Balhousie care home helps students to gain life skills
Caring Times, March 2013
Students from two Fife secondary schools are spending time with residents at Balhousie Forthview Care Home in Methil as part of a charity initiative designed to help the young people gain valuable life skills.
Skill Force Scotland is an education charity working with 10,000 13-18 year olds throughout 150 UK schools, preparing them for adult life and employment. Balhousie Forthview is working with two groups of pupils from Buckhaven and Kirkland High Schools to help them fulfil their potential and become a valued member of their local community.
The first group, from Buckhaven High School, are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award and are researching and designing a quiz based on the local area, organising social activity sessions for the residents, going on outings and spending time simply chatting to them.
The second group will be looking at a mix of things that will benefit the residents, including litter picks and brightening up the home by installing themed art work on the surrounding wall. Maria Hutchinson, care home manager at Forthview, said: “We are looking forward to working with Skill Force in 2013 and have no doubt we will benefit greatly, not only from their work efforts but also the incredible enthusiasm and energy they all have.
“It is hoped that the work in this area will spread to other areas of the country in years to come. We wish Skill Force every success in this.”
Sheila Strickland, Skill Force Edinburgh and Forth Valley Area Manager, added: “We are delighted to be involved in helping the Balhousie care home in Methil. Our students from Buckhaven High School and Kirkland High School are enjoying getting to know the residents and helping with activities around the home.
“This project will benefit both the young people and the residents, and will help the students with their volunteering and social skills. We look forward to developing our relationship with Balhousie and extending the project to our other groups throughout Scotland.”
Balhousie Forthview Care Home is situated on Sea Road, Methil, and can look after up to 60 residents. Purpose-built in 2008, it was previously known as the Forth View Care Centre before being transferred to Balhousie Care Group at the beginning of 2012. Since the opening of the first home, Balhousie Lisden Care Home in Kirriemuir, Balhousie Care Group has grown through acquisition and new builds to 27 homes, bringing the residential capacity to more than 1,100 across Perthshire, Dundee, Fife, Angus and Aberdeenshire.