Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service's (D&GCAS) link-up with a local football club is off to a flying start.
D&GCAS announced their partnership with Annan Athletic a few weeks back, the first between a Scottish Football League club and the service as the BBC reported. The two organisations will work together on various public projects, with the first launching last Saturday at the League Two club's Galabank stadium.
Staff from Annan and Dumfries CABs attended the match, setting up a 'pop-up' debt advice stall in the Supporters' Bar. They also leafleted at the turnstiles as 500 Athletic and Peterhead fans descended on the ground for a top-of-the-table clash. Their Annan Athletic-coloured flyers pointed supporters and their families towards CAB services for advice on doorstep and payday loans, or more general financial problems.
Supporters' Direct, the organisation for Scottish fans, also backed the initiative, and Elaine Murray MSP lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament which garnered cross-party support, including from local MSPs of all stripes. The event received excellent press coverage and a piece on STV news was screened on Saturday night.
Citizens Advice Scotland's Community Action Team (CAT) supported D&GCAS' work, including leaflet design and the making of two videos, featured below; the first is a short report of the day, the second an advice video.
This initiative numbered the second time a CAB had worked with football, following Nairn's highly successful recent campaign. Any CAB interested in replicating the football link-up in their area can contact Daniel Gray of the CAT (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 550 7185).