The BIC AGM last week was a huge success. We had a visit from our newest volunteer: a dalmation called Jimmy! Also there were some great guest speakers Ron Taylor and Ruth Mantle, Brian Devlin (chair) says:
“We had a great turnout on the night. People were very interested to hear from Ron Taylor about the plans for the new Parklands nursing home in Fortrose and Ruth Mantle on dementia initiatives across the Highlands. It was a night of celebration and thanks to the volunteers, staff and members of staff whose efforts make BIC the great service that it is.”
In his speech Brian talked of the successes from BIC; it’s employees, trustees and volunteers in the last year:
“We deliver MoW three days a week. An average of 29 meals per day – that’s 87 meals per week. On average our volunteers spend conservatively 9 hours/ day talking and preparing food.
Let me add that up for you. Your charity – BLACK ISLE CARES – has delivered around 4350 meals over the last year. And here’s something that we didn’t consider when we were starting out: we have also delivered 1350 hours of volunteering over the year.
That’s selflessness, that’s community spirit in action. That’s what is going on in this wonderful community…”
Brian also talked of the great work of the care team that operate in partnership with Highland Home Carers:
“Over the last year we have carried out approximately 17,300 hours of care to the service users – on average 360 hours of care per week.
As numbers of service users decrease, new clients come on board. As of March, we are sitting with 30 service users. We have care going on in Culbokie, Munlochy /Tore, Avoch, Fortrose and Rosemarkie.
We have now met all the unmet needs from NHS so therefore no-one is waiting to receive care as far as BIC are concerned.
We have sufficient staff to accommodate these clients and have 30 paid carers to date.”
Thank you to everyone who came and well done to everyone involved in making Black Isle Cares do it’s best work for the elderly in the community.