Bradbury centre update

The staff is getting ready to welcome back its clients while observing social distancing within the centre. Members will receive details of the reopening by Royal Mail.

Vida Laurinaviciene.

As I write this on the 30th of April, the Bradbury centre is still closed to clients but providing an outreach service. We have had discussions with the NHS who have advised us that we can open in the next few weeks, but as yet they have not given us a firm date. We envisage the centre opening in early June and hope to welcome our clients back to enjoy the activities once again.

On opening we will have reduced numbers to allow for social distancing within the centre. We will be sending letters to our clients to let them know what days they can attend; we hope this is just a temporary measure and that things will soon be back to normal.

We have received a grant from the Creich Community Council through the Beinn Tharsuinn fund to help us with the purchase of screens, etc. for reopening. We want our clients to be safe when attending the centre and this grant will help us make the centre safe.

At the centre we have a good stock of food from Fareshare. If you would like to use this service please come to the centre, ring the front door and wait for a member of staff to help. Food store is open 10am to 12noon weekdays apart from Thursday when we are closed. Please remember to bring a shopping bag and wear your mask.

It has been along hard year for everyone and has taken its toll on our staff, we’ve lost two members of staff early on in the pandemic and we are now looking to fill these vacancies before we open. Our cook Vida Laurinaviciene is moving on to help in her family business but not leaving the centre permanently as she will be our relief staff member. Our new cook is Rosie Wakeman who was our relief staff member so this was a change in roles.

Once again I would like to thank all our funders who have helped us to survive this pandemic, I hope that the next contribution to the Kyle Chronicle will have lots of news about our activities and reopening.

by Lorraine Askew, Manager

A word from the Bradbury Board of Directors

Like the Centre itself, the Bradbury Board of Directors has had an unusual year. Comprising nine volunteers from the local community, the Board usually meets four times each year, principally to receive and discuss the Manager’s quarterly report, to review the Centre’s finances and to consider potential future developments.

With Covid-19 restrictions preventing physical assemblies, two virtual meetings have been held instead (via Zoom). As the Centre was also in lockdown mode, these were principally concerned with reviewing the Bradbury’s remarkable response to the Covid crisis. The Board is pleased, therefore, to take this opportunity publicly to thank Lorraine Askew and her colleagues for their forward thinking, and subsequent hard work throughout the lockdown, which has ensured our clients have continued to have at least some social contact as well as nutritious meals (including a three course Christmas lunch!)

Membership of the board, by the way, is open to any local resident who may be interested. Term of office is initially for three years, but may be extended to six if required. After that, members must stand down for a year, but may then be put up for re-election if so wished.

by Brian Martin, Chairperson

Last Updated on 10 June, 2021 by Kyle Chronicle

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