During April and May members of the Catholic Care Board of Trustees visited some of Catholic Care’s homes and projects to meet the staff and the people we care for and support. The tour started at Foundry Mill mental health project where the Trustees were welcomed by staff and tenants and invited to tea and biscuits. There was a great hub of conversation which included two tenants showing off their excellent art work. Mgr. Lucey and Maureen Fletcher remembered Foundry Mill a number of years ago when it was a church and one of the tenants explained his Mother and Father had been married there.
Then it was onto the children’s home, where we were all treated to a first aid demonstration from one young person before he made each of his visitors a drink. The Trustees enjoyed being shown around the home and were particularly grateful to one young person for showing them his flat and explaining how he was learning new skills before he moved out of care in the summer. The Trustees commented on the homely feel and the skill of the staff in the face of challenging young people.
The final stop for the day was The House of Light. As always the party of visitors were warmly greeted and shown around the home with pride by the residents. The family of foxes playing on the lawn was a great attraction to everyone as was one of the resident’s rug making. Time was also spent talking to the volunteers from Time For God who work in the home for 9 months each year.
In the car on the way back to Head Office Bridget Smith, Trustee, said she had simply had the most wonderful afternoon, paying compliments to both staff and residents/tenants.