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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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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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.

BMJ 2017;357:j1862

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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Planning for a new care home

In March our new Chair Brian Devlin chaired a meeting between Parkland’s and the local community regarding their plans for a care home in the Black Isle, Brian says:

“I was delighted to chair the meeting between local Black Isle residents and Parklands in order to discuss their plans for building a new care home in Fortrose. 
There is a crisis in care for older people in this community which has been caused by the closure of The  Marine care home. People who had expected to live out the remainder of their lives surrounded by their friends and family were dispersed to other sites. That is a matter of great regret and sadness for all involved. Now we have the prospect of a new purpose built facility in the heart of our community.
It’s fair to say that there was very strong support for the Parklands’ initiative. We took a vote at the end and there were 122 votes in favour and 1 against.
It’s now time for people to stop prevaricating around this issue. We want all of the candidates standing for election in the forthcoming council elections to make it clear where they stand in relation to Parklands. This will be one of the most defining issues of the election on the Black Isle for many of us. It cannot be right that the weakest and frailest and most elderly are deprived of a critically needed facility because some do not like where it is to be built.”
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