Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson has seen first-hand the importance of international volunteers at the Simeon Care for the Elderly in his constituency.
The Scottish Conservative politician was given a tour of the site at Bieldside yesterday, and spent time with management, staff and residents. Mr Thomson also met the group of international volunteers working at the care home providing nursing to 23 older people.The team hail from as far afield as Ghana, Columbia, Japan, Germany, the United States and Kenya.
Simeon is one of the independent charities that are part of the worldwide Camphill Movement, and one of seven Camphill charities in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Speaking after his visit, Ross Thomson, Scottish Conservative MP for Aberdeen South, said it was clear the volunteer staff had a “positive and lasting impact” on the community.
He said: “I am very grateful to the team at Simeon Camphill Community for taking the time to show me around today. It was great to hear first-hand the experiences of residents of Simeon and their family members. The ethos at the facility is clearly focused on dignity and autonomy for those who have made this community their home. I was particularly struck with the efforts of the international volunteer team, who obviously have a positive and lasting impact on many of the residents here.”
Keith Nunn, the Manager at Simeon Care for the Elderly, said after the visit of Ross Thomson MP, to Newton Dee: “It was a pleasure to welcome Ross to Simeon today so he could see the work we do, and the importance of our international volunteers. They contribute significantly to the wellbeing of our residents, and are the heart of our community. We were encouraged by Ross’s understanding of our philosophy, and our concerns about the future of our volunteer programme. To have his support on this crucial issue is a great comfort, and we are optimistic about the future”.