‘Door of Hope’ for Kirkton Community
A Dundee community is pulling together to (quite literally) create a Christmas to remember!
The Attic, which works with children, young people and families in Kirkton is to host a fortnight-long Christmas exhibition. ‘Door of Hope’, which will run from 7-18 December, will showcase the creations of local people who attend The Attic’s weekly clubs and activities.
Visitors can also head outside into the community garden, decorated with lights, festive grafitti and a Christmas tree and enjoy a free, hot drink courtesy of Blend Coffee Shop in Dundee’s Reform Street.
On Saturday 12 December, Kirkton’s younger children can enjoy a visit to Santa’s Grotto, collecting a present before they leave.
From photos and paintings to graffiti and greetings cards, the exhibited art was partly created by materials donated by Dundee-based Front Lounge. Since lockdown, the charity has distributed almost 1,000 Hope Boxes to some of the most isolated young people and families throughout Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife. The gallery will tell the Christmas story but also highlight the very real issues facing families this year.
Bruce White, Project Director and founder of The Attic said, “With so many events and family gatherings cancelled this year, we decided to take matters into our own hands and celebrate the people who make up our community!
“With the ‘Door of Hope’ exhibition, the people of Kirkton can enjoy some of the art which our young people have been working on over the last few weeks. We hope that, by the time they’ve been around the exhibition, they will feel more hopeful – whether they’re a parent who’s seen their child’s art on the wall, a positive message which makes them smile or someone they haven’t seen for a while. We are extremely grateful to Dundee City Council and our other supporters for allowing our exhibition to take place and give the people of Kirkton something to celebrate at this important time of year.”
‘Door of Hope’ has been made possible by a £3,000 grant from Dundee City Council’s ‘Festive Fund’, together with generous donations from Dundee Christian Youth Work Trust and Kirkton Community Larder.
John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council added, “It’s fair to say that the Festive Fund has been a success with communities, helping to support Christmas activities in communities that hadn’t previously had any. The high standard, creativity and imagination of the applications gave us a real challenge deciding how best to use the fund. Our aim was to get as many groups and organisations as possible to tap into the funding so that it truly represented a Dundee Christmas in every one of our communities while at the same time being able to improve the city centre offering.”
Anyone wishing to attend should book their slot via The Attic’s Facebook page: (2) The Attic Community | Facebook
Support for anyone who does not use social media is also available via The Attic.
Established 22 years ago, The Attic has been supporting young people and families in Kirkton for eight years, both on a one-to-one and group level.
As well as signposting members of the community for support with literacy, financial support and I.T, the independent charity also provides a number of social activities including a community lunch club and kids’ club. Over lockdown, The Attic provided emergency response to families in need as well as online support. Founded by Bruce White, The Attic employs five part-time staff and is supported by a team of 10 volunteers.
For more information, visit www.theattic.btck.co.uk.