Around 100 service users, staff and stakeholders connected to Viewpoint gathered at Troon Concert Hall to wish the service a very happy 10th anniversary and help mark some of the many achievements in the last decade.

Back in 2001 the service in Ayr had 16 service users and offered aday service from Monday to Friday. It now caters for over 40 service users and offers support at evenings and weekends as well as a whole range of activities to support independent living.

Photographs of the great days out, fantastic memories and events were displayed all around the hall as a reminder of what the service has offered through the years. The Gardening Group, Walking Group and Music Group were all on show, as well as events like the BBQ, Get Connected, Learning Disability Week and West End Festival 2011. Welcoming everyone to the day Martin Cawley, Chief Executive, Turning Point Scotland said:

“Trust, confidence, integrity and autonomy. That’s what you see in these photos, the very essence of the service, achieved by everyone in the room. You all have played an important part in the success.”

Many of the people receiving support got up on stage to tell their own stories about how they have benefited from being involved at Viewpoint.

Philip Deuchar told the audience about how he got help to enable him to travel independently by public transport which made a big improvement to his social life. In general he overcame his shyness and became more confident increasing his circle of friends.

Angela Warren is another service user that had benefited: “Life is great and busy. I live in my own house, and have two jobs.”

The allotment is a big hit and this year moved to a bigger plot. John Allan and Murray Gibson told the audience how the Gardening Group had helped them get out and about more and make friends.

There was a lot of work to be done as the new area was a bit of a jungle before they got to work. But thanks to the efforts of the staff and service users, weeding, putting in new plants and a bench they are now reaping the fruits of their labour. Vegetables and potatoes are among their home grown produce.

James Croke told the audience about the visit to Kelvingrove and how their work was displayed in the art exhibition.

Marie Quinn told everyone about how she enjoyed working at DebRA’s charity shop cleaning and tidying shelves, dusting, putting books away and hanging up clothes. Next she will be learning how to use the till and serving customers. Marie said:

“It’s fantastic, I’m going to work like everyone else. The staff in the shop make me feel part of the team. They have a good sense of
humour, we have a good laugh and a joke.”

Given the event was held so close to Prestwick Airport, it was only fitting that Elvis made an appearance. But on this occasion half a dozen Elvis impersonators from the services took to the stage to entertain the crowd. The service users were joined by the Pink Ladies and T-Birds for a Grease medley before theday was rounded off by a disco.