Funds boost for Bute Advice Centre

Bute Advice Centre's headquarters in Bishop Street in Rothesay are located on the first floor of this building, above Royal Mail's local sorting office.
Bute Advice Centre's headquarters in Bishop Street in Rothesay are located on the first floor of this building, above Royal Mail's local sorting office.

Bute Advice Centre has welcomed news of a £2,000 grant from the STV Appeal.

Bute Advice Centre offers a food bank along with an advice and representation service to assist with addressing underlying issues faced by those using a food bank.

The service also targets support to vulnerable groups such as disabled people and their carers, the elderly and low income families.

Across the country, 220,000 children live in poverty and figures from the Campaign to End Child Poverty show that in Argyll and Bute 19.2 per cent of children live below the breadline. Bute Advice Centre is one of the projects the STV Appeal is supporting in Argyll and Bute.

Julie Semple, manager of the centre, said: “Bute Advice Centre is very grateful for the kind donation of £2000 from the STV Appeal. This funding will be used to support the work the centre carries out with the most vulnerable low income families on the island of Bute.

“The work we carry out is therefore vital, with regards to advice and representation, supporting in and out of work welfare rights, money and debt advice, housing and energy advice, along with delivering the food-bank and ‘Eating on a Budget’ classes delivered with our partner agencies.”

Since launch in 2011, the STV Appeal has raised over £8.2 million with 297 big and small grants distributed to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 37,000 children.

The money raised is distributed to provide practical help like food and warm clothes; create opportunities for training and employability; and enable social and emotional support for those who need it most.