Carer fear

Char­ity sup­ports de­men­tia car­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

A char­ity that pro­vides help for car­ers and peo­ple with de­men­tia could be forced to shut un­less ex­tra vol­un­teers or spon­sor­ship are found.

Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Car­ers have been on the go since 1993, but staff and vol­un­teers face an un­cer­tain fu­ture.

A char­ity that pro­vides help for car­ers and peo­ple with de­men­tia could shut down un­less ex­tra vol­un­teers or spon­sor­ship is found.

Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Car­ers has been on the go since 1993, and em­ploys trained staff to pro­vide home care respite to families through­out the area.

How­ever, it needs ex­tra vol­un­teers to help with other du­ties, and is seek­ing ex­tra funds to keep go­ing.

The char­ity re­cently had a do­na­tion from Ruther­glen Co-op, but financial pres­sures are catch­ing up with the group.

Eve­lyn Edie is one of the vol­un­tary man­age­ment com­mit­tee that runs the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

She said: “We are need­ing any­thing from bank staff vol­un­teer­ing their ser­vices for ad­min, to get­ting spon­sor­ship for the mini bus that we use.

“What has hap­pened is that we im­ple­mented the liv­ing wage and it’s cost us an ex­tra sum of money. We have had to put the staff through manda­tory train­ing as well, and that has cost ex­tra money, and that has all been adding up.

“We’re re­ally grate­ful to the likes of the Co-op for their dona­tions, be­cause they make such a dif­fer­ence, and we’re cur­rently ap­ply­ing to the likes of San­tander and the Big Lot­tery Fund for more help.

“It’s things like money for the mini bus that we will need, and more vol­un­teers to help out.”

Eve­lyn’s hus­band has vas­cu­lar de­men­tia, and she knows the im­pact the or­gan­i­sa­tion can have.

She said: “I would be lost with­out them. They run an early di­ag­no­sis de­men­tia group and they do things like maybe hav­ing a trip to the li­brary, or go­ing to places like the Kelpies or Pais­ley Abbey.

“The girls are great and they meet the needs of the peo­ple. I don’t know where I would be with­out the help they give.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is funded by coun­cil grants, spon­sor­ship and dona­tions.

The aim is to pro­vide care, un­der­stand­ing and sup­port to those who care for rel­a­tives or friends in the com­mu­nity who have de­men­tia or men­tal ill health.

The ser­vices avail­able are home­based respite, car­ers sup­port, early di­ag­no­sis de­men­tia group, ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion, and a li­brary.

Con­cern­sMem­bers of Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Car­ers have ex­pressed their con­cerns to Clare Haughey MSP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.