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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Activities Team

Our activities team is made up of Karen Dillon, Magi Bell and David Docherty. Between them they ensure the residents are happy and have loads of fun.

They have a jam packed weekly activities programme which includes, excursions, tea parties, knitting bee, arts & crafts, Mega Scrabble, Carpet bowls, Domino and Jigsaw Clubs and much much more. Every fortnight we have local entertainers who provide live music and we all party, having a dance and a wee tipple should it take your fancy. We also have movie afternoons showing on our big screen and another favourite of our residents is our exercise class. 

We 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. The residents really enjoy this and take great pleasure in offering the right candidate the position.

Our aim at Balclutha Court is to ensure the residents are happy as they possibly can be and enjoy living within the home.   

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.

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Employee of the Month - January

Congratulations to Carer, Andy McIntyre, who was named as January's Employee of the Month for being kind, caring and gentle with residents, always going the extra mile and helping out whenever he can.

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15 Years at Balclutha

Congratulations to Trainee Care Practitioner, Liz McNaul, who recently received her 15 year Long Service Award 

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Employee of the Month - December

Well done to Adminstrator, Rhona Findlay, who was named as Balclutha's Employee of the Month for December. Rhona is very supportive and gets on well with all the staff and residents.

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Employee of the Month - November

Congratulations to Activities Coordinator, Karen Dillon, who was named as November's Employee of the Month here at Balclutha Court. Karen always makes sure that residents and staff have lots of fun and is always happy to go the extra mile. She also knows how to throw a good 'shindig'.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

2017 marked Barchester's 25th anniversary and, to honour the occasion, we decided to change the criteria for the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' to recognise staff members who have worked at the company for 25 years or longer. Everyone who has worked for Barchester for that length of time has contributed a huge amount to its success and we are incredibly grateful to all our long-serving staff. 

The judges found it too hard to pick between the 4 Divisional Winners and therefore decided it was appropriate that they all were National Winners!

So this year's winners are:

Kanita Oakey-Kierman from Hickathrift House
​Sharon Haigh from Red Oaks
June Hoggart from South View
Alison Dickson from Balclutha Court

Congratulations all!

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Employee of the Month - October

Congratulations to Graham Clark, who was named as Balclutha Court's Employee of the Month for October.

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