Worthing Daily is pleased to publish the New Year message issued by local Worthing Charity Guild Care issued on December 31st 2014:
“Looking back on this year, we achieved some amazing things. The most memorable was the completion of Haviland House – our new dementia care home and wellbeing centre which will care for and provide support to hundreds of people with dementia and their families each year.
“This wonderful new facility for people with dementia, both living in West Sussex and the wider community, will open to our day services customers on January 9th and we will be welcoming our very first residents into the home from January 19th.
“On Monday (January 5th), we commence two weeks of specialist training for our care and ancillary staff. This will be an exciting time as we build new care teams, welcome experienced staff with their skills and newcomers with fresh ideas to our incredible organisation.
“As we slip into 2015 we look back on a year where staff and volunteers pulled out all the stops and somehow managed to produce that extra effort, super human at times, to ensure their services offered the very best customer service to thousands of older people, carers and young people with special needs and disabilities.
“Fundraising has become an increasingly important part of our charity as, without financial support in the future, we will be unable to operate all of the vital community services that are so needed. Just one example is the new Bradbury Wellbeing Centre, for people with dementia and their families. This much needed facility will require funding of £300,000 per year to open seven days a week and we very much hope you will help us by sponsoring a butterfly to support our dementia day services in the community.
“As a charity we have learned much throughout the year and find ourselves more resilient and passionate about local causes so close to our hearts.
“Our thanks go out to all who have supported us during the year in every way. Our resolutions will include eating better, drinking less and walking more but I leave you with the thought that hugs, conversations and laughter, or just being there with someone can mean so much.
“A happy and healthy new year from all at Guild Care.”