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
Nelson Mandela Day
Here at Balclutha Court we enjoyed celebrating Nelson Mandela Day in honour of the great man’s birthday.
We spent the day reading excerpts from Mandela’s famous book ‘A Long Walk to Freedom’ and talked about the impact Mandela had around the world.
We decided to mark the occasion by creating our own piece of art dedicated to the man himself using our own hand prints combined with his many wise and wonderful quotes.
Not only was today an education but as always it was fun too.
Residents at Balclutha Court celebrated Independence Day in Style
We were off on our travels again and this time we stopped off in "THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE"
Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776.
Residents at Balclutha Court had a wee taste of American Independence day. There were lots sweet American themed treats created by out totally awesome kitchen staff and we washed it down with some traditional American fizzy pop. We looked into the history of the 4th of July, tested our knowledge with a themed quiz and painted our own flags.
A world of Robots!
We enjoyed a wonderful virtual introduction to the world of robots with V&A Dundee Curator, Kirsty Hassard.
Kirsty talked us through the history of robots and their early beginnings, the presentation traced the fascination of all things wired and wonderful and considered what the future might hold for our relationship with a multitude of mechanical machines.
It was absolutely thrilling to learn what robots can do now and what they might be able to do in the future.
Hidden jewels of Blenheim
We had a lovely time exploring the amazing gardens of Blenheim Palace through a virtual talk, hosted by the Historian - Antonia Keaney.
We enjoyed a virtual look at how the gardens at Blenheim have developed over the past 300 years - from the formality of Henry Wise through to the ‘natural’ landscape created by Capability Brown and beyond.
Everyone was very impressed by the many jewels hidden within the 150 acres of beautiful gardens.
Virtual delights of Dartmoor Zoo
We were able to virtually dive into the impressive wildlife of Dartmoor Zoo.
We explored its grounds and learnt about the unique history of the park from the zoo’s educational team. The culmination of the tour was the live tiger training demonstration, which was wonderful to see and enjoyed by all.
Our residents were delighted to see amazing photos and short videos of the animals and take a peek inside their home.
Residents enjoy virtual trip to meet Puffins
We took a wonderful virtual trip to Iceland’s Puffin Rescue Centre at the Beluga Whale Sanctuary.
We were able to virtually meet some of the rescued Atlantic Puffins and to learn interesting facts about their care and unique lives. We took a peek into their lives in the wild, the Puffling rescue program in the Westman Islands, and how SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary’s team takes care of these charismatic little birds each day.
It was a very exciting experience, enjoyed by all.