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Down to a fine art – local children join Bromsgrove care home for the world’s largest drawing festival

November 7th 2019

Residents at a care home in Bromsgrove picked up their pencils and welcomed Castle Nursery for The Big Draw Festival 2019.

Care UK’s Chandler Court, on Recreation Road, joined in the celebrations by creating works of art around this year’s theme, ‘drawn to life’. Children and residents enjoyed drawing pictures of their favourite childhood memories, including holidays, Christmas and school.

Launched in 2000 as part of the ‘Campaign for Drawing’, The Big Draw promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention, and has encouraged over four million people to get arty since its inception. This year’s theme celebrates the benefits of creative activities, especially drawing, on health and wellbeing. 2019 also marks the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth, founder of the Guild of St George, the charitable education trust behind the initiative.

Jo Gill, home manager at Chandler Court, said: “The Big Draw Festival was a huge success, and we were delighted that children from Castle Nursery came along to take part.

“Art is an accessible pastime for all ages, and many residents at Chandler Court have a keen interest in creative activities. The Big Draw was a fantastic opportunity to tap into happy memories while facilitating communication across the generations. Residents enjoyed sharing their drawing tips with the local youngsters, as well as discussing fond memories of what life was like when they were children.

“We’d like to thank Castle Nursery for coming along, and we can’t wait to welcome them back soon for some more arty fun.”

Chandler Court is a state-of-the-art care home which provides full-time residential, dementia and nursing care, as well as short-term respite care. Designed to enable its residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has its very own cinema, café and hair salon, and there is plenty of space both in and outdoors for relaxation and recreation.

Recognising the importance of artistic activities, Care UK was happy to become one of the lead sponsors for The Big Draw this year alongside organisations such as The Courtauld Institute of Art and the City of Toronto Museum. You can read more about Care UK’s national involvement here:

To find out more about Chandler Court care home call customer relations manager, Shelley Hufton, on 01527 907 849, or email

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Run by an experienced, skilled and passionate team, CQC rated ‘good’ Chandler Court care home provides residential care, nursing care, short term respite care and dementia care for older people. Our team will support your loved one to continue to do the things they love, enjoying an experience that’s as individual as they are. We'll get to know your loved one's personality and life story, their passions and interests. That way we can be sure we’re making each day the best it can be, whether it’s rediscovering an old pastime, making new friends or finding a sense of purpose by helping around the home.

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