I am local councillor who is leading the campaign to keep the Garden Project at the IRC going for the 16 users. Many have been going there for 20 years, and most for at least 10. They range in age from 32 to 71 years old. This is their life and they are devastated to be losing it. I need to find funding to extend the project as the NHS stop funding in end February, when they are making the head gardener redundant. In order to keep the project alive I need time to sort out a new funding model and get a new organisation involved.
To this end Cantraybridge College have stepped in and have offered to take over the project in due course, however they also need time to get the funding package in place. They will seek spot purchases from the NHS for some users and seek out other funding - they are experienced at this as they already work with adults with learning disabilities near Nairn.
I have tried persuading the NHS to continue funding, but they are unable to, so currently they are looking at how users could be entitled to monies to enable them to keep going to the gardens. I am urging them to complete this work as soon as possible, but it will take several months.
So time is of the essence and the project needs to have an extension for another 6 months from the end of February. To enable this we need to find at least £15,000. A local businessman has stepped into financially assist this, but requires some matched funding. Therefore I need people to put some money into this project so that he can match fund what we raise.
At the time of writing this the online petition to save the garden project has attracted over 25,000 signatures. If every one of those people out n only £1, that is one pound, then we could keep the project going and it would give me time to negotiate a new deal with a new organisation, such as Cantraybridge College.
So I am asking you to PLEASE PLEASE GIVE £1 to save the quality of the 16 people's lives and keep the garden project alive. Please share this widely to help the cause and they and I thank you sincerely.