Foodbank volunteers to protest eviction after council serves final notice

The council says it needs the space back for other uses - but volunteers warn the future of the service is at stake.

Volunteers at a Dundee foodbank are preparing to demonstrate outside their centre in a bid to fight off closure.

Mill O’ Mains Foodbank, which lost its pavilion in a blaze in 2017, supports the community from a sheltered housing unit that the council says it now needs back.

Those connected to the group say it’ll leave the charity with nowhere else to go.

“People are passionate about us staying here, that they want us to continue running from here,” said Yvonne Mullen, Mill O’ Mains Pavilion Chair.

Pavilion chair Yvonne Mullen

“We’re a safety point for a lot of people who live in the community.

“It’s not just about the foodbank, it’s about what we do as a community group.”

Dundee City Council issued a final eviction notice last month.

It says the housing service needs the space to support its tenants and residents.

News which dismayed people like Evelyn Scott, who’s used the centre for several years.

“It’s such a godsend to quite a lot of people, not just in Mill O’Mains,” she said.

“They come from various other places. Fintry and Kirkton, they come for the foodbank.

“It’s a great help to people on a low income.”

Those connected with the charity will hold a demonstration outside the centre on Friday, in what looks set to be the last day the foodbank will be open.

Evelyn Scott said the service is a 'godsend' for those in need

“We’re not moving anything,” said volunteer Jim Malone.

“If the council want us out of this small room, they’ll be doing the moving.

“As much as this food has been donated by various groups, we’ll be leaving it here.”

A spokesperson for the council said: “Dundee City Council has a purpose-built community facility at Mill of Mains Primary School which any community group can access and was offered to the foodbank organisers.

“Housing and communities teams also explored other alternative options in very close proximity to the sheltered lounge and we continue to listen to any concerns and offer support to the group to help them identify solutions.

“The Housing Service require the use of the space in the sheltered complex to facilitate the delivery of activities for our tenants and residents.”

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