Twenty-five years for Bute Advice Centre

Bute Advice Centre manager Julie Semple and chairman Charlie Fryars were among those celebrating Bute Advice Centre's 25th birthday as an independent organisation.
Bute Advice Centre manager Julie Semple and chairman Charlie Fryars were among those celebrating Bute Advice Centre's 25th birthday as an independent organisation.

Bute Advice Centre’s 25 years of offering welfare advice to the island’s residents was celebrated in Rothesay on Friday.

Staff, committee members and representatives of the many local organisations with whom the centre works were present at the organisation’s new base in Rothesay.

The centre has recently completed a move from first-floor premises in Bishop Street to a ground floor operations centre further along the same street, allowing easier access for clients with limited mobility.

The organisation was actually founded 30 years ago, but this year is celebrating 25 years of operation as an independent organisation.

Charlie Fryars, chairman of the center’s management committee, said: “I would defy anyone to go to another community of six and a half thousand people and find an organisation like ours offering the range of advice we do.”

Bute Advice Centre’s services include offering advice and information on consumer rights, welfare and benefits, credit and deby management, health, housing, relationship and legal issues.

The centre also oversees the island’s food bank, working in partnership with local non-profit organisation Bute Oasis, which provides funds for the facility through sales of second-hand goods from its shop in Rothesay’s Argyle Street.