The vital work undertaken by Crossroads Lewis

Stornoway Gazette Editor Melinda Gillen presents a cheque for �500 to Karin Slater of Crossroads Lewis pictured with Chairman Malcolm Smith, manager Nicky Cowsill and other members of the team
Stornoway Gazette Editor Melinda Gillen presents a cheque for �500 to Karin Slater of Crossroads Lewis pictured with Chairman Malcolm Smith, manager Nicky Cowsill and other members of the team
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The wonderful work of Crossroads Lewis was recently acknowledged by the Stornoway Gazette with a £500 cheque presented to the group.

The money was given to the paper to award to a charity of its choice when the Stornoway Gazette won two awards at the Highlands and Islands Media Awards in February.

Editor Melinda Gillen, said: “We had a discussion about which charity the money should go to and all at the paper were in agreement with the choice, as Crossroads Lewis does such stellar work for families and carers in the area.”

However despite the increased awareness of Crossroads Lewis, many people are unsure of how it is organised, what services it provides and how it is funded.

Crossroads Lewis are a registered charity providing support to the Isle of Lewis community and are regulated by The Care Inspectorate, Crossroads Caring Scotland and The Scottish Social Services Council.

Their priority is to relieve stress on families and carers by providing home based respite. They also care for people who are living alone and are isolated.

Manager, Nicky Cowsill and Assistant Manager, Karin Slater are responsible for the day to day running of the service.

The team of 20 Care Attendants provide the care and support and cover the whole of Lewis They receive ongoing training and are paid for their work and their mileage to and from their visits.

On average the service supports 45 homes for 70 individuals in total per week with annual running costs standing at approximately £120,000 per year.

Fundraising Co-ordinator Donna Macleod is responsible for local fundraising to try and fill the statutory funding shortfall.

Kind and generous donations from individuals, families and local organisations also make a significant contribution to the funding and totals in the region of £12,000 every year.

All the services are free at present but this may have to change in the future as demands on the service increase.

The group also provides a ‘Good Nights Sleep’ service with funding from the Western Isles Change Fund for Carers suffering from significant disrupted sleep due to their caring role.

You can contact Crossroads Lewis on: 01851 705422 or by email at info@crossroadslewis.co.uk

Upcoming fundraising events include a Soup and Pudding Lunch in MA Macleod Hall on May 10th at 12 to 2pm. May 31st and July 5th the Lewis Car Club will stage its charity drag races at Stornoway Airport. There will also be a ‘Bling N Buy ‘sale at Delights Tea Room, Stornoway from 10am on June 6th.