Policy

Quarriers engages with MSPs and Councillors to raise awareness of the work we do and the issues affecting the people we support.

On 13 June 2022, we were delighted to welcome Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde to our Finnart Street Service.
During the visit, the local MSP went on a tour of the service and heard how staff and residents learned to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr McMillan said “I was delighted to visit their Finnart Street Service and meet with staff and residents. This is one of the first care home facilities I’ve been able to visit since the pandemic so I was grateful to speak to staff about how they adapted to the restrictions and new ways of supporting residents to stay in touch with loved ones. Hearing the residents talk passionately about their hobbies and the range of activities staff help them engage in, it really hits home the positive impact that the staff have upon those in their care.”

On 3 June 2022, we were delighted to welcome Natalie Don MSP to meet some of our volunteers at an event in Quarriers Village to celebrate Volunteers’ Week.

Natalie presented thank you certificates to our volunteers, Audrey, Iain, Robert, Robert, William and George, and chatted with them about their volunteering experiences.

On 19 May 2022, Andy Williamson, Deputy CEO/Service Director, and Irene Hattie, Operational Manager, were delighted to meet with Ronnie Cowan MP for Inverclyde to visit Quarriers Riverview and Fountainview Services. Riverview and Fountainview, along with other Quarriers services in Inverclyde, support people to live well in their own communities and make the most out of life.

On 11 March 2022, Ivan McKee, MSP for Glasgow Provan, and Councillor Ruairi Kelly visited Quarriers Family Resource Centre. Staff members shared an insight of how the centre has supported families affected by a range of difficult circumstances including poverty, trauma, domestic abuse or mental health issues.

During the visit, they heard from parents supported by the centre’s Maternal Wellbeing Service and visited the nursery where children were taking part in messy play and singing songs.

 

On 28 February 2022, staff at Quarriers’ Falkirk Children’s Rights Service welcomed Michael Matheson, MSP for Falkirk West, to its centre to showcase the invaluable support it continues to provide within the community.

Mr Matheson heard about the current challenges that young people are facing and how the FCRS has implemented an engagement plan to mitigate the worries of local young people. This includes a dedicated programme which is focused on ensuring young people across the Falkirk region can meaningfully participate in democratic decision making.

Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament also met with Mr Matheson, who provided some insight into the recent work they have been doing to address issues in local schools.


In November 2021, Humza Yousaf MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, and Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, joined Quarriers to help celebrate its 150th anniversary.

Ms Duncan-Glancy attended Quarriers Excellence Awards and made a powerful speech about disability before presenting the awards to the winners.

Mr Yousaf also attended the awards at the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre and met with staff as well as having a tour of the centre. Mr Yousaf said “I’m delighted to be here to meet the winners of the Quarriers Excellence Awards and hear about their dedication, ingenuity and passion in delivering first-rate support to people during the past year.

“I’d like to thank all Quarriers staff and volunteers for the commitment and energy they have shown in supporting people during the past 18 months – at times in very difficult circumstances. The care Quarriers provides transforms peoples’ lives, by enabling them to realise their potential.

“I’m proud that the world-class Scottish Epilepsy Centre is situated within my constituency, and that its creation was supported by the Scottish Government, and I’m especially impressed by its collaborative model of third sector and NHS working to deliver care.

“I am committed to continuing the strong relationship we have built with the charity, and to working together to achieve better outcomes for people across Scotland.”

Quarriers also marked its 150th anniversary with the announcement of its intention to create a memorial in Quarriers Village. Natalie Don MSP for Renfrewshire North and West and leader of Inverclyde Council, Stephen McCabe, broke the symbolic ground to start the process.

The content and location of the art installation will be developed with former residents of Quarriers to acknowledge where people have had a positive experience, where others have suffered abuse, and the experiences of people who were migrated as children to Canada or Australia. Quarriers anticipates that it may feature words, phrases and images that represent reconciliation, acknowledgement and respect.