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 activities team is made up of herself, Magi Bell and Sharon McArthur. 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 our home
Residents at Balclutha enjoyed a spooky afternoon of fun Halloween games, live music from Chaz Cunningham & a lovely buffet prepared by our chefs.
World Food Day
Residents at Balclutha Court had a mouth-watering day as they marked World Food Day with a variety of different foods from across the globe. Our catering team cooked up a storm in the kitchen as a stream of dishes old and new were available for residents to sample throughout the day. This brought up the opportunity for everybody to reminisce about their favourite childhood meals, as well as those they love to cook.
Our residents enjoyed a great day at Hampden Park as part of our Football Memories. They enjoyed a tour of the museum & stadium. It is Europe’s first ever national football museum and is filled with incredible items all to do with Scottish football.
They got a chance to feel the team spirit in the dressing rooms, score a goal in the warm up area, hear the “Hampden Roar” and even see the cup presentation area.
Lovely Day Out
Our ladies at Balclutha Court enjoyed a lovely pub lunch at the Tail o’ the Bank then a stroll along the promenade enjoying the views of the Clyde.
Residents and Colleagues Surprise General Manager
Surprise celebrations filled Balclutha Court as Alison Dickson, General Manager celebrated her 50th birthday on Friday 27th October.
Friends, colleagues and residents held a surprise birthday party in the home's beautiful lounge where the birthday girl was toasted with a special birthday cake and it made a wonderful centrepiece to complement the buffet.
It was a fun-filled afternoon for everyone!