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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BIC & The Highland Hospice

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Recently BIC trustees Jenye Monkton and Angela Morrison met with Myra Duncan and Susan Smith from the Highland Hospice to discuss implementing their ‘helping hands’ service in the Black Isle.  With BIC’s knowledge of potential clients and connections with local people, working together is the best way forward to ensure those with advancing illnesses gain support.

If you are interested please read the information below and get in touch.

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Currently recruiting volunteers for Highland Hospice
Helping Hands Service in the Black Isle  

Highland Hospice Helping Hands is a befriending service which provides social and practical support to people affected by advancing illness within their own homes. Each client is different therefore the help and support offered is tailored to their individual needs. Each volunteer delivering the service is trained and supported by Highland Hospice staff. For some clients this might be keeping them company or going out on trips whilst for others the support enables their family carers to have time to themselves knowing their loved one is being well looked after. It’s the real connection with volunteers which is at the core of this service being just what the clients and their families want and need.

The service is currently delivered in Ross-shire and we are aiming to extend the service people living in the Black Isle. Wish more information on volunteering for this role? Why not visit our Facebook page where you will find short video clips on the difference the service is making for clients, carers and their volunteers: https://www.facebook.com/HighlandHospiceHH/

Training dates for this role are: 29th March , 5th & 11th April. Volunteer packs can be found on our website: http://highlandhospice.org or by contacting me at s.smith@highlandhospice.org.uk or 01463243132 ext 241 or 219••

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