Isle of Cumbrae Elderly Forum
Charity Number SCo45080
The Isle of Cumbrae Elderly Forum was formed in 2006.
When the last Care Home on the island was threatened with closure, a committee was formed to try to save this from happening. Unfortunately this campaign was unsuccessful but a small group of ladies involved donated £20 each to continue the fight to get equal services and facilities for our elderly on the island as were available on the mainland. At this time there was no Care Home, Lunch Club, Day Centre, Sheltered Housing, Amenity Housing, Public Transport (only a ferry bus) and certainly no voice for these people to fight for these facilities.
10 years later, there is a very successful Lunch Club serving 40-50 people every Wednesday, a Day Centre at the hospital (we take the attendees out in the minibus twice a month followed by lunch at the Garrison), 12 award winning Amenity Houses have been built, a minibus takes our elderly to all Forum activities, trips both on and off the island and to anything organised by the community as required. The Forum continues to represent our elderly at various Health and Social Security meetings throughout Scotland, attends local meetings on their behalf e.g. Ferry Users Group etc, runs a Library Club, gives any advice required, assists in filling forms, repairs and maintains hearing aids, does home and hospital visits, shopping, and conducts Intergenerational Activities with the local Primary School. These facilities are all managed and run by volunteers.
The Forum has done all this totally without funding from any source other than our Charity Shop which is manned by volunteers and supported by both locals and lovers of Millport from all over the world.
The latest project for us is to build a Community Controlled Care Hub to prevent our older friends having to leave the island when they are unable to look after themselves in their own homes on the island. This entails leaving all family, friends and community to live the rest of their lives in unfamiliar surroundings. There have been some heart-rending situations created over the last 10 years because of this, with spouses being separated at end of life, Grandparents no longer seeing family and life-long friends being split up.
The Forum became a registered SCIO Charity in 2014 and is now able, experienced and willing enough to take this venture forwards.