Dedicated staff applauded at annual CrossReach celebration service

Huge congratulations to all CrossReach staff recognised at Service of Celebration.

The skill and dedication of staff employed by the Church of Scotland's Social Care Council was recognised in Edinburgh today.

Scores of people gathered at the General Assembly Hall on the Mound for an annual service of celebration which provides the management team with the opportunity to thank people for their hard work over the last 12 months.

Plaudits were led by Peter Bailey, chief executive of CrossReach, who said he was very proud of his staff – describing the awards event as a highlight of the year.

"The event brings together staff who have achieved qualifications in the past year to celebrate their success and willingness to develop and grow," he added.

"It is a very proud moment for me today and for all the staff who work tirelessly for many people who really need the services of CrossReach."


The Moderator of the General Assembly the Right Rev Dr Russell Barr, who addressed the audience, described the work of CrossReach as an expression of practical Christianity.

Kelly Ireland, service manager at The Elms Care Home in Edinburgh, which looks after people living with dementia, was named Employee of the Year.

Margaret Winchcole won the Volunteer of Year award for her work at Threshold in Glasgow, which provides support to adults over the age of 18 with learning disabilities.

The Ian Manson Award for Excellence was presented to staff at The Bungalow in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire – a care home for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Beverly Joyce of the Eskmills Project in Edinburgh, which provides supported accommodation, was presented with the Ian Manson Adult Learner of the Year Award.

She was also recognised for securing qualifications in the Administration of Medication and a SVQ Health and Social Care 3.

A total of 21 staff were recognised for serving the Church's social care arm for 20 years and six were commended for giving 30 years' service.

Susan McCredie, who works at South Beach House in Ardrossan, which is a care home, was recognised for 40 years' service.

Dozens of staff who work at CrossReach services across Scotland were recognised for passing a wide range of different qualifications including a PDA Administration of Medication, PDA Health and Social Care Supervision, HNC in Social Care and SVQ Social Services and Healthcare 3.

Some 29 people were recognised for securing a Certificate in Dementia Care Mapping for Realising Person-Centred Care.

The guest speaker at the event was Children and Young People's Commissioner Tam Baillie and the Rev Dr Martin Scott, Secretary to the Council of Assembly of the Church of Scotland, gave a Bible reading – Luke 18:35-43.

CrossReach is one of the biggest organisations of its kind in Scotland and provides around 70 services at locations across the country.

It has an annual expenditure of £45 million and employs 1,858 people.