Job Opportunities – Two P/T Senior Citizen Project Support Workers

Creetown Initiative is delighted to announce that £90,000 from the BIG Lottery Improving Lives fund has been secured, to provide support and develop activities for senior citizens in our community. 

Senior Project Officer, Chris Hanna, who is  responsible for securing this funding, is pleased that the older people in our community will benefit directly from Lottery funding. “Over the years Creetown Initiative has developed many worthwhile projects for our community, including the new play park, youth projects, Waverley Hall refurbishment and our car share scheme. However this is the first time we have been able to develop a project that will provide support and activities specifically for our elderly community members. I am delighted that this project will come to fruition.”

With this funding and additional funding from Dumfries and Galloway Council, Creetown Initiative will employ two part time project workers to deliver the project over 3 years. We plan to carry out the following:

~ A monthly lunch club.

~ A Befriending/Friendship club which will include visiting those who are housebound and where possible take some of the activities to those visits.

~ Computer classes.

Organise activities such as bingo, arts and crafts which could include making cards, calendars etc, a senior citizens exercise class such as T’ai Chi and chair aerobics.

~ Advice and advocacy service – assistance with finding affordable household insurance, utilities.

~ Transport to GP appointments/social activities/shopping trips.

~ Music/sing song afternoon.

~ Organise group health walks.

~ Organise visits from Fire Service accompanied by project worker to assess fire safety in the home.

~ Excursions – trips to the cinema in Newton Stewart, garden centres.

 

Reducing Social Isolation

Creetown has a high number of residents aged 65+. We know that feelings of loneliness and isolation can often lead to serious consequences for senior citizens’ health. While living alone does not inevitably lead to social isolation, it is certainly a predisposing factor.

Social contacts tend to decrease as we age for a variety of reasons, including retirement, the death of friends and family, or lack of mobility. Regardless of the causes of senior isolation, the consequences can be harmful. Even perceived social isolation — the feeling that you are lonely — is a struggle for many older people.

Research from Age UK in 2016 showed that there are 80,000 people aged 65 and over living in Scotland who felt lonely “always” or “often” whilst 350,000 said their TV was their main form of company. The effects of loneliness also exacerbate physical health problems and clear links have been found between social isolation and dementia, malnutrition and mental illness. Human beings are social animals – they aren’t meant to be on their own.  People can become socially isolated for a variety of reasons, such as getting older or weaker, no longer being the hub of their family, leaving the workplace, the deaths of spouses and friends, or through disability or illness.

Through our project, Creetown Initiative wishes to tackle these issues and hopes to improve the lives of our older community members by increasing access to social interaction, improving health and wellbeing, reducing feelings of isolation and ‘not wanting to be a burden’ and providing support to live more independently.

 

How to Apply

We are currently advertising for the two project worker posts and hope to begin this project by September.

Please CLICK HERE for the 21 hour Project Worker Job Description.

Please CLICK HERE for the 14 hour Project Worker Job Description.

To apply for either position, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you believe you are suitable for this position to chris@creetowninitiative.co.uk, or by post to Creetown Initiative, 54 St John Street, Creetown, DG8 7JF. The closing date to apply for both positions is Friday 17th August, 5pm.

For further information, please contact Chris Hanna on 01671 820654, chris@creetowninitiative.co.uk, pop into the Creetown Initiative office.

£1.44m Secured For Johnston School, Kirkcudbright

Creetown Initiative has successfully secured £180,000 from The Robertson Trust on behalf of Kirkcudbright Development Trust for the redevelopment of Johnston School in Kirkcudbright, taking the current funding total up to £1.44million! Other funders for this community-centred project include The Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Holywood Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Historic Council.

Community Activity and Resource Centre

The former Johnston School was closed in 2009 when the new Kirkcudbright Primary School opened. Exciting plans will see the redevelopment of Johnston School into a community activity and resource centre, with many different elements designed to provide facilities and opportunities for the whole community. This includes a youth work wing, Police Scotland contact space, childcare venue, business/office spaces, general room/venue hire for community groups and organisations and also a state of the art Dark Skies Visitor Centre.

Click here for more information about the redevelopment of Johnston School.

Funding Success for new Creetown Enterprise Centre

It is with great pleasure that we can announce we have been successful in securing £730,000 from the Lottery to develop the Creetown Community Enterprise Centre!

This project has been four years in the making and after much hard work, it is coming to fruition. The ground floor of the centre will house an arts and crafts cooperative shop. In a nutshell, a group of artists and craft-makers will share the ground floor, taking it in turns to man the shop, whilst sharing the overheads. It is hoped that up to 20 artists and craft-makers will join the cooperative. If you are an artist or craft-maker and are interested in joining, please get in touch with Creetown Initiative.

The two upper floors will be a bunk-house. Cheap accommodation, aimed at mountain bikers, walkers and people doing other country pursuits. The idea is to tap into the market of people looking for no frills, cheap accommodation; people who are, at present, passing us by. The idea is that these people will use other village facilities, helping to support other local businesses and protect jobs. Indeed, some will come back and chose a more up market accommodation in the future; something we will actively promote. It’s about getting them here in the first place. 7 Stanes attracts 400,000 people a year; if we attract just 2% of those visitors that would mean 8,000 people who would potentially use the butchers, village store, garage, B&Bs, hotels, museums and other facilities. To the side of the premises the Cycle4life and Reuse Matters projects will be housed. This means that on site we will be able to offer bike hire and repairs, whilst the Reuse Matters project will, in time, generate income for community groups and projects; in essence this will be a charity shop/recycling initiative, and there will be a work/office space to let for anyone looking for small business premises.

There will also be a laundrette, primarily to serve the bunk-house, but this will be open to the public. Industrial washing machines means things like dog beds, duvets and other large items can be cleaned here in Creetown. The electric car will be stationed at the Barholm and there will be two charge points. People will be able to hire the electric car if they wish; another reason for people to stop in Creetown. This project will attract new visitors and will create jobs and help protect existing ones. It will revive a semi-derelict building which will help those that live and work close by. The Heritage Centre will also benefit via the additional footfall in the area, and will provide educational and learning opportunities. The next step is the tender process to choose a building company. This will take a few months, but hopefully this time next year the centre will be open.