Residents at a care home in Stroud picked up their pencils and welcomed children from local nursery and pre-school, Co-operative Childcare Cainscross, for The Big Draw Festival 2019.
Care UK’s Scarlet House, on Westward Road, joined in the celebrations by creating works of art around this year’s theme, ‘drawn to life’, drawing still life paintings of fruit and vases.
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.
Kate Stevens, home manager at Scarlet House, said: “Here at Scarlet House we firmly believe that activity based care is essential in supporting residents to lead fulfilling lives, so The Big Draw is a fantastic initiative for us to get involved with.
“Drawing is an accessible activity that people of all ages can enjoy together, so we were delighted to welcome youngsters from Co-operative Childcare Cainscross to join us for the occasion. Art, combined with intergenerational relationships, has proven benefits for older people, by offering the chance to tap into happy memories and an alternative way to communicate emotions and thoughts.
“Everyone had a wonderful day, and we can’t wait to display our masterpieces in the home!”
Scarlet House is a state-of-the-art care home provides full-time residential, nursing, dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. The care home, which features 86 en-suite bedrooms, has been designed to enable its residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence. The care home incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities and includes its own cinema, hairdressing salon and café.
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 the event please email Katerina Pippi, customer relations manager, at Katerina.Pippi@careuk.com or call 01453 557 414.
For more general information about Scarlet House please visit careuk.com/scarlet-house
To find out more about the Big Draw festival, please go to thebigdraw.org