Day centre marks its 55th anniversary
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