Two Crossroads (Harris) care attendants, who have been with the Scheme almost since it started, retired recently and were presented with flowers and a monetary gift at the Annual General Meeting.
Rachel Fraser and Tina Macleod started with the Scheme in October 1985 and have given 28 and a half years of faithful service.
The Chair expressed the gratitude of the Committee and its clients to them.
In introducing the Annual Report to the AGM, the Chairman, Mrs Catherine Morrison, expressed her gratitude to the funders, Comhairle and NHS Western Isles and to the community for their continued support.
She paid tribute to the office staff and care attendants, whose professionalism ensured a high quality caring service at the point of delivery.
She expressed the Scheme’s sadness at losing a loyal member of the Committee, Annabel Cunningham, who had been a Community Nurse in Harris before joining the Committee and Joan Macaskill, who had been a faithful care attendant with the Scheme since it started in August 1985.
As well as providing a service to carers, the elderly and those with disabilities, the Scheme had held a successful Carers Outing and the Annual Primary Schools Football Tournament during the year.
The Co-ordinator, Morag Munro, reported on another busy year, having provided 2,446 hours of care to 34 individual clients for a variety of services, ie respite care, support, activities and transport.
The Scheme had attained the CROQAS award – Crossroads (Scotland) Quality Standard and had been graded 6 – Excellent in all three categories of Care in the Care inspection held in January.
The Scheme was facing a number of challenges in the years ahead, the need for care attendants to register with SSSC and the requirement for qualifications and the impact which government initiatives like joint commissioning of services, integration of services and self-directed support would have on funding.
The Treasurer, Ronnie Morrison, reported a surplus of income over expenditure, which was mainly due to the high level of donations received this year – over £7,900, which along with the local fundraising over £2,300 meant that £10,200 had been raised in the community.
Although the finances were stable at present, he sounded a note of caution, pointing out that the Scheme does not have administrative staff, the co-ordinator’s post being voluntary.
He also had concerns about the effect which new developments like joint commissioning would have on funding.He thanked the staff of Harris Voluntary Service for their support with payroll and administration.