Earlier this year ScrapAntics were fortunate to receive support from the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund to develop our CosyAntics provision at the Wellgate Community Space.
CosyAntics was open to everyone on a drop-in basis twice weekly for friendly conversation, soup, sandwiches and different activities provided by our wonderful project partners, staff and volunteers.
Visitors could also access information about support in Dundee such as the Community Food Network of food larders and cafes.
When we launched in January it was uncertain how popular the drop-in would be, however over the period until April an amazing 2086 visitors were welcomed into our space!
At one time, when food provision was also available more than 160 people attended the sessions. Many new friendships were formed and on Thursdays there was the added attraction of our ScrapArts creative session which was enjoyed by both our regular and new visitors.
CosyAntics was part of the city wide network of warm spaces and was also supported by Dundee City Council through the CRF Cost of Living Fund and Equality and Diversity Fund, Faith in Community Dundee through a Small Grant for food and another to purchase food vouchers and Dundee Community Grants, based near us in the Wellgate.
Thanks to these funders and to the individuals and organisations who provided activities: Business Gateway, Kerry Kidd, DCA, Coin-Operated Press, Central Library, Dundee City Council ESOL Team and Karoline Hardt, our volunteer at Fruit Bowls Community Garden.
The final word should go to the CosyAntics community. Here are some of their thoughts:
‘Warm atmosphere, friendly good chat and coffee and tea and plenty to do!!’
‘I love the soup. It’s great I like to come back I feel like home here.’
‘This was amazing thank you very much for your support.’
‘Great food and nice people thank you’
‘I really got things I needed. Thank you.’
‘Wonderful people and atmosphere. Thank you ScrapAntics! :)’
We look forward to welcoming back our community for more activities!