Funding Denied Excellent Scheme

 

2 February 2006

 

 

After only a year of the Staying Put Project working very effectively on Lismore offering services for the elderly which have kept them active, interested, and able to play a full part in island life, it seems the Scottish Executive are no longer to fund this outstanding success. Instead the Executive are passing the responsibility to the council who say they havenít the funds. Which is ironic as the point of the scheme was to save public money by keeping people in their own homes with such good quality support they were not forced into expensive residential care. Thanks to the mini-bus the scheme provides, a lunch club has been running, hospital appointments are easily managed, trips out are greatly enjoyed and give carers well needed breaks, and the benefits and pleasure the users get from being freed up to live normally is clear for all to see. Indeed the entire island has benefited from this excellent project which has also provided two good quality jobs which Janette Stewart and Pete Walker are doing with such enthusiasm and efficiency, it seems the scheme has always been here. At a recent Community Council meeting as many people as possible were urged to get in touch with their MSPs and Councillors to avert what would be a disaster if funding were not found.

 

 

The Lunch club in full swing and Janette Stewart shopping with Marjorie MacDonald and Kathy Kelly

 

Stop Press: Since writing the above we are happy to report that funding has been approved for another year and that Janette and Pete's jobs are safe for the moment.

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