During Carer’s Week last month, 59 Crossroads  (Newton Stewart & Machars) service users, carers and friends enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon driving around the Machars. 

During our tour, we visited Wigtown, Garlieston, Whithorn and when we reached Port William we sat in glorious sunshine and enjoyed an ice cream before heading up the coast to Auchenmalg before heading back along the A75. 

The excursion brought back many memories and provoked much discussion and laughter on board, that is when a break in the singing allowed! 

Our mystery excursion came to an end when we arrived at the Riverside Day Centre, Newton Stewart, where, when everyone had got settled, we all savoured the most delicious high tea. 

One more treat was in store – the Lowland Lasses arrived and entertained with wonderful singing.  We would have loved to have listened to them for much longer but it was time to bring the day to its conclusion and make our way back to the bus and home to bed, with memories of a marvellous day.  

A big THANK YOU to all who helped in whatever way to make this such a special day.

Crossroads (Newton Stewart & Machars) Care Attendant Scheme celebrated the launch of their website on 20th September 2013 by inviting service users and staff as well as local MP, MSPs and other guests to a buffet lunch.

The 21 guests who attended included Mr Alex Ferguson MSP and a representative for Ms Aileen McLeod MSP, in addition to members of Community Councils, health and social work professionals and representatives from related charities. 17 Service Users and 22 staff and Board members also attended.

Dr. Meg Hopkins (Chairperson) welcomed everyone, outlined the Scheme’s history and introduced Mr Edwin Wilkinson, Director of Policy and Practice Development at Crossroads Caring (Scotland), and local retired GP, Dr John Macdonald who also said a few words.

Over lunch, the guests had the opportunity to find out more from those who benefit from the service and those who deliver it.

The Board are pleased that Mr Russell Brown MP, and Ms Aileen McLeod MSP who were unable to attend due to prior engagements, intend visiting the Scheme to learn more about its work.