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Bright Care Summer BBQ 2019

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Last month the most exciting Bright Care event of the year took place. We were all eagerly waiting for it and finally, the BBQ day arrived. Amazingly, even the sunshine decided to join!

It was a great way to start the summer season, spending quality time together, and meeting people from all across Bright Care, along with their families.

This is one of the greatest pictures of the event:

We’re In The Inverness Courier

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Did you see us in The Inverness Courier this week about our founder, Tim Cocking?

Tim was interviewed for the paper as part of Bright Care’s purchase of the former tourist information office, on the A9, just south of Inverness. The building is currently being used at Bright Care’s Highland office, although the site is being renamed as the ‘North Gateway’. It’s an exciting venture for Bright Care, and you can read more about it by following the link.

Bright Care Annual Summer BBQ

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On Friday, staff and their families from all our branches gathered for Bright Care’s annual summer BBQ! The sun was shining, Tim (managing director) was chef, and Al (systems support manager) produced this amazing photo of us all from his drone!

 

 

Managing Director named finalist in Scottish Care Awards 2018

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Managing Director of Bright Care, Tim Cocking, has been formally recognised as a finalist in the Scottish Care Awards 2018!

The celebrated and important annual awards recognise the tremendous work and dedication of both organisations and individuals working in the care sector. At the ceremony on Friday 18 May 2018, Tim was successfully named as one of three finalists for the Management and Leadership Award.

The Award

The award recognises individuals who demonstrate first-class levels of expertise within this sector, outstanding competencies in complex business management and leadership, commitment to the promotion of good practice and person-centred care, as well as employee upskilling and professional development.

Tim commented he was “truly honoured” to be a finalist for this award.

Words From The Team

Tim’s outstanding nomination comes across the board from Bright Care’s current staff:

  • “Tim’s leadership and respect comes through his character, not by his position of authority. This is important. He’s able to cultivate us as staff into not just competent and confident individuals, but also into a competent and confident team.”
    Sheena Wooldridge, Payroll Administrator
  • “Tim’s daily leadership inspires us to buy into Bright Care’s vision in its bid to successfully meet the changing needs of clients and care at home. It really is a remarkable place to work.”
    Annie Brown, Area Manager
  • “Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge a good team. It’s always great to get feedback from Bright Care, but to receive an email from yourself is even better”.
    Bright Care Carer, on receiving an acknowledgement email from Tim recently

These comments are truly indicative of Tim’s leadership. Bright Care’s commitment to quality comes from the top and it’s fantastic for Tim to be recognised in this way.

Get In Touch

If you think Bright Care could help a loved one of yours, why not get in touch with us to see how we could help. Or, if you think you’d be a great addition to our Bright Care family, or even just want to find out more about being a carer, get in touch with our recruitment manager, Elisa, today.

Bright Care named in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For

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We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Bright Care has positioned in The Sunday Times Best Small Companies To Work For list for 2018!

Now in its 18th year, the notable and distinguished list showcases top businesses from across the UK. With extensive feedback from nearly 440,000 employees, it’s a huge tribute to Bright Care. On top of this, we are the highest-ranking care provider on the list, and our win follows the receipt of a 2-star accreditation in the annual Best Companies survey.

 

A word from Tim

Tim Cocking, Bright Care’s Managing Director said:

“Making it onto the Sunday Times list of 100 Best Small Companies to Work For is an amazing achievement which we are all to be so proud of. It continues to be my daily honour and privilege to work alongside such a committed and high-calibre team, and it’s exciting to see how we can continue to grow our positive company culture and ethos to even better benefit both the clients we care for, and the staff who work with us.”

 

Bright Care’s exceptional care

To ensure exceptional care is delivered to our clients, we always nurture and develop our staff, and only look to employ exceptional people. All new care workers receive three days of fully paid training, we run an ‘employee of the month’ award, host regular check-ins and aim to bring out the very best in our staff. We really are an employer of choice in the care sector.

This has additional benefits too. It means we feel confident at Bright Care in providing first-class, exceptional care to our clients. We realise the clear link between a valued workforce and the quality of care provision. It’s something we’re hugely proud of.

