A special open day event for residents to hear more about the work of BRAVO Brechin is set to take place this Saturday.
BRAVO, which stands for Businesses, Retailers and Volunteers, aim to “put the Heart Back in the City” of Brechin.
The aim of the open day is to allow interested parties to learn about this years planned events and find out how they can help put the heart back into the City.
The event will take place on Saturday (March 1) at the Brechin Baptist Church on Clerk Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
The public are encouraged to visit and discover what it takes to put on the many events through the year that are organised by BRAVO Brechin.
Many people are unaware of the number of volunteers that are required for each event as well as the amount of equipment that is needed and the associated costs created.
A spokesperson for BRAVO explained: “Last years successful ‘Harley Davidson in the City’ weekend cost in the region of £10,000 to host.
“Five thousand was generously contributed by the Angus Council Event Fund, but that left a similar sum that had to be funded from other sources, and local authority funding can not be guaranteed in future as their budgets continue to be put under pressure.”
Members of the BRAVO Brechin executive committee will be in attendance at the event to encourage the public, local businesses and voluntary organisations to get involved with future events.
Volunteers who helped at past events will also be in attendance and will describe their experiences and explain why they found volunteering for the group so rewarding.
The spokesperson continued: “The group is always looking for any volunteers with specific skills such as, photographers, marshals, video makers, computer skills, social media, PR/Marketing, minute secretary and fund-raisers.”
The group are also wanting to encourage local business to attend the open day. Many local businesses already generously donated their time and services free or at reduced cost, helping to remove some of the costs involved with organising the event such as Halloween ‘Cartie Race in the City’.
However any businesses who may be able to assist or donate any equipment, materials, storage space, are encouraged to come along and discuss how they can help.
BRAVO chairman, Bill Sturrock explained: “The aim of BRAVO is to encourage everyone in the city, be it businesses or individuals, to work together and grow the community spirit and optimism that has developed since the “in the City” events started almost three years ago.”
The group are always willing to discuss sponsorship opportunities from any interested businesses or individuals. Anyone interested should call Sandra Livingston (Local Community Planning Officer) on 01356 627443.