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Lockerbie Salvation Army a 'lifeline' for many, says MSP

23 August 2016 - 3:11pm
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Oliver Mundell MSP visited the organisation's base in the town to see first hand the practical support being offered there. 

The Salvation Army in Lockerbie is run by Captains Chris and Andrina Downie, and together with a team of dedicated volunteers they run a number of services including a shop, community cafe and lunch club.

<span style=">During a visit to the project, Mr Mundell MSP met with staff and a service users, and said: &quot;'I've long been impressed with what The Salvation Army does in helping people stay independent and part of their community.

"I visited the lunch club not that long ago and so it was great to see a bit more of what the organisation does in being a lifeline at the heart of the Lockerbie community."

Captain Andrina said: "We were delighted to welcome Oliver. He's no stranger to The Salvation Army in Lockerbie and it was great to show him around the community church and keep him up to date with the work we do.

"He saw our shop, the profits from which go straight back into the community work we do locally, and we spoke to him about the training opportunities that it offers to volunteers looking to get back into work. After that, Oliver spent a bit of time in the cafe talking to staff and service users.

"At the moment we're looking to offer our lunch club service to more people. It's a fantastic service and also includes music, exercise and activities. Our aim is to make it as enjoyable and stimulating as possible for people, so it's much more than just a lunch club."

To enquire about any of The Salvation Army's services in Lockerbie, contact Captain Andrina on 01576 202859.