 

Get in touch

If you think Bright Care could help a loved one of yours, why not get in touch with us to see how we could help. Or, if you think you’d be a great addition to our Bright Care family, or even just want to find out more about being a carer, get in touch with our recruitment manager, Elisa, today.

Alison speaks at art exhibition

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In January, our Bright Care carer, Alison, was given the opportunity to speak at a private viewing of an art exhibition in memory of her late client, Mrs Parker. The event was hosted by Mrs Parker’s daughter, and was an opportunity to showcase her mother’s collection of art and calligraphy, much of which had been created alongside – and with support from – Alison.

Here, you can read Alison’s full speech:

“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

My name is Alison, and through my work with Bright Care, I had the privilege to work with and care for Mrs Parker in the last year of her life, meeting her in the summer of 2016.

She was a lovely, quiet lady with a hidden sense of humour and during our time together making art, we both had plenty of laughs along the way.

When she was in better health, Mrs Parker had been very interested in art as was a keen amateur watercolour painter, and, as you can see, an excellent calligrapher.

This, as well as her love of classical music, gave me the idea to work with her in this special way, as sadly, her health problems meant that she could no longer enjoy these activities.

I have many years of experience working with art materials, my back ground is in textiles and I also did an MSc in Art Therapy. I learnt much from this, but in the end decided that it was not the right road for me. However, it has enabled me to work with Bright Care clients, who do not need therapy, but who can benefit from being stimulated by their old hobbies or interests in making things.

My years of doing art activities with profoundly disabled adults has also helped me when it comes to finding the right kind of activity for my clients.

With Mrs Parker, it started with colouring postcards with felt tip pens. In the beginning she was able to do this very accurately, and she enjoyed seeing them displayed on her mantelpiece.

Our next project was a memory book. In this we would paste photographs and mementos of trips to art galleries, or the opticians – memories of the days out we spent together.

These, I would develop by writing in colourful pens and going back over it with her. It was lovely to see her surprise as she read back over the entries – “I did that?” – and she would experience the pleasure of the event all over again.

The memory book was like a journal of Mrs Parker’s last activities. It leaves fond memories for me now, and while it was being made, provided her daughter Helen with useful feedback on her mother from week to week.

As Mrs Parker’s sight deteriorated, we did larger artwork on rolls of wallpaper. This was great fun for us both and allowed freer movements with brushes, rollers and sponges. Some of these creations were added to the memory book. The main thing was to have fun through art.

This was important to Mrs Parker as it reminded her of the kinds of things she used to do, but in a different way. Even just holding the brushes seemed to have a beneficial effect on her mood, giving her a sense of achievement.

This kind of guided art is not about making art, or painting. Rather, it is about giving the client the opportunity to explore, bringing the best of the person back into the present. It is a way that I have been able to reach out to those with great needs, and who are finding their condition difficult, or who feel lost in their dementia or disability.

I would like to thank Helen, Mrs Parker’s daughter and Bright Care, for asking me to speak with you all this afternoon and for giving me the lovely opportunity to be able to use my skills and experience to care for, and be a companion to, her mother. It meant a lot to me and I miss it.

So, if anyone here has a family member who they feel might benefit from this kind of care and companionship, they should not hesitate to contact Bright Care.

Thank you.”

Therapy Ponies and Afternoon Tea!

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Bright Care Glasgow were invited to a wonderful event at a local care home. Some Bright Care clients spent time with therapy ponies then were treated to tea and scones while watching highland dancers perform. Great afternoon had by all!

                     

Wiltshire Farm Foods Presentations and Tasting Sessions in the Perth Office

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We thoroughly enjoyed having Terri from Wiltshire Farm Foods visit us in the Perth Office to do presentations and tasting sessions for our Carers. Through Terri’s very informative presentations and excellent literature, we learnt that not only do Wiltshire Farm Foods help their customers to maintain their independence but that their special diet ranges and softer food range support a wide range of people.  
Everyone had a great time sampling the variety of foods that they offer.

Halloween Fun!

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Bright Care’s Glasgow Branch clients and carers at Halloween events this week; Halloween Daytime Disco in Glasgow and Murder, Mystery lunch at House for An Art Lover

 

                                   

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