Kate Forbes SNP MSP came to BIC

At the beginning of August, local SNP MSP Kate Forbes, met with Brian Devlin at the BIC office to discuss how the trustees, staff and volunteers are changing peoples lives for the better in the Black Isle-through providing Care and Meals on Wheels.

Kate also went out on a Meals on Wheels round with trustee Genevieve MacIver:

She said:

“I had a wonderful time joining the Meals on Wheels team on the Black Isle.

The team do a fantastic job, and I loved meeting some of the customers who clearly enjoy the beautiful food and the good company of the volunteers.

Initiatives like Meals on Wheels are more needed than ever, as older folks are often isolated and lonely and it can be more difficult to cook up a feast for lunch or dinner.

The Meals on Wheels team recognised that a few years ago, and have done something about it with volunteers delivering meals to a lot of people across the Black Isle.

It was a joy to join them and I’d love to do it again.”

To our delight, Kate raised a motion in parliament on 01/08/17, to acknowledge the work of Black Isle Cares:

“That the parliament recognises the work of Black Isle Cares, to improve Care Services on the Black Isle; notes that, as well as home care, the charity also delivers approximately 80 Meals-on-Wheels per week; congratulates its chairman Brian Devlin on being awarded Board Trustee of the Year Award 2017, from Highland Third Sector Interface and recognises the intergenerational work that the charity does in order to bring young and older people together to learn from one another.”

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The HTSI Awards 25th August 2017

Black Isle Cares Trustees Graham MacIver and Brian Devlin attended this year’s Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI) Award ceremony where Brian was awarded Board Trustee of the Year.

The award ceremony was held at the Strathpeffer Pavilion on Friday evening, where winners and guests were invited to attend.

 

Brian said;
“This is a great honour and this award is dedicated to all of the trustees and volunteers in Black Isle Cares. Without their dedication and team effort we simply would not be able to function as a charity.”

This is the second award BIC has received from HTSI.
Last year it’s innovative Meals on Wheels project won the ‘Partnership Working Award’.
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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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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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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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