A tribute to Lillian (Lil) Kennedy MBE (1922-2014)
Dunbritton Housing Association is sad to announce that our longest serving committee member, Lil Kennedy MBE passed away peacefully in the Vale of Leven Hospital on 1st December 2014.
Lil joined Dunbritton Housing Association's Management Committee in 1993 and had held offices of Secretary and Convenor.
A founder member of Strathclyde Elderly Forum in 1985 and locally with the Vale of Leven Elderly Forum, Lil campaigned tirelessly for the rights of older people and was well known and respected locally and nationally.
She served as a volunteer with many organisations, including the Law Society in Dumbarton; the local Crime Prevention Panel; local Health Board and Trust; Dumbarton & District Community Care Forum; Vale of Leven Community Council; and Lomond & Clyde Care and Repair; to name but a few.
Up until the past few months she ran Yoga classes in the Alexandria CE Centre.
Lil started taking part in community life once she retired. Up until then she had a busy life bringing up a family and working full time as a shop dresser and supervisor. One of the successes she was most proud of was in the campaign for free public transport for elderly people, including free ferry travel from the islands.
In honour of her tireless campaigning for housing, a number of years ago Dunbritton named a street in one of our new build developments in her honour: Kennedy Court, Tullichewan.
A true ‘lady’ in every sense of the word, Lil will be sorely missed. She always spoke from the heart and was entirely selfless in her interests and her genuine care for the needs of others.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday 10th December at 12:15 St Mungo’s Church in Alexandria and then 1:15 at Cardross Crematorium.
HELENSBURGH & LOMOND FOODBANK
From Monday, 3rd November 2014, a Food Bank will be operating in the Red Cross Hall, 116 East Princes Street, Helensburgh (behind the Tesco Express Petrol Garage on West Clyde Street). This will take place every Monday and Friday from 10.00am until 12 noon.
Anyone who is in need is welcome to visit the food bank – e.g. those struggling due to DWP Sanctions/Welfare Reform, relationship breakdowns, crisis, families who can’t make ends meet. No paperwork referral is required in order to attend. Client’s information will be asked/stored on the day e.g. name, postcode, reason for support required (e.g. to avoid getting debt that week/DWP Sanction) and if the person has accessed the food bank before.
This is seen as crisis assistance and support which will be in place for anyone who needs it. The food bank is not there for anyone’s “weekly top-up” because they rely purely on donations. There is no limit to the amount of times access will be supported but the staff are the custodians for all and can only help those who need temporary support.
Volunteers are very welcome to come along and assist with the operation of the food bank. The food bank make up 8 week rotas, consisting of 5 people and 1 team leader/committee member at each morning session and a number of people for 1 evening session to make up the shopping bags for the consequent food bank sessions.
The volunteers & staff recognise how difficult it will be for individuals to go to a food bank and they will make individuals feel welcome. Carr Gomm will also be there in a supporting role assisting all non-Dunbritton tenants and the food bank staff will contact Anna Murray, Crisis Intervention/Tenancy Officer for Argyll Networks, to support any Dunbritton tenants.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the food bank can do so at the Red Cross Hall, Helensburgh, The Garth Inn, Clyde Street, Helensburgh, The Co-Operative Supermarket in Helensburgh and at our offices at 1st Floor, 32 High Street, Dumbarton.