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Final serving of family meals

Plean's Voice served up the final family dinner on Monday night (8 April) at the Balfour Centre.


The event, funded through the Scottish Government's Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, saw around 400 people being served a meal by Plean's Voice volunteers over 10 weeks.


The fund, administered for Stirlingshire by the local authority, supports community groups in tackling mental health inequalities and challenges including social isolation, loneliness, poverty and inequality.


Plean's Voice was awarded £1,790 to deliver the family meals.


Nine volunteers served up a hot meal each week and included steak pies, macaroni cheese, burgers and baked potatoes. Maisie’s Munchies supported the project and puddings were donated by local businesses and families.


Catherine Ann Robertson, who lead the project, said: "We saw there was a need to tackle isolation and loneliness with some in the village. The family meal was a way of bringing people together - especially at a time when people didn't see each other due to the long dark nights.


"It was a lot of work and we hope to be able to do it again next winter. We will be looking to build on the success from this year and build on the volunteer base to help spread the work."

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