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News Archive for 2009


News archive for 2008

14th April 2009 - Quality Standard Plus Award

John Vance, Peter Molloy and Brian Doig attended a reception at SLC Headquarters in Almada Street on Monday 30th March 2009, to accept the above award on behalf of the Group.

Eight voluntary organisations received the Quality Standard Award, and two (ourselves and the WRVS Hairmyres Hospital Shop) both received the Quality Standard Plus award. The award was made following a very thorough audit of our systems and procedures, and an interview with our manager and a volunteer.

As well as being excellent publicity for the Group, it is evidence of the high standards of policies and procedures within the Group, as well as the way in which we implement them.

Our thanks to all at SoLVE for the nomination and award. Check out the Volunteer Centre website at www.solve.org.uk


16th March 2009 - Our new news Letter, the “Pine Patter”


This is the release of our brand new news letter the “Pine Patter” which will be releasd bi-monthly.

Our first issueThe Pine patter

If you would like to subscribe to our news letter please send us an email on the Contact Us page.


28th January 2009 - Update on Negotiations


The recent article in the East Kilbride News (January 14th) stated that our Group is “safe from closure”; I would like to take this opportunity to give you a fuller picture of the ongoing challenges we face.
Our Group had a 3 year contract with SLC to provide daycare (5 places per day); the contract was extended for a further 2 years and is now due to expire on 30th June 2009... Read the full article.



12th January 2009 - Saltire Swing Band


We are pleased to confirm details of a forthcoming social / fundraising event.

The Saltire Swing Band is a fantastic 15-piece Swing Band, who play the classics that were made famous by artists such as Glenn Miller.

They will be on stage from 8pm till 11.30pm, at the Ballerup Hall East Kilbride, on Saturday 14th March 2009.

There will be a short break in the middle of their set for a buffet and some fundraising activities.

Doors will be open from 7.30pm.

Tickets are expected to sell out for this event, so please make sure you reserve yours early if you are intending to come along.

Download the poster for the event



8th January 2009 - Sainsburys Olympia Press Release


Sainsbury’s Olympia allowed the charity to carry out instore bag-packing on Friday, 19th December 2008. This press release relates to that event:

Customers of Sainsbury’s were very generous indeed, donating the incredible sum of £1,790.22 on the day.

The event was very beneficial for our Charity in a number of ways.

The incredible sum raised is an obvious benefit, but the fact that Sainsbury’s customers gave so generously shows us that the level of public support for our Group, and for dementia care in general, is very high indeed. To get such a large sum of money donated at a time when people do not have much to spare and are facing additional expense at Christmas, tells us that people value our work and are willing to support it.

Having just been adopted as Sainsbury’s Olympia charity partner for 2008/2009, it is also encouraging for us that the store colleagues could see firsthand the level of public support for our work, and to get the assurance that they will make a huge difference in such an important part of the care sector.

It was also particularly good for me to spend time with Sainsbury’s store colleagues, and to be able to let them know a bit more about our charity. They were incredibly welcoming and encouraging, and a real credit to Sainsbury’s. As we move on into the New Year, I am looking forward to working closely with them, together making a difference in the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

The number of volunteers willing to help us, and the range of ages and backgrounds was also a great indicator of the growing public support for our group.

On the day, we had a total of 46 volunteers help us, the youngest being 7 and the oldest over 80. We had spouses, children and grand-children of people who attend our centre; staff and their partners; volunteer care-workers; committee members and their families; helpers from a local guide troop; 13 helpers from East Mains Baptist Church, some of whom had travelled from as far as Cambuslang and Wishaw to take part; and folks from our own Carers Support Group. We also had some guest packers, with Gordon Smith (regional aid to Hugh O’Donnell MSP, and Eddie McLaughlin (Chairman of the Scottish Dementia Working Group) both giving freely of their time without being asked, just to help our cause.

All things considered, it was an incredibly successful day!

Rest assured that the donations will be put to good use in the work of the Dementia Carers’ Group, as we strive to continue providing a quality service to people with dementia and their carers.

This support means so much to a local charity such as ours, and I thank everyone who contributed most sincerely on behalf of the many people who will benefit from their generosity.

Brian Doig
Group Co-ordinator