Red tape frustrates Jane

IN THE summer, the cafe Mum’s of Montrose, 17-19 Castle Place, opened with the twin aims of providing tasty refreshments in a friendly atmosphere, and also providing placements for people who need support.

Jane Watson offers opportunities to people who have been in foster care, in secure units or prison.

She has an unshakeable belief that people with problems, often through no fault of their own, can respond if some structured activity is offered to them.

Too often, Jane feels, the ‘care system’ puts someone in a flat and leaves them to get on with things - often with disastrous results.

But the ability to offer such help has ground to a halt as red tape has taken over.

Jane told us: “The tearoom will be closed for two days a week in the short term to enable me to concentrate on tedious distractions like form-filling and money-finding exercises that are required to enable a placement to go ahead, unless private funding for placements could be achieved.”

She revealed that it costs £2,400 to apply to the Care Inspectorate alone.

Jane continued: “It may be another six months as bureaucratic hurdle after bureaucratic hurdle keep on appearing, and all thoughts are with the individuals and their families that could have been supported and are still not having the opportunity on offer in this extremely transparent, positive and exciting project.

“But as things are, many frustrating months have been wasted.”

If any readers feel they may be able to assist, whether academically, practically or financially, Jane is usually at the tea shop, from Wednesday to Sunday from 7am to 7pm.

She concluded: “You are more than welcome to call in for a cup of tea and a cake to find out more.”