The President, Mrs Anne Black, welcomed 29 members to the February meeting.
She introduced the speaker, Tineke Taylor from the Milltown Community. The Community is set in the Arbuthnott countryside, shortly before the Grassic Gibbon Centre. It provides a home, cultural and social life and a workplace for adults with a range of disabilities and support needs. One of the residents had come along with Tineke and she was introduced to the group. The Community comprises two residential houses, Milltown House and Peesie’s Knapp which cater for different needs. There is an ethos of shared living where the residents plan their day together and enjoy each other’s company at mealtimes.
There is also a Day Workshop run by a team of co-ordinators and volunteers. This is the public face of Milltown Community and provides practical work activities for the residents, as well as local people with a range of disabilities. This includes crafts, woodwork, gardening, animal husbandry and refurbishing tools within a social group, giving individuals a big choice and inclusion. Second hand tools are refurbished and sent to Africa to be used by local craftsmen, many of whom have a disability. The Workshop is very much part of the local community and there are visits from nearby pre-school groups and school children. There is a shop where the products made in the Workshop are sold. The shop and gardens are open to the public and it is hoped people will come along and see for the themselves the work that is done.
It is also hoped to set up a befriending group, where residents can be assigned an individual in the community to visit and enjoy their company.
Milltown Community is a charity and is run by a Management Council comprising six members. Volunteers for the Workshop and new Council members are always welcomed.
Questions were asked and the vote of thanks was given by Mrs Mavis Cowie.