Weald Heights is inviting the local community to join residents in celebrating World Poetry Day on Wednesday 21st March.
World Poetry Day is an annual celebration of rhythmic literature and promotes the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world. This year, the Care UK team at Weald Heights will open its doors from 10.30am for a morning of word play and rhyming fun.
Residents at Weald Heights care home will be celebrating the day by reading a number of their favourite poems and rhymes aloud. Residents are also being encouraged to put pen to paper to create their own short verses and poems to enter into Care UK’s poetry competition, which is taking place nationwide to mark World Poetry Day.
Home manager, Maria Covington, explained why Weald Heights care home is taking part in World Poetry Day: “World Poetry Day provides a fantastic opportunity for residents here at Weald Heights to share their favourite poems, which has many therapeutic benefits, particularly for those living with dementia.
“For many residents, it can evoke fond memories and emotions from their younger years. Whether reading, writing or listening to poetry, the calming effect that these activities have can ease anxiety and can help combat loneliness, whilst also bringing residents together through a common cause.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the local community, as well as residents’ family and friends, for what we are sure will be a fantastic day of poetry.”