National recognition for local charity

RECOGNITION: Judith Leslie, Edinburgh Depute Provost Elaine Aitken and Age Scotland Chair James Wright.
RECOGNITION: Judith Leslie, Edinburgh Depute Provost Elaine Aitken and Age Scotland Chair James Wright.

Angus Care and Repair was amongst the winners at Age Scotland’s Annual Awards ceremony at Edinburgh’s City Chambers recently.

The organisation received the Patrick Brooks award for Partnership Working, which was presented by the capital’s Depute Lord Provost, Elaine Aitken, as a result of several successful partnerships they have entered into aimed at helping older people live in their homes for longer.

Angus Care and Repair, which provides a variety of services for older and disabled people in Angus to help them with home repairs, adaptations and improvements, has joined forces with Tayside Police, to promote safety and security in the home, Tayside Fire and Rescue to help avoid fires in the home, Trading Standards and Neighbourhood Watch to reduce doorstep crime and cold calling and the NHS to highlight the danger of falls in the home and take action to prevent them.

The latter partnership resulted in the creation of a theatrical production highlighting falls awareness and home safety, which was staged in a local theatre to an audience of over 200 people.

Judith Leslie, Angus Care and Repair manager, said: “One of our main aims is to relieve the needs of the residents of Angus, in particular older people and those suffering from any mental or physical disability, illness or impairment by enhancing their quality of life.

“This becomes much simpler through partnership working, and we are grateful to both our partners for the success we have jointly had and to Age Scotland for recognition of our efforts in this regard.”

James Wright, Age Scotland Chair, said: “This is a wonderful example of the results that can be achieved through partnership working.

“Many local older people are now benefiting from the fact that these organisations decided to cooperate and that’s one of the reasons why we acknowledged Angus Care and Repair’s achievements and adjudged them worthy recipients of the Patrick Brooks award.”