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Friday, 22 September 2017 14:49

Glenfield inspection success

The Care Inspectorate has a very important statutory role in ensuring that the National Care Standards for Older People in Scotland are being met. It ensures this by inspecting care homes on an annual unannounced basis or more frequently should there be a need. An Inverclyde care home, Glenfield in Bedford Street Greenock, has recently been inspected and has achieved the highest quality grades that can be awarded by the Care Inspectorate for the two Quality Themes that were inspected, namely:

Excellent (Grade 6) for the Quality of Care and Support
Excellent (Grade 6) for the Quality of Management and Leadership

This is a truly outstanding achievement not only for the management and staff of Glenfield but also for the people of Inverclyde, particularly its older citizens, because it demonstrates that they will be well cared for and supported in their time of need.

Carol Chiverton, Home Manager for Glenfield, said “Everyone at Glenfield is extremely proud of their achievement which is a reflection of the dedication and professionalism of all staff working effectively as a team. I would also like to acknowledge the support that staff and residents receive from the volunteer members of the Glenfield House Committee who are all local people and who give freely of their time and expertise. They always add that little bit special to the lives of our residents. The challenge for us now is to focus even more on what is important to each of our residents so that we further enhance the quality of each individual’s life.”

Glenfield care home cares for and supports 36 residents and is operated by Greenock Medical Aid Society which is a local charity founded in 1798. It’s Chief Executive, Charles Young, said “I am very proud of the management and all staff at Glenfield for their wonderful achievement by being awarded Excellent grades. Glenfield, like its sister home at Bagatelle, has a very good reputation in the local community which it works hard to maintain. It frequently receives very favourable feedback from the families and friends of residents. It is now all the more pleasing that Glenfield has received further independent validation of its excellent standard of care and support by none other than the Care Inspectorate.”

The photograph shows resident Mrs Cathy Perks proudly holding Glenfield’s inspection report surrounded by delighted members of staff.

Friday, 22 September 2017 14:47

Official opening of Bagatelle Court patio

The tenants of Bagatelle Court through their own Tenants’ Organisation have organised a wide range of social activities which are well supported throughout the year. With the support of the Bagatelle Court Manager, Agnes Little, they have developed a strategy to embrace healthy living and have benefitted from the support of many local organisations. The tenants agreed that one resource that is not fully utilised is the rear garden which is a sheltered sun trap enhanced by the rippling sound of the waters of the Glen burn which flows through the grounds.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:42

Three Great Runs Challenge

Charles Young, Chief Executive of local charity Greenock Medical Aid Society, has entered three of the Great Runs series to fundraise in support of the Society’s project to create a more dementia-friendly environment at its Bagatelle and Glenfield care homes. The three Great Runs series that Charles has entered are the newly introduced Great Edinburgh 10 mile Run in April, the Great North Run Half Marathon in September and the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in early October.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 11:17

St Valentine’s Ball 2017 Success

Greenock Medical Aid Society recently held its most successful St Valentine’s Ball to date in Greenock Town Hall as a major part of its fundraising activities. The event was so successful last year that it helped to increase the demand for tickets and for tables at this year’s Ball. The St Valentine’s Ball is now established as an annual event, not only in the Society’s fundraising and social calendar, but also amongst the people and businesses of Inverclyde. The event is clearly going from strength to strength.  

The evening kicked off with a Champagne Reception at the earlier time of 6.30pm which had been brought forward by 30 minutes to create more time for dancing later in the evening. There was a charity raffle and auction which were important aspects of the many fundraising activities that were held throughout the evening. The Ball was a fantastic evening of good food, good music and, most importantly, good company. The support from local businesses and individuals was very encouraging in terms of ticket and table sales and through the donation of items for the charity raffle and auction.

Charles Young, Chief Executive of the Society said “The support we received from many local businesses both large and small has been fantastic particularly when you consider the current difficult market trading conditions many of them are continuing to face. We endeavoured to generate as much publicity for these businesses as we could at the event so that their support for the Society was acknowledged by the 200 guests”.

