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MSP John Swinney visits Transform Community's new office

19 Nov 2013 by Transform Community

MSP John Swinney visits Transform Community's new office

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney has praised the essential work of the voluntary sector at Christmas on his tour of Transform Community Development's new-look Dundee premises.

Mr Swinney toured the Jessie Devlin Hostel one of our residential and sheltered housing available for vulnerable people.

He said: "Social enterprises, voluntary organisations and community organisations play an important part in Scottish society. They deliver superb services and help to connect with the most vulnerable people in our communities, which is especially important during the festive period which can be a particularly difficult time of year."

"It was an honour to meet the people who run and use transform's FareShare scheme and sheltered accommodation. Such excellent projects just show how charities can work in partnership with retailers like Asda and cut down on food waste and feed those in need at the same time."

"With food poverty on the increase it makes sense that we should be working with the industry to ensure that no good food goes to waste and that those in need get the benefit."

Transform Community Development Trust's CEO Simon Laidlaw said: "We have been involved with FareShare since it began and are extremely proud of what it achieves. In particular in times of austerity and public sector cuts it is good to be able to assist other voluntary organisations, taking some pressure off and enabling them to enhance the services they provide for vulnerable people."

"With food poverty on the increase it makes sense that we should be working with the industry to ensure that no good food goes to waste and that those in need get the benefit."