In what is being hailed as an “outstanding community effort”, schoolteachers, a Men’s Shed group and a Fife business have made their own plastic visors for Balhousie Care staff.

Hundreds of masks have been manufactured to fill gaps in PPE supplies for Balhousie Care’s staff during the Coronavirus Crisis.

A group of Dundee teachers led by Grove Academy in Broughty Ferry have produced more than 1000 visors for health staff, with Balhousie Clement Park in Dundee and Balhousie Moyness in Broughty Ferry among the homes receiving donations. Design & Technology staff are using a laser cutter and laminate pouches to create the shields.

Balhousie Antiquary care home in Arbroath has been supplied with 40 visors produced by teachers at Monifieth High School, while Webster’s High School has manufactured 30 visors for Balhousie Lisden care home in Kirriemuir.

Kinross Men’s Shed used 3D printers to create 40 face shields for Balhousie Rumbling Bridge care home while FLEXcon Europe’s plant in Glenrothes, which makes films and adhesives, has manufactured and donated 1000 perspex face shields for use at numerous homes.

There has been a flurry of donations to Balhousie Care’s 26 homes since the Coronavirus Crisis began, including iPads, Amazon Fire tablets, Easter eggs, jam and hand sanitisers. Business donors of face masks include pizza oven manufacturer Ooni and printers Tradeprint Dundee.

Jill Kerr, Group Chief Executive Officer at Balhousie Care Group, praised the support of all involved. She said:

“We’re incredibly grateful for all of these donations at this challenging time for our very hard-working care home staff. It’s an outstanding community effort for everyone involved and very heartening to see schools, community groups and businesses step up to help like this. A huge thank you to all of them.”