Donation boosts cafe’s work

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Montrose YM’s popular community cafe has benefited from a £150 donation from the Montrose Emergency Services Group (MESG).

The two groups have been working in partnership over the last year on a variety of projects, with the YM hosting a number of challenge nights between members of the emergency services and its Friday Night Group, while volunteers from both organisations support the successful Borrowfield Friday Nigh Project.

The YM also hosts monthly police open surgery sessions at the cafe.

Val Cooper, YM manager, said the partnership is beneficial to both groups as well as to the young people involved.

She said: “The young people who use both the YM and the Borrowfield Friday Night Project get to know the different members of the emergency services and all about their roles in the community, and the emergency services find that building relations with young people is helpful in breaking barriers.

“This isn’t the first financial contribution made to the YM by the group and we are very grateful for this contribution to our Community Cafe project.”

The cafe, in the YM building on Murray Street, is open every Tuesday and Thursday, 10.30am to 2pm.

Photo: Geoff Stranock (second left), from MESG, is pictured presenting the cheque to YM volunteers Shannon Rudden, Greg Wellington and Heather Paterson.

(Staff photograph)