Grangemouth service is still caring 21 years on

Grangemouth Carers has launched a website and moved premises
Grangemouth Carers has launched a website and moved premises

A local care organisation marked its 21st year in business by relocating offices and launching a new website in a bid to make its service even better.

Grangemouth Carers Ltd has been a professional home care service since 1991. Starting off from the humble beginnings of a spare bedroom and a handful of staff, it moved into fit-for-purpose offices at Unit 1, Newhouse Business Park, in June, and now has four office staff and 16 qualified carers – the majority of them now trained to SVQ 2 level.

Covering the local area from Bonnybridge to Bo’ness, the Braes and Stenhousemuir, GCL helps a range of residents including elderly and disabled people. Its new surroundings make things easier for staff and service users.

Manager Tom Wilson said: “The new offices provide better, brighter surroundings for staff and give the right impression to service users who may drop by. People have commented on our new look saying it is making a positive difference. It has created a better impression.”

The new offices are not the only change at GCL as the organisation strives to improve.

Mr Wilson said: “We have revamped our website – now it says who we are and what we do. It’s full of all the information service users need to know about us and tells them how to contact us.”

Councillor Allyson Black, depute leader of Falkirk Council, was on hand to press the button that made the new website live on Monday afternoon.

She said: “Grangemouth Carers also provide a social aspect – there are a lot of lonely elderly people in the area who need social contact and a chat as much as they need care.

“Our elderly population is increasing, so the council and the health board need to utilise the skills and experience of the voluntary sector. Wherever possible people should be able to stay in their own homes rather than go into care.”

GCL was initially started by a group of concerned individuals and local healthcare professionals to meet a perceived gap in local homecare provision.

Mr Wilson said: “We are the last of the social enterprise initiatives set up by the old Central Region –there were 18 of them to start with and now there is only us left.”

Former MSP Cathy Peattie is chairperson of the Grangemouth Carers board and has personal experience of the invaluable service it offers.

She said: “When my father was ill Grangemouth Carers was excellent – they can help out with things like housework as well as general care and do anything the service users need them to do.”

Care worker Andrewina Haughton said: “You just do what you can for people. I remember when we had that bad winter, a service user wasn’t able to get to the shops so they gave me a list and I did the shopping for them.”

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