Inspiring Change: Loreburn’s Making A Difference Staff Day

Staff at Loreburn Housing Association, a Dumfries & Gallway-based organisation, embarked on a journey of growth and community engagement during their recent staff training & development day.

The event, held on Wednesday 17 April, was more than just a routine gathering – it was a testament to Loreburn’s commitment to making a positive difference in their local communities and creating GREAT places to live.

The theme of the day, “Making a Difference,” set the tone for what would unfold – a day packed with learning, inspiration, and hands-on volunteering.

The morning session featured a captivating talk by seasoned housing professional Jim Strang, who shared some insights from over 40 years in the housing sector.

Staff were drawn in by Jim’s wealth of knowledge and experience – his engaging storytelling painted a vivid picture of the challenges and opportunities that have shaped the housing sector over the decades.

With a blend of humour and wisdom, Jim’s talk left the team feeling inspired and motivated to make a positive difference. Following the enlightening session, the Loreburn team rolled up their sleeves and set out to put their newfound inspiration into action.

Staff members were encouraged to bring food donations to the morning session, the volume of which exceeded all expectations. The overwhelming generosity resulted in a great number of donations being distributed to three foodbanks in Dumfries & Galloway, which will go towards providing vital support to those in need.

Embodying the spirit of the #KeepScotlandBeautiful campaign, small teams ventured into five parks in Dumfries, including Glentrool in Lochside and Popeye’s in Lincluden, and Loreburn housing developments conducting litter picking activities.

In addition to the environmental efforts, a group of Loreburn staff completed a sponsored 5-mile walk through Dumfries, up to Kingholm Quay and back, with proceeds raised going towards a local charity of their choice.

Meanwhile teams were hard at work around some of Loreburn’s Later Living developments. A small team at JM Barrie in Dumfries, treated and painted their new shed, while others hosted a tea and quiz afternoon at Loreburn’s newest Later Living development, Scott’s Way in Castle Douglas.

Staff from the west of the region engaged in gardening, building, painting, and treating benches at Millburn Court, Stranraer, while the group at Nithsdale Mills, Dumfries, focussed on fixing benches, starting the de-weeding process in the outside spaces, and tending to the large planters around the back of the development.

Reflecting on the day, Kirsteen McGinn, CEO of Loreburn, shared her appreciation, stating: “I would like to extend a big thank you to all the Loreburn team for their support and input during our staff development day.

“The focus was on making a positive impact, and we certainly achieved that.

“It’s heartening to receive such positive feedback from our tenants, seeing our efforts in the community and making a difference.”

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