Community wind farm gives charity £2,500
PROFITS of £2,500 from a community- owned wind farm have been donated to a Western Isles charity helping vulnerable islanders.
The money is the first half of an annual commitment of £ 5,000 to Advocacy Western Isles from Point and Sandwick Trust (PST).
The donation will enable the service to increase the hours of its workers to help meet demand across the islands.
Ernie Garden, chairman of Advocacy Western Isles, said the increased hours would go towards helping people with mental health issues and the elderly.
Advocacy Western Isles is for people who feel isolated and don’t know where or who to turn to, explained operations manager Cathy Anne Dunn.
Service users may be adults, children or young people, the elderly, people with learning difficulties or those experiencing mental health issues.
She added: ‘Through Advocacy they have someone there who is loyal to them and ensures they’re listened to, their rights are explored and upheld and they are included in decisions about them.
‘Service users always say that, for someone who is vulnerable and feels isolated, you can’t put a value on it.
‘The feedback we get is tremendous.’
Advocacy deal with between 600 and 1,000 cases a year, from the Butt to Barra.
Donald John MacSween, Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) general manager, said they were delighted to help. Advocacy Western Isles is one of four charities we aim to support - along with Foyer, Hebrides Alpha and Western Isles Association for Mental Health – because they provide a valuable service to people who are often forgotten about.
‘These services – as well as the people who use the services – are often forgotten about or neglected and deserve more support than they get.’
The trust can help because the wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag is 100 per cent community- owned. Previous donations by Point and Sandwick Trust include £2,500 to the Western Isles Association for Mental Health and £15,000 to Western Isles Foyer and the Hebrides Alpha Project earlier this year, the first instalments of an annual £ 30,000 pledged to both organisations.
Point and Sandwick Trust’s biggest beneficiary is Bethesda Care Home and Hospice, which will receive £ 55,000 for 25 years – the lifetime of the wind farm.