Fundraising, donations and working partnerships play a key part of helping us to deliver the vital services we provide for the community. Although we receive NHS funding, this does not cover all of our expenditure.
We rely on a variety of Fundraising events to generate ever necessary income. For example, we recently had a team of 10 extremely keen staff and friends take part in the Great Wilderness Challenge. This saw the team battle through the West Coast wind and rain to complete a 13 mile hike through the hills from Aultbea to Poolewe, successfully raising over £2,000. Please keep an eye on our Events Calendar to see what other exciting Fundraisers we have coming up!
Where appropriate we apply for Grant Funding to cover the costs of various projects and services. Grants come from a variety of different trusts and organisations. For example, Scotmid Cooperative awarded us a grant to take Service Users shopping in our local area. This means that we can accompany Service Users to the shops to get their groceries, at no cost to the individual for the service being provided.
We are delighted to hold partnerships with a variety of local organisations, both fellow charities and businesses. Soirbheas and Beauly Cares, whom jointly fund our Befriending Service, ‘Beauly and Glens Helping Hands’. Soirbheas also jointly fund our apprenticeship position with the Glenurquhart Care Project, providing employment and training for our apprentice emplyee. We work closely with the Glenurquhart Childcare Centre, providing beautiful, freshly cooked lunches for the children both during term time and their Holiday Club. This is as the Scottish Government moves to increase the provision of free childcare hours, stipulating that a healthy, balanced meal must be provided. We are thrilled to able to step in, utilising our own kitchen facilities and working with a fellow local charitable organisation. This extends to visits from the children to the Centre where they integrate with Service Users, bringing together the different generations. With a large international focus currently on the wealth of benefits to be found from intergenerational interactions, we are proud to be a part of this successful friendship.
Donations are always extremely warmly received from all at the Glenurquhart Care Project. Whether it’s a little or a lot, donations really help us to continue providing our vital services for those in our community.