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Bute Advice Centre
22/26 Bishop Street
Isle of Bute, PA20 9DG
Update on Service Provision by
Bute Advice Centre
Across Argyll & Bute
Bute Advice Centre Chairman Gordon Sutherland
"I would be grateful for the opportunity to share some thoughts regarding the sad passing of Johnny Bute.
He was a modern thinker and inspirational in the things which he brought to his Chairmanship of the Mount Stuart Trust. The Island of Bute will always remember him with gratitude for his innovative work in opening Mount Stuart House and Gardens to the public, thereby creating a world-class tourist facility for the Island. Regardless of how many times one visits Mount Stuart, there is still so much more to learn and beauty to admire.
He was a kind and generous man, who achieved great things through his Charitable Foundation.
As the Chairman of Bute Advice Centre, I am delighted to express my gratitude for this generosity.
Bute Advice Centre recently received an extremely generous donation from Johnny Bute’s Charitable Foundation, to enable us to continue our work helping the most vulnerable sections of our community.
I cannot adequately express our gratitude for this kindness, but have to say that our pleasure was very quickly tinged with sadness when we learned of his passing.
His donation to Bute Advice Centre would seem to be one of his last acts of kindness and generosity during his all too short life.
He will be greatly missed within this community and further afield.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time."
Bute Advice Centre would like to reassure residents of Bute that staff are committed to continuing to deliver a comprehensive service. We are still not offering face to face appointments, however we can be contacted on the usual number 01700 502784 and a telephone appointment will be organised with an adviser who will support you. In addition to our core advice service provision in Bute, we continue to deliver all welfare rights services to ACHA tenants across Bute & Cowal. We are also pleased to announce that a brand new collaboration has started in January 2021 between Bute Advice Centre, The Argyll & Bute Community Food Forum (foodbanks), Argyll Lomond and the Isles Energy (ALIenergy) and Argyll and Bute Council. All recipients of foodbanks across the region can now call Bute Advice Centre on 01700 502784 for welfare rights advice provision and support to maximise income, with a referral to ALIenergy for energy advice and access to grants. Argyll & Bute Council have also made available through this project the Flexible Food Fund for those with no savings who are struggling all over the region, all recipients will be able to receive advice and assistance from Bute Advice Centre and ALIenergy.
Bute Advice Centre is established for the purpose of benefiting communities in Bute and Cowal and the wider community within certain projects, by the advancement of education (including debt management, welfare rights, consumer rights, housing and energy issues),the protection of health, both mental and physical and the relief of poverty, sickness and distress.
To fight poverty and social exclusion by the provision of impartial, confidential advice and assistance with regard to:
• Housing Advice
• Homelessness, eviction, housing grants, arrears and tenancy issues
• Welfare Benefits Advice
• Benefits checks, form filling and representation at Tribunal Appeals
• Utilities Advice
• Debt Management, liaising with utility providers, changing suppliers, accessing grants and alleviation of fuel poverty advice
• Debt Management Provision (advice regarding voluntary payment arrangements, protected trust deeds, bankruptcy, DAS and court representation)