BIC AGM 2018

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.

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Employment Skills Workshop

On February 13th BIC Trustee Sheena Ross and Highland Home Carers SDS Community Teams Facilitator Angie MacDonald, attended an Employment Skills workshop for S3 students in Fortrose Academy.
They gave a talk to the students about working in care and the values and benefits of working locally for BIC/HHC.  The pupils were as always a credit to the school.  Perhaps we’ll have some future recruits.
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The Meals of Wheels Thank You Meal

On Saturday evening BIC trustees, Lesley and Paula the MOW administrator’s and all but three of the MOW volunteers went out for a dinner at the Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club restaurant.  Without the help of the volunteers, Meals on Wheels would not work.  The volunteers not only provide a hot meal but also a friendly, familiar face and help out with anything else our customer’s require.  They make such a difference to many peoples lives.

Lesley says;

This was BIC Meals on Wheels way of thanking the team of volunteers for all their hard work and commitment to the service.

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1000 thank yous and a Merry Christmas from BIC

The support we have received in running our raffle from local people and businesses in the Black Isle has been absolutely incredible!

All prizes have been drawn and either delivered, posted or emailed, all but one, but I will continue to try and get through on the phone!

Thank you to all the following businesses for either donating a raffle prize or allowing us to sell tickets in their premises;

The Tartan Heart Festival. Hillockhead Cottages, Chanterelle Kinkell, Ellen Addison Remedial Massage, Broomhill Riding Centre, Munro’s nursery, Jasmine’s take-away, Rosemarkie Shop, Green Tree gifts, Fortrose Cafe, Culbokie Shop, Tore Garage, The Allangrange Arms, Ryefield farm shop and the Fortrose golf club.

We raised £1000 for Black Isle Cares!

And to all of our wonderful staff and trustees:

 

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Merry Christmas!

 

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Thank you for choosing BIC

That’s the end of our run in receiving profits from the Coop local community fund.

Firstly a huge thank you to the Coop for allowing us to profit from 1% on Coop spends and carrier bag charges.

Secondly thank you to all you wonderful people who took the time to sign up and select us as your local charity to receive your 1%.

We really do rely on the kindness and generosity of local people and businesses, to keep on doing great work in caring and providing regular meals for the elderly in the Black Isle.

We raised a whopping:

£2148.90

 

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