An amazing range of items were on offer for the auction including a day’s sailing with lunch and refreshments for 4 people on a luxury yacht, a self-catering apartment in Cyprus, a gourmet dinner for 12 people prepared by a professional chef in the successful bidder’s home, Chairman’s hospitality for 4 people at a home match at Greenock Morton, and a family portrait by a renowned local artist, to name but a few. The highlight of the auction was an original oil painting by world famous local artist, James Watt, which attracted strong bids.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 13:54

Dementia-friendly environment Great Runs

The Society’s Chief Executive, Charles Young, ran in the Great North Run and Great Scottish Run Half Marathons to raise funds for an exciting new project to create a more dementia-friendly environment for the benefit of residents in Bagatelle and Glenfield.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 10:02

Fashion Show 2016 Success

Over 500 people attended the Society’s fundraising Fashion Show in Greenock Town Hall on Wednesday 12 October 2016. Guests were treated to the latest fashion designs from Chesca, Envy, James Lakeland, Breathless, Straps of Gourock, Robertson Outwear Greenock, Hats by Anna Maria of Ultimate Design.

Sunday, 24 July 2016 18:19

A Day on the Ocean Waves

Bagatelle has once again been very fortunate to link with another local charity, Able2Sail, which is based at Kip Marina. This summer, a number of residents, staff and family members thoroughly enjoyed their sailing trips and the hospitality provided by Able2Sail.

Greenock Medical Aid Society recently held its most successful St Valentine’s Ball to date in Greenock Town Hall as a major part of its fundraising activities. The event was so successful last year that it helped to increase the demand for tickets and for tables at this year’s Ball. The St Valentine’s Ball is now established as an annual event, not only in the Society’s fundraising and social calendar, but also amongst the people and businesses of Inverclyde. The event is clearly going from strength to strength.  

The evening kicked off with a Champagne Reception at the earlier time of 6.30pm which had been brought forward by 30 minutes to create more time for dancing later in the evening. There was a charity raffle and auction which were important aspects of the many fundraising activities that were held throughout the evening. The Ball was a fantastic evening of good food, good music and, most importantly, good company. The support from local businesses and individuals was very encouraging in terms of ticket and table sales and through the donation of items for the charity raffle and auction.

Charles Young, Chief Executive of the Society said “The support we received from many local businesses both large and small has been fantastic particularly when you consider the current difficult market trading conditions many of them are continuing to face. We endeavoured to generate as much publicity for these businesses as we could at the event so that their support for the Society was acknowledged by the 200 guests”.

An amazing range of items were on offer for the auction including a day cruise for 12 people on a luxury motor cruiser, a self-catering villa in Florida, a gourmet dinner for 10 people prepared by a professional chef in the successful bidder’s home, 4-ball at Wester Gailes, 2-ball at Gleneagles and a family portrait by a renowned local artist, to name but a few.

Charles added “We were very fortunate to have received many excellent auction items which attracted strong bids. I was also particularly pleased with the tremendous support we’ve had from many local businesses, hotels and restaurants who have donated excellent prizes not only for the auction but also for the raffle which was another important source of fundraising at the Ball”.

The Town Hall was beautifully decorated in a red and black St Valentine’s theme ranging from a stunning red heart shaped balloon display which formed the centre  background to the stage and which also matched by the colour scheme of the table covers and chair decorations. Music for the evening was provided by ‘Freedom’ who were a great success. So popular is the style and quality of music provided each year at the Ball that the table plan has had to be amended yet again to create more space on the dance floor!  

A grand total of £17,776 was raised at the Ball which is a great achievement with credit going to the Society’s PR and Fundraising Committee who put in a sterling effort when planning the event. The money raised from the St Valentine’s Ball will go towards the refurbishment of residents’ rooms at Bagatelle and Glenfield.


Photographs of guests at the Ball were taken courtesy of Michael Young of George Young Photographers, Kempock Street, Gourock. Please see the photos HERE.



     

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 00:00

Peter Morrison Show Success

Peter Morrison is one of Scotland’s most popular and accomplished singers and entertainers.  His musical talents have earned him top sport on BBC TV with the hugely popular "Songs of Scotland" series and on Scottish Television with the "Once Upon a Song" series not to mention a host of Hogmanay shows!

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 15:04

Mary McCorkindale retiral

Colleagues and tenants thanked Mary McCorkindale for her 8 years' service as Housing Support Assistant at Bagatelle Court. The photograph shows Mary, centre, being presented with flowers and a range of gifts from the tenants and the Society represented by Bagatelle Court Manager, Anna Truss, left, and Eric Liddell, Chairman of the Bagatelle Court Tenants' Organisation.

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