MACS News Archive
Please find below previous news items that have appeared on our homepage...
This festive season MACS are raising money for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
We have prepared a calendar which includes some children from all of our projects.
Calendars are £5.00 and £2.00 from each sale will be donated to Muscular Dystrophy UK.
If you would like to purchase one of our calendars please email us by clicking here.
A big congratulations Liz (MACS Busby Manager) on receiving your Professional Development Award Level 9 in Childhood Practice.
A great achievement, well done from all at MACS!
We are happy to announce the wedding of Carly our depute from Crookfur to Kelvin Martin.
We introduce the new Mrs Martin.
Bluebell PND Charity
We are really pleased to announce that a Bluebell Perinatal Counselling Community Hub has been opened in Newton Mearns. This service supports families struggling with the impact of perinatal difficulties (PND). For support you can contact Bluebell using the following methods:
Telephone: 0141 221 3003
We would really like to thank all family, friends, staff, children and parents who have contributed time and funds to the success of this Hub.
Bluebell Charity - Volunteers Wanted!
Do you have 2-3 hours to spare each week? Would you be interested in helping a very special charity, or maybe you know someone who would be interested. If so please contact Christina at Bluebell by emailing: or telephone: 0141 2213003. Or click here for more information.
We are Recruiting!
MACS are currently recruiting for term time Support Workers & Practitioners for our projects. For more information and to access our online application form please visit our Careers page. If you have any queries please email us.
National Living Wage
Over 21 years we have seen so many changes including the professionalisation of our sector which we are very proud of. We know we make a difference in the lives of the children and families we care for and we could not do that without the dedicated staff that we have.
In recognition of this professionalism MACS have restructured our salaries to bring them in line with the UK accredited living wage beginning in April 2016. We believe the voluntary higher rate recognises the professional qualities we feel exists in out of school care. We also recognise that each of our staff, whether older or younger than 25 contributes to the same wellbeing, learning and care that is essential for us to be a quality childcare service.
We have increased most wages so that anyone who now holds a qualification (regardless of age) will be paid at the minimum the UK accredited living wage of £8.25 per hour. The unqualified rate has also been raised to £7.40 but we want all our staff to hold a qualification.
We are also committed to helping staff realise careers in childcare and will offer training to those staff currently without a qualification as well as to those who show potential for promoted posts including practitioners and senior staff.
Bluebell PND Charity
We have raised an amazing £14,659 at this point for a counselling service for one half day per week. The money you have donated will pay for 2 counsellors and a specialist crèche.
Two churches so far have come forward to offer free accommodation in East Renfrewshire. We look forward to starting this exciting project in the near future. We will have some further activities in the projects in May as a memorial activity.
Our senior staff took part in a post-natal depression awareness training, as often due to the stigma attached in society many people do not see the support that they need. With support, those that are experiencing the worst affects from post-natal depression can move forward with hope. As a company we will be considering how we can help reduce the stigma attached to post-natal depression. Our trained senior staff can now signpost anyone who is experiencing the effects of PND to the right support.
Thank you so much for everything you have done so far
Penny, Mary and Elaine on behalf of all at MACS.