Vintage Car Rally – 26th August 2017

Black Isle Cares will be at the Fortrose and Rosemarkie Classic Car Rally on the 26th August.

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Have you been considering working as a carer and you want to know more?

 

Black Isle Cares trustees will be on hand to have an informal chat to you about all aspects of  working as a Carer and how to apply for a position with us.

We are currently seeking Carers throughout the Black Isle.

Also:

  • Find out about the work we do

  • Donate to our cause!

  • Enquire about Volunteering with us

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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Our Chairperson Brian wins an award

Brian Devlin, from Black Isle Cares, is to receive the Board Trustee of the Year Award for 2017,  from Highland Third Sector Interface.

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Brian was unknowingly nominated for the award and has been selected by the Highland Third Sector Interface awards panel as the winner.

From everyone at Black Isle Cares, we give a huge congratulations to our chairperson Brian and thank him for all his hard work.  All the trustees and staff work very hard to provide care and meals on wheels to people in the Black Isle.

Brian will receive his award at the ceremony on the 25th August.

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Steve MacArthur raises £2800 for BIC

From all at BIC, we sincerely thank Steve MacArthur who raised £2800 for Black Isle Cares.

Steve ran the London Marathon for BIC in April, in memory of his Mum Roz.

You can read his story here:

http://www.ross-shirejournal.co.uk/News/Dad-waiting-as-Avoch-man-hobbles-to-marathon-finish-in-memory-of-his-mum-10052017.htm

This was an outstanding effort, with funds coming from family, friends, colleagues; and even from people Steve has never met.

If anyone else wants to fundraise for Black Isle Cares, then please start your own page on BtMydonate, click below:

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Or email: tech@blackislecares.com for a sponsor form.

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Fortrose Academy & BIC – intergenerational work, May 2017

“Time is on my side,”

..sing those old rockers, the Rolling Stones.  My goodness though, it sure passes quickly.

One minute you were young and impatient with life; the next you’re struggling at the Co-op counter, trying to find the right change; aware that you’re holding up the queue behind you.

In a new venture, Black Isle Cares partnered up with Fortrose Academy to explore different aspects of caring.  The fancy word for it is: ‘intergenerational working’.  Really it’s about creating an opportunity for different ages to experience each other’s company, and take pleasure in learning from each other.

Over a span of 4 weeks, BIC have been working in the Academy with a group of students. We’ve been exploring issues to do with ageing and getting old.

On the first week we looked at stereotypes of old and young people and how we thought people viewed us at different ages.  We also heard the life experiences of BIC treasurer, Peter Furniss; who described his life, growing up after the war.

In the second session, lead by Nurse Consultant in Alzheimer’s disease from NHS Highland and Dr Leah Macadan from Stirling University, the students experienced what it was like to ‘feel old’.  This was achieved through a range of exercises including, wearing lenses that mimicked macular degeneration or cataracts, and being blindfolded and undergoing various scent tests.

On the third week the students went out on a Meals on Wheels round with our fantastic volunteers.  The customers were very pleased with the young students visiting them, it was a real success.

And on the fourth week the school pupils put on a lunch for some of our elderly friends which was joyfully consumed by young and old alike.

This was a thoroughly collaborative venture between BIC, Fortrose Academy, Highland Senior Citizens Network, Stirling University and NHS Highland.

This intergenerational work will be continuing between BIC and the surrounding schools.  We will continue to develop and refine our delivery of this.

It’s joyful and vital work.  We certainly had a lot of fun…

Feedback from the pupils:

  • I loved eating the soup with everyone
  • I enjoyed it; it was really good to see everyone come
  • It was really good
  • This was good because we got to socialise with older people
  • Was very interesting – interested in the older folks lives

Thanks to all who participated.  Mostly thanks to the students and staff of Fortrose Academy for their lovely welcome and hard work.

Brian Devlin, Chair of Black Isle Cares

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British Medical Journal article – a collaboration between nurseries and care homes.

With all the intergenerational work going on between BIC and the local schools at the minute, it’s encouraging to read an article in the British Medical Journal discussing meetings between care homes and childcare providers, held by United for all ages:

Care homes and childcare providers in the UK are taking only baby steps towards collaboration, says Stephen Burke, director of United for All Ages, an organisation that campaigns for stronger communities by bringing people of different ages together.

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http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j1862

The article discusses the success stories of merging nurseries and care homes, in either sharing property or getting together for activities.  Examples can be found in the US and Australia.

In both places adults reported higher levels of self-esteem and felt that they were a part of society again.  Also, in socialising young children and the elderly this can help to break through the barriers of ageism.

We hope to see these merges and changes happening over the UK in the next few years.

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Yesterday’s joint fundraiser for Macmillan Nurses and BIC, Rosemarkie Village Hall.

A beautiful afternoon of singing and eating yesterday afternoon in Rosemarkie hall courtesy of “Just Sing” and “Tin-Pan Alley” Thanks to Andrea and her colleagues at the pharmacy.  £345 was raised for Black Isle Cares.

Thank you all so much for your hard work, wonderful generosity and lovely singing voices.

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