MEDIA RELEASE 25 August 2021


Care home residents in Huntly were treated to a workshop session about letter writing, thanks to an arts project taking place in the town.

To Huntly, with Love invites people to celebrate letter writing and “private, heartfelt ways of connecting”, particularly in light of social media and online communication.

Led by artist and poet Annie Runkel and colleague Jess Carnegie of Deveron Projects, the workshop at Balhousie Huntly care home included readings from 19th century letters to and from members of the Huntly community. It also featured letters from famous writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Franz Kafka.

One of the stars of the visit was an antique Remington typewriter, a family heirloom belonging to a member of the Deveron Projects team. Deveron Projects is an organisation that creates projects connecting artists, communities and places in Huntly.

“Everyone had such a good time listening and talking about letter writing,” said Balhousie Huntly’s Activities Coordinator Kelci Ross.

Home Manager Richard Lake added: “Thank you to Deveron Projects for the excellent visit. It’s so heart-warming to see our community partnerships striking up again, and to be welcoming our collaborators into our home once more.”

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About Balhousie Care Group

Balhousie Care Group was formed 30 years ago to fill a gap in quality residential care in North East Scotland. Today, with 26 homes in the area, it is one of the leading providers of care for the elderly in Scotland, providing care to over 900 residents.

Balhousie Care prides itself on its person-centred approach to care. Putting people right at the forefront of everything they do; it’s inclusive of everyone. They capture this philosophy through the roll out of ‘Together We’re Great’, an initiative which recognises the skills, talents, attributes and support areas for each and every person involved in the organisation. Together We’re Great aims to value individuality and promote excellence across the organisation.

A Participation Charter – a first-of-its-kind in the care home sector – commits to residents getting a bigger say than ever in the care they receive, from writing care home policies to recruiting staff.

Balhousie Care Group is the recipient of numerous awards. These include three Scottish Care Awards, 2019 Growth Business and 2018 Service Business of the Year at The Courier Business Awards, 2019 Growth Business of the Year Perthshire Chamber of Commerce STAR Award, and SME Scotland Business Man of the Year 2019 for Chairman Tony Banks.