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Shirley's Space receives welcome boost from volunteer influx

By Lewis McBlane

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NEW volunteers for mental health charity Shirley's Space have put the group on steady ground.

Fresh-faced volunteers for Shirley's Space are making the charity better than ever.
Fresh-faced volunteers for Shirley's Space are making the charity better than ever.

After struggling for volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Crimond-based charity is back in action with a squad of 15 volunteers.

A Shirley's Space spokesperson said: "Now after a recruitment drive and refresher training to the existing volunteers Shirley’s Space is stronger than ever with now having a solid group of over 15 volunteers to help in the service area.

"Volunteers based in Mintlaw, Crimond, Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Turriff mean that the charity will be supported and promoted in and around those towns.

"Since becoming a charity in September 2019, Shirley’s Space had assisted hundreds of individuals.

"This has ensured the charity is at the centre of the community and enabled individuals to receive assistance from trained volunteers and counsellors."

Shirley's Space offer the community a free, confidential text message service, which individuals struggling with their mental health can use to recieve support and guidance.

A walk-in centre within the Crimond Medical and Community Hub is also available, where people can receive face-to-face help from trained volunteers.

The charity was set up by the family of Shirley Findlay, who tragically took her own life after a long struggle with mental health.

Manager Fiona Weir said: “The enthusiasm and engagement shown by all the new and existing volunteers is fantastic.

"The Trustees and I are looking forward to this fantastic team delivering many hours of support for the people in the area that require our support."

Trustee Ashley Mackie said: “Fundraising is also extremely vital to our survival and now that we are in a better place we can now welcome fundraising volunteers too that can attended key local events and help at our fundraisers.

"If you would like to get involved then can be found on our website www.shirleysspace.com or on our Facebook page."

Find the Shirley's Space Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ourshirleyspace/

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