What a Celebration!

One of the residents at Kirk House celebrated her 100th birthday last week! And what a day she had, with visits from some VIPs in the morning followed by a wonderful birthday party with the residents and staff of Kirk House. She even had two birthday cakes! Mary Hood (known as Min to her friends) was born on VE day 100 years ago and says that she does not smoke or drink alcohol and has always enjoyed a healthy lifestyle. “Clean living and good food,” is the key to a long life, she said.

Generations Come Together

Generations Come Together

A team of local experts gathered together for a special Heat and Eat Information Day on Friday 24 April in Gardener’s Hall, Dungannon to give specialist advice on healthy eating, budgeting and home safety and security.  The free event was open to young people and older people who receive housing related support from BCM and included advice and support on important topics with speakers from organisations such as Bryson Energy, PSNI and the Mara project.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Staff and residents at Kirk House welcomed Nichola Mallon, Lord Mayor of Belfast to officially open Memory Lane last week.  One corridor of Kirk House has been adapted into ‘Memory Lane’, providing safe and supportive accommodation for nine residents with dementia.

Richard's Ramblings

Well, one month of good intentions has passed by and no Ramblings from me.  However, here we are again and I’m very challenged by a decision my wife has made for the next few weeks.

As you may know, and even take account of in your own lives, the period leading up to Easter, often called Lent, is for many people a period of giving something up.  It can be a time of denying our own needs or pleasures, whilst reflecting upon the needs of others.

This year, my wife has decided she is going to give up ‘busyness’.

Puddleducks - Simply the Best!

The team at Puddleducks are still coming down to earth after winning ‘Best Nursery in inner Belfast’ at the Families First Awards last week!  Puddleducks Manager Sharon Bushe said, “I am absolutely delighted that Puddleducks has been recognised as the Best Nursery!  The team are super proud of everything that Puddleducks offers all our little ducklings day in, day out and it is brilliant that Families First have seen this too!  Wow we are on cloud nine!  A massive thank you to everyone who voted … Puddleducks rocks!!!

Kirk House Wins Prestigious Dementia Award

Staff at BCM's Kirk House Residential Home have won a prestigious award which recognises their expertise in dementia care.  Kirk House won the 'Staff Team of the Year' Award on 4th February at the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) NI Dementia Achievement Awards at the Europa Hotel which recognise organisations and individuals who have worked to improve the quality of life for people with living dementia. 

Sign up now for the Electric Glow run

What is it?

The Electric Glow Run is a 5K Fun Walk or Run which takes place in the evening as the sun is setting and light fades.  Each Electric Glow Course is designed with amazing light installations, bubble machines, laser lights and music.  

When and where?

Housing Support for Older People is Expanding

Housing Support for Older People in the Dungannon and Armagh area has been extended and they now cover the Craigavon, South Armagh and bordering areas.  This brings the total number supported from 50 to 80 older people.  This is great news for the team as it also welcomes two new members of staff.

Exciting news about Copelands!

The Planning application for BCM's flagship project, Copelands, Dementia and Nursing Care, has now been recommended for approval by DoE Planning and was endorsed by Ards Borough Council at their meeting on 13th January.

Christmas 2014 at BCM

Christmas 2014 was a great year as we were able to help a lot of individuals and families who were in need.