Caring staff at Oakburn Day Care Centre in Milngavie go above and beyond

Staff at a day care facility in Milngavie are being commended by their employers after going above and beyond to support customers throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

Oakburn Park Day Care pulled together to help support customers and other vulnerable members of the community in a variety of ways during lockdown. The key workers have been delivering lunches to the local community, as well as setting up mobile libraries and activity packs.

Lori Donachie, Care assistant at Oakburn Park Day Care, said: “Throughout lockdown, staff at Oakburn Park have been supplying and delivering lunches to vulnerable members of the Bearsden and Milngavie community.

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“As well as lunches, staff have been making and distributing activity packs, mobile libraries, jigsaws and DVDs to help customers pass the time. One of our care assistants, Alan Graham, took a lead role on this project and we appreciate all his hard work organising.”

Oakburn Park Day Care facility supported Dementia Awareness week earlier this year by organising socially distanced surprise deliveries of afternoon tea, thanks to donations from Waitrose at Milngavie.

Lori added: “All of the individuals who received the afternoon tea were delighted – we have to say a big thank you to Sandra Galloway for taking a lead on this project and overseeing the delivery.”

Staff have also come up with creative activities to keep customers morale up.

Lori added: “At Oakburn Park, one customer had a lockdown birthday and two staff members, Marie Williamson and Lynsey Bennett, paid a socially distanced visit to deliver a box of chocolates, flowers and birthday card along with lunch. Big thank you ladies!”

Oakburn Park Day Care is next door to award-winning housing complex Oakburn Gardens, also run by Bield. A flexible service is offered for physically or mentally frail older people. Day care is open five days a week. Visit www.bield.co.uk.