Glenurquhart Care Project


Glenurquhart Care Project provides care for elderly and vulnerable people in Scotland.


Key information

  • Focus area

    Social lending
  • Investment type

    Enterprise debt
  • Region

  • Investment amount

  • Challenge

    In many rural areas in Scotland, elderly people have to leave their communities and familiar surroundings to access the care and housing support they need.

  • Approach

    The Glenurquhart Care Project (GCP) was established to allow elderly and vulnerable people to enjoy an enhanced quality of life while remaining in their local community. The Glenurquhart Care Centre opened in 2000 and has become the local care ‘hub’, providing many critical services to the community. In 2019, GCP completed construction of 12 purpose-built homes next to the Care Centre.

  • Revenue model

    The investment is repaid through rental income.

  • Impact

    Fourteen elderly members of the community (and two dogs) live in GCP’s homes and have been able to stay in their community.

Responding to COVID-19

  • With people unable to visit the Care Centre, GCP have had to close their service and find a new way of working. Working together with the council, the local health centre and pharmacy team, and the Glenurquhart wind farm rural community fund, they have established a team of volunteers to provide GCP’s services to those who need them most. That means seven days a week, elderly community members, who are also at most risk of COVID-19 ,can get access to groceries, prescriptions and general welfare calls.

  • Additionally, GCP has been distributing activity packs and treats such as gardening kits with sunflower seeds, handmade peppermint creams, quiz sheets, afternoon teas. They provide a Sunday roast each week and are trialling Saturday meals being a takeaway such as fish & chips. Lucky lunches have started with a sticker under one container and this provides a prize. A survey was carried out recently which has resulted in more people being referred to the Befriender scheme and also those with IT but need help being passed contacts to help them operate this.

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    We are providing our service seven days a week. Thanks to staff who are continuing to work in the kitchens, we are able to deliver meals to people.

    Tasha MacNichol

    Fundraiser and Befriending Project Co-ordinator
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    We are also supporting people not able to get out the house because they are self-isolating or have COVID–19. That means we are getting groceries and prescriptions to people daily.

    Tasha MacNichol

    Fundraiser and Befriending Project Co-ordinator
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    We are also making welfare calls to anyone who would like them. The sense of community is overwhelming.

    Tasha MacNichol

    Fundraiser and Befriending Project Co-ordinator

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