A ‘befriending’ scheme set up to help Bute’s vulnerable elderly residents has stopped taking new referrals after a funding bid was knocked back.
The Bute Elderly Befrienders project had applied to the Integrated Care Fund for Argyll and Bute - a Scottish Government programme divided across the country’s local authority areas - to continue and extend its one-to-one and peer befriending work.
The project - an offshoot of the long-established Cowal Elderly Befrienders scheme in Dunoon - has secured a short-term donation from local charity For Bute which will keep its existing services going until the end of January, but co-ordinator Duncan MacLeod said the decision, coming so close to Christmas and New Year, was “heart-breaking”.
A Scottish Government spokesperson said all funding decisions were “taken locally after careful consideration of how they will help to support and tackle locally identified health and social care priorities”.
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