Care home residents in Perth have been enjoying a trip to the park… with a difference.

Thanks to the Perth branch of charity Cycling Without Age, residents of Balhousie North Grove were able to take in the city’s North Inch Park from the comfort of a rickshaw. The beauty spot is only a few steps from the Perth care home.

“We think the smiles on their faces say it all,” said Kelly Roberts, Team Leader at the care home. “We’re really grateful for the partnership we have with Cycling Without Age. Huge thanks to them for making these outings happen.”

Pictured: In foreground, residents Doreen Shepherd (l) and Annie Lightbody with volunteer Lisa Sorbie; Resident Jim Carcary and Balhousie North Grove staff member Laura Simmons with volunteer Ian Innes.

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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.