Celebrating Achievements at Collisdene Care Centre

We are thrilled to share some exciting news from Collisdene Care Centre, where remarkable achievements have been taking place under the guidance of international champion Stephanie Mackenzie.

Stephanie, who secured an impressive 3rd place in the World Championships in 2017, is not only the National Coach for Tae Kwon-Do but also the Taekwondo coach at Collisdene Care Centre. Her dedication and expertise have made a significant impact on the lives of their residents.

Behind the scenes, Rosie Brennan, the Activity Coordinator at Collisdene, deserves special recognition for her vision and tireless efforts. Rosie was the driving force behind bringing Taekwondo to residents, recognising the physical and mental benefits it could offer. Her commitment to enriching the lives of our residents is truly commendable.

Stephanie will be jetting off to Finland to coach the National Squad for the 2023 Tae Kwon-Do Championship. Her commitment to the sport is truly commendable.

A memorable moment occurred on August 22nd, 2023, as 10 residents and one staff member achieved their goal and received their yellow belts, proudly presented by Stephanie herself. Joining in on the celebration were Provost Margaret Cooper, MP Dr. Lisa Cameron, and Abigail and Reece Stirling, both accomplished black belts who work closely with Stephanie and are set to compete in the Taekwondo championships in Finland.

The presentation ceremony, held at Collisdene Care Centre, brought tears of joy to families and staff members as they cheered on the residents during the board-breaking portion of their grading. Both the Provost and MP enthusiastically participated, earning the admiration of everyone present.

The spirit of celebration doesn’t stop here; MP Dr. Lisa Cameron is taking these accomplishments to Parliament with a motion to recognise the fantastic work being done at Collisdene. Everyone is so excited to share their achievements on a national platform.

In June 2023, six residents achieved their SQA Level 2 in Modern Languages – French, a fantastic feat made possible with the support of Lingo Flamingo’s Judith and Rosi. The entire Collisdene community is bursting with pride over these accomplishments.

Collisdene residents are truly fortunate to have such dedicated and talented individuals like Stephanie Mackenzie, Abigail, Reece Stirling, Judith, and Rosi, who are helping them reach their full potential and achieve remarkable goals. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Rosie Brennan for her unwavering dedication and vision in bringing these opportunities to Collisdene’s residents.

Collisdene Care Centre – Graduation Ball

Residents Celebrate French Language Graduation

Six residents of Collisdene Care Centre graduated from their SQA Level 2 French class on Thursday 29 June 2023. The residents had been studying French for the 12 weeks, and they were all excited to celebrate their achievement.

The residents were all dressed up in their finest clothes, and they enjoyed a delicious meal and dancing. The provost of South Lanarkshire – Provost Margaret Cooper presented the certificates to each resident, along with the local councillor – Elisa Herd.

The graduating residents also received letters from Dr Lisa Cameron MP to congratulate them on their achievement.

The residents were all very proud of their accomplishment, and they thanked their teacher, Judith, for her help and support. Judith is part of Lingo Flamingo, a language learning company that specialises in teaching different languages to adults. She is passionate about helping people learn new languages, and she is dedicated to providing her students with the best possible learning experience.

The graduation ball was a wonderful celebration of the residents’ hard work and achievement. It was a night to remember, and it is sure to be a cherished memory for years to come.

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Collisdene Care Centre – Sponsored Bike Ride

Sponsored Bike Ride a Success!

The sponsored bike ride for residents of Collisdene Care Centre was a huge success! Most of the residents had never experienced a bike before, but they all loved it. They all absolutely loved the bikes and we found it difficult to get the residents off as they had so much fun!

The bike ride was at Strathclyde Park. and all proceeds will go towards supporting the residents of Collisdene. They are all so grateful for support of all the sponsors and to all of the volunteers who helped to make the bike ride possible.

The bike ride was a great way for the residents to get some exercise and fresh air. It was also a lot of fun, and it gave them a chance to experience something new.

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Collisdene Care Centre – Speed Boat Trip a Hit with Residents

We are excited to share a heartwarming experience that brought smiles and joy to Collisdene Care Centre’s residents’ faces. Recently, the team at Collisdene organised an exhilarating speed boat trip, giving residents a chance to fulfill a long-held dream.

For many of the residents, it was their first time on a speed boat, and the excitement was palpable. As they raced across the water, their expressions of pure delight were truly priceless. Laughter filled the air as they urged the enthusiastic captain to go even faster!

We are touched by the happiness this outing brought to the residents. Moments like these remind us of the importance of creating meaningful experiences that make lasting memories. You can see pictures from the trip which capture these beautiful moments in the newsletter below.

Stay tuned for more heartwarming updates and wonderful adventures ahead!

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