BLYTHSWOOD LOOKS TO PUBLIC SUPPORT TO OFFSET MASSIVE COUNCIL CUT
Press release Friday 26 February 2016 For further information contact Ian Matheson on 01349 830777
Highland-based charity Blythswood Care is appealing to the public for support following yesterday’s announcement of a 61% cut in Highland Council’s grant for reuse and recycling.
“Blythswood is helping people at home as well as abroad,” said operations manager Ian Matheson. “We run Highland Food Bank and are part of the Dochas alcohol rehab programme. Our reuse and recycling activities provide employment for many local people here in the Highlands.”
“This is a massive cut so your support is more vital than ever. You can support us now by donating clothes, shoes, furniture and bric-a-brac and by visiting our charity shops.”
Blythswood’s reuse and recycling activities employ 64 people in the Highlands as well as more than 250 volunteers. “Our team includes people for whom it would not be easy to find alternative employment, including some with addictions, some with learning difficulties and some who are registered disabled,” Ian said.
He added that support from Highland Council has been vital to the development of Blythswood’s capability to reuse or recycle unwanted goods. “But at the end of the day it is your donated goods that keep us going. Your generosity in this way is what makes the difference to people helped by Blythswood’s projects at home and abroad.”
Last year, Blythswood’s Highland Foodbank provided a three-day food supply to more than 5,700 across the north. The organisation delivers over £4 million of humanitarian aid each year, benefitting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in Europe, Africa and Asia.