Cre­ative Care project nom­i­nated for Ru­ral In­no­va­tors award

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A project to sup­port older peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and health prob­lems in Perthshire has been nom­i­nated for a na­tional award.

The Cre­ative Care project, run by Blair­gowrie-based GrowBiz, has been short­listed for the Ru­ral In­no­va­tors Awards in the Build­ing Ru­ral Com­mu­ni­ties cat­e­gory.

The scheme looks to sup­port el­derly peo­ple through­out Perthshire and sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses de­liv­er­ing care and well­be­ing ser­vices.

GrowBiz helped to de­velop the model af­ter it was orig­i­nally set up by High­land Perthshire­based Care and Well­be­ing Co­op­er­a­tive.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing back­ing from the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s Self Di­rected Sup­port In­no­va­tion Fund, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has been nom­i­nated for the top prize.

Projects short­listed have been nom­i­nated by mem­bers of the pub­lic and Scot­tish Ru­ral Ac­tion, the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which or­gan­ises the Scot­tish Ru­ral Par­lia­ment.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can also vote for their favourite projects on the Scot­tish Ru­ral Ac­tion web­site, with vot­ing clos­ing on Oc­to­ber 24.

Catriona Rowan, chair­woman of GrowBiz, said: “We are de­lighted to have been short­listed for our in­no­va­tive project and to have been recog­nised by Scot­tish Ru­ral Ac­tion.

“Part of the in­no­va­tion of this hugely worth­while project is in the creation of di­verse eco­nomic and en­ter­prise op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple with a range of skills and ex­per­tise. It is about pro­vid­ing ser­vices be­yond just per­sonal care and ther­a­pies, in­clud­ing trans­port, ther­a­peu­tic gar­den­ing, ac­ces­si­ble tourism, dog-walk­ing and many more.”

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