Deveron District Age Concern

Supporting the local community

About Us

Deveron District Age Concern is focused around our shop in Macduff. Since it's formation over 20 years ago, we has 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 the co-ordination of senior citizen advisory, signposting and support services. We are an independent charity for the Deveron locality.

Potted History

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.

How We Help the Community

Grants

During 2017 the following organisations have benefited from one of our grants:

  • Special Needs Unit Banff Academy
  • Christmas Gifts to some 200 deserving senior citizens
  • Kelpie Cafe at Banff Castle
  • Banff Parish Church
  • Macduff Scouts
  • St Marnans Sports Club
  • Gamerie Bay Sheltered Housing
  • Deveron Archery Club
  • Doune Court Sheltered Housing
  • Doo'cot View Sheltered Housing
  • Aberchirder District Community Organisation
  • Walker Court Sheltered Housing
  • Airlie Gardens Sheltered Housing
  • Burnside Court Sheltered Housing
  • Banff Art Club
  • Macrae Court Sheltered Housing
  • Surf and Water Sports Club - Scotland
  • Redwell Court Sheltered Housing

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

Small Grants Fund

Advice Drop-In

Our Macduff shop income also provides an important wide range of initial senior citizen information, signposting and support services. Clients can simply drop-in or make an appointment, or if required a home visit can be arranged. Advice can typically cover:

  • Identifying what support is available from various authorities and organisations.
  • Advising which forms need to be obtained.
  • Help with filling out forms.
  • Telephone calls.
  • Monitoring and/or follow up on behalf of the client.

If you need our support services please contact Pauline Webb at our Macduff shop.

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

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 and local 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 resources page provides useful information and contact details for organisations that can offer help and advice. You can also download a digital copy of our leaflets which can be printed or e-mailed to someone who you think may benefit from our services.

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Personnel

Chair is Shona Sopel with Penny Lindsay, vice-chair. Co-ordinator Pauline Webb manages the shop and advisory 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
General (Enquiries & Feedback)
Shop and Advisory Services
Pauline Webb (Co-ordinator)
Chair Persons
Shona Sopel (Chair)
Financial and Trustee
Alun Dyson (Treasurer)
Secretarial
Linda Stephen (Secretary)
Online
Wiccans Brae (Website & Copyright)

How You Can Help Us

Our Shop

We are always grateful for donated goods and welcome everybody to visit us to browse and buy our high quality goods on offer. The more sales, the more grants and assistance we can provide to our community!

Shop & Services

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 and would like to know more, please visit our volunteers page.

Volunteering