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Perth Office Italian Day (Festa della Repubblica), Canada’s 150th birthday and France’s Bastille Day

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As we have Carer Companions from all over the world we have been celebrating this by holding country-themed Open Days in the Perth Office.
On 2 June we celebrated Italy’s National Day. Elisa Esposito, our Italian recruitment co-ordinator,  was on hand to add some authenticity to the day with her delicious homemade lasagna. We had an Italian themed quiz for clients and lots of pizza and tiramisu as well.  The city of Perth has strong links with Italy and The Perth Italian Club was established in 1972.

There was much fun to be had on the Open Day to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and France’s National Day.  Our Companion Carer, Kim MacKinnon is Canadian and Veronique Bezy is French. We served up Pancakes with maple syrup as well as cheese, grapes and croissants.  Clients and staff attended and we had general knowledge quizzes on both countries  The lucky client winners won a bottle of bubbly and some lovely french coffee.

Our Care Supervisor, Tracey Comrie, did some cake decorating for the occasion and the cake was then donated to to the residents of Pitlair House in the Bow of Fife where we support one of our clients.

Lost Glasgow Exhibition 2017

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 This week, Keira (one of our Companion Carers) escorted Cath, one of her clients, to the Lost Glasgow Exhibition.

They had a great day out and a fabulous trip down memory lane.

Since Launching in 2014, Lost Glasgow has developed a great following and have teamed up with the Glasgow City Heritage trust to put on this fabulous exhibition, which looks at many things from the cities multi faceted history. From the stunning features it holds to the hidden and humble areas, from the tenement housing to the fascinating great buildings and architecture.

The exhibition can be found at Glasgow City Heritage Trust (54 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ) is running until the 31st August and is open: Monday – Friday 10-4pm and Saturdays: July 1st, 15th, 29th & Aug 12th from 12-4pm.

Admission is completely free and we hope that you have as much fun as Keira and Cath did.

 

Bright Care Dunbartonshire’s Annual Garden Tea Party

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On May 29th, Bright Care Dunbartonshire hosted its First Annual Garden Tea Party. Whilst the weather brought the event indoors, it didn’t dampen any one’s spirit as staff, clients and company friends enjoyed the day together. With fantastic food and a warm, chatty atmosphere, a great day was had by all! We are already looking forward to next year!

                                                   

Donald and Tim putting the world to rights.                                            Agnes, Cath and Keira enjoying the lovely company.

Food tasting in the Edinburgh Office with Cook Morningside

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On Wednesday 21st June, the Edinburgh team were lucky enough to have some visitors to our weekly Care Management Team meeting. Jane from Cook Morningside came along to talk to us about her products and give us a taste. We invited a few clients and carers to come and try out the food too. Cook are a UK wide company who freshly make and then freeze their meals. Everything is made from scratch with no additives or preservatives, frozen at  their Head Office and then sent out to shops around the UK. The Morningside shop has two friendly delivery drivers who take the orders out to their customers throughout Edinburgh for them to keep in the freezer until it is time to put in the oven or microwave. All the food looked so tempting, and we were happy to give it a try! A few favourites were the chicken liver pate, macaroni cheese and the salted caramel cheesecake. We were meant to be tasting the food in case we could recommend it to our clients, but I think a few of the Office staff will be popping into the shop or placing orders for the weekend!

Glasgow South’s first ever Daffodil Tea

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We are inviting you to Glasgow South’s first ever Daffodil Tea!  Your invitation is here.
The Landlords here at Kirkhill House have been kind enough to let us use the gorgeous gardens here for an afternoon tea on the lawn, complete with cake and croquet (weather permitting of course!!!)
It would be lovely if you could join us – Thursday 25th May 2pm – 4pm!
If you can make it along please let me know so that I can ensure that there are enough parking spaces and, more importantly, enough cake!

Poland’s Constitution Day!

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There is long standing trusted links between Perthshire and Poland.  During WWII, the first Polish troops reach Scotland on 5 August 1940.   At the time, Scotland was completely unprotected against invasion and under real threat of German attacks, and the newly-arrived Poles were warmly welcomed. They immediately set to work defending Scotland.  There was, however, no military infrastructure to accommodate them and they were left, largely to their own devices, to live in tents, build their own camps, patrol the coastline and build coastal defences.  These Polish Service men and women made a lasting impression in Scotland during those early years.

In September 1940 the Polish authorities in Scotland had expressed a wish for a special consecrated plot in a cemetery for the burial of members of their forces. As there was a substantial number of Polish troops in Perthshire, Wellshill Cemetery in Perth was chosen and it is the largest of the many burial grounds in Scotland in which Polish soldiers were laid to rest.

In light of this historic national link and given the Polish family roots of our Care Manager Aga, we thought it would be fitting for our Perth office to mark Poland’s Constitution Day, which falls on the 3rd May every year. (Swieto Konstytucji 3 Maja).  It is a Polish national and public holiday that celebrates the declaration of the Constitution of 3rd May 1791.  To celebrate, the Perth office had a Polish-themed day!  The pictures shows our Manager, Agnieszka Gorak, in traditional Polish dress with red and white flowers, the national colours.

