Funding secured by Ballantrae’s BRICC for care home

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Ballantrae Rural Initiative Care in the Community (BRICC) plan to develop a house into a 12 bedroom residential care unit after receiving £250,000 in funding.

BRICC have received confirmation that they will be given the money from the Scottish Land Fund; funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The house and garden they plan to buy is in the village of Ballantrae and will provide extensive residential care for the elderly.

Amelia Stevenson Chair of BRICC said:“We are delighted that we have the opportunity to take the next step in our development.

“It is underpinned, as is everything we do, by the support of the people of Ballantrae and the rest of South Carrick, in this important community venture.”

She added: “As part of the Land Fund grant application process we had an independent feasibility study prepared which looked at the availability of this type of care in our area and the likely needs of south Carrick residents based on their age and demographics.

“The study showed that there will be an ever increasing need for this type of care and a current lack of local facilities.

“We already run a successful home care agency. The new unit will allow us to continue the care we offer beyond the stage where service users can stay at home safely as well as increasing local employment.”

BRICC plan to build an additional block of four flats in the grounds which will serve as sheltered accomodation.

The house will also need to be extensively altered and added to before residents can move in and there will be four rooms specifically dedicated to dementia care.

They will need to carry out further fundraising for this to be possible.

MSP Adam Ingram said:“This new development will be a welcome addition to the day centre, thrift shop, community rooms and offices which are already in community ownership.

“With an ever growing elderly population the need for residential services has increased. I am certain the new facility will be welcomed by the local community.”