• February 14, 2020
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An innovative Perthshire-based group of self-employed professionals, carers, therapists and wellbeing specialists has been awarded £10,000 to help provide care, support and activities to people living in rural areas.

The Care and Wellbeing Co-operative is one of over 200 arts, sports and community groups across Scotland to have a received a cash boost from the National Lottery Awards for All Scotland fund.

 The money will be used to further develop the Co-operative’s work with older lonely people, people living with dementia, people with mental health problems, children with disabilities and their carers.

Working alongside local communities, the Health and Social Care Partnership, private care providers and voluntary sector groups, the Care and Wellbeing Co-op, which was set up in 2015, aims to support people, in particular older people and those with additional needs and health problems, to lead the life they want in their local community.

It also aims to create and support a network of micro-businesses and social enterprises delivering a range of services within the care and wellbeing sectors, and in a variety of different ways.

Its members – who are based across rural Perthshire – offer a wide variety of services, including respite support, community care, independent living solutions, befriending, sports massage, counselling, stress management, herbal medicine and therapeutic gardening.

Pitlochry-based Hayley Groves is the project co-ordinator for the Care and Wellbeing Co-op.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this significant amount of funding from the National Lottery Awards for All Scotland.

“We offer a community-led approach to the provision of rural care and wellbeing and this funding will enable us to make a real and positive difference to the communities in which we work and the people our members work with.

“The approach we take to providing care is different and innovative. We know that local knowledge and an understanding of the local community really helps when providing personalised care and supporting wellbeing.

“Because we all live and work in rural Perthshire we have an excellent understanding of how care and support is funded in this area, and we firmly believe in every individual’s right to choose and control their care, working with them to find out what works best and matters most to them.

“This grant will help us help others, particularly older lonely people, people living with dementia, people with mental health problems, children with disabilities and their carers and we are very grateful to Awards for All for supporting that.”