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Top accolade for Grantown care homes boss

By Tom Ramage

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The managing director of Grantown-based Parklands Care Homes has received a top award at this year’s Scottish Care Awards.

Ron Taylor won the Strategic Contribution Award in recognition of his contribution to social care over 30 years.

Under his leadership, Parklands has grown from a single care home in Buckie in 1993 to a group of 11 care homes.

The firm now employs more than 750 people and provides care for 400 older people across Moray and the Highlands including Lynemore home on Grantown’s Seafield Avenue.

NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Pop star Michelle McManus presents Mr Taylor with his award at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel last Friday.
NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Pop star Michelle McManus presents Mr Taylor with his award at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel last Friday.

Mr Taylor has also been a vocal critic of the Scottish Government over its failure to adequately fund social care in Scotland.

He delivered a £12 per hour rate for front line carers at Parklands in April this year, a full year before it is due to be introduced by the Scottish Government.

Mr Taylor accepted the award at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on Friday night in front of over 550 representatives from the social care sector in Scotland.

He paid tribute to Parklands’ staff and to social care workers across the country.

Mr Taylor said: “Day in, day out they provide the high-quality care that our older residents deserve, often in difficult and stressful circumstances.

“They don’t always get the recognition they deserve and I want to dedicate this award to each and every one of them. We are very lucky to have so many dedicated, hardworking men and women working in social care.”

Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, said: “The care home workforce is full of individuals who behave with dignity, compassion, professionalism, and skill.

“Scottish Care host the awards to express our gratitude and to recognise the particular skills of a few.

“We are immensely proud to present Ron Taylor, managing director of Parklands Care Homes, with our Strategic Contribution Award.

“Ron’s 30-year dedication to social care and Parklands’ growth into 11 facilities is commendable. His advocacy for fair wages and Parklands’ innovative initiatives reflects his commitment.

“A truly well-deserved win in our eyes.”

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