Kingdom Homes Staff Awards Evening

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Kingdom Homes annual staff awards evening was held in the Beveridge Park Hotel Kirkcaldy on 28th November 2018. Around 80 staff were invited including those who achieved passes in SVQ exams, those celebrating long service and our Employee of the Year finalists from each of our care homes and support roles who are voted for by their colleagues, residents and residents families.

The evening kicked off with a speech by Managing Director, Colin Smart who welcomed everyone and congratulated them on their achievements. He also spoke of how the care industry has changed over the years since Kingdom Homes first care home opened in 1984.

Gary Logan, HR Director, compared the evening calling each award winner up individually to receive their Certificate or trophy from Margaret Smart, Director of Kingdom Homes.

The admin team who are based at Head Office in Kirkcaldy were winners of the Team Award

Refurbishment Project Is Complete At Barrogil House

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Barrogil House, our 40-bedroom care home in Cluny, has just undergone a £200,000 refurbishment programme. Ten bedrooms in the original part of the home, one of the sitting rooms and a dining room were updated. Another of the public rooms has been reduced in size to create an en-suite for the bedroom next door and a quiet sitting room for residents and their visitors to use or for residents who simply want a quiet spot to relax in.

A dedicated hairdressing room complete with backwash sink is now a place for residents to enjoy the “salon experience.”

 

Two of the refurbished bedrooms

 

The sitting room

One of Barrogil’s artist residents, Peter Smith, has his beautiful paintings from our Art In Care exhibition earlier this year on display

Celebrating Jean’s Footballer Brother

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Jean Guthrie, who lives at Camilla House in Auchtertool, remembers her brother John Whitelaw fondly and is very proud of his footballing achievements.

On hearing this Paula Paterson, our Activities and Events Manager, contacted the local club and their historian John Greer pulled together a biography of Jock as he was known from the team’s archives.  Jock was one of Raith Rovers best ever players signing for the team back in 1937 and scoring during his debut match. Jock made 92 appearances for Raith Rovers and was a top goal scorer for the team.

Paula had the story made up into a plaque which was presented to Jean so that she can display it in her room and remember her bother’s football career.

 

Jean’s sons Ian and Brian and her grandson Neil were present when she received the framed biography

Alex’s Kind Gift To Kingdom Homes Residents

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Kingdom Homes has received the most generous gift of a treasured collection of model locomotives, magazines and DVDs, thanks to a local gentleman, Alex Peter, who came along to the Open Day at our newest care home – Walton House in Leven.

The photographs here show just some of the models donated. The memorabilia has been collected over many years and is in pristine condition with some items still in the original packaging. Mr Peter passed the collection on, hoping that it will bring delight to our residents and be a reminder of our railway history.

Some of the trains have already been put on display in Walton House and Mr Peter was invited back to see how they look in the specially made presentation case. We plan to showcase the remainder of his collection in some of our other care homes.

Many thanks Mr Peter!

Cheers as Willow House Opens Its Own Pub

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Willow House in Cellardyke is the first of Kingdom Homes care homes to open its very own pub where residents can meet for a quick tipple and a chat and best of all – the drinks are free! The idea to turn a summer house in the garden into a pub was put forward during residents meetings and then to families at a relatives focus group. Transforming the summer house was a real team effort with staff, their spouses and residents families all pitching in to help. Caroline McCallum, a Domestic Assistant at Willow House, offered to project manage spending a lot of her own time helping out. The residents were consulted throughout the project, even the colour scheme and decor. When it came to naming the pub several names were shortlisted but the residents settled on “The Hip Joint” as a rather amusing but appropriate name given that its customer can discuss the problems we all have with our hips as we get older and “hip” as the word meant in the swinging sixties.

Gareth Watson, whose wife Caitlin is a Senior Care Assistant at Willow, constructed a bar and seating area from wood donated by a local contractor. Local pubs donated optics, ice buckets etc, relatives of residents donated alcohol – all in all a real community project evolved.

Willow House resident, Moira Lang, volunteered to officially open the pub and wrote her own speech which is now framed on the wall in the pub. The press became interested in the project and sent a photographer along to take photos with The Hip Joint hitting the front page of The Courier newspaper.

 The windows were covered until the pub was officially opened to prolong the surprise of the finished interior.

 Moira delivering her speech with Liam Duncan, Willow House Manager and Caroline McCallum looking on.

 Cheers! – Moira becomes the bar’s first customer