Duration: 25m 49s
Filesize: 21.0 Mb
Recorded: 30 December 2020
Katrina MacNab has been the driving force behind Pulteneytown People's Project since it started in 2003. From humble beginnings, operating out of a council house with funding for 1.5 staff to cover three years, it now has a workforce of more than 50 based at the £3.8 million Pulteney Centre in Huddart Street, Wick.
"The whole aim of PPP was to deliver services in the community for the community," Katrina explains.
As she prepares to stand down from her post as chief executive officer in January 2021, Katrina looks back at how PPP developed a wide range of multi-generational services to meet local needs and describes how staff and volunteers helped in the Covid-19 response as part of the wider Caithness resilience effort.
She explains how PPP's HomeLink housing support service and the Care at Home team kept going throughout the pandemic. The Pulteney Centre's cafe, Telford's, had to close but PPP staff - with the help of a small army of volunteers - rallied round to deliver meals and activity boxes to elderly and vulnerable people who were isolating at home.
"There was a real buzz and a real willingness to help," she says.
Looking to the future of PPP, Katrina adds: "Apart from Covid we're in a good place. We've got 50-plus staff, a very stable workforce, and a really good foundation for someone new to come in with new enthusiasm and take it forward to the next stage."
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