The Activities Co-ordinators from each of Kingdom Homes care homes took time out for their homes to tour round each home in the Group singing carols for the residents.
Craigie House residents Jack & Margaret Robertson and Nancy Donnelly wished for a trip to Edinburgh’s Christmas Market and so an outing was organised for the three of them. As you can see they all had a lovely day out.
John McCabe, Head Chef at Preston House in Glenrothes, organised a collection within the nursing home for toys and sweets for children in hospital over Christmas. Leaving a box in reception John was amazed by the huge response as the donations came piling in and the box had to be emptied to make room for all the lovely toys and goodies handed in by residents, visitors, suppliers and staff.
Here they are as the appeal ended and the donations were split between the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh and the Childrens Ward at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. John would like to offer his thanks to everyone who supported the appeal.
Two of Preston House residents – John McDowall and Alice Davidson accompanied John to the two hospitals to deliver the goodies.
Margaret Wallace (pictured above) has been a fan of Daniel O’Donnell for many years and when she realised he was appearing at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow she popped a request in the Wishing Well to go to the concert.
Margaret, who lives at Fernlea House in Cardenden, had her wish granted and was joined by some of her friends from Fernlea – Norma Watson, Margaret Connor and Isobel Daly. Daniel O’Donnell’s management company very generously gave free tickets for the 3 members of staff who accompanied the ladies.
On the minibus, on the journey to Glasgow, the ladies listened to Daniel’s latest CD to get them in the mood for the concert. The ladies also had tee-shirts specially printed to wear. By all accounts they had an absolute ball and thought the concert was brilliant. Thank you very much to Daniel’s management for helping out with the tickets.
They had time for a quick drink before the concert started.
It was another great evening at our annual Staff Awards night which was held at the Victoria Hotel in Kirkcaldy. Always a good reason for staff to forget their duties for one evening, let their hair down and enjoy themselves and celebrate their success. This year there were over 100 staff in attendance.
The evening kicked off with a welcome speech by Managing Director, Colin Smart. Margaret Smart, Care Director, presented the awards after which there was a buffet and disco.
This year SVQ candidates who have completed various level of qualifications in 2017 were presented with their certificates.
Staff who received Long Service Awards of 5, 10, 15 and 25 Years are pictured below (left). On the right are Sharon Adams and Steven Hunter who have each reached 25 years service and Julie Anderson and Shirley Crouch who have worked for Kingdom Homes for 30 years!
Employee of the Year award winners who are voted for by residents and their families and fellow colleagues. Congratulations everyone!
We had two Special Recognition award winners in 2017 – Robert Culross, (below left) chef at Roselea House, was recognised for his work in creating pureed food dishes for residents with swallowing difficulties and Ian Thomson (below right) who has been a Volunteer at Methven House in Kirkcaldy for more years than anyone can exactly remember and is thought very highly of by everyone there for his hard work.
During 2017 Kingdom Homes has also appointed Dementia Champions consisting of volunteers from staff at all roles, relatives and even a couple of residents who want to have a better understanding of dementia and how it affects their fellow residents who have been diagnosed with the condition. They were presented with forget-me-not pin badges to identify them within our care homes.