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    "The loss or reduction in the Housing Support Grant would mean this priceless service would be lost."
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Diane and Jim

‘Scheme coordinators’ at Barcud play an integral part of the lives of the elderly and vulnerable. Since being transferred from Ceredigion County Council in 2009, the coordinators based themselves at Barcud’s nine sheltered schemes, which comprises of 1-2 bedroom houses, communal areas and a launderette.

It is a coordinators’ responsibility to identify the physical and mental challenges of the residents early so they can help prevent, signpost and refer at the right time. During the pandemic, they have been a lifeline to the residents, often being the closest shoulder to cry on. Here are just two examples of who the coordinators support:

Diane had been undergoing intense daily radiotherapy followed by a lengthy course of chemotherapy which took a toll on her physical health – doing everyday tasks was a challenge. Having noticed this early on, the coordinator organised meals on wheels, collected Diane’s medication and shopped for essentials. Diane says the in-person, emotional support was ‘worth its weight in gold’.

Jim is 81 years old and has had a long and complicated relationship with alcohol. This had been largely controlled until it took a turn for the worse at the start of lockdown where he was found drinking in public spaces from dawn to dusk, worrying the locals about his and their safety. He initially turned down support from the on-site coordinator but having later nowhere else to turn and been rushed to hospital one evening, eventually he reached out. His home was in a bad way so upon agreement, the coordinator arranged a deep clean of his property and signposted to professional support to address his alcohol misuse. He’s now on the mend and is said to be ‘grateful’ to the coordinator.

Barcud believes scheme coordinators are ‘a lifeline to many’ and “the loss or reduction in the Housing Support Grant would mean this priceless service would be lost and further pressure would be put on other support services such as Social Services and the regional health board.”

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    Charity No: 1116774