How Boleskine Community Care was formed
In 2013 a group of concerned individuals came together to form a steering group looking to address the limited home care provision in Stratherrick and Foyers.
Whilst this lack of provision was mainly affecting the older residents in the area, complex care needs including terminal illness were also identified in the community, spanning all ages.
A Community Open Day, held on 1st February 2014, provided the evidence that there was a deep-rooted desire by the wider community to address this problem. Volunteers came forward offering help to establish lunch clubs and drop-in social gatherings, handyman services and a volunteer transport service.
With help of the local councillor, pressure was applied on NHS Highland to address the issue of Home Care.
A partnership with Highland Home Carers was established in the summer of 2014. A team of local care workers, employed and trained by Highland Home Carers is now established and growing, managed by Care Manager Julie Russell.
In June 2015 BCC received a Scottish care award in recognition of the progressive initiative.
A wide range of volunteer services and weekly social gatherings are also well established and expanding.
Community Consultation and Feasibility Study
BCC recognises that consultation and engagement with community stakeholders is vital in steering the future direction of its work.
In June 2016 BCC applied for and was awarded £10,000 of Lottery funding to undertake a community stakeholder consultation and feasibility study with the aim of identifying the needs, wishes and priorities of the local community.
Athena Consultants were appointed to undertake the work and the Community Engagement Report, which forms part one of the study provides analysis of contributions from individuals and stakeholders within or connected with Stratherrick & Foyers.
Part two evaluates the feasibility of BCC developing respite services within the community.
The Community Engagement Report and Respite Appraisal Report are available to view here.
Lease of Unit 1 October 2018
In the autumn of 2018 Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust bought the building out of which BCC operates, offering BCC the opportunity to expand its premises into Unit 1 of the building. BCC signed the lease for the expanded presmises in October 2018 and following fit-out, moved inot the building in December 2018.
If you wish to discuss the work that Boleskine Community Care is undertaking please contact Jane O'Donovan (Secretary) on 01456 486 355.
If you have an enquiry about the Home Care Service please contact Julie Russell (Care Manager) on 01456 486 247.