Chester Private Nursing Home – Long Service Awards


At the Wilson Group we value our staff and reward them for loyalty.

We therefore award staff after every 5 years of continuous service.

Congratulations and thank you Gail for 10 years of service.

Congratulations and thank you Christine for 30 years of service.

Ballymaconnell Open Day

On Sunday 16th June after a week of rain the sun broke through the clouds just in time for us to welcome friends and family to enjoy our annual open day. The warm sunshine combined with the relaxed atmosphere resulted in a very successful and memorable day.

On site we hired a bouncy castle which was thoroughly enjoyed by the kids and by more than a few adults. Gypsy Rosalee read peoples fortunes in tea leaves and foretold that a wonderful day was to be had by all.

The entertainment on the day was second to none with Cecil  singing, along with our own Rachel Shields. If this wasn’t enough we were spoilt by graceful dancers from the Aisling School of Irish Dance. The day was rounded off with a delicious BBQ prepared by our own chef.

On the day we held various raffles and games with the proceeds going to this year’s two chosen charity’s ‘The NI Air Ambulance ‘ and ‘The NI Hospice’.

We would like to thank everyone who helped to make this day such a success especially the staff at who make Ballymaconnell Private Nursing Home the warm welcoming place it is.

The month of June as always is a busy time in Ballymaconnell. On Tuesday’s we have our weekly visit from Christine and her harp which brings a period of calm for everyone with her soothing angelic melodies.

In Ballymaconnell Private nursing Home we believe in an all-round approach to caring and we plan our daily activities accordingly.

Challenges like ‘Memory Monday’, ‘Number Spot’, Arts and Crafts and quizzes help stimulate the resident’s minds. Activities such as ‘Chair Exercise’, ‘Floor games’ and short walks help keep the residents fit. Music days, Songs of Praise and family time give the residents a better sense of mindfulness.

At the Wilson Group the best care means having the best staff

Providing the best care means having the best staff. That’s not just about recruiting them, it is also about retaining them.

At the Wilson Group we are proud to have so many healthcare staff who have been with us for many years, some for more than 25 years.  We recognise and celebrate their loyalty. Great quality care is at the heart of everything that we do. Our staff show how much they care every single day and having their collective experience makes us the better for it.

That’s why we present staff with long service awards for five, ten, 15, 20 and 25 years’ service.

We are so proud of them because a great business is founded on great people and we would like to thank every one of them for their great work, loyalty and dedication.

Whitehead Nursing Home – Nurse Manager – Cara Parker / Barbara Wilson – 20yrs Long Service Award / Managing Director – Desmond Wilson / Dorota & Dariuz Kempiak – both 10yrs Long Service Awards


Abingdon Manor Care Centre – Cindy Lou Banas – 10yr Long Service Award


Ballymaconnell Nursing Home – Paul Byrne – 10yr Long Service Award


Larne Care Centre – Alex Lyons – 5yr Long Service Award


Larne Care Centre – Melanie McCrossan – 5yr Long Service Award


Wilson Group Head Office – Tanya Campbell – 10yrs Long Service Award

Putting a little back to help good causes

At the Wilson Group we believe in putting a little back into the community.

Every year we support a local charity and clients, staff and our suppliers are always enthusiastic and generous in giving their support.

This year we raised funds for the MS Society. Northern Ireland has a high incidence of multiple sclerosis, a neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. Presently there are around 3,200 with MS in Northern Ireland with a further 180 being diagnosed every year. Approximately 175 out of every 100,000 people here develop the condition.

Desmond Wilson managing director the Wilson Group said: “There was a great response to our appeal this year. We organised open days and other events at our homes, clay pigeon shoots, a night at the races and an abseiling challenge, bringing in a total of £9,750”.

“This is a particularly exciting time for MS research as a number of breakthroughs have been made recently which increase our understanding of the condition, and may, over time, lead to the “development of a cure. We are delighted to have contributed in a small way to this.”

In 2018 we have chosen the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance as our sponsored charity.”

Mr Wilson said: “We always choose charities which fit our ethos as a company and listen to the views of our staff.

I can’t think of a better cause to support than the air ambulance, which had its first flight in July. It can reach any part of Northern Ireland within 25 minutes, slashing transport time to hospitals and because there are medics on board, treatment can begin on the scene. It will save lives and it is great that we now have it”.

Final cheque presentation to the MS Society – (photos from left – right) Neil McIvor / Julie McGlinchey / Mary Cusick / Desmond Wilson / Tom Mallon (from the MS Society) / Angela Dorrian / Tanya Campbell / Colin Nimmon


Final cheque presentation to the MS Society – Wilson Group Managing Director – Desmond Wilson / Tom Mallon – MS Society

Staff Long Service Awards

We are delighted to announce that the following staff received their long service awards in the final round of this year’s presentations.

Mr Wilson, our Managing Director presented the awards at various tea parties in the Homes.

In our Abingdon Manor Care Centre Claire Moore, our Nurse Manager and Staff Nurse Marlyn Dadulla received their 15 year long service awards.  Staff Nurse Anisa Ampatuan received her 10 year award and Care Assistants Paul Mullan and Nicola Kane both received their 5 year awards.

In our Chester Nursing Home Care Assistant Mary Crymble received her 10 year long service award and Senior Care Assistant Elspeth Douglas received her 5 year award.

In our Whitehead Nursing Home a number of milestones were reached when our Cook Heather Campbell and Laundry Assistant Mary McAllister both received their 25 year long service awards together with Care Assistants Lisa Campbell and Staff Nurse Joleen Logan who both received their 5 year awards.

Congratulations to all and we hope you enjoy many more years’ service with us.

Mr Wilson presenting Heather Campbell with her 25 year long service award
Mr Wilson presenting Marie McAllister with her 25 year long service award
Mr Wilson presenting Lisa Campbell with her 5 year long service award

Ballymaconnell Nursing Home Open Day – Sunday 28th August 2016

Our Ballymaconnell Nursing Home is having an Open Day on Sunday 28th August 2016 from 2pm – 4pm.

There will be musical entertainment throughout the event and lots of activities for the whole family including a bouncy castle, slides and a petting zoo for all to enjoy.

All are welcome and we really look forward to seeing you all there

Manager Mindfulness Training

In April this year, we at the Wilson Group benefited from a 4 week mindfulness training course with the Happy Warrior.


The purpose of the course was to help equip our managers with the tools to deal with everyday stress levels.


If you are interested in what mindfulness training is, check out the Happy Warrior!


the happy warrior


Staff from Head Office and the Homes in the Group recently held a Night at the Races in Cliftonville Golf Club to raise fund for our sponsored Charity this year – the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity.

It was a great nights fun enjoyed by staff and all who attended.

We would like to thank the Committee, Management and Staff at Cliftonville Golf Club for letting us have the use of their function room and to Leslie Stephens, our Nurse Manager in Larne for organising the event which raised almost £1000 for our sponsored Charity.