Bute Advice Centre’s 2014 round-up

The store room at the Bute food bank.
The store room at the Bute food bank.

More than 950 daily food allocations were provided by Bute Advice Centre through the island’s food bank during 2014.

The figure is included in a round-up of the centre’s 2014 activities, published this week.

The use of the food bank - run in partnership with Bute Oasis, which buys food for the service using money from sales at its shop in Argyle Street - steadily increased during the course of the year, with 613 allocations provided between the beginning of January and the end of September.

The end-of-year report from the centre’s manager, Julie Semple, shows that the centre dealt with 473 complex cases, requiring the services of advisers in specialist areas such as bankruptcy, multiple debt or tribunal representation, during the course of the year, along with 50 simple cases and an average of 233 short interventions, such as providing a leaflet or a quick piece of information, every month.

Mrs Semple said: “Bute Advice Centre are delighted to be celebrating 25 years of independently serving our local community - 30 years if the first five under the auspices of Bute Community Links are counted.

“It is our firm intention to continue delivering services that meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community, relieving poverty and distress through advice, education and representation.”