The Care and Repair Initiative commenced in 1988, funded by Scottish Office and managed by Shelter Scotland. It is interesting to re-read the five operational objectives given to the pilot projects:
Essentially, these are still the goals of Care and Repair services in Scotland.
Orkney Care and Repair was one of the original 8 pilots in Scotland. The team dealt with some very extreme cases of hardship and disrepair. Mike Cooper, the original scheme officer, said that he came across 'some of the worst rural housing conditions in Scotland'.
Thankfully, Mike is still the Care and Repair Manager and has been able to see at first hand the improvements his team has brought to the housing conditions of older and disabled people.
Robert Thomson, National Director, Care and Repair Scotland said, 'it has been a privilege to work with Mike and his team over many years. Congratulations on reaching the 30th anniversary of the service. Thanks to all the many partners on Orkney that have supprted the work of Care and Repair.
The 30th Annivrsary report can be downloaded here: