Orchard House Display!

We have now run a second successful creative writing project with residents, families and staff at Orchard House residential care home in Newport and once again the results have been really surprising and rewarding with staff and residents embracing the power of poetry.

Independent Arts Worshops Coordinator Kerry Tindall-Guignard said:

the rhythm and musicality of poetry like song can be really beneficial for older people living either with age related memory loss or dementia and I’m so pleased to see that Orchard House are keeping poetry at the heart of residents’ lives in the home.  The home have created beautiful poetry ‘pods’ in each unit and both residents and families have actually begun contributing their own work to the pods”

Through the series of workshops community writer Ann Emery and artist and poet Nick Cook invited participants to explore themes of journeys, magic and memories helping residents to produce a beautiful collection of poems and musings. The resulting work has now been celebrated in a collection of text and image panels which are on display for residents and families to enjoy at the home.

Maria – Activities coordinator at Orchard house said:

 “I have had the most amazing feedback from our residents, family members and staff. One resident has since started writing again after a very long time. She had become uninterested and felt that her writing wasn’t important but since the project she has been reborn and it has given back her interest in poetry.”

We had a wonderful day installing the work within the homes activity room. Anne Emery our Creative Writing Practitioner read out all the poems and we presented the residents with framed copies for them to have on their bedside tables. The day was full of fun and celebration, even the County Press joined us to take photos and we featured in the following Newspaper. Well done to all involved!

The Magic Doors creative writing project is currently delivered free to homes, and Independent Arts would like to thank project funder, Barchester Homes for their support for the project, and the staff and residents of Orchard House, Newport for their participation. For further information or to arrange to join the programme please call Independent Arts: 822437 or email kerry@independentarts.org.uk


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