The Ross County Foundation can today announce that we are delighted to receive funding of £6,020 from the Highland Council’s ‘Cost of Living Fund’.
The funding, which will be used to create the Dingwall Community Kitchen, is the first step in helping the foundation to make the Global Energy Stadium a community hub during these challenging and uncertain times.
Starting in January 2023, the Dingwall Community Kitchen will be open one afternoon per week within the Staggies Bar here at the stadium to provide a hot meal to those who would like a warm space, company and food. The cost-of-living crisis that is currently sweeping both the Highlands & Scotland is in full force and we want to be at the forefront of supporting our communities and people at this time.
The food service will be free, and we encourage those across Dingwall and surrounding towns & villages such as Muir of Ord, Conon Bridge, Maryburgh, Alness, Invergordon and other areas to use this service at your leisure. It is important now more than ever, that we provide this space to reduce isolation, provide a warm, comforting environment and a good hot meal.
On the funding, Foundation Manager, Dale Pryde-MacDonald said, “Firstly we have to give a massive vote of thanks to the Highland Council for seeing the value in what we are trying to do. We know how tight funds are at the moment so to receive this award is fantastic and will hopefully enable us to help people right across our local area.”
“We are proud of our work in the community, and this is something that we were keen to follow up on after our extensive work during COVID in meal provision and service support. Hopefully people will see this as a fantastic opportunity to come along, be surrounded by others and make key friendships at the same time as ensuring they receive a hot meal in a warm space.”
“Right now it is once a week, but hopefully this one afternoon will give people the confidence, encouragement and support they need during these exceedingly difficult times.”
The Dingwall Community Kitchen will start in January and run until June at the Global Energy Stadium with more details being released in the coming weeks. There will also be a range of other service providers on hand for people to talk to around energy provision, mental health and nutrition.
Pictured: (Left to right) Dale Pryde-MacDonald (Manager, The Ross County Foundation, Margaret Paterson (Councillor) and Steven Ferguson (Ross County FC CEO)