No Matter What – Tales From the Frontline

Every Thursday throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, the country has been joining together to #ClapForCarers.

For ten weeks of lockdown, people have come out on their doorsteps, balconies and into their gardens to pay tribute to key workers who have gone above and beyond in these challenging times – key workers like our ENABLE Scotland Personal Assistants (PAs).

We are so proud of each and every one of them and they are doing an outstanding job on the frontline of the national response to this unprecedented challenge.

As we get ready to move into Phase 1 of the route map announced by the First Minister, which will begin gradually easing lockdown restrictions from tomorrow, we thought it was a good opportunity to look back on the fantastic stories we have been sharing.

Stories of coming together; making creative changes; and providing support #NoMatterWhat

Like Ellie in Perth who told us:

“For me, the strength of relationships with the families of people we support; adapting to situations; planning and communication have been so important, it’s all about keeping people we support motivated and keeping their minds off the worries we can all experience from time to time.

We have all had to adapt but it’s all about supporting people and I am proud of what we are all doing.”

Or Sophie in Orkney who said:

“I really enjoy my role and what makes it so special is the people we support – it is a really good feeling when you connect with them and really build up that personal supportive relationship. This has been an unsettling time for everyone but particularly people we support. We are all working hard to give that bit extra.”

We have seen the passion and dedication of our PAs shine through and we know that there are many more stories out there to be told as we continue to offer support through Coronavirus and the steps of the route map.

One thing many of us have been hearing each week as we stand clapping is the sound of the bagpipes – many pipers have been playing to show their appreciation of key workers.

Some of the people we support in Kilsyth were treated to the sound of the pipes this week, organised by Service Manager, Lindsay Wards.

Take a look at the video to see the fantastic reaction – another great example of colleagues going the extra mile.

So let’s all join together tonight in saying ‘thank you’ to our amazing PAs and we look forward to more stories from the frontline to come!

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