Black Isle Cares was set up as a charity in 2015 and our purpose is:
To support the health and social needs of those in our local community, to identify gaps in provision and seek ways to fill these.
Our biggest project is our Meals on Wheels service - delivering meals to the elderly and vulnerable across the Black Isle up to 4 times per week. We work with local cafes and restaurants who provide high quality, nutritious meals and have a team of nearly 40 volunteers who deliver these in the community. The provision of meals mean our clients do not have to worry about injuring themselves cooking, they can rely on us to provide healthy meals which often means they can remain in their own home for longer, rather than moving to residential care.
During the recent Coronavirus lockdown we are proud to say that we increased provision of meals, and also delivered to those who were suffering from financial hardship in our area.
Of huge importance is the social element of the Meals on Wheels service; clients receive phone calls by way of ordering meals, and are able to socialise with volunteers face-to-face upon delivery of meals... more recently we have had to incorporate social distancing during meal deliveries! We must not underestimate the impact of our short visits on reducing social isolation amongst our elderly and vulnerable clients.
In addition to our Meals on Wheels service we have a number of other community projects:
- Intergenerational games afternoons
- Intergenerational choir
- Community garden project
- Short courses on ageing for young people
Black Isle Cares relies solely on donations, fundraising and grants and receives no government funding. Our normal fundraising opportunities have unfortunately all been unable to take place due to COVID-19 restrictions. Black Isle Cares previously held regular tabletop sales which could generate £300-£600 income each time, as well as Tombolas at small, local events which could raise up to £500.
Fundraising income is used to subsidise the provision of meals on wheels in terms of covering the costs for consumables and equipment required for the service such as food containers, and thermometers. More recently we have had to adapt to COVID-19 guidelines and have had to deliver chilled meals which required us to purchase food bags and cool packs, as well as items such as disposable gloves and hand sanitiser.
Funds generated will be used to enhance and ensure continued provision of our invaluable meals on wheels service. We would love to be able to give our clients a treat from time to time such as a sweet treat or a puzzle or activity to keep their minds busy - and your donations could go a long way towards allowing us to do this.
Should we be so lucky as to reach our stretch target, we would use the extra funds to expand the social inclusion and intergenerational focus of our work. We would like to be able to run groups such as art classes or chair-yoga to improve the well-being of those elderly and vulnerable in the community, reducing their feelings of loneliness, replacing it with happiness.