25 years of Day Care celebrated with party

MONTROSE Day Care celebrated its 25th anniversary on Wednesday, with a special lunch.

There were around 20 guests, including the Rt Rev. Dr Idris Jones, who was the first Day Care chairman. They included former helpers and original committee members.

A celebration cake was cut by day care users Jim Balfour and May Donald, assisted by staff member Glynis Patterson.

After speeches, the company thoroughly enjoyed lunch, and then sat back to entertainment by Mike McEwan on accordion.

Day Care manager Irene Mitchell was enthusiastic about the celebration. She told the Review: “It was a brilliant day, enjoyed by all. Really lovely!”

Sandy Moncur, chairman of the directors, noted: “Those early years must have been very difficult indeed, as most new ventures are, but it is a credit to the commitment and resolve of the original committee that many, many people over the years have enjoyed the benefits of attending Day Care.”

Mr Moncur said that even in the early stages it was recognised that the centre played a vital role for its users, helping them stay in their own homes for longer, and boosting their quality of life.

He continued: “Time does not stand still and over 25 years there have been changes and building alterations have been made.

“Of equal, if not greater, importance to comfortable surroundings are the outstanding staff. The board believes, and I know the service users will agree, that we have excellent staff who are very motivated to the care and welfare of all who attend.

“We must thank the people of Montrose and local organisations for their invaluable support, much of it financial. It is most appreciated as is the very generous assistance of our local Glaxo company who have supported us for much of the 25 years.”

Mr Moncur also thanked the social work and health department of Angus Council which makes a very significant funding contribution.

Lorraine Young, senior officer responsible for community care in the social work department, said: “I am fully aware that the personal care provided for the service users at Montrose Day Care Centre is of the highest order and this is shown by the very high grades the centre is awarded by the inspections.

“Indeed these grades are a reflection of the very high quality of leadership and staff care for the users of the centre. The staff have been and continue to be innovative in their approach and have developed new ideas to serve the Montrose community.

“The partnership the council has developed over the years with Montrose Day Care Centre is one we value and this has been and will continue to be important for many people in the town.”