Friends of Insch Hospital

At the recent annual general meeting of the Friends of Insch Hospital & Community SCIO, it was agreed to adopt a new constitution to bring the charity up to date with Scottish Government legislation.

The Culsalmond Caring Club joined forces with the Friends earlier this year, to further the cause of day care and respite care for older members of the community.

Funds have been used for the purchase of televisions with easy to use controls, specialist beds and mattresses, social activities for patients, equipment for community nurses, transport to Health Centre appointments, garden maintenance and furniture, and supporting Insch Day Centre on Mondays and Thursdays.

The Friends have secured a grant from the Change Fund to employ a community link worker. This two year project will look at issues around older people in the Insch and Rhynie practice areas, and may lead on to development of community based and supported services. The older People’s Forum has already been set up and has met three times at Insch Day Centre, the next session will be on Monday, October 20 at 1.30pm in Insch Kirk Hall and all interested parties are welcome.

It has been an exceptional year for fundraising, with many events being very well supported by people from the immediate area and beyond.

The next event is a Christmas fair on Saturday, November 3 from 11am – 2.00pm in Insch Kirk Hall when Friends’ Christmas cards and calendars will be on sale with craft and gift stalls, soup/roll and teas.

It is also hoped to host a Winter’s Evening with Jack Webster and Robert Lovie.

Further information on the Friends from Alasdair McCallum, Chairperson 01464 820871, alasdair.marion@hotmail.com, or Jane /Reid, Membership Secretary 01464 820682, janereidinsch@aol.com