Cordia’s caring Christmas contribution

05/01/2016
Cordia’s home care staff collect gifts for children in vulnerable households.
 
Fifteen cars packed full of Christmas gifts from Cordia’s Children and Family Service made their way through Glasgow at Christmas, visiting vulnerable households.
 
Games, DVDs and sweets donated by Cordia staff were delivered to over 300 children whose family receive assistance from the service.
 
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Calton Church and White Rose Community Centre also contributed towards the collection, packing full the boot-space of 15 cars.
 
The donation kicked-off Cordia’s Christmas schedule, which saw home carers make almost 25,000 visits around the clock between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.
 
Indeed, Santa wasn’t the only person visiting people’s homes, with Cordia’s night-time support team tending to 124 elderly and vulnerable service users between 10pm on Christmas Eve and 8am the following morning.
 
Francis McMeeking, Cordia’s head of care services, said: “Christmas is an important time for our service users, many of whom receive care 365 days a year. 
 
“Our home care staff were working throughout the festive period, looking after many of the city’s oldest and most vulnerable residents. 
 
“It’s also wonderful to see this fantastic effort from the Children and Family Service, which made such a difference to over 300 young people in difficult circumstances.
 
“A special mention must also be made to the staff in our Community Alarm Centre who respond to emergency calls from service users round the clock, fielding hundreds of queries per day.
 
“We would like to wish all our service users a merry Christmas.”
 
Cordia home care staff provide support to more than 6,300 elderly individuals across Glasgow. 
 
The Children and Family Service is based on referrals from Glasgow City Council Social Work which have identified families who may need extra help and support in their day-to-day lives.