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The Potteries and Ferndown Manor celebrates successful arty open day

July 12th 2019


There were celebrations all round when the team at two Dorset care homes welcomed the local community in for a day of art-themed fun and games.

The teams at Ferndown Manor, on Golf Links Road in Ferndown, and The Potteries, on York Road in Broadstone, welcomed local people to enjoy Care Home Open Day, a countrywide initiative set up to develop lasting relationships between care homes and local communities, and to dispel common myths about care home life.   

This year’s theme celebrated the role of arts within care, which is important in encouraging residents’ self-expression, and helps to create meaningful experiences.

Residents and visitors to Ferndown Manor enjoyed a beach-themed party with bunting and citronella candle making and plant pot painting. Guests were also treated to summer fruit cocktails with afternoon tea, as well as a visit from a donkey and an ice cream van.

Meanwhile, at The Potteries, guests created colourful clay pieces with the residents and were joined by the children from Nanny’s House. Visitors also got to try out the Tovertafel magic table and enjoyed a spread of canapes in the Quayside café. The local community also took part in arts and crafts and heard a talk about the history of Poole Pottery from Max Beaumont of Duke’s Auctioneers.

Janet Lewis, home manager at Ferndown Manor, said: “Care Home Open Day is a wonderful opportunity for our home to connect with the local community and show what it’s really like to live in a care home. We all had a brilliant time welcoming people from Dorset into Ferndown Manor for a day of fun in the sun.”

Zita Turner, home manager at The Potteries, said: “We had a fantastic time celebrating Care Home Open Day at The Potteries. The residents really enjoyed the Poole Pottery talk and it was brilliant to see so many of our neighbours join us for the party.” 

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Ferndown Manor is our award-winning care home in Ferndown, and it provides a wide range of care services for up to 75 older people. There’s everything your loved one needs to enjoy a fun and fulfilling lifestyle including a café, hair salon, cinema and stunning landscaped gardens. Your loved one is welcome to play an active part in home life, and we have some keen gardeners who keep our outdoor spaces looking fantastic.

Our head chef, Scott, and his team serve up mouth-watering menus to tempt even the smallest of appetites and have won awards for their creativity and approach.

Ferndown Manor
110 Golf Links Road
BH22 8DA

0333 321 1998

  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care

The Potteries, our care home in Broadstone, on the outskirts of Poole, is a light, bright and welcoming care home with its own café, hair salon and cinema.

Our colleagues receive the latest training and learn all they can about your loved one so they can support them to live each day to the full. Activities are designed around your loved one’s interests and if there’s something they’d like to do, our lifestyle team will organise it for them. We have strong ties with local community groups and schools, which we continue to build on with virtual concerts and Zoom-based activities. 

The Potteries
187 York Road
Broadstone - Poole
BH18 8ES

0333 321 0929

  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care