Day cen­tre marks its 55th an­niver­sary

Acredale cel­e­brates

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View - Mar­jorie Kerr

A day cen­tre for older peo­ple has cel­e­brated its 55th birth­day in style.

That’s be­cause Acredale House in Bath­gate has just taken de­liv­ery of a new ac­ces­si­ble minibus which is sup­ported by West Loth­ian Coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lor Harry Cartmill, ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor for health and care, handed over the keys to Al­lan Steel the prin­ci­pal driver at Acredale.

Coun­cil­lor Cartmill said he is sure the new minibus will be put to good use.

He added: “I am de­lighted that West Loth­ian Coun­cil has funded this much-needed ve­hi­cle which will trans­port so many of our older res­i­dents in Bath­gate and be­yond to Acredale House Day Cen­tre, where so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and a warm friendly at­mos­phere greets them daily.”

El­iz­a­beth Bryce, man­ager at Acredale House, is de­lighted with the new ac­ces­si­ble minibus. She com­mented: “As the winter ap­proached we were very wor­ried about our abil­ity to con­tinue to op­er­ate with our old minibus and the im­pact that would have on our ser­vice users who need to be brought to Acredale. The new minibus will make a huge dif­fer­ence to every­one at Acredale.”

John Trip­ney, deputy man­ager and long­est serv­ing staff mem­ber at Acredale, also at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion.

The birth­day good news was added to by the Care In­spec­torate who in their most re­cent re­view of Qual­ity of Care and Man­age­ment at Acredale raised their grad­ing from Good to Very Good in both ar­eas.

Coun­cil­lor Cartmill added his con­grat­u­la­tions to the Acredale House team.

He said: “Well done to all staff, vol­un­teers and board mem­bers at Acredale, who al­ways put qual­ity of care at the cen­tre of all they do.”

On the road Driver Al­lan Steel, Cllr Harry Cartmill, El­iz­a­beth Bryce and John Trip­ney with the new minibus

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