Winter Warmers - Weekly Extended Opening Hours

by Michelle Walker in Banff, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

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The Vinery in Banff - A Warm Safe Place - We are extending our opening hours for those adversely affected by the Cost of Living Crisis.

by Michelle Walker in Banff, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Who are we?

The Vinery in Banff is managed and run by the Aberdeen Foyer. We are a Team of 11 who are Passionate about Making a Difference in the Community, especially for those vulnerable people and families that adversely affected by the Cost of Living Crisis. 

Our Team consists of Clare, our dedicated Project Lead who manages the team and events here at the Vinery. 

Richard our Chef, Richard teaches weekly basic cookery skills, workshops and healthy nutritional meals on a 'shoestring' for individuals and families. 

Debbie our Well Being Coach who is a qualified Reflexologist and Reiki Master and runs wellness weeks, workshops and meditations which include healthy eating and focuses on Mental and Physical Well Being. 

Michelle, our Gardener Development Coach who runs weekly gardening sessions, the Vegetable, Fruit, Wildflower and Community Orchard growing projects and manages the Kindness Garden with an abundance of volunteers. All the growing is based on organic methods and permaculture principles. All fruits and vegetables grown here are given out to the most vulnerable people and families. In addition, our Chef uses the vegetables and fruits in his cookery classes and workshops. 

Lorraine runs a weekly Arts and Crafts session which encompasses all mediums of Arts and Crafts. Volunteers participate and generously offer there varied Arts and Crafts Skills periodically for these sessions. 

Hilary is our digital skills coach who runs sessions on how to formulate CVs to using a mobile device including tablets, iPads and Laptops, anything digital.

Sarah-Jane is our Finance Inclusion Coach who assists with those who need help with anything from benefit entitlement to helping with financial assistance for utilities and food. Sarah-Jane is currently setting up or dried food pantry for those vulnerable individuals and families.

Lesley is our Volunteer Development Coach that looks after and coordinates All of our Fabulous Volunteers.

Steven and Andrew are our Facilitators, they stay late in the evenings to support various groups and our extended winter openings in addition to our volunteers. They also support groups who use the facility at weekends.

Marcin is our General Assistant, who assists with our incoming emails and booking system.


Community impact

The Vinery in Banff creates a huge positive impact for All the Communities in Banffshire. The Foyer, who manage and run The Vinery in Banff support and strengthen communities. Individuals and Families have benefited from improved education, mental health and well being, basic cookery skills and improved quality of life. 

These benefits are strengthened as we extend our opening hours throughout the winter and beyond. We will welcome vulnerable individuals and families in our Winter Warmer Extended Hours to help them through unprecedented times in the Cost of Living Crisis and other challenges that they face on a daily basis.


Why are we crowdfunding?

The Warm and Friendly Foyer Team at the Vinery in Banff are extending their opening hours in order to serve hot food and drinks, offer charging of mobile appliances and have access to free WiFi. We want to welcome our community and provide a comfortable, warm, safe place.

Our Crowdfunding will go towards paying for electricity, food and staff in order to extend our opening hours and offer these Winter Warmers for those in the Community that need it most.

How we’ll spend the money raised

The money raised through Crowdfunding will be spent on food, electricity and staffing costs in order to run the The Winter Warmer extended hours at The Vinery in Banff. Vulnerable people and families can enjoy a comfortable warm friendly safe place hot food, soups, stews, hot drinks, charge mobile appliances, have access to WiFi and friendly chat. Play games and feel part of a community that cares.


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