Excellence of care at The Mallard

The heavy rain and weather that could easily tempt a person to batten down the hatches and stay indoors in no way dampened spirits as Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness visited our The Mallard and Go2 services in Springburn Glasgow.

Meeting some of the people supported by the service, Lord Wallace experienced a balance of discussion and activity during his time there.

Little Marvels (established through the Church of Scotland’s Guild funding) provided the opportunity to focus on the health benefits of working with soil, during a session of planting autumn and winter bedding plants, and also bulbs for spring.

Lord Wallace heard that in addition to health interventions, social support is essential to maintain and achieve wellbeing.  Where a child is affected by disability there is a real need for parents to have the space to talk to professionals and other parents who may be experiencing similar challenges, whilst their little ones can participate in meaningful and fun play sessions.

Some of the young people that were participating in exercise classes and digital engagement were pleased to show off the new SPA area that was recently completed, thanks to funding received from many of the service’s supporters.

The Moderator popped into The Garratt (next door) to visit the staff and resident there before braving the elements for something a wee bit different.  With brollies at the ready, Lord Wallace planted a fruit tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Platinum Jubilee initiative, noting this was the first tree he had planted in “many, many years”.

Reflecting on the visit he said he had yet again seen excellence in terms of the care provided and that it is encouraging to see the focus on the individual and the willingness of the staff to adapt to their specific needs.

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