Alloa Men’s Social Group First Meeting

Last night, the Alloa Men’s Social Group had their first meeting and it went great, they would like to thank all who attended and still came along despite the cold weather and it was nice meeting you all. Hope you had a good time!

Foodbank Items We Need Donated

Hello everyone, December has been a really busy month for us, especially in our foodbank.

We are running low in the following items so if anyone would like to help by donating any food to our foodbank then these items are what we are in desperate need for. Our most urgent items are on the first poster and other items we still need but aren’t as much of a priority are on the second poster. Thank you so much!

FULLY BOOKED: Christian’s Against Poverty – Money Coaching Course Starting 16th of January 1:30pm-3pm

We are giving out £30 Farmfoods vouchers to anyone who attends at least 3 out of the 4 days of the Money Coaching course. If you are interested then sign up here: Register for money coaching – CAP money coaching and you better be quick as we only have 10 spaces for this block of classes! THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Is your new year’s resolution going to be sorting your finances out? Colin Primrose from Christians Against Poverty Scotland will be running a Money Coaching course at our premises on a Tuesday for 4 weeks starting the 16th of January 1:30pm-3pm (same time every week).

If you are unable to attend the course but are still interested in how you can get your debts under control then check out their website here:… or call them on 0800 328 0006 and we also have Fiona in our Devon Room on the first Thursday of every month 1:30pm-3:30pm who can help you with your debts. No appointment needed, just come along!

We would like to thank Chris from the Alloa Advertiser for advertising the article in their paper and online and also a huge thank you to Colin Primrose from Christians Against Poverty Scotland/Tillicoultry Community Larder for volunteering his time and effort to writing the article as well as running the money coaching classes, we really appreciate your hard work and all you do for those in Clackmannanshire. You can read the article here: The Gate Charity to hold money coaching classes this month | Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser (

Women’s Craft Club

We are starting our own Women’s Craft Club on a Tuesday (10am-11:30am) starting the 16th of January!

Women of all ages are welcome! Come along for a wee cuppa and take part in some arts & crafts while having a blether and making new friends! We will have all of our own crafts but if you have extra things you would like to bring then the more the merrier!

The sessions will cost £2 per person to cover the cost of teas, coffees and biscuits.

Alloa Men’s Social Group

Alloa Men’s Social Group is a free men’s group that meets up 7pm-9pm every Thursday at 2 Ludgate, Alloa, FK10 2DR. It is a social group for men suitable for those 30 years and older to have a coffee and meet other like-minded men. Just head along, no booking required.

What’s On January 2024

January is a very busy month, we have lots of classes and new drop ins have joined us too. Have a wee look at our timetable for this month and if you have any questions then message us on Facebook: or by calling 01259 218766 and we will get back to you.

Taking Part In Dry January?

Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year!

If anyone is interested in starting their year with good habits by taking part in Dry January then why not consider donating to us, we have had a very busy December at our foodbank and your donations would make such a huge difference to those struggling in Clacks.

It would be much appreciated if you share this around!

Here is a link to information on how Dry January works and all the benefits of taking part in it:…/managing…/dry-january

Thank you

Another year has gone by, and this is our time to reflect, evaluate and to look at the future. It has been a year of massive growth, with the completion of our space at Ludgate to the relocating of our Charity shop. 2023 saw the introduction of many new projects including Café Xtra and our after-school club food provision, as well as building on the things that we do so well… helping people.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone and express my gratitude for sticking with us through a year that included three massive moves while continuing to help us to successfully support thousands of vulnerable Clackmannanshire residents.

Thank you to the staff and volunteer team, for never losing their dedication and passion, for contributing their invaluable experience so that the Gate can continue to be the successful. No role at the Gate is more or less important than another from frontline staff to those who quietly work behind the scenes, you all make the Gate.

Thank you to our trustees, who tirelessly and voluntarily share their time, and knowledge to make sure that the Gate fulfils its role in helping the most disadvantaged in our Community.  

Thank you to our donors, partners, and other supporters, without your continued backing we would not be where we are today.

Finally thank you to the people in the community who trust us to help them in their time of need.

I would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year. See you in 2024 for another fantastic year.

Jilly Guild

Chief Officer

Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface Christmas Quiz

A photo from the Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface Christmas Quiz. Our team came a respectable second and it was lovely to get together with all the other charities! A big thank you to CTSI, especially Chris for his hosting skills.