We recently held our Celebration and Recognition Event in Colville Park Club, Motherwell.
It was a brilliant event that not only celebrated the exceptional staff that we have at SOL, but also the great lives of the people we work for.
We were joined on the night by Gina Hagan, SOL’s previous director who told us a bit about the early days setting SOL up and supporting people to move from long stay institutions to their own homes in the community. Gina also told us about how ‘the brick’ from Lennox Castle came to be in SOL. She said that she and John Dalrymple brought it here as a reminder that ‘walls should never divide us and that peoples rightful place is within their own homes and communities’. Gina then asked James Devine, our longest serving member of staff present, to join her to accept a presentation on behalf of all of our staff who have served the people we work for and the organisation for 10 years or more.
‘The Wall of SOL’ was unveiled as recognition of the contribution that our long serving staff have made to SOL and the people we work for. It lists the names of all staff with over 10 years service, it will be mounted on the wall in our reception area and we will add names to the list each year. Staff were also presented with an award on behalf of SOL’s Board, their colleagues and the people we work for.
The event also highlighted the work of the Wee Enterprizers, a group of aspiring entrepreneurs exploring their own business ideas and we also heard about the amazing work our SOL STARS having been doing over the past year. We heard about people achieving lifelong dreams, moving house, getting fit, attending college, building confidence, getting a job, being part of the community, being more independent. There were so many examples of great work and amazing outcomes being achieved.
We also presented our first ‘Ian MacKinnon Award for Excellence’ in memory of our honorary patron, Ian MacKinnon, who sadly passed away in February. The award is presented to a team who’s work most represents his spirit and dedication. This year the award was presented to Karyn Orr, Claire Perkins, Rosemary Kelly and Elenor Brown. Congratulations from all at SOL!
We would also like to thank Ainsley Fitzhenry-Niven for the lovely pictures of the event.