20/11/18 – Alice Smith – Seaboard Cares is a local charity working in partnership with NHS Highland, Highlife Highland, Ross-shire Voluntary Action and R.C.O.P. the care is extended to the Seaboard villages and the wider area throughout the peninsula. Alice discussed how the community pulled together throughout the extremely bad weather of last winter and praised all who gave their support and help. Seaboard Cares also has a ‘drop in’ Session at the Seaboard Hall. Alice gave a comprehensive chat on Seaboard Cares and gave permission for the BHCC to connect to the Seaboard Cares web site. The charity works to support people of all ages both locally and in nearby areas. We became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation on the 24th of October 2014. We are run by a Board of Trustees.
This area sadly has been noted as being the 15th poorest community in Scotland in recent times. By working in partnership with others we hope to go some way to addressing this. There is a great community spirit despite the challenges and no shortage of volunteers who are willing to “roll up their sleeves”, such as the Seaboard Cares board members.
Our first initiative is to address Health and Wellbeing across all ages in the community. As we are in a rural location it is difficult to access day to day services and this impacts on many areas within the community. For example travel, employment, children’s activities, higher education, elderly care services to name but a few.
Our aim is to develop/support projects that will be where possible self-sustaining and improve the quality of life for the most disadvantaged or vulnerable people in our communities.
On March the 2nd we held our first (SBC) Drop In. It was held in the Seaboard Memorial Hall café and aimed at older people who may be often isolated at home. Everyone had a chance to take part in table top skittles, art, YES!, NO! game which caused a lot of hilarity or whatever people decided they wanted to try.
There was plenty catching up going on, with old and new friends over a cuppa. While all that was happening Frasers Optician provided a POP UP clinic for those who wanted glasses checked or a chat with the optician. They also provide a home appointment service for those who need it. All of this was free of charge to the users. The feedback has been very positive and everyone has registered to come every first Monday of the month to what will now be our regular Drop In.
It’s a first step but we hope one of many more to follow. 🙂
Tain Highland Gathering
Left to right – Dianne Hawksey (Treasurer of Seaboard Cares) Ross Balfour handing over cheque for £505 and Norma Balfour
Seaboard Fund Raisers hand over cheque for £505 to Seaboard Cares.
Seaboard Cares is a local charity working in Partnership with NHS Highland, Highlife Highland, Ross-shire Voluntary Action and R.C.O.P (Reshaping care for older people). The charity works to support people of all ages both locally and in nearby areas. They became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2014.
In recent times the Seaboard area has sadly been noted as being the 15th poorest community in Scotland but by working in partnership with others, we hope to go some way to addressing this. There is a great community spirit despite the challenges and no shortage of volunteers who are willing to ‘roll up their sleeves’, along with the Seaboard Cares board members.
On Saturday the 14th July, Alice Smith (Seaboard Cares) Ross Balfour, Norma Balfour (BHCC) (Balintore and Hilton Community Council) set up a ‘Bottle Stall at the Tain Highland Gathering in the Glenmorangie Field. Previously, a leaflet drop had been done throughout the community by Sandra Skinner (BHCC) and Norma Balfour advertising the event and requesting support. Bottles came in all shapes and sizes from shampoo, sauce, wine and spirits. We received two bottles of Glenmorangie Whisky, one supplied by Glenmorangie Distillery and the other by a local well-wisher. The bottles of whisky certainly added a challenge to the passers-by and they could not resist a ‘cry’, from Alice and Ross to come and try their luck, buy a ticket and hopefully win the ‘whisky’. The first bottle of Whisky, to disappear of the table went to local lady Karen Vass. The day started at 10am and tickets were sold until 4pm, we had fantastic help on the stall from Juliette Watkins, Cheran and Hugh Smith, many thanks for their help. Huge thanks to the many, many people from all corners of the world who supported our stall on the day. Sandra was unable to attend the event but without her continued support we would not have raised such a tremendous amount of money for the organisation. The final sum raised on the day was a huge £505.