Find our more about Poland’s Constitution Day here.

Perth Service received highest grades from Care Inspectorate!

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We are delighted that our Perth service upon it recent annual inspection received a Grade 6 (Excellent) for its service to clients!  Comments from the Perth service’s inspector Neil Morrison include talking of a ‘superb’ service, ‘can’t fault it’!

The branch was particularly praised for its effective and natural daily communication with clients and how it goes to great lengths to make sure each care package is carefully put together and clients are always delighted with the service.   It was highlighted how effectively the consistency was working well in terms of outcome for clients and that the core team approach to each care package was paramount to that success.

All clients without exception offered up very favourable comments to the management of the service and how happy they were with it.  Care staff also commented on how much they feel valued and listened to and included in the day to day development of the service.

A huge well done to Aga and the team in Perth!

Recent Presentation to the Rotary Club of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

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Tim Cocking recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan. Below is the write up which made it into the Stirling Observer.

Care of the elderly may seem an unusual profession for a young man. But, in an illuminating talk to the Bridge of Allan and Dunblane Rotary Club on Thursday, Tim Cocking traced how his career path had led him to setting up Brightcare, a company providing this specialist care.

Having worked on a building site for two years after leaving school, Tim followed this with a short period in University, which he didn’t find satisfying. This led to him working in a letting agency in Edinburgh, which encouraged Tim to look for a business opportunity that would be fulfilling. In 2006, an opportunity arose to work in a care home in Dunbar, and the die was cast. He found the work very satisfying, and he also saw a business opportunity – the challenge to provide a service to elderly people who wish to stay in their homes, but who need a range of support to allow them to do so. Aged 24, and with the help of his wife, he set up Brightcare to provide this support, initially in Edinburgh. The rest, as they say, is history: seven years later the company has five offices, the latest in Bridge of Allan, now employing 180 support staff. Some 350 families are benefiting from the care thus provided.

Brightcare is a private company, independent from state provision, offering in-house care and companionship for which those receiving the service make payment. Tim outlined the levels of cost of this service which, in many instances, can be provided at a level competitive with the cost of a care home, but with the great benefit of allowing the elderly person to remain at home in familiar surroundings. The support provided is scaled to meet individual needs, including, increasingly, the on-set of dementia.

Tim stressed that Brightcare has a focus on doing things well. His goal has been to establish a positive culture in the business with an emphasis on ensuring that the care provided is of the highest standard. This relies on the recruitment of staff motivated to give the desired level of support in a caring relationship. The duties undertaken by staff are not task driven; they are in response to individual needs. To ensure its continuing effectiveness, the company has to be agile, able to respond effectively to changing demands. To achieve this, staff receive on-going training in the company’s own training facility.

Inevitably, there are challenges, with increasing regulation of provision, and a demand that exceeds supply. But there are compensations: it is very satisfying when the care provided is able to allow an elderly person to stay at home, and when the benefits of this are obviously appreciated.

Following questions, Peter Holmes, Speaker’s Host, reflected on the challenges faced by Tim in building a successful business and ensuring that its standards are maintained. He congratulated Tim on his achievements and thanked him for an excellent presentation, a sentiment echoed by members.

There will be a meeting on 13 April in the Westlands Hotel, Doune Road, at 6.00 for 6-30pm. The speakers will be Pierre Leger and Andrew Watson from Strathearn Cheese. Visitors are always very welcome to meetings. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Club Secretary, Iain Fraser at secretary@dunblanerotary.org. Tel: 01786 822751. More information can be found on the Club website: www.dunblanerotary.org.uk or the Facebook site: www.facebook.com/dunblanerotary.

Edinburgh Team Goes Bowling!

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On Friday 24th March, our lovely colleagues in the other Bright Care offices kindly manned our phones so that everyone from the Edinburgh Office and Central Team could take time out for an afternoon of bowling and pizza. We wanted to celebrate and reflect on a busy first few months of 2017, the highlight of which was passing our Care Inspection with brilliant scores. We achieved fives across the board, and had only positive feedback from our clients. So, we headed over to Fountain Park and nominated the two men of the office to be team captains. It seemed like Al’s team had all been practising as they managed to beat Tim’s team in both games! Regardless of the score, we had a great time and no injuries were sustained, despite a bowling ball going backwards at one point! Although, the next day some of us had pain in muscles we didn’t even know existed! After all that strenuous activity, we had worked up a good appetite, and all our healthy eating was forgotten as we tucked into some delicious pizza. We all really enjoyed spending time as a group away from the office, and thankfully the competition stayed friendly! We appreciated Tim and Annie organising the afternoon out for us, and are looking forward to our next activity- we are thinking maybe go-karting!

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