New chair for Brechin Day Care Ltd

The new frontage of Dalhousie
The new frontage of Dalhousie

The chairman of Brechin Day Care Ltd, trading as The Dalhousie Centre, has stepped down from his role after 28 years.

Dr Robert Martin will remain on the board as vice chairman to support new chair, Joy Mowatt.

The changes came at the organisation’s annual general meeting earlier this month.

Joy said: “Robert has flown the flag for the Dalhousie Centre for almost 30 years and overseen many changes in the organisation while it remains a charitable organisation well respected within the local community. In recent years he has led efforts to cope with the many changes in funding priorities from the Scottish Government and Angus Council which now sees the organisation facing year-on-year funding reductions.

“We really appreciate his dedication to the organisation and the local community and are glad that he stayed on as chairman as long as he did. I am very pleased that he remains on the board to support me in my role as the new chairman.”

Other office bearers include treasurer Martin Briant Evans and secretary Janet Penman. Val Lavery remains on the board and will assume the role of staff liaison. Stewart Mowatt has returned to the board in the role of supporting ad hoc projects. Lady Dalhousie continues in her very valuable role as Honorary President.

There are still vacancies and the next business development group will look at the requirements of the board and appeal for volunteers to take on posts.

The Dalhousie Centre has produced a short leaflet outlining the services available in the centre to support older member of the community. This will be used to help promote the organisation at Doors Open Day in Angus for the first time.

A warm invitation is extended to everyone interested in seeing the building and/or the services provided. Board members and staff will be available on September 5 and 6 from noon to 4pm. Tours can be arranged and light refreshments will be available.

Anyone caring for a loved and who may be considering using the centre can use the weekend as an opportunity to visit the centre and to arrange a free taster day. It is possible to arrange one day or part of a day at short notice to offer respite to carers to allow them to take some personal time.