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£150,000 grant for Dundee’s Gate Church charity

The Scottish Government has backed the work of a Dundee charity with a £150,000 grant that will enable it to keep helping people across the city.

Since October 2013, Gate Church International has been leading a major carbon-saving project in the West End.

It has already invested more than £270,000 to help local residents identify how to make their homes more energy efficient and trained drivers on how to cut their carbon footprints.

The scheme has also given cooking lessons on how to reduce food waste and provided community placements for job seekers.

Funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge fund will enable the project to continue and develop.

In the first instance, the money will be used to launch a series of weekly events for the local community this summer.

They will include a community lunch serving soup made with locally grown ingredients, a play group for parents with young children and cooking classes.

All the events will be held in the new community café on Greenfield Place and there will be the chance at each to make use of a free “swap shop”, designed to facilitate the reuse of used items such as toys, household goods and clothing.

The project’s overall aim is to promote behaviour changes that lead to low- carbon lifestyles within Dundee’s West End community.

Gate Church International also has hopes of becoming Scotland’s “greenest” church and the Climate Challenge Fund money will enable it to add to the extensive programme of energy efficiency measures at the Grade A-listed St Marks Church on Perth Road and at the community centre.

• Full story at the Dundee Courier.

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