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Cùram Thiriodh – How are we Doing?

As you have probably noticed Cùram made a big fundraising push last year. It’s now time to let you know what we are doing with the money and how we are getting on.

We do two things:

  • Give practical care through our ‘Resource Club’
  • Working with the Council and Health Board to design a new ‘Care Centre’ to replace the Eventide Home

The Resource Club supports 43 people and 16 families in the community, giving them three precious things:

choice, independence and company!

Cùram’s wonderful Margaret has a team of volunteers and our community bus to get folk around the island. She organises:

      •  The Lunch Club twice a week and an afternoon tea once a week
      •  Assistance with those things that become more difficult as you get older
        • benefit application form completion
        • assistance with housing issues
        • adaptations required at home
      • Transport using the minibus to get to the GP, dentist, chiropodist, audiologist, physiotherapist and practice nurse
      • Transport to community clubs, meetings and events and the library twice a month
      • Respite for carers

This is a very impressive list but it does cost money. In fact the costs are just over £25,000 per year, way beyond our means of local fundraising. To attract the large national funders we have to be in a strong financial position, so we have drawn up a four-step fundraising strategy to carry us through the next three years.

Tiree’s own fantastic Community Turbine Windfall Fund is committed to part-funding the project for the next 3 years, but we cannot just rely on this income. Part of our strategy is a target to raise £2,000 per year through local fundraising events and donations. Tiree groups and every local business have shown their support with donations, raffle prizes and offers of free services. Our organised events such as the ever-popular Saturday Bingo night, the Slave Auction and the recent Afternoon Teas have been very successful and we plan to continue with these throughout 2015. The success of our local fundraising and the demonstration of local support, together with the Windfall commitment, have been fundamental in convincing National funders like the Henry Duncan Awards, the Robinson Trust and the Charles Hayward Foundation to help us.I am pleased to announce that in December we heard that they are to award us a total of £28,000 in grants! We can also apply to the Council and the Health Board for another £5,000.

We are now in a much healthier financial position than this time last year, so we can continue with these vital services for the next 12–18 months. So to everyone in the Tiree community, a BIG THANK YOU for your support because we couldn’t have done it without you. If you want to help Cùram continue this great work come along to our events and meet the team. And why not ask Margaret about becoming a volunteer, helping those living on the island who sometimes find life a struggle?

In the next issue Dr John Holliday will let you know how we are getting on with that new ‘Care Centre’.

Jackie Jones – Director Cùram Thiriodh

Cúram set back as council says no

Curam Thiriodh

The Cùram Thiriodh working group received a knock back in May as their bid to apply to manage the Eventide Home and the home care service was not accepted by the Council.

The group had spent three months preparing themselves to tender for the services the Council is trying to privatise, in an attempt to keep control on the island. However, in the last few weeks it became apparent that the Council wasn’t allowing bids from new groups after all – only organisations already running care homes were being allowed to submit offers. That leaves Tiree at the mercy of the Council and the market – if even one outside company puts in an acceptable bid for either service, the Council can give them the contract.

Before Cùram became aware that their bid would not be accepted they had moved quickly – it became a legal company, elected directors, opened a bank account and is well on the way to becoming a charity. Contacts were made far and wide as ideas poured in from around the country. The working group believe that Cùram’s longer term aim should be to bring together the medical, nursing and social carers (from the Eventide Home and the community) plus volunteers into one team, working as much as possible under one roof. They would also like to have the resources to help people stay at home longer, including starting day care.

Although Cùram did not qualify for the tender process, the Council asked Cùram to send in their ideas and if there are no acceptable private bids the way could be cleared for some of the new group’s plans to be adopted. We will not know until mid-August if contracts to run the Home Care and/or Care at Home services have been awarded.

In the long term the working group wants to build and run a new care centre for the island. Here there is some good news as the Health Board, Council and a local housing association have all said they would be willing to start discussions and the first meetings will take place in the next few weeks.

Cùram chairman, Dr Holliday, said,
“To put in so much work since the New Year, it is obviously disappointing not to get a chance to bid against the private companies. We had to get our act together quickly – but the pressure will be a good thing in the long run. We’ve formed a strong team, we know what we want and are a significant step closer to bringing together a partnership to build a new care centre.”