Crossroads Lewis determined to continue services despite funding lack

Help Crossroads Lewis help others by casting your vote ask the team, pictured (L-R): Donna MacLeod, Fundraising Officer; Karin Slater, Assistance Manager; and Nicky Cowsill, Manager.

Help Crossroads Lewis help others by casting your vote ask the team, pictured (L-R): Donna MacLeod, Fundraising Officer; Karin Slater, Assistance Manager; and Nicky Cowsill, Manager.

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Despite requesting larger finances from funders, charity Crossroads Lewis is digging into its reserves at the end of this financial year.

Although cuts have been implemented since last September, the charity is still trying to raise much-needed funds to support those on the island.

Crossroads Lewis Manager, Nicky Cowsill said: “We are continually applying for various grants, of which we are sometimes successful, and these are what are keeping our organisation going at the moment.

“If it wasn’t for the generosity of the people in the islands, and one-off monetary donations like the Bank of Scotland Community Fund, there is no way Crossroads Lewis would still be in operation.”

The charity supported over 120 households last year through its various services, but this number has since reduced.

“We support people of all ages, whether it is 24/7 home-based respite for a carer to have a break, our Palliative care, raising awareness of Young Carers, supporting those with physical or mental health needs or filling home care slots for CNES,” continued Nicky

“We are a very busy service, and very much in-demand by the community. We continue to be graded Excellent by the Care Inspectorate in all areas, and offer good value for money.”

And the charity’s waiting list continues to grow, with 45 people, a mix of carers and those living alone, now awaiting support.

Crossroads Lewis, however, remains positive as Nicky said: “We are looking to how we, as care providers, can support people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Part of that is considering charging for care hours, along with other third sector providers.”

Assistant Manager, Karin Slater, added: “We are a real team at Crossroads and that is why it works so well as an organisation. Everyone respects one another and we all get on so well.

“All the staff at Crossroads go that bit further for those we support.

“The Care Attendant team continue to keep in contact with carers and service users long after a Crossroads service has ended.

“The team regularly visit those service users, phone them during the week to check up on how they’re doing, visit people in hospital, and they do that all in their own time, and they do it because they care.”

One client spoke of the value the service has meant to them, saying: “Without the help I get from Crossroads on a weekly basis, there is no way I would be able to cope with looking after my husband. It is my lifeline.”

Donna Macleod, Fundraising Officer, has been raising awareness of the charity by organising fundraising events. And coming up in November is a Fashion Show to be held in M & Co. on Friday, November 7th, at 7pm. Tickets , £6, are available from M & Co., with the chance to pay at the door.

“It’s a chance for people to let their hair down, enjoy a glass of wine and check out the latest styles, with older and younger generations taking part,” said Donna.

And to vote Crossroads Lewis for Bank of Scotland’s Community Fund, please visit communityfund.bankofscotland.co.uk or you can text VOTE LMTB to 82332. Voting closes November 1st.