‘Backroom gossip’ forces change to Bute charity’s operations

Members of the For Bute team with some of the recent recipients of the charity's donations.
Members of the For Bute team with some of the recent recipients of the charity's donations.

A charity set up to fund good causes on Bute through sales at its Rothesay thrift shop says it has been forced into a more formal approach to the way it operates.

Marlene Hill, the chair of For Bute, which has raised more than £60,000 for social, educational, cultural, environmental and economic causes since March 2013,

says the change is in response to the ‘negative agendas’ of some on the island.

Rather than simply visiting the For Bute shop in Victoria Street and jotting down a funding request in a book, future requests will require to be made on a form available at the shop and on the For Bute website.

Appeals against rejection will also have to be made in writing, “with a clear demonstration of how the request has been amended to respond to the previous failure to meet criteria for approval”.

In a letter published in full in the November 20 edition of The Buteman, Ms Hill says: “Living in small communities can bring many benefits. Sometimes it’s easier to get things done because people’s ideas and conversations get shared quickly and when initiatives are positive, other people join in and offer support.

“The downside is when ideas and conversation born from strictly personal or negative agendas are also spread, and instead of positive actions emerging, these rest in backroom gossip, unable to be challenged in the light of day.”

* You can read Marlene Hill’s letter in full in the November 20 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.