To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, our Perth Office held a Remembrance Day Coffee morning for clients and carers. There were homemade cakes, tea, coffee, and the morning also included a sing-along which was thoroughly enjoyed.
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.
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.
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.
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!