Com­mu­nity wind farm gives char­ity £2,500

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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