The centre opened to members once again on the 14th of June: we started slowly with very limited numbers and lots of screens! As the weeks went by, we gradually increased our attendance and are now at around 15 each day, although this is only half of our pre-covid numbers.
Transporting the members in early summer was somewhat of a challenge as government guidelines meant numbers were limited on the bus, but as restrictions are now relaxed passenger numbers have increased, making life easier for us to get our clients to the centre.
We now have three new activity co-ordinators who are responsible for keeping our members entertained and delivering our daily programme of activities. Local ladies Rachel Agnew, Helen Mackenzie and Lynne Henzler have filled the posts.
We are very fortunate to have received a generous donation from Migdale Smolt, which has allowed us to provide chair-based yoga to our members, this service being delivered by Lana Frost, of Natural State of Wellbeing. We also have Isabella Dance providing music and movement, both of these activities are very popular with our members. We are now actively looking for sponsors so that we can provide reflexology as this is also of great benefit to our clients.
The Community bus, supported by the Beatrice Fund, is now up and running and has already been hired a few times and we hope to have many more requests in the coming months. We are looking for groups to put forward volunteer drivers for our next MIDAS course which we hope to hold in the New Year. If you are interested, please contact the office 01863 766 772. The community bus is a great opportunity for groups in the local communities who can make use of this facility: all that is required is the cost of fuel used and the provision of their own appropriately qualified driver.
We celebrated the 1940s at the centre from the 8th to the 12th of November, the weeklong event was to ensure all our members had a chance to see the displays and enjoy the fun. We had an old-fashioned sweetie shop, old time music on the record player and lots of artifacts. Thanks to the Alness Heritage centre for lending us some fantastic items to display.
Christmas is fast approaching and the covid pandemic (and its restrictions) is still very much with us, and for this reason we have made the decision to have three separate Christmas lunches instead of the usual single party. This will make sure that everyone has a Christmas lunch/party even though social distancing has to be in place. The parties will be held on the 20th 21st, & 22nd of December with our carol singing on the 24th.
Finally, we sadly lost two of our members last month, Harry Brown from Ardgay & Tony Orr from Lairg. We have some lovely memories of them both with one particularly special one regarding the time we had the bikes at the centre and they both really enjoyed their funky bike rides. We have put some lovely photos of them on Facebook, together with some of our yoga classes, music and movement also a few from our 1940s week.
by Lorraine Askew, Manager
Last Updated on 4 December, 2021 by Kyle Chronicle