financed from donated goods sold in our shop to provide grants for deserving causes and senior citizen signposting and information services. We are an independent charity for the Deveron locality.


How we help the community

Grants

We visit local groups to "spread the word" of our organisation on an increasing basis and to review recipients for our Small Grants Fund. Deveron District Age Concern awards grants of up to £1,000 per application, for the relief of local organisations or groups in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

During 2019 we helped the following local groups amounting to some £10,000:

For more information on how to apply for a grant, please visit our grants page.

Grants
Signposting and Information Services

Deveron District Age Concern helps older people understand modern bureaucracy, particularly if you are not familiar with computers or uncertain where to start.

We can point you in the right direction for a variety of those worrying problems:

Our charity shop can provide information brochures, help with contacts and phone numbers and can assist with filling in simple forms.

Contact Us
Lunch Club

We work with Banffshire Partnership and Boyndie Trust to run a weekly Lunch CLub held at the Boyndie Visitor Centre. Transport can be provided in four local areas by Banffshire Partnership (wheelchair accessible) free of charge. The cost is £5 for a two course lunch with Tea or Coffee.

For more information, please visit the Lunch Club page.

Lunch Club
Discharge Packs

Deveron District Age Concern works with the local hospital to provide Discharge Packs to patients returning home after a long stay in hospital. Our Discharge Packs provide some essential food items such as Tea, Milk and Bread and a knitted blanket. These packs help a patient settle back at home when it may not be possible to visit a shop immediatly themselves or rely on another individual for help.

Knitted blankets are handmade and kindly donated to us by the local Knitting Club.

Lunch Club, Boyndie
Luch Club, Boyndie Inside
Chalmers Hospital Discharge
Macduff RNLI

Media & Resources

Leaflets detailing the services that we provide have been distributed throughout the community and we visit local groups to "spread the word" of our organisation on an increasing basis and to review recipients for our Small Grants Fund.

We have an official page on Facebook and have been featured on several occasions in other organisation publications, local radio and newspapers such as the Banffshire Journal.

We work closely with many other organisations and our shop is stocked with various leaflets that can provide helpful advice, information and support contacts for those in need. These leaflets are available to anyone visiting, free of charge.

Our website provides up to date information about what servcies we can provide, what we are doing to support the local community, how to apply for grants and how you can help us, as well our opening hours and contact details.


Personnel

Deveron District Age Concern is managed by a voluntary committee. Our Shop Manager is the only paid employee by the committee and manages the daily running of the shop, signposting and information services, assisted by over 20 volunteers. As a registered charity we are administered by our Trustees who attend our management committee meetings.

For general queries, our contact details can be found at the bottom of any page alongside our shop opening times. Other contacts are listed below:

General (Enquiries & Feedback)
Shona Sopel (Chair)
Matt Robinson (Vice Chair)
Laura Thomson (Shop Manager)
Alun Dyson (Treasurer)

How You Can Help Us

Our Shop

Every purchase at our shop generates income which can then be used to help provide grants and support within the community. Why not come for a visit and have a look at our great range of quality items available. The more sales, the more grants and assistance we can provide to our community!

Our Shop
Donations

We are always grateful for donated goods which can be sold in our shop to generate income for grants and help provide support in the community.

Donated goods can include, but not limited to:

Unfortunately we can not accept any electrical items such as Table Lamps, DVD players and Hair Dryers. Items that are powered by batteries only, can be accepted.

While we are grateful for all donations received, we ask that you only bring them during our shop opening hours. Please do not leave donations outside of our premises.

Deveron District Age Concern operates a minimal waste policy and aims to sell all goods donated. Goods that can not be sold will be recycled where possible.

Become a Volunteer

Deveron volunteers work in our shop processing donations and selling our wide variety of goods. Our volunteers are very important for our fundraising, usually working a morning or afternoon rota each week. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like to know more, please visit our volunteers page or call into our shop to enquire.

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