Meet our Activities Coordinator, Karen Dillon

Karen Dillon is our Head of Activities and has worked within the home since 2005, starting out as a Carer. Karen is very outgoing and full of fun. She has many hobbies, with arts & crafts being her favourite, and her passion for this can be seen in the activities she arranges.

Karen’s is supported by, Sharon McArthur and between them, they ensure that residents are happy and have loads of fun.

They are very keen to involve the residents in the decision making within the home to enhance their experience. They take part in the residents' meetings, catering forums and assist the General Manager in interviewing new staff members.

Activities at Balclutha Court

At Balclutha Court our resident’s happiness is extremely important to us. We all know that a large part of this is keeping active and continuing to enjoy your interests and hobbies. At Balclutha Court, we have regular activities including arts and crafts, music, entertainment, trips to local attractions such as canal trips, safari parks and many more. Our activities team are always busy organising events, entertainment and excursions with the broadest possible appeal and many of our residents see living at Balclutha Court as an opportunity to develop a new skill or interest. It is important to us that each individual who we support can get as much from these as possible, so we try our best to arrange activities that reflect their interests and capabilities as best as possible, and encourage them to participate in any way they can. We also encourage relatives to join with activities and events as often as they can.

Life at Balclutha Court Care Home


Laughter is the best tonic!

Residents and colleagues at Balclutha Court celebrated ‘World Laughter Day’ which is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of May by sharing jokes with each other which brought much amusement and entertainment to the home. The first celebration was on January 11, 1998, in Mumbai, India, and was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.

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Home go loco for Cinco De Mayo

Residents at Balclutha went loco celebrating Cinco de Mayo which takes place on 5th May every year.

Cinco de Mayo is a national day which celebrates freedom & liberty in Mexico. It marks the date in 1862 when President Benito Juarez sent troops to face the invading French army who were marching towards Mexico City. The day is hugely important in Mexico & is celebrated with parades, battle re-enactments, fireworks and parties around the country.

Residents celebrated the festival with Mariachi music, games, traditional Mexican dishes & learned the meaning of the festival through a quiz dedicated to the festival.  

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Close encounters with visit to Zoo

As part of Barchester’s Life Enrichment Programme, team members and residents at Balclutha Court enjoyed an exciting virtual talk, generously hosted by Five Sisters Zoo.

The residents had the opportunity to explore and learn more about the animal life at the zoo and the important conservation, rescue and education work carried out at the grounds of the zoo.

Five Sisters Zoo was officially established in 2005 with just a small collection of rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, and pigs. Since then the zoo has grown into an exciting collection of over 160 different animal species from all around the world.

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Residents enjoy live streaming talk

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Balclutha Court care home in Greenock were treated to a virtual tour of the wonderful underwater world of SEA LIFE London Aquarium, hosted by Senior Curator, James Wright and his expert team.

SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to more than 300 species and 4,000 creatures, including Gentoo Penguins, Sea Turtles and Seahorses, which are cared for by its dedicated team of 15 Aquarists. The shark tank alone is one million litres in volume and six metres deep and is home to five species of sharks – Sand Tigers called Bungle and Zippy, a Grey Reef Shark, Nurse Sharks, Tawny Nurse Shark and a shiver of Black Tip Reef Sharks as well as a Bowmouth Guitarfish called Betty.

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Arts & Crafts

Residents at Balclutha Court got creative as they made these gorgeous gifts for their friends and family for Easter! Arts & crafts is a very popular part of our life enrichment programme.

Welcoming Back Visitors

We have been missing our visitors at Balclutha Court, but we have really missed Jonny Roy from Morton, our Active Age health coach.

Jonny generally visits regularly and helps keep us motivated and active. Since he has been unable to visit us lately, he very kindly popped by with some new exercise equipment and a new exercise programme designed for the residents.

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Upcoming events

May Highlights

Our residents are looking forward to May's fun - take a peek at our Life Enrichment programme highlights.