2017 Review - Appin Community Trust - the charitable arm of Appin Community Co-operative Ltd
Many of you will know that the Appin and Lismore Homecare Co-ordinator Pilot Post came to an end in early October, with Social Services unable to find funding to allow the co-ordinator's role to be extended - even until the recent CARAH Community Interest Company can be registered with the Care Commission early next year.
Argyll and Bute Integrated Health and Social Partnership are continuing to contract with Highland Homecare to provide services for the elderly in Appin and Lismore with management in Inverness. The Trust continues to support with the car on Lismore and help with ferry tickets and training. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Liz Bruce, who worked tirelessly to get the scheme established, with quality training for carers and filling in gaps in the rota, allowing people to remain at home. Lismore will particularly miss Liz's support.
Compassionate Communities Project
The Appin Pilot of the Highland-wide Compassionate Communities Project is now live and we hope to involve as many people as possible in various schemes to support our more vulnerable elderly, especially those challenged with loneliness, isolation, depression, bereavement and various stages of dimentia. We had a successful Dementia Training Day on 14 November given by a representative of Age Scotland.
Hugh MacColl Donations
A member of the Appin Diaspora, Hugh MacColl of North Carolina, who visited Appin this summer for the first time with his wife and eight members of his family, so enjoyed his visit that he wished to support certain activities in Appin. To this end he has given a very generous donation to the Trust, specifically to support the Appin School of Dance and Piping Tuition, under Angus MacColl's guidance. He is also continuing his support for the Keil Graveyard Project and he wants to set up for educational scholarships for Appin people. A most magnificent act of generosity, for which he is well known throughout America.
Report by Dr Iain McNicol, Chair, Appin Community Co-operative.