Two of our support workers lent a hand to promote an important sponsorship by our parent company, Balhousie Care Group – at none other than Celtic Park!
When Balhousie Care Group and its founder and Chairman Tony Banks were recently announced as inaugural sponsors of Celtic FC Foundation’s acclaimed Lions’ View Sensory Room, Shaun Rosling and Liam Stewart went along to see the space for themselves. And Shaun ended up being interviewed by Celtic TV about the initiative.
The £45,000 sponsorship runs for two years and covers the management and running costs of the Lions’ View, a specially designed facility at Celtic Park providing a full match day experience for children, young people and adults with sensory needs, and groups with complex physical and learning difficulties.
The Lions’ View offers a safe and secure environment and viewing area on match days and will be used for other project sessions throughout the week.
Shaun said: “It’s brilliant to be part of this and show our support for such a valuable initiative. This is a well thought out space – interactive but also calming. Our job at ASC is to provide specialist support and encourage independence among adults with perceived challenging behaviour, so many of them have shared the same sensory challenges as the guests using the Lions’ View.”
He added: “At Balhousie Care Group and ASC, we really pride ourselves on our community partnership and supporting and sponsoring the Lions’ View is a natural extension of that.”
Tony said: “As a lifelong Celtic supporter and founder of one of Scotland’s leading private care providers, supporting the Lions’ View makes sense. Balhousie Care Group and its specialist care arm ASC are all about providing quality, innovative care ranging from elderly care to specialist care for younger adults across 26 different facilities.
“The Lions’ View provides a safe, interactive space and that is vital for these young Celtic supporters. I look forward to seeing this develop into a gathering space for other groups as well, such as people living with dementia or Down’s Syndrome.”
Located in Celtic Park’s Family Stand (Lisbon Lions), the Lions’ View opened in April 2019. It has the capacity to host 14 people as well as two Celtic FC Foundation staff who will support participants. Operating at full capacity, approximately 200 children, young people and adults will benefit from the match day experience per season.
Liam and Shaun are pictured with Resourcing Manager Jordan Russell.