On Sept 24th 2019, Homemead and Cecil Court Care Homes got creative at special workshops to celebrate National Art in Care Homes Day. The session was organised by Orleans House Gallery and delivered by a professional local artist.
C&C residents enjoyed a 30min conversation around a selection of art works, Borough Art Collection, followed by an art activity. We loved hearing everyone share their opinions about art and their memories from the Richmond borough.
Orleans House Gallery is a free public art gallery in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and is home to the Richmond Borough Art Collection. https://www.orleanshousegallery.org/
Homemead and Cecil Court care homes enjoyed a special Fashion History experience that was both stylish and sensory. Jessica Corlett, Arts and Events Coordinator for Care, led a ‘show and tell’ session with fashion books, photographs and examples of costume and vintage clothing. The fashion discussion stretched all the way from the 18th Century with a Marie Antoinette style bodice, up until today, a pair of reproduction 50s ladies gloves with conductive fingertips for touch screen smart phones. Favourite items that we looked at where a selection of corsets, a super frilly petticoat, lace gloves, vintage booklets of baby clothes patterns, 1980s children’s knitting patterns, a Victorian school uniform costume and an art deco 1920s beaded evening bag. The residents loved looking at all the familiar items and were especially responsive to the children’s clothing items.
Resident Audrey Holst brought along a pair of her tiny childhood boots to show us and Terrance Thompson shared some photographs of his friends’ children from the 1970s with retro sportswear and trendy haircuts. Staff Member Tracey brought along photographs of her children in historical reproduction costumes and the Cecil Court staff performed a spontaneous fashion show to finish the day. Excellent fun for everyone involved and very easy to organise. We are looking forward to doing more similar events in the future.
A ‘golden sands’ day trip… in London zone 6! C&C care homes Homemead, Cecil Court and Rathmore House enjoy a trip to Ruislip Lido Beach
On 6th Sept 2019, a fleet of 5 minibuses, travelling from different corners of London, all descended on Willow Lawn Station on the edge of Ruislip Lido. These buses were filled with over 50x care home residents, friends, family and care staff. Also joining the beach-trippers were a handful of residents from sheltered housing, The Chestnuts and Colville Court.
The Lido consists of a 60-acre lake set on the edge of 736-acre nature reserve in north-west London. The beach dates back to the 1930s. Around the lake runs a narrow-gauge miniature railway which our excited party jumped aboard for our private journey to the beach. The railway volunteers, retirees themselves, went above and beyond to accommodate the various wheels and luggage onto the tiny train. As soon as we arrived at the beach, a gigantic order of traditional Fish and Chips appeared, delivered by Pisces Fish and Chips, Eastcote. Everyone relaxed with tea and chocolate biscuits in a specially reserved room in the Woodlands Centre, complete with balcony and fantastic view of the lake and beach.
A quick tour of the railway workshop and a final woodland journey on the train took us back to our buses. We would like to say a huge thank you to the railway volunteers, the minibus driver volunteers and all the care staff that entered into the spirit of our ‘beach trip’ and made the day possible.
The 30th and 31st January marked the two unveilings of the brand new ‘Tovertafels’’ at our Rathmore House and Compton Lodge care homes. ‘Tovertafel,’ which is Dutch for ‘Magic Table,’ is a projector and processor that is mounted to a ceiling above a flat service such as a table. The projector creates interactive artworks that respond to arm and hand movements. The product was designed for people in the moderate to severe stages of dementia. These interactive games encourage social interaction by stimulating both physical and cognitive activity.
Both events were a huge success as a wide variety of guests and staff attended. The days were kickstarted by representatives of our sponsors (Montagu Evans and Regal London), cutting a ribbon to signify the launch of the magic tables. Once the formalities were out the way it was time to have some fun. Residents, staff and sponsors alike, all gathered around the table eager to uncover the wonders which the Tovertafel had to offer.
Tovertafel’s Head of Service, Mehdi Bediuoi, was on hand to help show how the machinery worked and give some more background information on how it was built and designed. A wide selection of games projected onto the table whilst our residents constantly engaged. It was great to see how the Tovertafel brought everyone together on the day and C&C are sure it’ll have a mirroring effect in all the care homes it has been installed in.
The day was rounded off with a bite to eat and some fizz as a special thank you to all those that attended both days. However, a special expression of gratitude must also go out everyone who was involved in the C&C Cycle fundraiser last summer, as none of the installations would have been possible without them.