The Big Lottery Fund Scotland had a very special start to the week, thanks to a visit from staff and beneficiaries from the Annexe Connects project in Partick . The group of 23 people brought along a “Thank You “ flag which they had designed and made themselves to show the personal difference the project has made to them over the last three years. Annexe Connects was one of the first projects to receive a grant from our Investing in Communities fund back in 2011.
The project, which received £275,597, works with vulnerable and isolated older people in the area to help them re-connect to their community. The range of activities on offer helps to improve physical and mental health and includes the Partick Pluckers (a ukulele group), as well as circle dancing and community film nights.
Beatrice MacDuff, 76, said, “Friendship and love, that’s what we have all found here. Everyone cares for each other and we all wanted to make our flags to say thank you. I come to the Annexe on a Monday for ukulele lessons and a healthy living class on a Thursday. There’s something going on for everyone and when I get out of my bed in the morning I can’t get here quickly enough. I’ve been coming here for about a year now and before that my life was a bit flat but now I have loads of things to look forward to. My flag is the tree of happiness and that’s how I feel every time I am in the building.”
Seventy seven year old Janet Hillan said, “Annexe Connects has given me a whole new attitude to life. Over the last few years I’ve had a few health problems but now I am having the time of my life. I didn’t really get out of the house much before and wasn’t used to mixing with people but I’ve changed so much since coming here. I go to meditation, have reiki treatments and am there every other day. My flag says “thank you, thank you, thank you” as it’s the best four years I have ever had.”