Balhousie Clement Park Care Home wins prestigious Scottish Care Award

2015 Personalisation and Partnership Award

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A project to connect a group of Dundee school pupils with the elderly residents of a local Care Home has been recognised at the Scottish Care Awards, which celebrate the efforts and achievements of Care Homes across Scotland. Balhousie Clement Park Care Home, a residential care home in the centre of Dundee, won the Personalisation and Partnership Award at this year’s awards, which took place at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow last Friday.

Intergenerational Project within Dundee

Originally an idea to invite pupils from Harris Academy and St Johns High School to chat and engage with older members of the community, the project has grown to into a powerful intergenerational initiative which has seen many students visit Balhousie Clement Park on a voluntary basis, working closely with residents on an array of projects including gardening, mosaics, weaving and reminiscence sessions.

The project has helped school pupils develop their employability skills as well as providing both the students and residents with a greater understanding and appreciation of each generation and what they can learn from one another.

The team at Balhousie Clement Park hope that the success of their community initiative will inspire other Care Homes in Scotland to work with young people so both generations, young and old, can connect and develop together.

Community initiative to develop skills

Cheryl Banks, Participation Partner from Balhousie Care Group commented:

“We are incredibly proud that Balhousie Clement Park has been awarded this Scottish Care Award for Personalisation and Partnership. The team at Clement Park have worked incredible hard to build such an engaging and inspirational community project. This award has recognised the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff, pupils, residents and relatives who have all embraced this initiative.

 “This project has seen school pupils make a significant contribution to their communities. They have developed many skills and built their knowledge and confidence and, in turn, the residents of Balhousie Clement Park have immensely enjoyed the ‘breath of fresh air’ that the young people brought them on a weekly basis. Some pupils have even found their vocation through visiting Balhousie Clement Park and are considering careers in the Care Sector, which is something of which we are incredibly proud.”