ARC boss to be given advisor role

After the quality of care at the Newton Stewart Adult Resource Centre was praised by independant inspectors, its manager is to advise other centres how to improve.

Last month The Galloway Gazette covered the story of the inspectors who arrived unannounced at the ARC on July 24 marking the quality of care and support, environment, staff, management and leadership at the centre in King Street with the top score of six right across the board.

Mid Galloway Councillor Graham Nicol said: “I understand the manager is going to be used by the council’s Social Work Service team to try and advise other centres to bring them up to the same standards. I only hope this is not to the detriment of the Newton Stewart ARC.

“Across Dumfries and Galloway the results were generally very good indeed, but in the case of Newton Stewart Adult Resource Centre, to get excellent in every category with no recommendations for improvements from an unannounced visit from inspectors is beyond all expectations.

“The management and staff of this establishment have got to be congratulated in the highest manner possible for such an outstanding result.”

Both Newton Stewart Community Support group and the Stranraer ARC was graded ‘five’ in every category while Cairnryan House Residential Child Care facility got a five in three categories but a four for quality of management. 
In the case of Cairnryan House, the inspectors made eight recommendations including resolving difficulties with internet access and continuing the weekly visits of an external manger to ensure the service continues to improve and meet the standards required.