Charity makes waterproof appeal

Susan Colin and Jayne Donn at Carr Gomm Oban. 17_t07_CarrGomm01
Susan Colin and Jayne Donn at Carr Gomm Oban. 17_t07_CarrGomm01

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Waterproof jackets are needed by an Oban charity supporting the town’s sofa-surfers and homeless.

Housing Support Service manager Susan Colin at Carr Gomm hopes people will donate new wet weather clothing so they can hand it out to people in need.

The jackets must be new says Susan and donations can be dropped off at Donmor House in Albany Street.

‘We are lucky to have plenty of hats and scarves from kind donations over Christmas already, but what we really need are waterproof jackets. We get a lot of people coming here to use our service who walk in drenched through,’ she added.

Carr Gomm took over a premises from Blue Triangle to support temporary homeless people in the town centre, giving them a roof over their heads.

People struggling with housing issues and anyone needing support and advice over benefits and other social issues can get help from Carr Gomm.

The organisation, which has been supporting the homeless in Oban for 15 years, runs free weekly drop-ins  from 2pm to 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with a job club on  Tuesday afternoons.

As well as one-to-one support for the homeless, other support on offer includes helping to write CVs and getting access to food parcels.