Shopper-Aide Ltd was established in Campbeltown, Kintyre, Argyll & Bute in April 2011 in response to the issue of social isolation, to provide services and support for older people over 60 with volunteers.
Since then Shopper-Aide has grown considerably and has become an established support organisation in Kintyre. Services have expanded due to demand as has growth in staff and volunteers.
Shopping is our biggest service with up to 90 per week and delivered to clients throughout Kintyre – to Clachan on the West Road and Carradale on the East Road, Southend, Sound of Kintyre and Machrihanish as well as Campbeltown.
Housekeeping has grown from demand for help in the home. This is an hourly service, although we often send two staff for 30 minutes to accommodate as many clients as possible. Staff do cleaning, changing beds and general household tasks.
Social Activities in a variety of ways with transport–
- Elderberries – a twice weekly club in Campbeltown (12 noon to 4.00pm) where clients can have their lunch (or take their own), take part in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, music, exercise sessions, quizzes, bingo and outings. Staff and volunteers help with transport and supporting clients who can meet up with old friends and make new ones.
- Garry’s Gang – a men only weekly outing with two or more cars where staff and volunteers go out for a run and meet up with each other for refreshments. For 5+ clients who may not get out otherwise and provide respite for carers.
- Individual and group outings – these can be arranged for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to provide social interaction and respite. Also when running help to get to the Water of Life Café at the Free Church.
- Home visits where clients are unable to get out we can provide an hourly befriending/respite session.
- Old Pals Clachan – a men only group in and around Clachan – please contact us for further information.
- Southend Memories – there is a film being made and resources being collected for future exhibition. Please contact us for further information.
- New Service – Elderberries – West and Elderberries – East are being piloted through funding from the Life Changes Trust which is tasked with making Kintyre Dementia Friendly.
Transport in general and to appointments – We now have 4 vehicles and also rely on staff and volunteers cars to run our services.
Please Note: due to high demand on our vehicles and staff there is a limited service to appointments so we cannot always help.
New – Making Kintyre Dementia Friendly – Funding from the Life Changes Trust will see Shopper-Aide helping to make Kintyre Dementia friendly. Our Development Co-ordinator is working towards this by visiting businesses, schools, various groups and organisations to take information out and answer questions about how they can help people with dementia remain in their community safely.
At the same time we are piloting new social groups in West and East Kintyre to help with socialisation and communication about dementia and other services in these and throughout Kintyre. Please contact us for further information.
Volunteering – we have a number of volunteers helping with all our services with an age range of 16 – 80+, some for an hour a week while others do more. They include pupils from the Learning Support Department at Campbeltown Grammar School, the Resource Centre for those with Learning Disabilities, retirees, those looking for work, want to gain experience and improve their CV’s.
We have developed a policy of employing former volunteers which has proved successful when a position has come available.
With a growing and very loyal customer base and dedicated team of staff and volunteers, Shopper-aide has funding from a variety of sources including the Big Lottery Community Fund and Life Changes Trust, Garfield Weston, Edward Gosling Fund, Robertson Trust, Henry Smith Foundation and a few more.
Using a social enterprise approach, Shopper-Aide has been increasing the level of income generated from services and shop sales, as well as donations from the amazingly generous people of Kintyre and from further afield, fundraising and grant funding.