Care home thanks local community for its unwavering generosity and Christmas spirit

by Kelly Horn

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Care home customers enjoy month of Christmas festivities

A CARE home in Glasgow has thanked its surrounding community for their generosity and kindness this year, after school pupils and locals sent in a raft of personalised handmade cards and presents to customers.

Customers at Belses Gardens, which is managed and operated by Blackwood, have been treated to a packed month of festive activities, which culminated in a Christmas party where they enjoyed food, gifts, and a visit from Santa at an outdoor gazebo.

The care home in Glasgow would normally host a local primary school for an afternoon carol service, but with Covid-19 restrictions this couldn’t go ahead. Instead, the community banded together to show their support for the care home through gifts from the local Hillington and Cardonald Primary schools and local people.

Liz Peebles, Care Services Manager at Blackwood, said: “The past few months have driven home how important our community links are, and how valuable these community and intergenerational relationships are to our customers and staff.

“We’ve had a fantastic reaction from the gifts and homemade cards from the children at Hillington and Cardonald Primary schools and our customers loved the Christmas party – this month has given us all a much needed boost.

“We’ve received donations of hampers with selection boxes and homemade tablets, our staff created Advent Calendars for customers, and we were also gifted some lovely handknitted Santa hats and Christmas puddings with chocolates in them.

“After a challenging year for many and our usual festive celebrations not able to go ahead, we feel extremely lucky to have had such a warm response from the community and we’d like to thank everyone for their support, generosity and kindness over the year.”

Belses Gardens is a 24 hour residential care home for young physically disabled people, with all of the 15 properties built to full wheelchair standards. It is one of Blackwood’s three care homes, which are designed to provide integrated accommodation and care for customers who have a range of physical disabilities.

Blackwood aims to help people live their life to the full, by providing services which support individuals in exercising their right to have choice and control over their lives in a home which is suitable and adaptable to their needs.

As Blackwood works in 29 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, it is more widely dispersed than most other care or housing providers and has embraced the challenges of taking housing and care into innovative areas at a time when funding is increasingly limited.

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