Balhousie Care Group and its specialist services arm ASC have reached the finals of the s1jobs Recruitment Awards.

Balhousie’s Liz Thomson, thought to be the country’s oldest care home worker at age 80, is shortlisted for a Shine Award. The category is for those who “go above beyond their call of duty and offer excellent service”.

Liz, recently featured on STV, is Activities Coordinator at Balhousie Huntly care home in Aberdeenshire. The energetic octogenarian keeps residents active and healthy with days out, exercises and knitting groups, despite being older than many of her charges.

Jen Aitchison, Home Manager at ASC, is also shortlisted for a Shine Award. With a background in youth work, Jen has made her stamp on the facility in Perthshire, which supports adults with learning disabilities and perceived challenging behaviour.

She has successfully implemented a positive behavioural management programme at ASC and is overseeing the development of a flourishing social enterprise, LOTUS, in which service users produce goods to sell to the public and sister care facilities in the group. ASC’s in-house carpentry workshop was recently featured by BBC Scotland.

This is the latest in a long line of awards and nominations for Balhousie Care Group. The leading care provider will be at the Scottish Care Awards next week hoping for a win in the Meaningful Activity category.

Both Liz and Jen go through to the s1jobs awards finals in Glasgow on April 14. Good luck ladies!