International dementia conference hosted in Scotland

By staff writers
November 1, 2010

Scotland's largest social care provider hosted an international dementia conference last week, with experts addressing topical issues such as palliative care and the quality of life in care homes.

Over 100 care home managers, social workers and mental health sector workers took part in the event in the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow, on Thursday 28 October 2010.

The question of how social provision will be sustained in a climate of public sector cutbacks was an issue of major concern for many participants.

The meeting was organised by CrossReach, the social care arm of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), which is mostly funded by local authorities and public donations.

Keynote speakers included Mary Sharp and Rachel Kail from the Edcon Group in the USA, Henry Simmons, chief executive of Alzheimer Scotland, and Jacquie Roberts, chief executive of the Care Commission.

Peter Bailey, CrossReach chief executive, also addressed the gathering.

CrossReach is a very significant social care provider in Scotland, working with some of the country's most vulnerable groups.

The agency was launched in June 2005 and was previously known as the Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility. It employs more than 2,000 staff in 80 services stretching from Shetland to the Borders.

CrossReach has an annual expenditure of over £45 million, of which less than one per cent comes directly from the Church of Scotland.

Most of the agency's funding comes from local authorities, but it also relies on donations and legacies to help continue its work.

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