Special recognition award for ex-CrossReach chief

A former chief executive of the Church of Scotland’s social care arm has been presented with a special recognition award.

Peter Bailey, who stepped down as the head of CrossReach in May after 25 years of service, was recognised for his “unique” contribution to the sector at the Scottish Care Awards.

He said the accolade was a “great honour and a huge surprise”.

Peter Bailey
Peter Bailey

CrossReach runs cradle to the grave services across the country and employs more than 2,000 people and relies on volunteers.

Scottish Care’s Annual Care Home Awards is an opportunity to recognise the tremendous work undertaken by organisations and staff who work in residential care and nursing home services.

It is a chance to highlight the skills and abilities of people dedicated to making life better for others.

Mr Bailey said: "I was surprised and honoured to receive the Special Recognition Award from Scottish Care.

"I have been privileged to have been involved in Social Care for the majority of my career and the contribution I have been able to make has been in large measure down to the fantastic support from colleagues and those dedicated individuals who have provided essential care and support services over the years.

"I have very much valued the supportfrom Scottish Care and the opportunity to work with them on some key initiatives.

"The award is a much coveted reminder of a career in asector which has given me much more than I have given it.”

Viv Dickenson, chief executive of CrossReach, said: “We were delighted to hear about Peter being recognised for his unique contribution to the sector.

“He was much respected across the Health and Social Care field in Scotland for the integrity and grace which he brought to difficult discussions which helped to bring a balanced perspective.”

Passion

Rev Dr George Whyte, Principal Clerk to the General Assembly, described Mr Bailey's award as "fantastic".

Morlich House in Edinburgh, which is run by CrossReach, was a finalist in the Care Home Service of the Year category at the award ceremony in Glasgow on November 18.

Announcing his retirement, Mr Bailey said: “It has been a great privilege to lead this organisation and work alongside staff and volunteers who have a passion for supporting people.

“The people we support are at the heart of everything we do and they, along with their friends and families, inspire the work done on behalf of the Church of Scotland.”

Leap of faith

Mr Bailey’s last act as chief executive and Secretary of the Kirk’s Social Care Council, was to abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge in South Queensferry to help raise thousands of pounds for the organisation.

He was accompanied by former Moderator of the General Assembly, Very Rev Dr Russell Barr, and Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, who retired as Principal Clerk to the General Assembly in May.

Other CrossReach staff members took part in the abseil..