… and they don’t intend to give up on their New Year’s resolution! 


Wednesday February 2, 2022


Every New Year brings a mass sign-up to gyms as people put fitness at the top of their resolution lists.

And in February comes a huge drop-off as members fail to keep their promises. Statistics show that 14 per cent of new gym members stop going in February.

But at Bannatyne Health Club and Spa in Perth there are two members who are getting more out of their visits than most. And even in the least popular gym month of the year, they’re determined to keep going.

The service users from ASC’s Sidlaw View, a specialist care facility in Coupar Angus, have been enjoying gym visits and swims with their support workers two or three times a week since joining in January. Their support workers have been able to visit for free as they accompany the service users, who are among the adults with perceived challenging behaviours and learning difficulties living at ASC.

Bannatyne has agreed that the service users can attend any classes they want, and they have access to personal trainers.

Said Bannatyne Perth’s Sales Manager Alistair McLeod: “This is new for us but we’re delighted to be able to accommodate ASC’s service users and staff. It’s great to see their progress in the gym and the pool.”

“What a pleasure it has been to see our guys flourish,” says ASC Team Leader Kerrie Nevin. “When I took over as team leader I wanted our guys to access everything we do and, as they have shown us, with the right staff, the right approach and support, they are able to do anything. I am so proud of them.”

ASC is the specialist care arm of Balhousie Care Group. It promotes independent living for adults with challenging behaviour and learning disabilities. The only facility of its kind in Scotland, it supports people to achieve their best and reach their full potential.

For more information on Balhousie Care Group visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk

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For media enquiries please contact Gillian Drummond on gillian.drummond@balhousiecare.co.uk or call 01738 254254/07365 284994.

Photo captions: Service user David from specialist care unit ASC at Bannatyne Perth with Team Leader Kerrie Nevin and Support Worker Ahmed Kanzua.


Notes to Editors

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, a 2021 Great British Care Award, 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.