Third Home to benefit from ‘Magic Doors’ project!

Vecta House has become the third home to join and complete our Creative Writing project ‘Magic Doors’.

Vecta House is a sister home to Orchard House and owned by Barchester Healthcare who provided funding for the Magic Doors project last year. Vecta House specialises in the care of those living with progressed dementia so to have the opportunity to run our Creative Writing project ‘Magic Doors’ at Vecta was a great privilege and provided some incredibly moving and sensitive material.

Paula McVeigh – Activities Coordinator said:

“We were all open minded about the project and did not know what to expect from it or how our little community at Vecta House would cope with it.

The project exceeded all our expectations in all ways such as the way the members of staff from Independent Arts communicated and took time with our residents and got the most from them and the end project was superb and many family members have expressed their thanks for the prints.

The level of engagement would vary but we had one lady who does not engage or stay that long at an activity session but stayed the whole of this one and had a very productive morning when listening to music and poetry. One gentleman liked the one to one interaction from one of the staff members of Independent Arts and for the rest of the afternoon he seemed very relaxed. 

Family members have loved the work. One granddaughter took pictures of the work her Nan had created to then go and show family members on the mainland. She said it brought a tear to her eye.  Staff members who did not attend the sessions found the work displayed very moving too and are now more appreciative and understanding about what our residents were thinking.

I would say the whole experience and the end product was 100% positive!”

The project was a great chance for the residents of Vecta to be creative with their thoughts and musings, and to respond to the magical music and poetry readings that form part of the sessions. The resulting panels filled with inspiring quotes, beautiful text and displayed with complimentary images are now on show around the home for residents, Staff and family to enjoy.  

We also received very exciting news earlier this month that work from the Magic Doors projects has been invited to tour the island’s libraries which will give us an important opportunity to give voice to this often unheard sector of society.


 

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