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Keith Cares Club hopes to bring residents and local community together

By Abbie Duncan

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TWO Keith care homes have joined forces in a bid to bring the local community together through a series of fun and inclusive activities.

Care home managers Brenda Harper (left) and Shona Conlin hope to harness Friendly Town's community spirit.
Care home managers Brenda Harper (left) and Shona Conlin hope to harness Friendly Town's community spirit.

Glenisla and Weston View care homes, both part of the Parklands Care Homes group, have formed the Keith Cares Club, which aims to tackle social isolation in the town, bridge the generational gap and foster closer connections between their residents and the wider community.

The initiative is being spearheaded by longstanding friends and colleagues Shona Conlin and Brenda Harper, managers of Weston View and Glenisla respectively. The two, who met at Buckie High School in 1980, have been friends for over 40 years and colleagues for more than 10.

The group club will be holding events fun events for the community including a spring tea, tombola, charity dance and, later in the year, breakfast with Santa. Both homes will also have a presence at this summer’s Keith Show. Proceeds from these events will support the homes’ comfort funds, which provide activities and entertainment for residents, and help fund future community activities.

Shona Conlin, manager of Weston View care home, said: “Keith is known – quite rightly – as the friendly town but we know that some people in our community still feel isolated. The Keith Cares Club is an opportunity to connect our community through fun activities that will appeal to people of all ages.”

Glenisla manager Brenda Harper added: “The Keith Cares Club is about two things: making sure our residents have the best time possible and bringing our community closer together. We hope to reach out to every corner of our community and create meaningful memories and connections.”

Shona added: “We’re both passionate about supporting our local community, bringing people closer together and sharing moments of joy. Our goal is to create spaces where people can come together, celebrate life's simple pleasures, and forge lasting friendships.”

The Keith Cares Club’s first event is a Spring Tea at Longmore Hall, Keith, on 6 April from 10am to 12pm.

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