Singer and TV personality, Michelle McManus, officially opened The Oaks care home in Baillieston on Friday, at a special ceremony.
Former Baillieston local, Michelle, joined residents, staff and guests in tea tasting and cake baking at a ‘tea & talk’ event at the opening to mark World Mental Health Day, which took place on Saturday 10 October. Now in its tenth year, the day is held annually to highlight mental health awareness, education and advocacy.
The Oaks is the most recent care home to be opened by Meallmore, one of Scotland’s leading providers of nursing and residential care. It provides care for up to 32 vulnerable adults living with a range of mental health problems and will employ up to 50 people when at full capacity.
Currently home to 17 residents, The Oaks works closely with a wide range of local community and health groups including the Scottish Association for Mental Health; and the Greater Glasgow Mental Health Network Forum, to help support the reduction of discrimination around mental ill-health.
Gerry Hennessey said: “Mental health affects one in four Scots and those who experience problems deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. At The Oaks, we’re proud to deliver much-needed specialist care for vulnerable adults who need extra support to live independently. We’re pleased Michelle and other guests could join us to celebrate the home’s official opening and mark World Mental Health Day.”
Meallmore’s tea and a talk party offered guests the opportunity to explore the theme of dignity in mental health and get to know Meallmore residents and staff better. Guests were treated to musical entertainment by Alan MacDonald, Connect Entertainment and Arkleston Piping, and residents helped to agree the tasting menus for the tea party. During the celebrations, Michelle McManus was invited to mark the opening of the home by unveiling a special commemorative plaque.
“I’ve had a fantastic time at the opening of The Oaks and feel very privileged to have been involved in such a special day. Many people across Scotland experience mental health problems every day and it’s great to see how those afflicted by mental health issues can be supported by centres such as The Oaks to live full and independent lives. I’d like to thank the staff and residents at The Oaks for having me along and I’ll be sure to pop in for a cuppa the next time I’m passing.”
Meallmore has been providing care for the elderly for over 27 years and providing mental health care services for over 15 years.