Jewish Care Scotland (JCS) group activities will resume from Tuesday 20 July at their Walton Community Care Centre in Giffnock. With COVID-19 restrictions easing across the country and many safeguarding and infection control precautions in place, the JCS Wellbeing Hub will return to the Walton Centre over a year since the service was paused.
Since March 2020, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewish Care Scotland were no longer able to open their day centre to elderly and vulnerable groups and instead began delivering social support to people in their own homes from July 2020.
The JCS Wellbeing Hub will operate from the Walton Centre on a Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10am-1pm. People currently supported by JCS will be invited to take part in activities like yoga, art or quizzes along with the opportunity to spend time with others playing cards, dominoes or simply chatting. They’ll also come together to enjoy a two-course lunch prepared by Gary, The Kosher Chef.
Julie Marshall, Chief Executive of Jewish Care Scotland, said, “We are delighted to be able to welcome the people we support back into the centre after so long. To ensure the safety of the attendees and our staff the centre and our offices will otherwise remain closed for the time being allowing us to take this huge step towards resuming one of our most popular services.”
During the pandemic JCS provided welfare calls, meal deliveries, essential shopping, and Jewish Telegraph deliveries, improving wellbeing and helping people remain connected to their community and culture. Lynsey Allan, Head of Service for Community and Wellbeing at JCS said, “The ability to spend this one-to-one time with the people that we support has grown relationships with our staff and allowed us to really get to know each individual well and assess their abilities, along with their interests. This has allowed us to involve the people we support in our plans to resume our in-house services”.