SUPPORT In Mind Scotland's new project base in Munches Street, Dumfries, is beginning to take shape as staff, service users and volunteers work hard to make sure the new premises are ready in time for the scheduled opening on Thursday, 18 May.

All of the projects which had been based in Gordon Street will be relocated to the spacious three-level town centre property, and everyone has been working round the clock to ensure the move goes as smoothly as possible.

John Scott, Life Skills Project Co-ordinator, said: "We move out of Gordon Street next Friday (12 May). We are then closed for service delivery until Thursday the 18th. We hope to be able to open that day and deliver some, if not all of our services. We have asked our service users to be patient, and expect a bit of chaos for a few weeks."

Praising the team effort of everyone involved in getting Munches Street ready, John added: "Today we had 4 electricians, 3 joiners, 1 telecoms engineer, 6 service users painting walls, 4 staff, and the odd passerby asking what we were up to. We've been busy, but I think we may be getting somewhere!"

To accommodate the move, Gordon Street - which has housed our Life Skills, Cu Thru and Genesis projects - will be closed on Thursday 11, Friday 12, Monday 15, Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 May. The plan is to re-open in Munches Street at 10am on Thursday, 18 May at 28 Munches Street.

Meanwhile, our resource centre in Dumfries - Kaleidoscope - was forced to close its doors on Thursday due to a drainage system failure and lack of water. The service remained shut on Friday while repairs are carried out and it is hoped the situation will be resolved in time to allow Kaleidoscope to re-open on Monday.