At the end of this month, we’ll be celebrating the completion of artist residencies in residential homes in Suffolk. Over the summer, as part of our innovative Our Place project, teams of artists have been working alongside care staff, exploring new ways of caring creatively for residents, their families and friends.
Over the course of the residencies, we’ve been delighted to see a great many positive changes spring into life across our six Partnership in Care residential homes.
In the Prince of Wales residential home, a cocktail hour was introduced to celebrate the final day of the residency, a celebration that staff and residents named ‘POWfest’.
Over in Sherrington residential home the artists have created a sensory lounge, full of flickering candle light and soft mood music. At Risby Hall, the garden was transformed with solar lights and vibrant stencils. The beds were filled up with flowers and personalised labels decorated with fond wishes to residents from their families and friends. At Hazell Court in Sudbury the residency culminated in a 1950’s day, complete with a version of Jukebox Jury and much dancing.
And staff and residents are loving the changes:
“This is just the nicest thing to happen to me – thank you so much.” Resident, Risby Hall
“I just love the music – it’s all inside and then you let it out and it’s such a release from everything. Then it feels that you are in a right place, where you were meant to be.” Resident, Sherrington House
“The confidence you give us to come out of our shells is huge.” Staff member, Prince of Wales
The two remaining residencies, at Risby Park in Bury St Edmunds and Beech House in Halesworth, will be complete by the end of August. We can’t wait to see what creative ventures emerge!
A big part of the Our Place project is to ensure that looking creatively at care continues to be part of day to day life at the homes. As the residencies come to an end, our artists and newly trained Creative Champions from the residential homes will meet to learn from one another’s experiences and identify ways of continuing the great work. Unfortunately, cocktails will not be available.
You can find out more about Our Place here.