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Kirk House Reminiscence Exhibition

Kirk House resident Sammy Gordon has been working hard along with Susan, a BCM volunteer on a Reminiscence project.

'The Archers' come to Ards!

An exciting day recently for our young people's project in Newtownards as Joanne was interviewed by Felicity Finch (better known as Ruth Archer from the BBC Radio 4 programme, The Archers). Felicity was interviewing Joanne on behalf of a grant funder, St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity, which has awarded a number of much needed grants to our young service users, both in Ards and Dungannon. 

Kirk House wins Gold!

 

Celebrations are taking place in Kirk House Residential Home after they won the Gold Award in Dementia Design for their newly adapted wing, Memory Lane. Providing high quality dementia care, Memory Lane provides accommodation where residents with dementia can live safely and with dignity.

Thank You to BCM's Dedicated Volunteers

BCM's volunteers got together recently for a tour of the Crumlin Road Goal followed by a special celebration lunch at Grosvenor House to say thank you for all their support during the year.

Janet Sewell, BCM’s Community Services Manager said, “The volunteers make my work special.  They humble you with their positive attitude and how they give of their time so freely.  They make such a difference to so many peoples’ lives.”

National Volunteer Week

 

National Volunteer Week 2015 runs from 1 – 7 June and BCM would like to take the chance to say a massive thanks to all of

Text to support EAGLE!

We are doing an urgent call out to raise funds for EAP, EAGLE's Early Adolescent Programme, which provides a safe and supportive space for young teenagers with autism to develop their self-esteem and social skills.

To help keep this vital service going we have set up a TEXT TO GIVE number, where you can make a £5 donation directly from your mobile.

Please help us by telling your friends and family or sharing on social media!

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’.