New town premises for Aged and Infirm Committee

Jean Thom MBE cutting the ribbon with James Brown, Chair of the Aged and Infirm Committee.
Jean Thom MBE cutting the ribbon with James Brown, Chair of the Aged and Infirm Committee.

A Peterhead organisation has opened new office premises in the town centre.

Aged and Infirm Committee is now operating from new office space in the town’s Thistle Street.

The official opening of the building took place last Monday, with Jean Thom MBE cutting the ribbon. Members of the committee then held an open day at the shop where committee members and the public enjoyed refreshments.

The organisation was previously based in the Masonic building on Broad Street.

The Aged and Infirm Committee, which currently has 22 members, offers a number of services aimed at helping elderly people in the community. One of these includes a sitter service for elderly people who live alone and to help provide respite for carers.

A second major part of the charity’s work is its caravan service. The committee has two fully residential caravans based at Fochabers, which allows elderly individuals and couples the chance to enjoy week-long holidays. Between April and September, a total of 46 couples get to go on holiday in the caravans.

The charity also offers a minibus service for senior citizens to get their shopping at Asda and Morrisons, as well as for members of the Ladies Guild.

The charity’s office opening hours are 10am to 12 noon weekdays, when members of the public can seek advice from volunteers and pick up information leaflets on a range of topics.

Commenting on the move, Stewart Drysdale, who has served as secretary for the last five years, said: “We’re delighted with the move. We hope being in the town centre will make it easier for people to access our services.

“We were in the old building from 1968 and we were very grateful to the Peterhead masonic hall for the use of an office there. Without their help, we wouldn’t have been able to function,” he added.

Committee chairman, James Brown, commented: “I would like to say a big thank you to the John Robertson Mortification Trust, without their support we wouldn’t be in this new office today.”

“We are hoping to secure grants in the future but at the moment we rely entirely on donations from the public.

“The support we have received from the organisations we are part of has been fantastic,” he added.

Alison McKessick from WRVS, who will have a base in the new shop, added: “I would like to thank the committee for offering the hand of friendship to WRVS.

“I am delighted that we are now going to have a base in Peterhead.”