Balhousie Ruthven Towers to celebrate community engagement award

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Residents, staff, family and the local community will attend a special celebration at Balhousie Ruthven Towers Care Home on Thursday 27th October after winning the Community Engagement Award in this year’s ‘Balhousie in Bloom’.

The celebration will kick off with local man Windy Wilson, known for his tongue-in-cheek weather updates to his 130,000 Facebook followers, presenting residents and staff with their award and will then enjoy some food and entertainment to celebrate their success. Windy runs the local Auchterarder Primrose kids football team, brought the youngsters along to the home earlier this year to help residents with the garden.

Throughout the summer, Balhousie Care Group invite each of their 25 care homes to put their horticultural talents to the test in their annual ‘Balhousie in Bloom’ gardening competition. The competition was devised to encourage residents and staff to engage and interact with their communities to help create beautiful gardens and wonderful experiences for everybody to enjoy.

Director of Operations, Louise Barnett, commented:

 “It’s been wonderful to see how much time and effort has been put into the gardens and Ruthven Tower’s really impressed us with how they engaged with the local community and are deserving winners of this award.

Louise continued:

“We introduced the Balhousie in Bloom competition as it provides the homes with the opportunity to work with others in the community, both old and young, as well as being a fantastic initiative that provides residents with a sensory and therapeutic experience and a place to enjoy.”

Jozi Stables, Home Manager at Balhousie Ruthven Towers, added:

“Everybody at Ruthven Towers is delighted to have been awarded the Community Engagement Award in this year’s Balhousie in Bloom competition. Our residents and staff worked hard in the gardens throughout the summer, enjoying the rare sunshine and seeing their hard work flourish. A big part of our success was the engagement from the local community, who were heavily involved in our project, so a special thank you must go to them too!”

The judging panel was impressed not only by the standard of submissions across the homes but with the work of all communities and partners involved in the projects. Other winners include Lisden in Kirriemuir, who won the Resident Participation Award, Forth View in Fife, who won the Meets Residents Needs Award and Brookfield in Carnoustie, who were overall winner of Balhousie in Bloom 2016.