Volunteers at a Moray disability charity are celebrating after its care services gained top marks during a recent inspection.
The Cornerstone organisation’s respite facilities in Elgin and Buckie have been hailed as “excellent” by Care Inspectorate officers.
The Birchview centre in Elgin, and Doocot View in Buckie, cater for adults with learning disabilities and allow their usual carers a break from the demands of looking after them.
During a recent visit, the services were classified as “excellent” across the board, but project leaders said they were still looking for ways to improve.
Service manager, Caroline Higgins, added: “We will always try to make the services the best we possibly can, and we are always looking for new ideas to improve how we consult with the people we support and their families.
“The Care Inspectorate gradings are a great achievement and the teams behind the two services have been instrumental in achieving these results.”
Elgin City North councillor Kirsty Reid helped mark the opening of the charity’s new base in the town’s Commerce Street, in February.
And yesterday, she commended the huge role the charity played in local life.
Mrs Reid said: “I am delighted for all the Cornerstone staff and the people who are supported at Birchview and Doocot View.
“Cornerstone performs a huge role in Moray, as the largest learning disability care provider outside of Moray Council.
“To have achieved excellent gradings across these services is a huge accomplishment.”
The Cornerstone group has helped vulnerable youngsters and adults throughout Moray for 30 years.
It supports young people, adults and older people with disabilities, mental health problems or dementia.
Members work to develop users’ social skills and allow them to live a fuller life in their own community.