Over £500,000 cash boost for Cowal and Bute bus service
A vital transport service for older residents will expand and develop thanks to funding from the latest National Lottery grants.
- Investing In Communities
- Release date:
- 17 7 2014
Interloch Transport, which serves Cowal and Bute, is one of 13 projects across Scotland today (17 JULY) sharing in a total of £7,406,528 from Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s Investing in Communities programme.
Announcing today’s investment, Big Lottery Fund, Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “Our aim is to support people and communities in greatest need and Interloch Transport’s work is a good illustration of responding to the needs of some older citizens. This simple and effective scheme, which opens the door for individuals who might otherwise be housebound, is a perfect example of the type of venture we wish to fund. The Big Lottery Fund is here to help and if you think you have a project that could make a difference, then come and talk to us.”
Personal independence for older people is the goal of Cowal and Bute’s Interloch Transport. Today’s Investing in Communities grant of £552,735 will help develop their service by providing door-to-door transport with passenger assistance.
Alan Macraild, Service Manager, Interloch Transport, said: “Our elderly population wish to remain in their own homes, but those frailer and less mobile face problems accessing local surgeries, shops, services and social clubs. Accessible transport is the missing link in the chain and Big Lottery Fund Scotland has awarded us the means to provide this support.
“Today’s investment will enable Interloch Transport to become more efficient, increase our capacity and develop our services with an emphasis on the individual's increasing needs as they age. With funding for new, bespoke, accessible vehicles, two passenger assistant posts, and two driver posts, our local communities will be able to enjoy the practical help that they have been asking for.
“We look forward to expanding our organisation and helping older residents in Cowal and Bute maintain their independence for as long as possible.”
Irene Bruce, who lives in Dunoon, is 86 years old and registered blind: “I have used Interloch for over eight years and it is a life line to me. I can’t go out myself and when I go to do my weekly shopping I feel safe, confident and independent with the help of the driver and my assistant, they make all the difference in the world to me”.
The five year grant will also enable Interloch Transport to support carers by facilitating respite, and it will provide shopping deliveries and a prescription collection and delivery service, while overall helping to lessen the sense of isolation.
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Notes to editors
- The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery.
- The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 it has awarded close to £6bn.
- In the year ending 31 March 2013, 28% of total National Lottery revenue was awarded to projects. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £31 billion has been raised and more than 400,000 grants awarded.