Group faces growing challenges

Angus Care & Repair held their AGM in Fofar Golf Club on Thursday. Pictured are, from left - Callum McNicoll chairman, Ross Cameron director, Helen Carlin admin assistant, Gordon Webster director and Ken Fenwick vice chairman.
Angus Care & Repair held their AGM in Fofar Golf Club on Thursday. Pictured are, from left - Callum McNicoll chairman, Ross Cameron director, Helen Carlin admin assistant, Gordon Webster director and Ken Fenwick vice chairman.

Facing the growing challenges of providing care was at the core of the 15th annual general meeting of Angus Care and Repair last week.

The meeting was held in Forfar Golf Club on Thursday and business included projects carried out this year as well as a discussion of how to balance funding and rising costs.

In his speech, chair of Angus Care and Repair, Callum McNicoll, spoke on current government priorities on reshaping care and also the current position with funding from Angus Council. He said: “We are delighted that we have been able to do so much with the funding we have received from Angus Council. However it is becoming more difficult for us to work within our aims due to restricted funding and services.

“Our funding has remained the same for the last five years from the council and whilst we have managed to work within this with some staff reducing their hours we are no longer able to continue to do all our services to the same extent and meet the increasing number of referrals from the council.

“As a result we may be forced into either charging for our services or reducing the service offered in 2014.”

There were several positives taken from this year. Mr McNicoll explained: “We were fortunate to obtain funding from the Government Climate Challenge Fund last year for a three-year period. This has enabled us to employ a home energy officer to assist our clients to make sure they are using their heating and energy in the most environmentally friendly and affordable way. We also received some funding from the Change Fund to carry out additional minor adaptations and also to do follow up visits for our home safety service. The home safety initiative works closely with the Angus falls co-ordinator and in fact we saw a real reduction in the number of falls during our follow up visits which was very encouraging.”