Details have been published of the grant awards for health and social care projects in the Bute and Cowal area from the Scottish Government’s integrated care fund.
Receiving 70 per cent of the available pot was the non-profit charity Carr Gomm, which plans to provide a range of supportive and preventative services on Bute, including acting as the keyholder/responder to allow the provision of telecare to people without family or friends on the island, providing falls prevention support in people’s own homes, supporting transport home from hospital discharges to allow quick and safe return home for people, and providing one-off support when escorting people home such as getting shopping and making sure the heating is on.
The other Bute and Cowal projects to receive a share of slightly more than £200,000 were:
Care Homes Falls Prevention (NHS) - £31,097
Branching Out (Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust) - £12,000
Wellness Recovery Action Planning (NHS) - £3,900
Strachur Cioche (NHS) - £12,827.03
The new Argyll and Bute health and social care partnership (HSCP), which takes over the local care and health functions of Argyll and Bute Council and NHS Highland on April 1, received £1.84 million from the Scottish Government through its integrated care fund for 2015-16.
More than half of that money - £1.04 million, to be exact - will be used to build on health and social care services across Argyll and Bute, with the remaining £800,000 directed to local communities and split roughly equally between the Bute and Cowal, Helensburgh and Lomond, Mid Argyll/Kintyre/Islay and Oban, Lorn and the Isles areas.
Across the area, 90 bids were received for a share of that £800,000, worth a total of £2.6 million, making it inevitable that some groups would lose out.
Among the unsuccessful bidders was the Bute Elderly Befrienders project, whose financial difficulties were highlighted in - and, at least until July, resolved after - a series of articles in The Buteman in November and December last year.