Carolina House Trust kicked of its bicentenary celebrations with a community event in the Old Steeple Church 200 years to the day the first meeting took place.
Dundee City Archive records show that on the 9th February 1815 the ‘good and the great of Dundee’ gathered together to hold the first in a series of meetings to discuss the growing need for an orphanage. The goodwill of the local people and some very generous individuals culminated in the creation of the Dundee Orphan Society.
The event was extremely well attended by existing carers, previous residents, young people from Carolina Mews and partner agencies. After a welcome speech from George Taylor from the Carolina House Trust Board of Directors, Steve Clark presented an overview of the early history of the Dundee Orphan Society. Previous resident Les Lumb then entertained the audience with his tales of life in Carolina House Trust during the 1950’s and 60’s whilst Derek Milton, Foster Carer, gave an excellent overview of what working with the present Carolina House Trust is like.
Young people from Carolina Mews kindly made an array of cakes that proved to be a massive hit with the guests.
Speaking at the event, Steve Clark, Acting Director of Operations for Carolina House Trust said, “The charity has such a rich history, the 200th anniversary of the first meeting provides an occasion to celebrate the charity’s achievements and reflect on their modest beginnings”.