Brechin’s Damacre Centre remains a hive of activity

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Damacre Centre’s User’s Group and Community Learning Development Service have been running a variety of events and activities within the centre.

The user’s group consists of representatives, of all ages, who are members of various groups within the centre.

The group meets regularly to decide on future events, activities and funding within the centre throughout the year.

They are supported by Angus Council’s Community Learning Development Service.

An art exhibition was held in the centre for a week in June.

The exhibition consisted of a variety of work produced by both youth and adult art and craft groups within the Damacre Centre.

The groups have been involved in a gallery visit and workshop together recently.

There was an exhibition opening which was well attended and enjoyed by all.

The exhibition was open to the public for a week and two guided tours were run by members of the art groups.

The exhibition was organised and put together by Alistair Jelks, an arts worker from the centre.

Jennifer Anderson reported that “the exhibition was well attended and we even had visitors from Australia in”.

The feedback from the groups and the community were so positive that they are hoping this will now be an annual event.

A Celebration of Success evening was held at the centre in mid-June.

This informal celebration has been run annually for the past three years and is getting bigger and bigger.

It is an opportunity for individuals and groups to be recognised and acknowledged for an achievement or goal that they may have reached or achieved either formally or informally.

It is also an opportunity to recognise and thank all the volunteers that are involved in the Damacre Centre.

The centre groups also get the chance to nominate someone they know within the centre that they feel has achieved something or needs recognized for something.

It was a successful and much enjoyed night with about 100 people attending from the ages of four to 94!

The Damacre Dance and Young Band group performed, the family ESOL group from Andover Primary performed poems and songs in both Polish and English.

There were youth achievement awards presented, groups acknowledged, volunteers thanked and several individuals recognised.

The annual strawberry tea was held on June 23 and was a fun afternoon which raised £123.25 for Breast Cancer Care.

The afternoon involved a range of fun activities including a pink raffle, an afternoon tea themed quiz, bingo and a lot of laughs!

There were lots of refreshments including strawberry and marshmallow kebabs, chocolate strawberries, pink biscuits and sweets.

Jennifer Anderson thanked the people who attended and supported this worthy cause.

“I would also like to thank all the people who donated raffle and bingo prizes including Sanpado’s the florist and Turriffs for supplying the strawberries”.

The centre is currently running a youth summer programme for young people aged eleven years and over.

There is a variety of activities every week throughout the school holidays including ice skating, canoeing, gorge walking, cinema visit, art and crafts, graffiti art, dance, cooking and lots more.

The activities have been well attended but there are a couple of spaces on some of the activities which are allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested attending any of the activities or require more information contact the Damacre centre on 01356 623491 or drop in to centre reception.