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ARCHWAY @ ST MARGARET’S PLACE  WILL GIVE THOSE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES A NEW LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY

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We have recently launched a new £100,000 appeal to develop our new supported living service.  Archway @ St Margaret’s Place will give more adults with learning disabilities the chance to lead independent and fulfilling lives in the local community.

Archway was set up over 30 years ago by parents and carers.  Its progressive approach made it the first charity at that time to offer a residential respite service for children and adults with learning disabilities.

It now offers a lifeline of caring services, including respite and permanent care through 4 community-based services to nearly 200 children, and adults with learning disabilities, many of whom also have associated physical disabilities.

Whilst there are over 100 members of staff working across all the services, the charity is still parent-led ensuring the needs of each individual and their family are the focus of its work.

The Archway @ St Margaret’s Place Appeal will create a new service by providing permanent accommodation and 24 hour supported living for four adults with learning disabilities on a Care at Home basis. Residents at St Margaret’s Place will be tenants in their own right and each will have their own care package depending on their needs, distinct from the Care Home environment which Archway currently runs. This will help them develop the independent living skills and confidence they need to lead as independent a life as possible.

Chairman Jim Sangster explained:

“For a number of years Archway has been fundraising to develop and provide more permanent care and we were fortunate to be able to purchase the property at St Margaret’s Place in Aberdeen. However, before the new service can begin, the charity has to completely renovate and re-develop the property – including converting the garage into 2 wheelchair accessible bedrooms and a wheelchair accessible wet room, install ramps at all entrances and exits, create an accessible bathroom with tracking hoist system, install a new kitchen and heating system, widen doorways, redecorate throughout and create a parking and turning space at the front of the property. Plans have been drawn up and consents are in place but Archway now needs to raise another £100,000 to complete the project”.

Mr Sangster continued:

“We are delighted to be so close to being able to do more to help those with learning disabilities enjoy the kind of life most of us take for granted and are appealing for help from local companies, individuals and community groups.  With their support we can complete the project sooner rather than later and ensure that some very special people who need a helping hand will be able to start life in their new home as soon as possible.”

Archway hopes to be able to start work on the project in the next few months with people moving into the property by Spring next year.

Anyone wishing to donate or find out more can contact the Charity’s Fundraising Manager, Janine Davies by email – Janine.davies@archway.org.uk or by telephone – 01224 643327

 

 

Archway have been chosen as Langstane’s charity of the year!

Earlier this year the staff at Langstane Housing Association was given the opportunity to nominate a charity to support throughout 2017.

We are delighted to announce that the succesful charity was Archway.

Helen Gauld, Chief Executive at Langstane Housing Association said “It is always such a difficult task to pick only one charity to support from the multitude of great charities operating in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.

All of the charities nominated this year are great and it was a close race with all of them very popular and worthy of support. However, we are delighted that Archway was our chosen charity.

Archway provide an essential service to people with learning disabilities in Aberdeen and throughout the North East area and we are proud to support them.”

Earlier this year the staff at Langstane Housing Association was given the opportunity to nominate a charity to support throughout 2017.

We are delighted to announce that the succesful charity was Archway.

Helen Gauld, Chief Executive at Langstane Housing Association said “It is always such a difficult task to pick only one charity to support from the multitude of great charities operating in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.

All of the charities nominated this year are great and it was a close race with all of them very popular and worthy of support. However, we are delighted that Archway was our chosen charity.

Archway provide an essential service to people with learning disabilities in Aberdeen and throughout the North East area and we are proud to support them.”

 

 

 

Our Annual Review for 2017 has just been published – click here to view  Archway Annual Review 2017

 

Archway – Service User Questionnaire Results

As a service user led charity we welcome any comments, suggestions and opinions from all our service users and their families.

We provide lots of opportunities throughout the year – both formally and informally – for service users and their families to let us know how we are doing including annual reviews, service user meetings, informal social gatherings, phone and email contact to name but a few.

