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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

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Ball Games

Residents enjoy our regular chair exercise classes, where they get to have fun and keep fit at the same time.

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Eyes Down

Residents enjoyed an outing to a local Mecca Bingo. It was a fun night and residents can't wait to return.

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Tea Dance

We joined the 'Your Voice Tea Dance' at Port Glasgow Town Hall. Residents had a lovely time and indulged in plenty of tea, sandwiches and cakes.

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Royal Garden Party

General Manager, Alison Dickson, attended the Royal Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on 4th July this year. Alison was nominated for an invitation by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant in recognition of her many years' service to care and the community.

Alison has been the General Manager now for 18 years at Balclutha, but actually started her employment as a Staff Nurse when the home first opened 27 years ago! Alison and her husband, David, had a wonderful day at the garden party, which was attended by Her Majesty, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Nicola Sturgeon, amongst others.

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Employee of the Month - July

Congratulations to Care Assistant, Shelley Lewis, who was named as our Employee of the Month for July here at Balclutha Court. Shelley is extremely hard working and always puts residents first. She lights up rooms when she smiles.

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Emergency Services Visit

A group of local firemen stopped in for a cuppa and a natter with residents and staff at the home.

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