Residents at a care home in Windsor picked up their pencils and went back to the drawing board for The Big Draw Festival 2020.
Care UK’s Mountbatten Grange, on Helston Lane, celebrated all things nature by creating works of art around this year’s theme, ‘a Climate of Change’.
As part of their event, residents and team members partnered with Buchanan Court care home, based in Harrow, to swap artwork based on their knowledge of the other home’s local area.
Residents at Mountbatten Grange completed research, had a group discussion about how they visualised Harrow, and then created art based on their conclusions, which was then virtually shared with the other care home. Residents at both homes had the opportunity to chat about the art they created, swap stories about their local communities, and discuss how their local environments have changed over the years.
This gave one resident, James Watters the perfect opportunity to share his memories of Harrow. Moving to London, from Glasgow, at the age of 25, James was then drafted for service and stationed in Harrow at RAF Stanmore, where he worked as a senior air craftsman. He reminisced about his experiences there, operating radar and being paid just £2.50 a week. James drew what Harrow looked like when he was younger, and chatted to the other residents about his memories and the invaluable life skills he learnt while in the RAF
Launched in 2000 as part of the ‘Campaign for Drawing’, the month-long Big Draw Festival promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention, and has encouraged over four million people to get arty since its inception. ‘A Climate of Change’, this year’s theme, focuses on the relationship between people and their environment, and offers a great opportunity for older people to reminisce about their favourite nature spots, as well as trips to the great outdoors in their younger years, and how our focus looking after our planet has changed in recent years.
Debbie Winwood, home manager at Mountbatten Grange, said: “It was wonderful to take part in The Big Draw for the second year – everyone had a great time putting their drawing skills to the test. It was a special treat to hear James’s memories of Harrow, and The Big Draw gave us the perfect opportunity to share these in a creative way.
“Drawing is great for everyone, but especially for older people, including those living with dementia. On top of physical benefits, from increased motor skills to improved coordination, creative activities, such as drawing, can truly boost cognitive function and even reduce the rate of development for a range of memory conditions.
“It was a fantastic drawing session, and everyone left with a smile on their face – we’re all looking forward to getting our pencils out again very soon!”
After a successful participation in the Big Draw Festival last year, Care UK renewed its partnership in 2020, becoming the main health and social care partner and leading the way in changing perceptions of life in a care home by promoting activity-based care and encouraging other care homes to follow suit. Across the country, more than 70 Care UK homes have been getting arty and working with their local communities virtually to create works of art around the theme ‘A Climate of Change’.
Mountbatten Grange has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite and palliative care.
To find out more about Mountbatten Grange, call 0333 220 4064 or email customer relations manager, Leahanne Wilkinson, at email@example.com
To find out more about Care UK’s partnership with the Big Draw, and for more top tips on how you and your loved ones can get involved at home, visit careuk.com/care-homes/bigdraw
To find out more about the Big Draw festival, please go to thebigdraw.org