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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.

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.

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’.

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!!!

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. 

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