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

November 7th 2019


Residents at a care home in Kidderminster picked up their pencils and welcomed Foley Park Primary Academy for The Big Draw Festival 2019.

Care UK’s Brook Court, on Oldnall Road, joined in the celebrations by creating works of art around this year’s theme, ‘drawn to life’. Students and residents worked together to create drawings and paintings inspired by nature and the great outdoors.

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.

Gill Pratt, home manager at Brook Court, said: “The Big Draw Festival was a huge success, and we were delighted that children from Foley Park Primary Academy came along to take part.

“Art is an accessible pastime for all ages, and many residents at Brook Court have a keen interest in creative activities. The Big Draw was a fantastic opportunity to tap into happy memories while facilitating communication, and everyone enjoyed learning from each other and sharing their drawing tips!”

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

Brook Court is a state-of-the-art care home which provides full-time residential, nursing, dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. The care home, which features 67 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.

To find out more about Brook Court or email Maria Cridge, customer relations manager, at  or call 01562 814 715.


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We were delighted to be rated an overall ‘good’ by the CQC at our last inspection, and we were thrilled to receive an ‘outstanding’ for the caring nature of our team. Our Home Manager, Gill Pratt, was recently award the ‘Dementia Care Manager of the Year’ at the 2020 National Dementia Awards. Gill has created a home with a strong family atmosphere, where every colleague is committed to enabling your loved one to live a fulfilling life. While delivering quality care is at the heart of what we do, we also believe that moving into a care home is just another part of life, so we support residents to continue to enjoy a wonderful lifestyle.

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