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Crossroads (Newton Stewart and Machars) Care Attendant Scheme

Dr Meg Hopkins M.B.E.

After many years of service Meg has decided it is time to resign as chairperson of Crossroads, however we are delighted to welcome Meg as a regular board member. On behalf of the entire board past and present we express the organisations profound gratitude to Meg for her leadership, inspiration hard work and for the great times we have had working together.

Meg, you are a truly remarkable lady who since 1985 has dedicated a major part of your life to leading, developing, promoting and sustaining crossroads. You have lead us through many changes at all levels during these years from development of contracts with the council, care inspectorate, dealing with head office, tendering and triple SC. You have travelled many miles to attend meetings in the region and further afield where your capable personality made sure that crossroads interests were always to the fore. You always put crossroads first and nothing was ever too much bother when something or someone required attention. Over and above your regular board duties you were always willing to help in any area such as CroQuas, Policy checking, and subgroups where your contribution has been invaluable.

With a grateful heart, I on behalf of us all say thank you Meg for being an inspirational colleague and friend.

Jennifer Brodie

Coffee Afternoon September 2019

This, our last coffee afternoon of 2019,was held on 19 September at the Autumn Club premises in Kirkcowan. A good attended by service users, friends, family, support workers and Board members made this a very successful event. The delicious food provided by the board members was much appreciated. Thank you.

Unfortunately due to a mix up in dates the school children were unable to attend. We hope that we will be able to invite them to a coffee afternoon next year.

The first Coffee Afternoon of 2019 was held in the Creebridge hotel, Newton Stewart, on May 16th. The weather was kind and there was a very good turnout of Service Users and Careers. We were able to show the DVD “Bonnie Galloway” produced by Wigtownshire U3A. This was much enjoyed and we all joined in, happily pointing out places we knew. Thanks to Myra and to the Creebridge staff, for organizing the event and making it so successful.

After almost 3 decades of dedicated service to Crossroads, our popular, long-serving manager Anne Gorman has taken a well earned retirement.

On August 3rd 2017, a large gathering of friends, colleagues, service users and carers packed Wigtown Town Hall to show their appreciation for all that she has done for Crossroads and the local community over that time.

However it’s not a complete farewell to Anne as she has agreed to join our board of directors, and hopefully she will continue her long association with Crossroads for many years to come.

Coffee Afternoons

A very enjoyable coffee afternoon, attended by service users, carers and Board members was held on Thursday 12 October at “The View” in Port William. This proved to be an excellent venue. The staff were very helpful and friendly – and the scones, fresh and delicious!

Congratulations to Becky Dalrymple, our Admin Assistant on her organisation of the event and her involvement with service users on the day.

Coffee Afternoon 2017

Service User Survey 2016

The 2016 annual survey of service users was carried out in May. As in previous years, we were pleased to discover how highly our service users value the service, with an overall satisfaction rate of over 95% of those who returned completed questionnaires. All points raised by service users, their families and carers have been given careful consideration and acted upon by the manager and staff where appropriate, and once again, we appreciate the time and effort service users put in to complete the questionnaires and hope that they find the exercise worthwhile.  We certainly do, as it can highlight points which could otherwise be overlooked.
The full report is available as a PDF here.