Staff at the George Sloane Centre in Ballymena are celebrating after winning a Best Kept Award for their environmental progress.
The centre has been named the Best Kept Daycare Facility in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area of the prestigious competition, which is run by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC) and which attracted almost 100 entries.
A panel of judges inspected each facility for general tidiness, cleanliness and evidence of environmental improvements and the results were announced at special ceremony last Tuesday.
Ruth Greer, Support Worker at the George Sloane Centre said: “We are delighted to have received this award. We have put a lot of work into different themes for our gardens, the most recent being a toy garden.
“I’d like to thank our staff for all their efforts, and Ballymena Borough Council who donated a lot of flowers to us.
“Our lovely environment is really therapeutic for our clients, and winning the Best Kept Award is just the icing on the cake.”
Congratulating all the winning healthcare facilities for their outstanding environmental efforts, NIAC Chair, Doreen Muskett MBE said: “The standard was incredibly high so each and every one of our finalists should be very proud of their achievements.
“Their enthusiasm is inspiring and it creates benefits on so many levels. There’s no doubt in my mind that an aesthetically pleasing environment can have a huge impact on the health and well being of residents and visitors alike; it really lifts the spirits,” added Ms Muskett.