Barnsley care home residents discover the art of poetry making


MM ExteriorSince 14th September 2015, Helen Smith the activity co-ordinator at Mapplewell Manor has been holding poetry sessions with a group of residents. Studies have shown the effectiveness of using arts impacts on the positive factors that nurture health and wellbeing and has a demonstrable effect on improving quality of life.


Staff at Mapplewell Manor can see the benefits of these group sessions with residents being motivated and inspired. It helps reduce inactivity and so improves the mental well-being of the individuals.


Helen Smith said “These sessions have been so beneficial, it provides relaxation and helps them connect with others in a supportive environment and increases their confidence, giving them a sense of pride and achievement.”


On Tuesday 26th April Mapplewell Manor held a Spoken Word event and invited residents family and friends along to listen to the residents read out their poetry. Special guests included Diane Hinchliffe from Creative People Development (who mentored Helen) and Tony Shephard from Shephard Creative.


The residents will get the opportunity to showcase their talents at ‘THE SENSES’ The South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts 8th Exhibition. The Spoken Word event will take place at St. Mary’s Church, Barnsley on Tuesday 10th May between 13:00 – 15:30.



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