We circulated our latest questionnaire to all the families who were using our service at the end of last year.  Of the responses received:

99% rated the quality of care and support we provide, and the quality of the environment we offer as excellent or very good.

97% rated the quality of staff as excellent or very good.

96% rated the quality of management and leadership as excellent or very good. 

Below is a breakdown of the grades that people gave us.

As a small, independent charity, we were delighted to get such positive feedback from the people we support and their families.

 

Archway Honoured With Civic Reception to Celebrate 25 Years of Caring For Those with Learning Disabilities

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Local charity Archway celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a Civic Reception at the Town House in Aberdeen on the 18th November.

The charity was set up by a group of parents and carers who got together to develop a new kind of service for children and adults with learning disabilities.  Initially it had one 12 bedded unit supporting adults in permanent care and a 6 bedded respite unit for children and adults but continued to expand and provide a range of innovative services.

Chairman Jim Sangster, who was also on the original planning group said:

“25 years ago there was no Archway and without the vision, drive and commitment from parents and carers it wouldn’t be here today. We knew the kind of service we wanted, what other parents would trust, what would give our children the best care and the best opportunities to develop individually and help maximise their potential.

He continued: “It didn’t exist so we set about creating it. It took over 7 long years of planning but in 1990 our first unit at Westburn Road opened and all our hard work was rewarded.”

The charity has continued to grow and flourish and has opened 3 more respite, shared care and permanent care units in Dyce, Garthdee and in the city centre. It now offers a lifeline of caring services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to almost 200 children, young people and adults – and their families and employs over 70 people.

At the Reception Mr Sangster paid tribute to those who had helped create the charity, its service users and staff, and those who have supported it along the way including Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Council Social Work Departments and Langstane and Castlehill Housing Associations.

“Some of you here turned Archway from an idea into a reality. Some of you here show the rest of us that nothing is impossible and what – with a little help – can be achieved and is possible. Some of you here have big hearts and a generous spirit and give us the support we need to help all coming to Archway to get the most out of life and help us build a brighter future for them and I’d like to thank you all for making Archway what it is today.”

For further information please visit Archway’s website www.archway.org.uk

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Images attached are issued under license and are the Copyright of Aberdeen City Council. Credit: Norman Adams-Aberdeen City Council

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Company Support

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We are delighted that the Aberdeen office of Fugro Subsea Services has chosen to support Archway this year.  Archway Dad, Dave Stanley – who works there –  nominated us,  and after finding out a little more about us, the Charities Committee was happy to lend their support. Fugro Subsea Services has already pledged £5000 and is keen to support us in other ways too.  Our thanks go to all at Fugro and we look forward to your support in the year ahead.

 

EnQuest Continues Support for Archway

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We are delighted that EnQuest has decided to continue its support of Archway for the next 2 years along with the Paul Lawrie Foundation and other local charities.

At a special media launch with Paul Lawrie at the Paul Lawrie Foundation, David Heslop, managing Director at EnQuest explained:

“Our people are at the core of EnQuest’s success and, thanks to their passion and enthusiasm we have raised thousands of pounds for good causes. They told us that as well as continuing to support Archway, they wanted us to establish a relationship with a new charitable organisation. We decided upon the Paul Lawrie Foundation because it is a local charity that is having a positive impact on a large number of young people who may not ordinarily have the opportunity to get involved in sport. We also hope to give our people the chance to assist with the Foundation’s activities through volunteering, and to look at ways in which we can leverage the partnership to further develop our long-standing community relationship with Tullos Primary School. We look forward to building on our achievements to date with another year of fundraising that will support local charities whose work has a tangible and positive impact on the lives of people in our community.”

Another golfing great, Berard Gallacher is set to be Guest of Honour at the company’s annual charity golf day in June, with proceeds from the event being split equally between his defibrillator campaign, Play Golf – Help Save Lives, the PLF and Archway.

Our thanks to all at EnQuest for their continued support – we really appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

 


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